Hi! My binoculars (which I bought earlier this year after my Bushnell BirdLife 8x42s were retired after 15 years) are Carson Optical XM 8×42. Here’s a link to my blog entry about them.
My Carson Optical XM 8×42 bins.
These are my first in-line bins. It’s a little odd since they are longer than my Bushnells are, but with a harness they aren’t too heavy.
I suggest getting the most expensive ones you can afford, from a “reputable” brand. The optics quality matters a lot. Good quality and coated lenses can help with eye fatigue and headaches. Also try for the widest field of view you can get. I use 8×42 because 10xanythings are just too heavy for me and the 42 objective size gives me a decent field of view.
Hope this helps! Thanks for following my blog.