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Birding Binoculars


Before buying on line, it's advisable to check out binoculars at a local store to see which ones you like.

The following binoculars are some of the highest rated in each group,
according to an article by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


     Economy Binoculars (under $200)

Bushnell Natureview 8 x 40 Birder Combo  [about $46 - Jul 2011]

High Sierra 8x40 - by Simmons  [about $70 - Jul 2011]

Bushnell H2O 10x42 Porro Prism Waterproof/Fogproof Binocular  [about $73 - Jul 2011]

Eagle Optics 8x42 Triumph Binocular Model TPH842  [about $88 - Jul 2011]

Bushnell 8 x 42 Natureview Plus Binocular  [about $96 - Jul 2011]

Nikon 7238 Action Ex Extreme 8 X 40 mm All Terrain Binoculars  [about $110 - Jul 2011]

Audubon Raptor 10x42  [about $135 - Jul 2011]

  

  Mid-Priced Binoculars ($200 to $500)

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 8 x 42 Binocular  [about $242 - Jul 2011]

Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binocular  [about $280 - Jul 2011]

Nikon 7295 Monarch ATB 10x42 Binocular  [about $300 - Jul 2011]

Swift Audubon 828HHS - Binoculars 8.5 x 44 HCF - waterproof - roof   [about $330 - Jul 2011]

Leupold Olympic 8X42Mm Binocular 54184  [about $372 - Jul 2011]

Celestron 71370 8x42 Binocular (Black)  [about $400 - Jul 2011]

  

  Top-Affordable Binoculars ($500 to $1000)

Pentax DCF SP 10x43 Binocular  [about $500-$700 - Jul 2011]

Leupold Pinnacles 8X42Mm Binocular 54504  [about $530 - Jul 2011]

(There were Opticron Oasis WP 8x42 [$850], and Minox BD ALF BR 10x42 [$800] that were also rated highly in this group in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology article -- but they're not listed at Amazon.com).

Nikon Premier LX-L 8x32 Binocular with Ultra-Wide View  [about $950 - Jul 2011]

Carl Zeiss Conquest Binocular (8x30)  [about $578 - Jul 2011]

  

  The Very Best Binoculars (over $1000) 
     (Zeiss, Leica and Swarovski are rated about the same -- Nikon slightly lower -- 4.7 of 5)

Swarovski Optik EL Swarovision Binocular, 10x42 mm   [about $2,480 - Jul 2011]

Swarovski Optik EL Swarovision Binocular, 8.5x42 mm   [about $2,350 - Jul 2011]

Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Victory Binocular 8x42 T FL LT  [about $2,250 - Jul 2011]

Carl Zeiss Victory FL Binoculars (10x42)   [about $1,900 - Jul 2011]

Leica 10 x 42 Ultravid HD, Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular  [about $2,200 - Jul 2011]

Leica 8x42 HD Binocular  [about $2,100 - Jul 2011]

Nikon Premier LX-L 8x42 Binoculars (available at external website)  [about $1,300 - Jul 2011]

     


  Binocular Harness Straps

Allen Company 4 Way Adjustable Deluxe Binocular Strap, Black  [about $10 - Jul 2011]

Nikon 6121 Prostaff Bino Harness  [about $20 - Jul 2011]

Vortex Binocular Harness Straps  [about $22 - Jul 2011]

Leupold Quick Release Binocular Harness 55895  [about $23 - Jul 2011]