If you wonder what the world looks like to eagles...In 1998, Nikon joined the ranks of top-rank binocular manufacturers with a premium roof-prism glass called the Venturer LX. Its optics are nothing less than stunning in their clarity, brightness, and resolving power. The ergonomics are splendid. The case is first-rate. The Venturer LX comes in 8x42 and 10x42 versions. Both are rubber-armored, waterproof, and center-focus. Stupendous quality. The list price will stop your heart; the real-world price is about $1,300. You can enquire about them at any Nikon dealer, or contact Nikon, Dept. FS, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064; 800-248-6846; www.nikonusa.com.-D.E.P.