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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 BirdWatchingDaily.com. He joined the staff of BirdWatching (formerly Birder’s World) in 2000 and has worn many hats over the years: reporter, story wrangler, photo editor, managing editor, and now editor. Originally from Omaha, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor’s in journalism from Marquette University. You can reach Matt at (617) 706-9098 and [email protected].

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