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Old 12-07-2005, 08:04 PM
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Re: Compact Bino advice

Winmagman, Check out the different Zeiss binocs. In a 10X25, you will only have a 2.5 exit pupil so they will appear very dark in the evening. Everyone recommends at least a 4 if possible. In a 10X binocular, a 40 or 42 is recommended. Just a thought. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:24 PM
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Re: Compact Bino advice


I think you mean,
Jon Jackoviak
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:49 PM
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Thanks for the correction. How's things in Michigan? Hear it's going to be a cold one this year. Combine that with the warm lake water and I bet you guys are getting a little lake effects snow huh? Anyhow, have a good one.
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Old 12-08-2005, 05:16 AM
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Re: Compact Bino advice

I had 800 or so saved up for a good pair two years ago. I looked and looked and asked about the same things your asking. Then a Gander Mtn store opened up close by and I went out and looked through all of the top ones I had been looking through. After doing so, I ended up picking up two pair of Nikon Monarch's in 8x42 & 10x42, in hardwoods camo for less than one pair of the other were. To my eyes they were the clearest and sharpest that they had on hand. They were also completely waterproof as well, where some of the others were only water resistant. I gave a pair to my daughter and kept me a pair.

My suggestion is to go try out as many as you can, and take them outside if possible as it dies make a difference. Try to go in the evenings when there will be shadows and it will be darker as this will really let you know which one does what.

Hope you get you a great pair.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:01 AM
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Re: Compact Bino advice

Might look at EBAY and the used Swiss Leica 8x30s for under $200.

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Old 12-08-2005, 09:34 AM
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Re: Compact Bino advice

YOu might wanna check out the Nikon Monarch series, I compared them with a set of the new leupolds and the nikon won out in clarity and color.

I think they run around 225-250, so not overly expensive.

i am very happy with my pair. I would have liked to have got a pair of swaro's but you know i cant crap money [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Old 12-11-2005, 11:00 AM
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Re: Compact Bino advice

I would not go with those zeiss 10 x 25.. I´ve had a chance to use them in the field and compare with a swaro 8 x 30 and nikon monarch 10 x 42, and others ( swaro slc 10 x 42, zeiss victory..).

The small size of the zeiss is attractive but they are hard to use, do not work well at night or dusk and besides they are so smal you´ll easily lose them ¡¡

I´d suggest you go with the 8 x 30 range, they are great in all conditions and not as heavy as a bigger 8 or 10 x 42.
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