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 Triumph binoculars

Eagle Optics Triumph 8x25 binoculars

  • Good optical quality, with fully multi-coated lenses
  • Weighs only 9.9 oz.
  • Perfect for the budding birdwatcher
  • Works for folks who wear glasses (18mm eye relief)
  • Focuses close — down to 8.2 feet!
  • Complete with carrying case and strap
  • The best inexpensive birding binocular

How to Start Watching Birds


How to Start Watching Birds
with Diane Porter

Your lifetime ticket to the theater of nature

Here is all the information you need to start enjoying birdwatching right away.

  • Learn what to look for when you see a bird you don't recognize.
  • Discover what you can learn from a field guide (bird book).
  • Find out how to choose and use binoculars.
  • Get tips on the best times and places to watch birds.
  • And much more.
Golden Field Guide  Golden Field Guide
  • Like having an experienced birder by your side
  • Covers all the birds of North America
  • Small enough to fit in a pocket
  • Range map for each bird
  • Bird songs described and diagrammed
  • Comparison pictures for related species
  • Companion field guide for Diane's video

Save on all three items

Basic Birdwatching Starter Kit
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To: the budding birdwatcher
From: Diane Porter
Subject: the items in the Basic Birdwatching Starter Kit

Diane PorterFor years, I wished I had a complete starter kit for somebody who's just getting into birdwatching. Everything you need in one inexpensive package -- binoculars, field guide, and all the essential knowledge. The basic stuff, so you can get into the fun of birding right away. And here it is.

First, binoculars. The Eagle Optics Triumph is the best bet for the beginner who doesn't want to spend a fortune on optics. When our team of birders evaluated 42 pocket binoculars for an article for BirdWatcher's Digest, four of the ten judges went out and bought themselves the predecessor of the Triumphs, the Eagle Optics Voyager. Although they already owned binoculars, the judges found these binoculars so small and neat, and so good for the price, that they just had to have them. Now Eagle Optics has upgraded those binoculars, and the result is the even-better Triumph, with a non-slip surface and fully multi-coated lenses. Even if you later move up to a more expensive binocular, these will come in handy as loaners when you take a friend along birding.

Next, I chose the Golden Field Guide, because it's compact -- fits in a jeans pocket, and includes all the birds of North American. It's written to help beginners learn about the different families of birds, and it's a time-tested favorite. You will probably want to get more field guides for comparison later on, but this one is a great place to start, because it is so good at getting beginners oriented.

How to Start Watching BirdsThe DVD is Diane's own course in How to Start Watching Birds.

The whole kit is designed to be the easiest, least expensive way to start birding. You get a lifetime ticket to the theater of nature for less than a pair of designer sneakers.

Happy birding!

Diane Porter

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