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Most of the professionals I know use the following: https://www.asseenontv.com/zoomies-as-s ... st-sellers
Sarcasm:the ability to insult idiots without them realizing it
http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Zoomies/i ... 60-1049013
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."
-- Thomas Jefferson
The guy who recommended the Zoomies cannot be trusted.
After a rapid exchange of emails with knowledgeable acquaintances in the European theatre, it is suggested you consider any of the binoculars recommended on the following website:
http://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/bi ... racing.php
This website makes it easy. Just find your price range and buy from Amazon or Ebay or whoever and get them in time for a fashionable day at Dmr. Get "eye relief" if you wear glasses.
I use Nikon Superior E. 12 x 50. They are very light and a truly great glass. Nikon stopped manufacturing then a few years back but there are still lot's around at high end optics stores. They also have a newer model with pretty much the same specs. They are not cheap. Anywhere from $900 to $1200 depending on the deal you can get. However, take good care of then and you'll never have to buy another pair. Enjoy.
I picked up a really cheap pair of Bushnell binoculars; under $25 at Walgreens. They are not fancy at all, but I can see the horses easily, along with the saddle towel numbers/colors and jockey silks. Again, they are not fancy, but they work fine for me. Just something else to consider.
Fan forums are enjoyable. They are not life or death.
I'm pretty happy with Minolta or Bushnell 8x25. Nice and compact (light) 8x is enough power, 25 mm lens lets in enough light and has a good field of view. (better than 21 mm), come in a little case that attaches to your belt. On these lower end binocs, don't go with ones where eyepiece and other lens are in a straight line. The ones where eyepiece and objective are offset (prism binocs) are usally better with a wider field of view.
If you want to step up, look at Canon IS (Image stabilizer) 10x30. Higher magnification, and has a bettery so when you press the stabilizer button it keeps the image steady even if your hands are jiggling a bit (and with these heavier binocs, they may wobble).
Either way, check ebay.
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