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Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binocular
Nikon 7294 Monarch ATB 8x42 Binocular
Offered by Adorama Camera
Price: $252.41
4 used & new from $234.99

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly my best online purchase, January 19, 2011
Buying these binoculars was quite possibly my best online purchase ever. I bought them about two years ago after a friend got me into birding. I did a lot of research before buying my bins, both online and more informally by talking with fellow birders and nature lovers. I settled on these because they were relatively inexpensive, durable, and lightweight, and because they came with the imprimatur of the Ornithology lab at Cornell--which considered them one of the best two or three pairs of entry-level binoculars. I have not been disappointed once. These binoculars produce a bright, crisp image; there's very little distortion, even at the edges. They work well in low-light situations, which is especially important to birders. They are rugged and waterproof. They come with a 25-year warranty, but I doubt I'll ever have to take advantage of it. And they have an amazingly short focal distance of about six feet. This is great for people who want to watch butterflies and other insects, but not so useful for birders in the wilderness. If you have feeders in your backyard and can get close to them without disturbing the birds, though, they will reveal the beauties of common birds like house sparrows and starlings in ways you've never experienced. I can sit in my chair on the porch and watch cardinals feeding on safflower seeds just six or seven feet away. Seeing the male select a seed and give it to his partner, up close in my binoculars, always reminds me how magical the natural world is. Even the small slice of it in my yard. I've recommended these binoculars to about a dozen friends (fellow birders, friends, family, etc.), and all have been satisfied. I recommend them to you, too.
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