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Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

 
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:40 AM
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Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

I will probably be buying some new binos this season, I want a set of 10X power and want to keep it under $1,000. I am upgrading from Nikon Monarchs and have considered the following brands, but only have experience with one of them. I tend to like the comfort of the rubber eye cups better, as I hate the discomfort of my current Nikon's eye cups. I plan on using them for 2-5 hours a day for three hunts this year, each a week long.

Vortex Viper 10x42 $600 I have used these in the field and like them
Meopta Meostar 10X42 $899
Cabelas Euro 10X42 $799
Nikon EDG 10X32 $999 and -SLR D3000 rebate (at Cabelas $1,899???)
Minox HG's $500-1400

Please reccomend any that I may have missed that could be a better value. I like the Swaro SLC HD's but at $2300 they will not be in my pack anytime soon.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:35 PM
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Re: Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

I just purchased a Minox BF series 10x42 BR and am very impressed. Having said that, of your list, I'd go with the HG.

Here's one for under $600 ...

Minox - Camera Land NY

Good luck!

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Old 09-11-2010, 11:11 PM
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Re: Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

I have a set of the Vipers and love them. I put them up against a pair of swaro's my friend has and we could not tell a difference. I know people say that kind of stuff but that's the honest truth. He was pretty upset seeing how I paid less than half of what he did. I think they have been the best value for binoculars I have seen yet. Give Scott at Liberty optics a call, best prices I have seen on the Vortex stuff. I cant comment on the others as i have no experience with them, but i love when my money goes farther and these did that for me. They claim the razors are even better but I have a hard time seeing how anything can be much better.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:32 PM
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Re: Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

Anybody else ever tried the Minox HG series out?
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:07 AM
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Re: Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

I have some Minox 15x binos. I have used them on a tripod during my hunting trips and scouting also. Honestly, my next binos are going to be Leica's or Swaro's. I have a set of Kahles in 8x and they are CLEAR!!! I am impressed with them but they do not make 10x or 12x. I have Zeiss, which are clearer than my Minox also. I have not seen the Nikon EDG but have some Monarch's (not impressed with), I hear that the EDG's are worth the $$ but they are more than Leica and Swaro's.

I have never gotten a hold of Vortex, Viper or Meopta to compare to so someone else might be able to give you some information on them.

These are the binoculars which I have used... Pentax, Leupold Wind River, Burris, Nikon Monarch, Swarovski EL's and SLC's, Zeiss, Kahles, Leica, Steiner and Minox that I can think of off the top of my head. My pair of older Leupold Wind Rivers were clearer than my Minox and a little less $$ (not to mention the Minox are heavy).

I have looked through several pairs of Leica's and Swaro's and really believe that they are worth the extra money over the Minox! Just my opinion.... take it for what it is worth. I will most likely be purchasing a pair of either Leica or Swarovski this season... GOOD LUCK!
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:24 AM
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Re: Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

I have two Vortex Viper scopes and just ordered a set of 12x42 binocs. If they are as good as the scopes I'll be very happy.
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Re: Time for new Binos, Minox, Vortex Viper, Meopta, Nikon EDG, or???

Do yourself a favor and save your money and buy a new or use Leica or Swaro... Then you won't be in the market for a another new pair in a year or two... Buy once, cry once. Plus you'll have the enjoyment of a true quality pair of binoculars for a lifetime. I bought my first Leica's over twenty years ago... they have never needed repaired or not worked perfectly for countless hunts! NJS
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