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Choosing equipment

You don't need much to enjoy birds - just your eyes or ears. But there are lots of things which can make it easier or more enjoyable. We have advice on buying the right kit to help you get off to a great start.

Choosing binoculars

Visit a shop selling binoculars and you'll find there's a wide variety to choose from, in all shapes, sizes and styles. These pages offer you simple advice to work out what's best for you. More...

Choosing binoculars

Choosing a telescope

Telescopes are popular among birdwatchers. By offering higher magnification than binoculars, they add a new dimension to birdwatching. They can be expensive, so read our advice before making that purchase! More...

Choosing a telescope

Care and use of binoculars and telescopes

Having chosen your new binoculars or telescope, how do you get the best from them? As these are the most expensive tools for birdwatching, it is worth taking a little time to learn how to achieve the best results and keep them in good working order for years to come. More...

Care and use of binoculars and telescopes