good budget compacts
(1)Do you have any recommendations under $100? waterproofing, and FOV are important to me. I notice the eterna only has FOV of 270ft. My primary use would be birdwatching.
(2)do you have an opinion on Bushnell H2O 8x25? they have 370ft FOV, but no PC prism.
Pentax DCF SW 8x25 also caught my eye, but again, not great FOV, and over $100.
The Excursion 8x28 look to have nice specs, but aren't dual hinged. I'm not sure how truly compact they'd be.
Thanks for any input/recommendations.
Don't put too much weight on FOV - a difference of 20-30 ft is not that significant.
PC is important in a roof prism if you want the best possible resolution and clarity. Be worth the expense to get it, especially in a compact, where you are already compromising on optics, anyway. The H2O is otherwise a good choice, but I would save your pennies and try for the Eterna or the Pentax DCF SW
I've not come across an Excursion in a store, nor seen dimensions online anywhere. Do you know about this one, and is it really "compact"?
Yes, that is significant, but keep in mind that you give up edge sharpness and overall image sharpness to get that extra wide field of view. The Brunton will have the better optics.