Intel: www.westmarine.com; ($199.99); 24 oz.; 5.4 x 5.6 in.

I came to appreciate these for their monster light collection. That canyon wren at dusk, halfway up the cliff comes in bright and clear. Also great magnification for star-gazing. They are water and fog proof and come coated with rhino rubber to cope with rough handling. My only complaint was that with the wide objective lens, it’s a little hard to hold steady in a moving boat.

Click below to read about each set of binoculars:

Nikon Monarch 7 8×30

Powerful, yet compact..


Bushnell Legend 10×3

High quality mid sized binoculars.


Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8×42

BA light, mid-sized binocular that is water and fog proof.


Bushnell H2O 10×25

Extremely compact and fits in a jacket pocket.


Maven B3 8×30

Exceptional performance for a larger budget.


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