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Hi,

I need your opinion on buying one of the following two binoculars:

http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Falcon-10x50-Angle-Binoculars/dp/B000051ZOA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

or

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-7216-Action-8x40mm-Binoculars/dp/B0001AOGAO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1255499008&sr=8-4

This will be my first pair of binoculars and I'd use them mostly on hikes and for star-gazing. I will NOT be using them for bird-watching.

I read the reviews and they recommend Nikon more than the Bushnell. But the Bushnell has a better spec (10x50 vs 8x40 of Nikon) which I think will compensate for the quality and also they are half the price. But if you guys think that Nikon quality is way better than Bushnell's then I'll have to reconsider.

Thanks a lot.
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I really like the "action" binos from Nikon, they offer pretty decent glass at a very reasonable price.
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I would recommend the Nikon 8x40 also, I have several actions, and just got
an 8x40 earlier this year.  They are nice handling with a good view.  The 8x
is a better choice for all around use.
If you can, try these in the store before you buy. 
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Thanks guys. How about the Bushnell. Has anyone used them? What do you think about them? Are Nikon's better even though they are twice the price of Bushnell's?
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I don't think too much of the Bushnell Falcon.  The Bushnell Legend porro on the other hand is a good, solid, high performance porro glass, which I personally prefer to the Action series.  Actually more comparable would be the Nikon Action EX and the Legend Porro.
 
I would also reccommend the 8x40.  The 10x50 tends to get a bit big, and the fov is much wider with the 8x, as well as there being less image shake in an 8x.
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