After doing quite a bit of research, I finally ordered and received my first "real" pair of binoculars. I ended up purchasing a set of Vortex Sidwinders 10x42's. WOW! I'm by no means an optical specialist, but I feel these glasses are an excellent product for the money. Relatively light at 22 ounces, and decent sized. The view is bright, clear, and extremely detailed. I'm looking forward to trying them out in the field!