Excerpt: i bought these binoculars for sporting events and i have found that they are very powerful, lightweight and compact. The only thing that I would suggest for this type of use is that I should have purchased binoculars with a lesser zoom factor such as 8X or lower, because at the the higher magnification, it is slightly more difficult to keep the image steady without an additional stabilizer; however, they are extremely good binoculars despite this fact.
Pros: Close Focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Summary: These are an excellent pair of binoculars for general use or as we got them as first time bird watchers. They are neat, lightweight and fit perfectly into an old digital camera case for protection and thence into back pack. Last night (11/8/14) I used them to view the moon which was at its perigee and I could see the 'sea' areas very distinctly with the binoculars. They appear to be well designed and built. I went for black ones that look the part.