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Best pair of binoculars for the money

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Unread 10-11-2011, 01:09 PM
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Best pair of binoculars for the money

Iam looking to spend $500-700 on a good pair of glass. Can anyone recommend the best pair for the money? I want a 10x42
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    Unread 10-11-2011, 01:13 PM
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    Re: Best pair of binoculars for the money

    If you have a chance to look though a pair of Zen-Rays, I highly suggest it. Most people don't believe they are as good as what people are saying. I have a pair of ED2s and am extrememly happy with them for the price. They are a back up to my Geovids. I sure wish Zen-Ray would make a geovid/EL range style bino. If I buy the CRF1600, like I plan, I won't haul the Geovids anymore.
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    A good porro prism from Nikon, bushnell, Steiner, etc. The Roof prisms are good but they are more expensive. Your best bang for the buck will come out of a pair of porro prisoms.

    Not knocking the 10x42 but if light gathering ability is key, the 8x42's will get you a better exit pupil. If you are set on the 10 power then you would have to get into the 50mm objective to get the same light gathering ability as a pair of 8x42's. The 8 power will stabilize better giving you a clearer field of view.

    The exit pupil is the bright circle that can be seen in the center of each eyepiece when you hold the binoculars about 30cm away from your eyes with the objective lenses pointed toward a bright light. The larger the diameter is, the brighter the viewfield is, which is an important consideration when using binoculars in darker situations.

    Exit pupil = The effective diameter of the objective lens Magnification

    With 8x42 binoculars, the formula is 42 8 = 5.3.
    Therefore, the diameter of the exit pupil is 5.3mm.
    This figure indicates the brightness of the image in view.

    The 10x42 has an exit pupil of 4.2.

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    Re: Best pair of binoculars for the money

    Any thoughts on vortex glass?
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    I have used Swaro SLC 10x42 and Kahles 10x42 for years. Either can be found "sometimes" (older version) for around the $700 mark or less. I picked up a pair of Cabelas(Meopta) Euro 12x50 at bargain cave this year. Very impressed. Have used them on several hunts this year already and could not tell much difference from SLC. Obviously not great comparison as they are larger power. They normally have several of the 10x42s in the cave under $500. You may have to call someone at retail store rather than online to find these. I would not hesitate to buy another pair. Also, Sample List and Ebay have had these in the $500 range at times. Good Luck. TG
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    If you have a chance to look though a pair of Zen-Rays, I highly suggest it. Most people don't believe they are as good as what people are saying. I have a pair of ED2s and am extrememly happy with them for the price. They are a back up to my Geovids. I sure wish Zen-Ray would make a geovid/EL range style bino. If I buy the CRF1600, like I plan, I won't haul the Geovids anymore.
    +1 on the Z-Rs
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    +1. For zen Ray! You won't believe what people say about them until you actually look through them and see for yourself
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