I just tried out the Hawke Endurance ED 10x42 and 10x50. I found the 10x50 much brighter, and I preferred the Hawke 10x50 over than the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42. So I think I will definitely go with a 10x50. But now I really want to compare the Hawke against the Bushnell Engage 10x50 as they have the ED glass where the Vortex Diamond back does not.
Thanks, I've read a lot of material in the past few days. I think if I go the 10x42 roof prism route then I will stick with the Nikon Monarch 5. The only thing that's holding me back is the possibility of a 10x50 roof prism binocular improving my viewing experience. The Hawke Endurance ED 10x50 and Vortex Diamondback 10x50 or Bushnell Engage 10x50 look quite good, but ive not been able to do a back to back test.
I've been trying to get into astronomy for about the last 10 years, I've researched the gear many a time but I've never been able to pull the trigger as its always had to sit lower on the list of priorities. Now it's finally time to get some kit, so while I figure out what telescope setup I need I thought I'd get some binoculars and start observing. I tested out several binoculars today and of what was available in store I found the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 to be the best in my price range (perhaps they decided my price range). How would the likes of the Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 compare to say a Vixen New Foresta 10x42? There are also the Vixen New Foresta 10x50, Hawke Endurance ED 10x50 and Vortex Diamondback 10x50 which have roof prisms fall in my price range. Is there any point moving up to this lens diameter? The size/weight increase isn't a concern and I like the idea of the increased exit pupil and light. Thanks, R