I would recommend looking at Nikon Monarchs. A couple others in that price range that I've heard good things about are the Vortex Diamondbacks and Zeiss Terras. Both are in the upper end of that price range. A good place to check out binoculars is the Wild Bird Center in Freeport, ME.
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> On Jan 25, 2016, at 3:14 PM, Mona Bearor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A friend asked me for advice on purchasing birding bins. She is a new
> birder and willing to spend between $200 and $500, but stressed that the
> upper limit was reserved for a pair that was " noticeably superior to
> others." Can anyone offer practical advice or review on a specific model
> they use in this price range? I've already suggested WBU in Saratoga if she
> wants to shop local and have a face-to-face "hands-on" and Eagle Optics for
> a good selection and expert advice. I also gave her a basic "Choosing a
> Birding Binocular" handout that I prepared years ago for our Audubon chapter
> so she can get familiar with all the terminology.
> Thanks for any advice I can pass on to her,
> Mona Bearor
> S Glens Falls