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Every birdwatcher should own a decent pair of binoculars. Here are two models that offer good image quality and durability without breaking the bank:

Vortex Viper HD 8×42. This glass produces bright, sharp, and clear high-contrast views with accurate color fidelity and crisp resolution. The binoculars are also waterproof and resistant to internal fogging. Close focus: 5.1 feet. It lists for about $650 but can often be found for around $500. Check the price on Amazon!

Nikon Monarch 5 8×42. If you don’t want to spend more than $300 on binoculars, then you can’t go wrong with this model from Nikon. It’s built with premium ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass for a sharper, clearer and more brilliant field of view. It’s also waterproof and fogproof, and it features a rubber-armored body for improved durability. Close focus: 7.8 feet. Check the price on Amazon!

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Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall

Matt Mendenhall is the editor of BirdWatching magazine and You can reach him at [email protected].

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