Olympus also makes a nice line of compact binoculars. Take a look at their Magellan 8X25 glasses ($169). Eight-power zoom is easier to handle than 10-power, and it's fine for most viewing. The Magellans are waterproof, have a rubber coating to help with grip, and come with nitrogen-purged lenses to reduce fogging.
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