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.

AX Visio – Swarovski Launches World’s First Smart Binoculars

Press Release from Swarovski AX Visio – Beyond Seeing  To mark the company’s 75TH ANNIVERSARY, SWAROVSKI OPTIK, the world-leading sports optics manufacturer, is beginning 2024 with a technological sensation. The AX VISIO are the world’s first AI-supported binoculars and a perfect symbiosis of high-performance analog long-range optics and digital intelligence. At the touch of a button, they assist […]

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Best Spotting Scopes Under $300 and $500: Quality, Yet You Keep Your Limbs

There are many excellent spotting scopes available in the market today. Finding the best spotting scope for your purposes can be quite a chore, so I’ve tried to narrow your choices a little while still giving you some options from which to select. Update: I’ve updated this list (for 2023) and included more pricing levels

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The Best 8×42 Binoculars for Every Price Range

Binoculars of the 8×42 size could arguably be considered the standard size for this optical instrument. The best 8×42 binoculars, therefore, are also arguably the most sought-after binos of all. Yes, you could just as easily argue for 10×42 binoculars or any of a few other sizes, and I wouldn’t have much, if anything, to

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Opticron Binoculars – “Smaller, Lighter, Brighter, Sharper”

“Smaller, lighter, brighter, sharper” is Opticron binoculars’ mantra. It’s a fine phrase, but personally I think it would be more memorable if they made it rhyme by putting “lighter” and “brighter” in the 2nd and 4th positions. In any case, it seems that Opticron binoculars do hold true to their catch phrase. Before I jump

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