Okay, so I'm sorry to bug everyone about this, but I've been trying to do the research on this and I just can't figure it out.
I've just found out that I'm going on a trip to Victoria next week, so I'm going to attempt to mix business with pleasure by doing some minor birding while there. That said, I am trying to figure out if I ought to buy a better pair of binoculars. I got mine on sale (like, seriously on sale--I think they were $15) at MEC a year or so ago. I am not looking to spend an incredible amount on a new pair--less than $200 would be ideal.
Right now I have a Bushnell 8 X 21, with waterproof and fogproof "technology". It's got one focus wheel. I do find that I have a great deal of trouble looking through both eyes at once; typically I end up focusing through my left eye. I don't know if this is me or the binoculars.
I read in a Peterson's Guide that birders tend to stick to 7 X or 8 X magnification. That said, are my binoculars good enough? I can't imagine that they would be since I paid so little for them, but it WAS a good sale.
Can anybody give me any advice? If I were to upgrade, what specifications, etc, would I need to look for?
"Japanese scientists from Keio University have found that pigeons have self-cognitive abilities higher than 3-year-old humans. " (link)