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Old 09-11-2011, 09:25 PM
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Re: optics set up for BP hunting

I've never tried one but I've read a ton of reviews on the Nikon ED50 spotting scope and they all say nothing in that size class compares. It can't run with the big scopes, but only weighs a pound. I'd be buying one but I want 15x binos instead.

I have 10x50 Leupold Olympic binoculars and have been real impressed with them. They work well in low light and weigh 25.7oz which isn't bad for 50mm glass. The guy I hunt with has Leupold gold ring 10x42 glass and we both think mine are every bit as good, maybe better. I think his weigh 32oz also. I'm happy enough I probably won't upgrade on 8-10x unless I go to Swaros some day. No sense buying more mid-range glass and then spending the big money anyway.

I'm still looking to pick up high end 15x binoculars and probably not carrying any other optics. My hunting partner carries a scope and his 10x42 binos so we would be sitting pretty good with that set up.

For a tripod I have been using my Bog-pods all summer glassing and I don't see myself using a different one. There are much better tripods available for glassing and the bogpods are light for windy days. What I like is that the bog-pods work decent and I can carry one tripod for rifle, spotter, and binoculars that weighs about 2lbs plus adapters. I like the standing model for brush country where I may need to stand and glass and the short one for sitting. The short one allows steady 6" high prone shooting which I really like and still goes high enough for kneeling shots.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:08 PM
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Re: optics set up for BP hunting

This will be my 4th season using my Leupold 10x50 Mesa series binos. They are waterproof and gather light really well performing nicely in low light. Although they are a bit heavy, their durability and performance more than make up for added weight. I use a crooked horn harness which keeps them handy and out of the way. They will be going to CO for 2nd rifle season elk hunt.
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