Welcome to The Optics4Birding Scorecard
Welcome to the Optics4Birding Scorecard, a unique tool
that will help you evaluate up to four binoculars side-by-side, and customize
the comparisons based on your own preferences.
To accomplish this, we have examined eight specifications (eye relief,
close focus, weight, field of view, eyecups, weatherproofing, lens coatings,
and prism glass & coatings) published by all binocular manufacturers
to define the features of each model. We assigned scores to each value
for these specifications based on how most knowledgeable birders evaluate
them. Finally, we apply an equalization factor based on price class to
separate binoculars of unequal quality with the same features and specifications.
You will also have the opportunity to decide how important each specification
is to you and apply preference factors to personalize your scores. You
can save your preference factors in a cookie so you do not have to enter
them on subsequent visits.
While surfing around our site,
you can click a check box to add that binocular to your scorecard. Due
to space limitations, you may only enter up to four binoculars on the
scorecard at one time. If you select a fifth binocular, a message will
appear giving you the opportunity to remove one of the previous binoculars
from the list. You can also go directly to the O4B Scorecard by clicking
on the button in the header or the "Run O4B Scorecard" link on every binocular
page. Once there, you can change your selections by using the drop-down
menu over each of the four binocular columns. See the screen shot above.
To learn more about how each
specification is scored and why we made those choices, visit the "How
the Scorecard Works page". Otherwise, you can go directly to the Scorecard.
We hope you will find the O4B Scorecard a useful tool to assist your binocular
The Optics4Birding Team
How the Scorecard Works