Thousands of bird watchers will descend on Philadelphia in late September to outfit themselves for their beloved pastime at the American Birding Expo. Perhaps the most essential item for the birder is a binocular, with a spotting scope being a close second. These optics devices magnify a birder’s view to permit him or her to identify the bird species being seen.
The American Birding Expo offers attendees the unique opportunity to view and try the best optics available on the market at the Expo’s indoor optics range. The indoor optics range simulates outdoor birding conditions, allowing consumers to field test optics side-by-side to determine which models offer the best visual acuity, image brightness, and ergonomic comfort. Optics brands available for testing at the Expo include Zeiss, Swarovski, Kowa, Leica, Celestron, Vortex, and Steiner. Photography gear will include products from Canon, Nikon, Tamron, and Sigma.
“With hundreds of makes and models of binoculars and other birding optics available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed,” said Bill Thompson, III, founder and director of the Expo. “The Expo optics range gives bird watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts an unparalleled opportunity to try a variety of products, with optics experts on hand, before making that important purchase.”
New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory will serve as the exclusive optics dealer for the 2018 American Birding Expo, and Allen’s Camera is the official photography retailer of the Expo.
In addition to optics and photography gear, the 2018 American Birding Expo will feature birding cars and SUVs, outdoor clothing and gear, plus backyard products, birding tours and destinations, nonprofit organizations, book and app publishers, artwork and gift items, and more. Keynote presentations, expert talks, and morning bird walks will be offered as well. With so much to offer, the Expo is often called “the world of birding in one place.”
The 2018 American Birding Expo will be held September 21 to 23 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia. A weekend pass is just $10 (plus a small credit card fee) and can be purchased in advance on the Expo’s website, or at the door. Information on the Expo’s hours, special programs, and bird walks can be found at birdingexpo.com.
The American Birding Expo is hosted and managed by Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine.
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