I’m not a birder with a life list but I wanted to get Sue a pair of decent birding binoculars. So I asked my sister who does have a life list and does go to Panama to crouch behind dumpsters to check out birds. She said to go to birdwatching.com and see what pair scored highest in the mid-priced binocs. There was a pair at the top of the list scored by how they function as birding glasses for $350.00. After going back and forth to Amazon and a bunch of other sites I bought them through birdwatching.com since they had the best price and availability. Showed up three days later. These puppies are awesome.
Vanguard Endeavor ED 8×42 Read the review here. So why 8×42 and why this particular pair? At 8×42 you get the best fit for a pair of binocs you don’t mind hanging around your neck all day. See a bird and instantly have it in view and focused. Higher mag and all that gets a little more difficult. This pair gathers so much light with great eye relief (your eye can move around a bit behind the pair without the image going black) that they are just a lot more fun to use than the old pair we had been using.
They are also perfect for checking out the moons of Jupiter or the Orion Nebula. Can’t wait for those warm evenings laying on my back out on Halibut Point checking out the stars. With these binocs it is as Carl Sagan said, there are billions and billions of stars. More than the estimated 2.6 billion birds in the United States.