Date: 12/2/19 6:01 am From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> Subject: [MDBirding] binocular advice for birding course?
I have the good fortune to be teaching a course on birdwatching for Honors students at the University of Maryland next semester. Instead of a textbook, the main expense for the students will be binoculars (everyone will need binoculars!). As a result, for those students who will need to purchase, I'm looking for a good option that does not cost much more than a typical textbook, so, less than $150.
So far I have found 3 options:
celestron nature dx 8x42 (Amazon $140 on sale for $109)
nikon action extreme 7x35 atb (Amazon $127)
Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 (Amazon $117)
Does anyone have any experience with these, or can offer alternatives? I've tried the Nikon Action Extreme -- they're rugged and the image is very good, but they're a bit bulky and the focus knob (on the one I tried) is stiff. I've not tried the others. The idea is to give the students some options to choose from, since often "good" is a matter of personal taste (but they need *something* to go on...).
(Disclosure: some of these came from an Audubon review https://www.audubon.org/news/category-get-game but inconsistencies in the information there made me a bit cautious; unforuntately the nice Cornell Lab reviews are a bit dated now -- 2013.)
Also, any suggestions for birders starting out are welcome. I've been compiling a list. :)
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