If you are purchasing your first set of binoculars and don't know where to start when considering magnification, an 8x magnification is an excellent starting point. Considered the ideal 'all-round' configuration, an 8x magnification will suit almost any activity. Hiking, spotting, general use, spectator sports and concerts are a few activities that are well suited to these binoculars. An 8x or 10x magnification is the preferred option for birdwatching and will provide the ideal level of magnification for the location and observation of birds and wildlife. An ideal solution for those who are after stability with a bit more power.