I agree with Jason. My Nikon Monarchs changed my whole birding experience. Definitely worth the extra money. It's like cheap guitars....people buy them and then don't play them because they are too hard to play.
Drew Whitelegg DeKalb Co.
On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 5:14 PM R Taylor <vorticity4...> wrote:
> Jason > > I might suggest a little push back on your friend. I often recommend > Monarch 5's as the best value for the money. But a great second option is > Monarch 3, my back up bins that I keep in my car. They are bullet proof. I > had a pair of Vortex a couple of years ago that I had to sell. I was not > satisfied. People who start with binoculars that are too cheap end up not > liking birding. ...too hard to pick out details, halos, chromatic > aberration, fogging on cold mornings (internal fogging). > > My 2 cents > > Rick Taylor > Forsyth County. > > * My debut novel, THIS ETERNITY, * > * available NOW at Amazon! <http://authl.it/4s5?d>* > > > > > On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 3:08 PM Jason B <jlbaumga...> wrote: > > > Dear GABO, > > > > 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 out-of-date.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? > > > > Thank you, > > > > Jason B. > > > > North Druid Hills, GA > > > > You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. > > Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: > > http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines > > before posting. > > > > Send regular postings to <gabo-l...> > > > > To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to > > https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L > > > > To contact a listowner, send message to <GABO-L-request...> > > > > You must be a subscriber to post to GABO-L. > Instructions for subscribing (and the guidelines) are found here: > http://www.gos.org/georgia-birders-online Please read the guidelines > before posting. > > Send regular postings to <gabo-l...> > > To search GABO-L archives or manage your subscription, go to > https://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GABO-L > > To contact a listowner, send message to <GABO-L-request...> >