Vespobuteo Thanks for all those recommendations. I'll check them all out.
As to 10x being too much you are likely correct however she's convinced she wants some. She's very well off and I mean very well off so she might as well have a pair along with the 8x she has, So maybe at her age a 42mm is the best idea after all. Maybe 42 would be better for my 65 year old eyes too but I hike for hours up and down mountain trails each day so I've always preferred a smaller lighter binocular.
You folk are pushing me to recommend the 42mm size in for her and I had never considered that they might be a great deal easier to look though in her case. Thanks.
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