I think this is could be the most basic (and therefore important)
topic for birders. Without really good optics we can't do our job
(birding) very well.
Several birder-friends have purchased Celestron Regal binoculars
(8x42) and absolutely love them. Consensus among these 4--5 birders
is that the Regal is a "Zeiss with a price" (that we can afford).
Price is $300--350. Last year I bought the Regal and they are the
clearest lenses I have ever used. (I've Not played with Zeiss or
I have seen the Celestron Outland, but have not used it in the field.
It seemed very similar to the Regal, but made in China, not Japan.
At only $100, however, it must be lacking some feature found in the
$300 Regal. Online research might provide more information on
specifications of the two.
"Let no bird go unseen."
--- "Gregory R. Askew" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have decided I'm ready for a upgrade in the optics
> department...I've been using a fifty dollar pair
> of Bushnell for far too long. Yet my money's kind of
> tight right now. Can anyone recommend a good pair of
> straight-design binoculars for under $200? Please reply off the
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