Yesterday, the weather was predicted to reach a high of 60degF. By 1PM, PDT, temperature was 63degF. Right now at 5PM, PDT, the temperature is 65degF. PS…….Today, this morning, it was not predicted to get warmer, altho right now (2PM,PDT), it is 66degF. Might get a little warmer, but maybe not another degree. We’ll see. Anyhow, I drove the big Snow-tired Accent to the river, with a different Tasco 7x35mm, Model 318Z & Barska(?) 20x70mm binoculars. Haven’t used the Model 318Z much…..yeah, because they are Tasco & they are called a wide-angle, but they are a modest wide-angle. But, surprised again by Tasco…..dial the focus carefully, & the sharpness is very good…..& the modest wide-angle…..well, it’s pretty good, too. All in all, I like the Model 318Z. I brought along the 20x70mm’s because they are good for only 1 thing….. maybe 2 things. They have an extraordinary wide angle, at 20 power, excellent for distant flying flocks of birds, with background blue skies. The binocular markings give an Apparent Field of View of 87.8arc-deg, which is a bunch! Not sure if it is that great, but it seems to be at least 80+ arc-degrees in AFOV, far more than the Pentax 20 power binoculars, with only a 44arc-degree FOV. The problem is the binocular was designed to subtract orange & yellow from the image spectrum, maybe helping its sharpness(?). The optic strongly reflects those colors as seen from the front of the lenses. It is a very beautiful color. However, the image itself has the complement of the yellow-orange, which gives an ugly blue cast, especially ugly when looking at green foliage or anything that is alive. All the foliage looks very sickly blue-green. Anyhow, I was observing Mergansers & Goldeneye….sharp with the Model 318’s. The birds were 1/3rd of a mile distance, so I did use the 20x70mm’s, despite the ugly image. Yes, the birds are nearly 3 times larger in image size with the 20x70’s. & grudgingly, the birds are easily seen strung out across the wide, wide FOV. & grudgingly again, the birds are sharp. So, along my walk further, I heard a loud airplane & almost sure it was a jump plane for parachutists. With the 20power optic, the plane gave lots of details & I saw 5 chutists bail out. Coming down, despite them being 3+miles away, I could see the stabilizing chutes & cords against the background sky. After popping their main chutes, the wide angle let me see 4 chutists simultaneously! The Pentax narrow angle binocular never would have shown such. One thing noted as before, the plane looked ugly in the 20 power optic. However, the background blue sky reinforced by the blue binocular cast, looked very pretty. So, not only will I watch flocks of birds in the sky, I’ll also look at airplanes with the 20 power binoculars, & admire the blue skies. Oh, the temperature reached 68degF!