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Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

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Unread 08-16-2005, 11:02 AM
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Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

Hello all! And thank you for your time.

I do a lot of hunting over clear cuts (200-800 yards long) and have never gotten any binoculars I was happy with. Compacts would be great but the ones i have tried either did not have enough magnification or did not let in enough light

So I tried some large wally-world 50mm Bushnells and I really still was not happy.

My bino budget is tight $100-$200

Was wondering if anyone might have some advice, as I really do not know anything about binoculars, much less ones for long range hunting!!!

Are the Yukon binoculars good????
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Unread 08-16-2005, 04:26 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

There are some things that we should define to help you with your question. First would be what power do you need? Most binocs are 7x 8x 10x 12x or 16x. I purposely went with 12x so whoever was using them would be able to see about what I was seeing while looking through my 14x scope. I'm sure you realize that generaly speaking the higher magnification you have the less light will transfer through.

Is size a major concern, a slight concern, or not concern at all? The amount of distance you will be packing these binocs may determine how big and heavy they can be.

Do they need to be waterproof or not?

Would you sacrifice a higher power for a wider field of view?

If we have some info on what you want these binocs to do for you then I'm certain someone here will have a suggestion or two for you.
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Unread 08-16-2005, 04:27 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

Call Cabela's Bargin bin and ask them what they have. I have found a few GOOD deals on spotting scopes and such by calling, cause they don't list them in their web site. I use their Top ends sometimes but mostly my Brunton Epochs
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Unread 08-16-2005, 05:53 PM
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I have a pair of Pentax 20 x 60 binoculars for sale in the classified section. These are big, Check out the pics. But if you are hunting from a stand overlooking down an 800 long clear cut and using a tripod, they may be what your looking for. I am asking $175.

Just be aware that these are not the kind of binoculars you would want to carry around neck.

Best of luck in your search,
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Unread 08-16-2005, 07:21 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

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I too wanted some binocs that would'nt break the bank and yet give me alevel of performance that was above the avg. choices. My search led me to the nikon Activa line 10x22x50mm to be exact. Yes , they are variable / zoom binocs and have many drawbacks but they work for me because I have learned to use them. Focus is the critical issue and after that .....game over! I have spied elk at over two miles with these, you just have to have a steady rest and be precise with your focus ( go realll sloooow when turning the focus [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img])They were about 249.00 so should be in your price range. BTW, I liked them so much rthat I gave my first pair to a friend and bought myself some more [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Hope this helps,
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Unread 08-16-2005, 07:34 PM
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To be honest, I think that you maybe asking to much from a $100-$200 pair of binoculars, especially out to the 800 yards. For that price range, I would recommend looking at a pair of Porro Prism binoculars. They are not compact, but they will give you a higher quality of image for less money than the Roof prism style. Below are 2 binoculars that I would recommend that will give you very good quality for the price range you are looking for.

Bushnell Legend
Nikon Action Extreme

The power would really depend on the type of hunting you will be doing mostly. If you are box hunting, than you may want to consider the 12x50's since you will be able to hold them more steady against the hunting shack. If you are more still hunting or stalking, than the 10x50's would me the make power that I would recommend. Hope this helps you out.
Jon Jackoviak
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Unread 08-16-2005, 07:47 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

Steiner's Military/Marine, Predator or Safari in 8X30, focus free and all should be under $200. Easy to carry and clear as anything I have seen.
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