I sold a lot of Vortex optics when I owned a bird store in Blue Ridge. A very popular model is the vortex Raptor. It's a porro-prism design, waterproof, twist-up eyecups and lightweight.
It we especially popular with women an teens because it is a little smaller than standard and fits a smaller face very well. Retail is about $140. Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company has them in stock. 706-25892473 Optics Planet carries vortex products as well.
Blue Ridge, GA
From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:<GABO-L...>] On Behalf Of Jason B
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 3:08 PM
Subject: [GABO-L] Revisiting budget binocular recommendations
A friend in Houston has asked me for recommendations for binoculars. She wants to get into some casual birding and wildlife watching. It was like
10 years ago when I was familiar with the specific models that were out.
The most recent post in the GABO archives on this is from 2018 which may be out-of-date. I mentioned the Nikon 5 Monarchs to her which I see are close to $300, and she doesn't want to spend that much. She didn't rule it out, but that would be her luxury option. So we are talking more like the price range of the old Vortex that were popular or Eagle Optics, which I see has
apparently gone out of business. As she put it, "Something affordable but
not crappy and relatively sturdy for when I inevitably drop it. " What's out there now that you can recommend? And what are good vendors to get them from?