Originally Posted by gunut
on E-bay 2 come to mind
Bushnell Legend M series...8x42...item #292168188707...$159.99
Vanguard Endeavor ED...8x42...item # 253061736541...179.99 or offer....
if you prefer his one i'd offer 159.99 same as Bushnell and say that in my offer....
Hi Sarah, welcome to BF !
+1 on all the above.
8x42 will be much easier to line up, hold steady, and use initially, and the Bushnell Legend M series is a really good all-rounder and superb value for money. It is bright and has a wide field of view. It will fit most people's eyes/faces, hands really well. If possible try before you buy. You'll know a great fit and view when you see it. :)
It seems to me that a 10x magnification requires a disproportionate increase in expenditure to get really good results, and the same applies to a lesser extent to smaller sizes like 8x32 for instance. As Bob said, the 5.2mm exit pupil (objective size divided by magnification, ie 42÷8) will be much easier to get along with in snap viewing situations etc. Rest assured you will become more proficient as the years roll by
Don't over complicate things too much just go and enjoy the birds and nature.