You might want to check with Wayne Bell and/or George Radcliffe, who run YMOS, the youth division of MOS. Every year, YMOS provides backpacks to young birders recommended by local MOS chapters; the backpacks contain binoculars and other essentials. Please let me know offline if you need contact information for them.
Patuxent Bird Club
A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Gail Mackiernan
Sent: Monday, December 2, 2019 5:11 PM
To: Bud Poole
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] binocular advice for birding course?
I would second the recommendation of the Celestron Nature DX. We bought a pair for a young man just starting out as a bird guide in a remote island chain. He had a very modest budget and we contacted Eagle Optic for advice. They recommended these bins and - since they knew there would be no return if defective - they went through their stock and picked out the best pair optically. I tried them out when they arrived and was very impressed. The young man is now well-established and in a recent FB post with clients posed in front of his bus, still had the Celestrons around his neck.
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> On Dec 3, 2019, at 2:29 AM, Bud Poole <budpoole343...> wrote:
> Hi Derek,
> I used the celestron nature dx 10x42 as my first pair. I was extremely happy with them as I grew into the hobby (or obsession?). The objective and eye lenses of the Celestron withstood my lackadaisical lens cleaning for years. Unfortunately when I upgraded, the lack of cleaning skills did not do well for my new Zeiss bins. I'm sending the Zeiss back as we speak and hoping the warranty will cover it. The point being that the Celestron is ideal for withstanding beginner negligence.
> The only negative I had with the Celestron is the eye relief cups are now extremely loose and won't hold position. It's likely something that isn't covered by Celestron or even worth paying for replacement with the overall affordablility of a brand new set. This was my primary reason for "upgrading" but I did notice the difference between the clarity in favor of the Zeiss over the Celestron. The Celestron are now my leave in the car backup pair.
> Despite the difference in glass quaity from the Zeiss over the Celestron I still really appreciate the overall solid buy that the Celestron was for my initial pair. I just didn't anticipate falling into the rabbit hole of birding and how much use I've logged on my bins plus the inevitable desire for even more definition\clarity.
> I highly recommend the Celestron but depending on anticipated use they could also consider the Vortex Diamondback (With holiday sales prices being favorable likely throughout Dec.) as an option to consider with their unlimited lifetime warranty.
> Bud Poole
> Patterson Park - Baltimore
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