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Lily Valley

BIRDS (and how to look at them)

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On 4/15/2018 at 8:04 AM, Xray the Enforcer said:

I have the Vortex Viper 8X42, the best in the midrange category. Since that guide was published, the price has gone down and you can usually find them for around $450US. I have yet to make the leap into Leica/Swarovski/Zeiss territory, although one of these days it will probably happen. 

I back when I was in high school I used to work at a nature bookstore that sold binoculars and I got really familiar with the different brands and features.  When I looked to buy a pair of my own a few years ago I was shocked at how much the quality had improved, particularly with mid-range binoculars.  The Nikon Monarchs I bought were less than $300 and they were both lighter and better than a $500 pair from 2000, and almost as good as the $1,000 dollar binoculars from back then.   

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I saw so many birds while on assignment this week, including a couple of lifers: Lawrence's Goldfinch and California Thrasher (I thought of you with that last one, @Lily Valley)

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