Many of the birds we head out to hunt with our binoculars are small, shy creatures that keep their distance. When viewing Warblers and other varieties with these characteristics, it helps to have very high magnification, which is also great for watching hawks circle overhead or swans drift in the lake. Finding the target is a bit more difficult with the Bushnell Powerview 20×50 Binoculars, but once you have the bird in your sights, the viewing is awesome.
Focus on Features
The magnification is excellent, but so is the color these binoculars deliver. The lenses are multi-coated to gather the most light possible, while giving colors maximum brightness. Spotting little bursts of color in the woods is made easy as you pan the environment to find your favorite species. The rubberized armor is nice when hot weather makes hands moist, or when fog or drizzle does the same. You’ll keep your grip with confidence. However, this set is not waterproof, so use caution around the wet stuff. Also plan to add your own strap, as the stock one is of inferior quality. The rocker arm makes focusing fast, and with some practice, very exact. High magnification binoculars, especially ones that weight a bit more like these, can make for unsteady viewing at a great distance. The Bushnell Powerview 20×50 Binoculars are equipped with a tripod mount that enables maximum steadiness. Powerviews are also offered at 16X50, which might be a good mid-magnification alternative at a slightly lower price.
The Big Picture
There’s nothing like being able to bring small birds or larger birds at great distances, up close and personal for better viewing. While those using 8 or 10 magnification are getting just a decent view, you’ll be enjoying an eye-popping picture. This quality, durable pair of binoculars offers very nice high-magnification optics for a very affordable price.