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Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

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Unread 08-17-2005, 12:14 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

Leupold Mesa series are and excellent choice for low budget quality glass.
Bushnell Legend's may be the best buy for roof prisms on a budget.
Don't forget about the old Zeiss/Jena German binocs, good optics and you can find some bargains on ebay for less than $100.
I have two guns, one for the each of ya
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Unread 08-17-2005, 02:12 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

my thoughts...

I spend countless hours looking in bino's

cheap glass = BIG headaches at the end of the day...

if you plan spend long hours looking through glass...


it is worth your money and you sanity ( headaches ) if you will spend alot of time looking in them
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Unread 08-17-2005, 03:37 PM
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I have been using Steiner Safari 12x40s for the last couple of years. I have hauled them all the way to africa and back and they have held up very good. They are not he smallest or lightest, but are not too heavy to carry all day and work good at long range for me. They are around $200 and are of very good clarity and quality for the price. I have been very happy with them. That is just my two cents worth.
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Unread 08-17-2005, 11:10 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

Bushnell Legend 8x42 is the ticket! They are closer to $300 but nothing will perform the want you want for less. I have looked through mine all day on PD hunts and compared them to swaro and they looked just as good to me.

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Unread 08-18-2005, 07:44 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

Thank you all very much for your time... and let me show exactly how little I know about binoculars:

What is the difference in roof prisms and the other type, is one better???

If there are variable powers then why don't any of you use them, it would seem like they would be better... like most people choose variable power scopes???
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Unread 08-18-2005, 09:17 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

After having such success with the Nikon Monarch ATB roof prism 8X42, I had to try the new Nikon EX Action express 12X50. WOW, these are a great binos. A bit bulky but quite light for the mag.

They are porro prism meaning the objective is wider then the eyepieces (roof is a straight tube bino). Adjustments are great and I can see/resolve wild grass at 800yds.

Some will call it bunch grass. Grows about 10 to 12" high and about 1/8" in diameter to 1/4" flat. I can actually make out the different blades at that range.

Have not tried low light as I am too close to urban lights. However, for what they cost, I really couldn't be happier. I will be using this for cut block hunting with ranges just like you.

Give them a try. They really are impressive. Nikon is making a huge push into quality affordable optics from binos to scopes. Crazy prices for how well they perform.

Don't have a clue about durability or weather proofness as they are brand new this spring. However, they have been bouncing on the floor of my cab since I got them (kind of a torture test). No problems so far. Review the specs. All the right bits are there.

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Unread 08-18-2005, 10:52 PM
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Re: Binocular recomendations, PLEASE!

I'm not an optics expert.

Possibly the main difference you would notice between poro and roof prism is the price, and you could probably get better quality, dollar for dollar, in a poro prism.

Most variable binoculars are cheap binoculars. You need a mechancal connection linking the two sides and that means they are difficult to seal from moisture and dust; among other things. The makers of quality binoculars usually stick to fixed power to preserve internal integrity.

If you will not be lugging this glass over hill and yon, I see nothing wrong with a standard pair of competitively priced 7X50s. That's what I use. I think most people can define as much detail at 600 yards with a good pair of 7X50 poro prisms over an inferior pair of 10X50 roof prisms, for the same price.

For a walking around pair, I like 9X35s.

Good luck, LB
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