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Old 08-04-2013, 04:36 PM
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Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

Anyone using the Vortex Viper HD 10x42's?
Looking at these or Swarovski, but price difference is huge going to the Swarovski.
Need to buy better binocs before my Sept mule deer hunt.

Also, what shoulder straps are you using?
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:07 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

I've looked through the Viper HD's and think they are real nice for the price point. Never looked through the Swaro's, but I'm thinking you should compare the Swaro's to the Razor HD's not the Viper. The Razors are awesome.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:27 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

No Vipers yet. But my wife and son are both using 10x42 Vortex Diamondbacks. The first set we bought I took them out side the store and compared them to my Swaro 8x32's. I could not detect a difference. Since then we have compared them in the field and still no difference I can detect. The Swaro's are 8x32 and the diamondbacks are 10x42's. But for the $1000 + price difference I can't see a difference. Both are small enough to carry afield and we use the harness systems that keep them on your chest. I would not hesitate to buy the Vortex bino's. They are a great value and do what we need them to.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:26 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

There is a bunch of good glass in the $400-600 range.

The Viper HD is a good glass and not a bad choice.

I like the Nikon Monarch 7 a little better, it equals the view of the Viper HD but has a wider FOV. It can be had slightly cheaper.

I have read a lot of good reviews on the Kruger Caldera, its cheaper than the Viper HD and performs about the same.

The Zen Ray Prime HD and Leupold Mckinley are about the same price as the Viper HD but have better optics if you can get used to the large diameter eye cups which are needed because of the large field flattner occular lenses used.

The new Zeiss Terra HD for $400 is getting good reviews.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:00 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

If it were me I would jump up to the $1000 class binoculars, they are noticably better than the $500 binos and very very close to the Alpha class $2200 binos.
They will be a lifetime worthy investment.

I would go look at these, I assume you want a 10x42.

Meopta Meostar HD/Cabelas Euro HD $850-1000
Zeiss Conquest HD $850
Vortex Razor HD $1100

I like the Meopta/cabelas Euro HD the best, its a little heavier than the other two and easier for me to hold steady. Of the Zeiss an Vortex I would pick the Zeiss.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:35 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

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No Vipers yet. But my wife and son are both using 10x42 Vortex Diamondbacks. The first set we bought I took them out side the store and compared them to my Swaro 8x32's. I could not detect a difference. Since then we have compared them in the field and still no difference I can detect. The Swaro's are 8x32 and the diamondbacks are 10x42's. But for the $1000 + price difference I can't see a difference. Both are small enough to carry afield and we use the harness systems that keep them on your chest. I would not hesitate to buy the Vortex bino's. They are a great value and do what we need them to.

Jeff
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Are you saying the $230 Diamondbacks are comparable to the $2000+ Swarovski 8x32's and can't detect any noticeable difference?
I am actually now looking at the Vortex Razor 10x42 or larger. Not sure what tripod setup to go with. To many choices.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:44 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binocs

i had a pair of the old non hd viper 8x42 and they were impressive. I had them stolen out of my truck. I wish i could have afforded a pair of the hds that replaced them but it wasnt in the cards. Only complaint i had with the old ones is they were HEAVY
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