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Help picking binoculars/monocular?

Postby PSA on Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:48 am

Hi! I've never bought binos before and would like to buy a pair for my girlfriend's birthday, though we will probably both use them (the best kind of gift-giving, lol). We would use them for scoping out wildlife on hikes. We're not planning to throw them (or ourselves) down a ravine, so normal good construction sounds plenty rugged. We do live in a wetter climate, thought, so water-resistance would be good.

We both have small/narrow heads (she's bought children's glasses before), so I'm looking for a pair of binos that can accommodate a small IPD. Also, she wears glasses and I don't.

I've also wondered if a monocular would be a good choice, though I have no experience with them. The compact size is appealing, plus that fixes the possible IPD issue.

I'm not sure how much I'll need to spend to get something that's worth keeping. I was imagining $50, but could go up to $100 or so, if it's necessary. We're novices and won't get to use them as often as I'd like, but I don't want to get junk. 'Would love to hear your expert recommendations! Thanks
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Re: Help picking binoculars/monocular?

Postby Jne_K on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:32 am

Hi

Go with a binocular, unless you are really strapped for space - they are easier to get on target and steady than a monocular. See my article on Monoculars. A double folding hinge style compact binocular will offer the greatest range of IPD adjustment and there are enough of them out there with decent eye relief for use with glasses. A Nikon Premier LX 8x20 is a great example, if it is in your budget. The Steiner Wildlife Pro 8x26 or even the Pentax DCF SW 8x25 are some more affordable choices
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Re: Help picking binoculars/monocular?

Postby PSA on Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:30 pm

Thanks Jne K, the Pentax DCF SW 8x25 looks great and fits into the (high end of) my price range. Since you didn't include anything in the sub-$100 range, should I take it there's not much there worth looking at?
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Re: Help picking binoculars/monocular?

Postby Jne_K on Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:59 am

Hi

Not in that style - double folding roof prism - and not if you want the eye relief and decent optics. Roof prisms under $100 typically lack phase-correction and that is an important feature if you want to get the most out of roof prism optics.
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