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Old August 16, 2018, 05:09 PM   #1
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Looking for a good set of binoculars for hunting.

I've been looking at binoculars. Man there is so many out there. I know someone on here has an idea of a good pair of binoculars for hunting. I don't really have the money for Zeiss, Swavorski, Leica, etc. I'm just getting older and I don't want to use my scope to look around. Looking for a compact set that is reliable, clear, great focus. Thanks.
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Old August 16, 2018, 05:28 PM   #2
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For bang-for-your-buck performance, you might look at Vortex. I've been using the Diamondback 10x42mm (now called Classic) for about 8 years now, and have been completely satisfied with their low light performance and clarity. They weigh in around 25 oz. and retail around $225-$275 I think. Vortex has a few offerings in truly compact binocs as well.

If you can afford around $550 or so, I'd look at their Viper line.
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Old August 16, 2018, 05:32 PM   #3
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Not to over-simplify or over-generalize, but I don't think you can go wrong with anything in the area of 8-10x for power. You probably want objective lenses of at least 40mm and you wanna see "fully multi-coated" in the description. Both of those will help with clarity and light transmission in the early morning or later evening hours. That should give you lots of offerings from Bushnell, Nikon, Redfield, Burris, Vortex, and even Leupold and a few others in the price range of $150-300.

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Old August 16, 2018, 08:25 PM   #4
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Leupold BX-3 Mojave are hard to beat.


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Old August 16, 2018, 08:27 PM   #5
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They may be too small, as they opera-glass sized, but I've had great
success with a Leupold Rogue. Very compact and lightweight, with a
crisp, clear focus, and a nice view.

I have heavier, larger Nikons, and they are really good, at almost 9 times the cost, but the Rogue
does about 2/3rds the job, with 1/4 the weight and bulk of the larger glass.
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Old August 16, 2018, 08:52 PM   #6
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Look at Sigs line of optics. My hunting partner has one of their rangefinders and a pair of their binos. Both are spectacularly priced for what you get.
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Old August 17, 2018, 04:15 AM   #7
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I bought, and have been using a set of Vortex Raptors.
Love the things! Light weight, good clarity.
Are there better, yeah. But for price and performance i think they are hard to beat.
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Old August 18, 2018, 07:57 AM   #8
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Zeiss for me have 2 pair 8x30 and 10x 40. Thayer are at least 30 years old and have no problem.
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Old August 18, 2018, 09:14 AM   #9
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No recommendation--not current on the state of the art.

However, when I was looking a couple of years ago I found that a great
source for reviews etc. was the Birder sites. Those bird watchers are
REALLY particular about their binoculars, they are looking for basically the same
qualities as hunters, and they are very vocal about sharing the good and bad
with other birders.
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Old August 20, 2018, 05:34 PM   #10
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None of the above are image stabilized, and are antiquated junk.

Canon Image stabilized 12x36 would be a good start.



https://www.google.com/search?q=Cano...w=1151&bih=542
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Old August 20, 2018, 05:42 PM   #11
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Got these last year...would get them again. Very happy with them.

https://www.burrisoptics.com/binocul...noculars-10x42
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Old September 14, 2018, 12:51 PM   #12
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The Leupold 7/12x32mm Switch Power's are my current favorites. At 12X the resolution is outstanding and its easy to scan at 7X.
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Old September 15, 2018, 05:33 PM   #13
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I've been very happy with my Vortex Raptors 10X32.
Very light weight!
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Old September 16, 2018, 03:01 PM   #14
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Nikon 8 by 42.

Eighty dollars, twenty dollars more to add a tripod mount that screws onto the front, cabelas.
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Old September 16, 2018, 03:39 PM   #15
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You don''t need top of the line $2,000 binocs for hunting. but having said that, anything you buy for less than $250 will probably not be very satisfactory.
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Old September 18, 2018, 02:56 PM   #16
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Bird watching sites is indeed a good source. It's where I've bought mine.
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