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I need a pair of binoculars for general travel use in 7-8X center focus. Cost would hopefully be under $200, and I've considered the Nikon Travelite V 8x25. Does anybody have any experience with the Nikons or have any other suggestions that fit these general requirements?
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Take a look at some of the compact Minox offerings.

 

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The 'small' binocular in my inventory that seems to get tucked into a bag and travel with me more than any other is the little Bushnell Legend 8x26 reverse-porro.  If I know that I'm going hunting, I'll go ahead and grab my Kahles.  If I know I'm going birding, I'll take a combination of glasses.  But most often, if I'm just traveling and want to have a small all-purpose sharp nicely featured binocular along "just in case", it's the little Legends.

 

Under $100, armored, waterproof, hydrophobic coating, fully multi-coated, bak4 prisms, center focus, pull up eye cups, about a 300 ft field of view, weighs about 3/4 pound, decent eye relief if you wear glasses, and the 26mm objective lenses seem to let in a lot more light at dusk than my Zeiss 8x20 roofs.

 

And they also produce an image that to my eyes is the equal of baby-roof binoculars that cost twice as much.

 

Just my two cents,

 

Take the long way home...

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I also like the Legends, though mine is the 10X.  You might also look at the Pentax DCF MP in either 8X28 or 10X28.  Although they retail at something near #300, they can be found at some online stores for as little as $190.  (These are NOT gray market offerings either.) Still, for half that cost you can get the Legends which, as mentioned, are really nice.
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