Gary Sonnenberg

Gary is a bird watcher and amateur astronomer. This means he's set up several bird feeders in his backyard and likes looking at the night sky when the weather is warm. To those ends, he uses optics appropriate for those avocations.

Zeiss SFL 8x40 binoculars

Zeiss SFL 8×40 Binoculars and 10×40 Binoculars

In mid-2022, Zeiss produced a lightweight version of their SmartFocus (SF) binoculars. They called them the Zeiss SFL 8×40 binoculars and the Zeiss SFL 10×40 binoculars. In case you haven’t deciphered the acronym yet, SFL stands for SmartFocus Lightweight – a name more functional than creative. These binoculars are similar to, but significantly less expensive …

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Vortex Optics Solo Monoculars: 4 Inexpensive Options

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Vortex Optics makes four very similar monoculars in their Solo line. The Vortex Optics Solo monoculars come in 8x and 10x magnifications and 25mm and 36mm objective lens sizes. Combine those specifications appropriately and you get the four monoculars in the list just …

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Pinty 1x25 Red Dot Scope

Pinty Red Dot Rifle Scopes: Reviews of the 1×25 and 1×30 Models

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Pinty is an optics company – primarily dealing in rifle optics, such as scopes – that has been around for a few years, as of this writing. Since these devices are made in China, they can be constructed relatively inexpensively without sacrificing too …

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