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Old July 9th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Going on our 1st Alaska cruise in August. Anyone have suggestions on binoculars? I would like to stay under the $100.00 figure. Thanks
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Old July 9th, 2006, 07:22 PM
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Probably best bet is 10 x 50. If those are too large try 7 x 50. I've used 7 x 35 with no complaints.
You won't need to spend too much. Easily under $50 for those sizes at Target, etc and you'll do fine. I suggest not going over 10 power. Too much shaking.
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Peter, thanks for the info. Do you think I need to get ones that are waterproof if they will be used mainly on the ship?

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IMO you won't need waterproofed binocs. Off the rack Tascos or Bushnells will do the trick nicely. As I mentioned before I was fine with 7 x 35's which are light and small. 7 x50's and 10 x 50's are bulkier but not too bad and more powerful with better light gathering ability.
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Try out several pairs at a sporting goods store. Clearly for Alaska wide angle and power are necessary IF you want to spend the time looking at the sights. 10x50's are ideal for me. Wide angle is necessary for marine wildlife, and at least 10 power for wildlife. Especially if going to Denali Park the power is important.
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