Post by driftwoody on Feb 12, 2022 15:14:35 GMT -8
I've been taking my $40 Celestron 10x25 monocular on local hikes in the woods, without much to look at. Birds have been sparse, and when I find one it flies away before I can focus on it. Not ready to take the plunge yet on a decent pair of binoculars but I think I can get interested in birding and I've been searching the choices quite a bit. Trade-offs and compromises are always part of the equation, with end use being the most important factor. And price; $300 is the upper limit of what I'm willing to spend.
Dimensions: 4.3in x 4.6in (10.8cm x 11.7cm) Lightweight ABS Plastic Chassis Weight: 13.8oz (391g) Fog & Waterproof Fully Multi-Coated Phase Corrected Roof Prisms Field of View: 393 @ 1000yds (131 @ 1000m) Ultra Close Focus: 3.9ft 17mm of Eye-relief IPD Range: 5.2cm - 7.5cm
The ultra close focus of 3.9' is a big plus, as I'd also like a more detailed look at small things close at hand.
Feel free to weigh in with thoughts on Opticron in general and these binos in particular.
ETA: The Vortex Diamondback HD 8x32 is also under consideration. It has similar specs though not quite as good close focus and weighs 15.9 ounces. However it has a lifetime warranty and is $209 at REI (minus 10% for my member rebate). If I make the purchase today I get a $20 bonus card for any purchase Feb 16-26, effectively reducing the price to $168.10 + tax.
I have no experience with the Opticron, but I'm sure they are a decent binocular. I'm surprised they are so lightweight. The Vortex Diamondback was what I was going to suggest, I haven't tried them, but they seem to be a very highly regarded mid-priced binocular from a good company. The fact that you can buy them from REI with their excellent return policy is a plus, in my book. The Nikon Prostaff might also be worth your consideration. If you want to consider venturing slightly out of your stated price range, the Zeiss Terra might be a good way to go. Honestly, I don't think you'll go wrong with any of these options, mid-range compacts have come a very long way in recent years.
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