I love my Pentax Papilios.ValerieOn Sun, May 31, 2020, 6:08 PM Marlene Donnelly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Thanks, Linda!MarleneOn Sun, May 31, 2020 at 5:06 PM Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Hi Marlene. I have Swarovski 10x32 (I think they are the EL32 version, but may have to go look at them). (I had formerly used Swarovski Habicht SLC 10x42 WB for 25+ yrs, fabulous glass but became too heavy for the wrists). I LOVE these new ones They say that the close focus on these should be 5 feet, but each person's eyes are different, mine focus on bugs at about 7 feet. They are wonderful and light, and superb glass.
To compensate for my old binocs that did not focus closely, I got a set of Eagle Optics Ranger Platinum Class (about 10 yrs old now), 8x32 - they focus to 40", my shoelaces.. I used them for dragonflying. They are light weight. I take them to my bird class so students can stand back and yet see tiny details.
A friend of mine uses Vortex, which also makes great binocs. Her lenses focus closer than mine, and she got them for bugs and plants. I looked at the Vortex glasses when I shopped for my latest, but Ben and I have been so happy over the years with Swarovskis, I just stuck with them.
Good luck with your search!
On 5/31/20 2:22 PM, Marlene Donnelly wrote:
Hi all, I'm looking for a pair of small, light, high quality binoculars that have a close focus (inside of 6 feet), to be used both for birding and in the art classroom.
Thanks in advance! Stay well.
Marlene Hill Donnelly
The Field Museum
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The Field Museum
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