lots to say and a bit to ask
Been looking and looking and have decided the following
10 x mag is perfect but heavy for all day use. 8 X is fine really. 8 X 40 ish is best for twighlight, but since Barn Owls are rare 8 X 30/32 is ideal to use all day BECAUSE:
Lighter weight, not too small (weight adds some stability), a tad better VFM, bright enoug and very portable. I want rubber (who doesn't?) nitrogen filled and waterproof.
Best VFM for that spec is Bushnell etc, but Ive used these and they don't outdo my current pair (Swift Osprey) which I'd like to achieve, so....
I've narrowed down to Minox / Kowa and Nikon HG (all around the £700/800 mark, so 1/2 the cost of Leica etc).
Anyone got any experience of these before I buy the Kowas and sod it?