Originally Posted by ceasar
...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.
Sarah (or Any Newbie-as it may be),
Agree with Bob!!!
Take the great suggestions presented in all the post and with any knowledge you can gain, spend a little shopping time and "see for yourself" what You
may like and be comfortable with!