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Binos are one of those things where you get more when you pay more. Since there is a huge difference in price between the two, there is also a great difference in performance. Comparing the two is like comparing a Toyota Corolla and a Mercedes Benz S-class sedan. Obviously they both work, and work pretty well. Only you can say what you can comfortably spend.
As for magnification -- 8x (7x is also perfectly suitable) if you will be glassing at shorter ranges or in wooded/dense canopies, and 10x if you will be glassing over long distances such as the mountain west, or glassing birds high in the sky, such as hawkes. If you will be doing most of your glassing during the daytime and short to medium ranges, you should also consider an 8x30/32, which will be perfect for this kind of situation, but will be lighter in weight, smaller in bulk, and often less expensive than a 42mm bino.
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