Hello everybody. I'm hoping to upgrade my Minolta 8x25 binoculars to something a little more robust for watching planes. Basically, I was considering zoom units under $120 or so. What kind of optics do you personally use when spotting? I'm thinking I need binoculars that have a good zoom, aren't TOO huge (to keep a lower profile so the airport cops don't bother me about them), and have accurate color representation (no tinting). The size of the lenses doesn't matter too much, since whenever I spot, there's plenty of outdoor sunlight that can saturate into the lenses anyway.
Thanks for any suggestions. I know that with zoom over 7x or so, a stand will need to be used to prevent jittering. Therefore, the set ought to have a tripod-mount.