Re: Which Binoculars.
Get the Minox 15x58's that Doug from cameralandNY is advertising for $549. I paid almost $1100 for mine 2 years ago from another New York camera store and I L.O.V.E. them! (By the way, I'm not a fool, I shopped hard and $1100 was the best price at the time. The Sportsman's Warehouse down the road has a pair under the counter right now marked for $1,049).
I think they're worth every penny of the $1100 I spend and now can't believe that they're available now for 1/2 price. I know this wasn't one of your choices but I'm sure Doug would let you try them and take care of you if you weren't satisfied.