I used to have a really good pair of binoculars that my father brought home from his tour in Vietnam. Somehow they didn’t make it to our new house in our latest move. So, I’m looking for binoculars.
My use: very diverse. At sports events like football games, zooming in on the huddle to see what the QB is saying or other interesting things, using them in the woods, looking at the moon, concerts, etc. I would like maximum power with good image.
Wirecutter has a nice article on them: The Best Binoculars for Birds, Nature, and the Outdoors in 2021 | Reviews by Wirecutter and they mention that technology has advanced to the point where the quality you can get for a few hundred dollars what used to cost thousands. In fact, their recommended binoculars are only about $200 on Amazon.
However, they stay at 8X because they say 10X is “too shaky” - I think I’d live with that. But they also don’t like binoculars that have zoom in and out capability; they say the optics are too compromised. That surprises me, as I would think one mag level would be an issue. For example, at a concert, you might want to zoom in and see the details of the guitar someone is playing, but then you may want a close but wider view of something on stage.
So - anyone here with experience in current binocular options?