ABOUT ME - My name is Amy and I'm a birder living in central Florida. On this blog I post book and birding product reviews as well as birder gift ideas and announcements related to my birder gift shop on this site. I also have a personal birding blog called Powered By Birds.

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Archive: Optics

Today Only: Lightning Deal on *MY* Binoculars!

Posted on December 3rd, 2014 in Deals & Sales, Optics

Today at 7:50PM EST Amazon has a Lightning Deal on these highly-rated MINOX BV II 62029 10×42 BR Binoculars. The sale price will be revealed when the deal starts at 7:50PM EST. Amazon regularly sells these at 15% off list price but Lightning Deals can offer 50% or even 75% off list prices for a limited time.

An earlier version of this very model was my personal daily binoculars for several years and they took a beating! I’d toss them in my bike’s basket several times a week where they’d bounce around with my camera, keys, and other basket stuff. I’d carry them in a tote with other equipment. And I used them in all kinds of weather conditions, from frozen winter days back in Illinois to oppressive hot and humid summer days down here in Florida.

I did have a couple of small problems with them after a few years of use. The eyepieces were somewhat mis-aligned and the rubber on one of the eyepieces was starting to crack. The body hinge was very loose. They were still very usable but after a friendly email exchange with Minox I ended up sending in my bins for cleaning and repairs. To my shock and utter delight I received a brand new replacement pair back in the mail within two weeks. That’s the kind of customer service you want in your binoculars. I highly recommend Minox and this particular model for avid birders. Be sure to check out the Amazon Lightning Deal later today on this great pair of binoculars!

Amazon optics deals TODAY ONLY!

Posted on September 14th, 2014 in Deals & Sales, Optics, Products

Today Amazon has two great deals that may be of interest to birders! These daily deals are good through the end of today ONLY, so ACT FAST!

Vanguard Endeavor ED Binocular (8×42)

This highly rated pair of binoculars is on sale today for just $199. The list price is $429 and Amazon usually sells it for around $349 — so this is a great deal! The binoculars have over 190 reviews and an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars. These ED glasses would make a great gift for new birders. The quality glass makes this product a solid purchase for any birder — great for your primary pair or affordable enough as a fine back-up, car bins, or a handy loaner pair for recruiting new birders!

BARSKA 20-60×60 Waterproof Straight Spotting Scope with Tripod

This is another highly rated optics product. Today’s price on Amazon is just $59.18, a 69% savings off the $189 list price. Amazon typically sells this for $80 or more, so today’s price is really great! The scope has a 20x-60x zoom to help you get really close views of your subjects. The spotting scope comes with a lightweight tripod so for regular birding use you might look to get a more heavy-duty tripod. Check out the 248 customer reviews, which average out to 4 out of 5 stars, and decide for yourself! At this price, the scope is a steal! Keep this one for getting great looks at your backyard birds or stow it in your car as an always-ready spare!