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Old 12-13-2017, 08:57 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by padlin View Post
Aren't they kind of big to lug around when hiking?
Itís a trade off between size and clear optics. When you look for hours at a time for gray bighorn sheep in gray rocks, or watching grizzly bears on distant slopes (best place for them is distant) I favour the optics. As a wildlife biologist, the clearer a person can see things the better. I think these Nikonís are comparable to some other well known brands at half the price.

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:44 PM   #12
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Long ago my wife and I went on a guided birdwatching trip. We had stopped at a pond and the guide (a wildlife biologist) was naming the various birds... but I couldn't see the small shorebirds he was talking about. He seemed puzzled, looked at my cheap binoculars, and handed me his backup pair... and the indistinct variations of brown along the water's edge suddenly became little birds! The image in the cheap binoculars didn't look fuzzy, but the ability to resolve detail was wildly different.

My recently I had a relatively inexpensive set of Nikons, which were rendered unusable by water. Now I have a waterproof mid-range Vortex pair.

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:53 PM   #13
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I have a my Brunton Echo 8 X 25 binocs for bird watching. They are light and compact. I always have to double check to ensure I'm looking through the right end, and by then, the bird has buggered off.

Here's a link to The Wirecutter review of best binoculars.
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Old 12-14-2017, 04:02 AM   #14
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Guess I need to go find a good pair to compare to my not so good ones. I've never noticed anything bad about my little Nikon's but it could just be a case of I don't know what I'm not seeing, as Brian points out.
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Old 12-14-2017, 06:12 PM   #15
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Love my Nikon monarch 5 8x42s.

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