Date: 10/13/18 3:15 pm
From: nan dewire (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Binocular recommendations requested
I’d love to hear the responses Maxine! Nan

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 13, 2018, at 3:36 PM, Maxine Okazaki <mokazaki...><mailto:<mokazaki...>> wrote:

I have been asked by more than 1 person to share all the offline responses to my question.

If you are interested, please contact me offline and I will share a compilation of the text of the emails I received (with the senders' names removed).

I'm not sure it's kosher to post the responses that were sent to me privately.

Maxine Okazaki
Chapel Hill

From: <carolinabirds-request...><mailto:<carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:<carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Maxine Okazaki
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:49 PM
To: <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>
Subject: Binocular recommendations requested

I currently use an old Swarovski SLC 7x42B for birding that I inherited from my father-in-law. It is an excellent binoc with a very bright image, but it weighs a ton.

However, I'm finding it difficult to identify the fine characteristics of distant birds (eg beak color, wing bars) and was wondering if it would be worthwhile upgrading to a 10x42.

I am looking for binocs with a higher magnification while maintaining the closest focus at no farther than 10 feet.

I understand that Nikon makes the Monarch 7 and Monarch HG lines. I looked at a Monarch 7 8x42 and the optics seemed very good with low dispersion glass, but I didn't think the increase in magnification from my 7x to an 8x made much of a difference. I also looked at the Swarovski 8.5x42 and the optics seemed slightly better than the Nikon Monarch 7, but it was $2000 more than the Nikon.

I'd like to get your opinions on the following questions:
1. Is 10x magnification too high for birding? Is it difficult to locate the bird in the tree with a 10x, since the viewing area is smaller than my 7x?
2. I know with the higher magnification, any hand shake will be more noticeable. Has this been a problem?
3. Do any of you have any opinions on the Nikon Monarch 7 vs Monarch HG lines of binoculars? The Monarch HG binocs are approximately double the price of the Monarch 7.
4. Are there any other brand of binocs that you would recommend.

Thank you for your opinions.

Maxine Okazaki
Chapel Hill, NC

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