Winmagman, Check out the different Zeiss binocs. In a 10X25, you will only have a 2.5 exit pupil so they will appear very dark in the evening. Everyone recommends at least a 4 if possible. In a 10X binocular, a 40 or 42 is recommended. Just a thought. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Thanks for the correction. How's things in Michigan? Hear it's going to be a cold one this year. Combine that with the warm lake water and I bet you guys are getting a little lake effects snow huh? Anyhow, have a good one.
I had 800 or so saved up for a good pair two years ago. I looked and looked and asked about the same things your asking. Then a Gander Mtn store opened up close by and I went out and looked through all of the top ones I had been looking through. After doing so, I ended up picking up two pair of Nikon Monarch's in 8x42 & 10x42, in hardwoods camo for less than one pair of the other were. To my eyes they were the clearest and sharpest that they had on hand. They were also completely waterproof as well, where some of the others were only water resistant. I gave a pair to my daughter and kept me a pair.
My suggestion is to go try out as many as you can, and take them outside if possible as it dies make a difference. Try to go in the evenings when there will be shadows and it will be darker as this will really let you know which one does what.