Birder's Guide

DEC 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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36 Birder's Guide to Gear | December 2014 Lightweight Binoculars Brand and model Size Light gathering Field of vision-ft. Eye relief-mm Close focus-ft. Weight-oz. Size-in. Price Celestron Nature 8x32 16 388 17.5 6.5 18 5.0x4.9 $160 Eagle Optics Ranger 8x32 16 393 16 3 19.2 4.9x4.8 $300 Kowa BD 8x32 16 393 15 5 20 4.9x4.8 $540 Kowa Genesis 8x33 17 420 15 5 21 5.6x4.4 $1200 Leica Ultravid 8x32 16 404 13 7.2 18.9 4.6x4.6 $1900 Leupold Acadia 8x32 16 425 19.2 5 18 4.5x4.7 $140 Leupold Mojave 8x32 16 366 16 7 17 4.1x4.8 $350 Minox HG 8x33 17 440 16 4.9 21.3 5.3x5.1 $1200 Nikon EDG 8x32 16 409 18.5 8.2 23.1 5.4x5.5 $2400 Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 14 435 15.1 7.8 15.3 4.6x4.8 $380 Nikon Premier 8x32 16 408 17 8.2 24.5 5.0x5.4 $1200 Opticron Discovery 8x32 16 393 17 3.9 13.8 4.3x4.5 $265 Opticron Traveller 8x32 16 300 19 5 14 4.0x4.6 $425 Pentax DCF 9x32 12.5 351 16 8 17.6 5.4x5.0 $400 Swarovski Companion 8x30 14 372 15 10 17.6 4.7x4.5 $1200 Vortex Viper 8x32 16 400 16 3 20.6 4.9x4.8 $650 Zeiss Conquest 8x32 16 420 16 4.9 22 4.9x4.5 $950 Zeiss Victory 8x32 16 420 16 6.5 19.7 5.1x4.6 $1800 My approximate upper limits were 5" x 5" in size, 25 oz. in weight, and 8x in magnifcation. If price is no ob - ject, the 8x32 Zeiss Victory (about $1,800) or 8x32 Leica Ultravid (about $2,000) are the ones to get. The Zeiss Victory is half an inch longer but still small at 5.1". The Leica Ultravid is smaller and an ounce lighter. I wish I were rich! The new 8x32 Nikon EDG (about $2,400) is also worth a look, but it is bigger and among the heavi- est I tried. The price on these top-of- the-line brands is high, but you get Celestron Nature Eagle Optics Ranger

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