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.

Night Vision Monocular Reviews: A Look at 4 of the Best

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. A monocular for night vision is not nearly so hard to find today as it once was. You can find a wide range of night vision monoculars – so wide that picking the best night vision monoculars is pretty much an impossible task. …

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The Best Small Binoculars for Birding

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Sometimes you just want compact binoculars when you go out bird watching. This best small binoculars for birding article concentrates on binos with objective lenses – which largely determines the overall size of a pair of binoculars – no larger than 28 millimeters. …

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Bestguarder WG-50 Night Vision Monocular: Quality at a Decent Price

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. The Bestguarder WG-50 monocular gives you (somewhat surprisingly) good quality night vision for live viewing, photos, and even video at a relatively good price. It’s not the biggest name it optics, and from the description at Amazon you can tell that it’s not …

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Celestron Nature DX 8x42 binoculars

Best Budget Binoculars for Birding: The Bird Must Be the Word

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. That headline reminds me of the Surfin’ Bird song because it has so many B’s in it. If you want to skip over the video below and just get into the best budget binoculars for birding, I’ll completely understand. There are many binocular …

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Bushnell Trophy Xtreme Bone Collector 10×42 Binoculars: Low Cost, Few Features

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. The Bone Collector edition of the Bushnell Trophy Xtreme binoculars doesn’t have a lot of features, but they won’t cost you a lot of dollars either. In fact, the only thing Xtreme about them is the lack of features, and the only thing …

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Nikon PROSTAFF 3S

Best Lightweight Binoculars: Nikon PROSTAFF 3S 10×42

Note: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Binoculars of the 10×42 (and 8×42) variety are pretty common, even standard. What makes the Nikon PROSTAFF 3S 10×42 binoculars stand out is their light weight. They are even lighter than Nikon’s own PROSTAFF 7S models, making them probably the best lightweight binoculars …

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