Originally Posted by JoyfulCreator
I'm on a mission to get some new binoculars as I'm getting back into enjoying nature & smelling the roses. Recommendations on best magnification for a set of binoculars? I'm considering either Bushnell, Athlon Optics OR Nikon. I've been reading reviews but hesitant without some guidance. Any help would be appreciated! - Sarah
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8X42 binoculars are usually suggested for beginners. They have an eye friendly 5.2mm exit pupil which makes it easy to center the pupils of your eyes in the right place when you use them.
Try them out if you can before you decide to buy one.
You may be able to visit a store like Cabelas in Kansas City and try out a few 8x42 binoculars while there. Cabelas usually has a number of Nikon 8x42s in different price ranges from about $100.00 through $400.00 that you can try out and they may also have some Bushnells.