Which is the best binocular you would advice me, for watching wild life and marine life t, in Alaska, and where to buy it at Anchorage? Thanks
How much do you want to spend?
About 100$, thanks
Others will have to reply to this one. My suggestion is much higher. I have Swarovsky which are really nice but quite expensive.
There are several stores in Anchorage where you can purchase binoculars - REI, Sports Authority, 6th Avenue Outfitters, Army Navy Store, even Fred Meyers or Walmart would have binoculars for sale.
The Nikon Action binoculars are pretty good. The non-waterproof models are usually below $100, the waterproof models a bit above. My 7X35 sample has very good center sharpness. It has a wide angle view, but the sharpness gets poor at the edge. I guess that's why they have other models that are more expensive. Anti-reflection coating is very good, as evidenced by looking at objects under a street light.
At magnifications above about 8X it becomes difficult to use binoculars hand-held, as every movement of the binocular is increasingly magnified.
Thanks sdpryde for the second link. It will be very helpful in my decision making for a new pair!
You may want to consider upgrading a bit, but it obviously depends on your budget and lifestyle. Since I am now on my 3rd set of binocculars, I wish I'd gone for better ones right from the beginning and saved myself the initial costs. You don't really realize how ineffective a cheaper pair is until you look through someone else's with a great pair. For you to decide what a good vs great pair is, you need to try them out yourself, and not just take the advice of others. Some are easier to view with glasses on, some are clearer at shorter distances, some give you a wider view., etc. My first pair was purchased through LLBean and were small, lightweight, inexpensive, were easy to travel with and met the need at the time. REI, which you can access on-line or in their store in Anchorage also carries inexpensive models.
Swarovsky is one of the best but very pricey. But I find I use them far more often just in every day use than I ever did the less expensive ones.
I agree with turu on the Swarovsky binoculars. They are durable, waterproof and terrific optical lenses. They are a bit heavier and I purchased a suspender type strap for them. Whenever we travel I always let others use mine just so they can see what I am seeing through them. I was fortunate to have my three children go together and purchase mine as a gift. I guess I raised them right or am just fortunate. I would love to have the spotting scope, too. I saw them all over Yellowstone on tripods and was fortunate enough to have folks let me view some wolves through them. They are truly amazing.
If you are set on your $100 budget and can't spend more, we bought the Nikon Trailblazer binocular, 8 x 25 magnification, at REI in California and are very happy with it. It's waterproof too which is a bonus. They were around $100, 2 years ago.Edited: 22 August 2010, 06:46