best binos for $1000 and under

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by black rifle, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. black rifle

    black rifle Member

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    I am looking at Zeiss Conquest ABK, Steiner Merlin, Peregrine, and Predator, and Burris Euro Diamond. Dose anyone have any experience with any of these or any other suggestions. I am looking for 8 or 10 by 40 power. Thanks.
     
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    You might consider adding Nikon XL's and Minox to your list.
     

  3. EXPRESS

    EXPRESS Well-Known Member

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    Steiner Peregrine 10x42 (just shy of $1K) or the Peregrine XP 10X44 which goes for a about $1500.

    I had a Steiner Merlin 8x42 which was definately the best value for money optics I've ever owned, which I got duty free in Singapore for less than $300.
     
  4. dbhostler

    dbhostler Well-Known Member

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    A pair of Steiner 12X56, works well for me.
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  5. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    black rifle,

    Take a look at Meopta. They are a 74 year old company from the Czech Republic but have only been in the US market since 2004. They have a lifetime and transferable warrenty. They private lable for several companies as well as offering their own line of optics, which use their best quality glass.
    Meopta offers the Meostar 10x42 #467780 with their best glass. The Meopta optically outperformes the Swarovski SLC 10x42 from the side by side comparison I made, having better resolution and true color.
    MSRP is $979.00.
    http://www.meopta.com/

    JD338
     
  6. opticsbestbuy

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    I would also suggest to take a look at Vortex Razor.
     
  7. tonydc220

    tonydc220 New Member

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    razor

    I would second the call to check out the razor by vortex. I got some 10x42 2 weeks ago and have been thrilled with the performance. would I rather have the swaros... yes but for have the price they were better than the brunton epochs and the kales both of which were way more money
     
  8. black rifle

    black rifle Member

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    I am going to try to get behind the vortex razor as well as cabelas euro/meopta. Thanks for the replies.
     
  9. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Important - Neither Leica nor Swarovski will honor warranty to second owner, don't know about others. I am looking at the new Leupold 8x binoc with integral rangefinder for $795.
     
  10. BountyHunter

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    Kowa BD 42 is a keeper also. I just bought the 10x42s from Jerry Phillips at Phillips Optical for $450.

    Everyone knows the quality of the Kowa glass, and transferable lifetime warranty.

    they are great at dusk and optical quality is second to none.

    BH
     
  11. AlexBaldwin07

    AlexBaldwin07 Active Member

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    Vortex Razor is a excellent choice, not very pricey, but has high quality glass and performance is equal to high quality binos.
     
  12. bitterroot bulls

    bitterroot bulls Active Member

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    I would also recommend the meostar 10X42. Compare them to the swaros on a resolution chart and you will agree. I have the Meopta branded version, but the Cabelas Euro version (Just a label switch on the identical binocular) retails for just $799.99. I even think Cabelas throws in shipping for free.
     
  13. JD338

    JD338 Well-Known Member

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    Meopta private labels the Cabelas Euro. Meopta Meostar uses a better grade glass than the Euro. I have the Meopta Meostar 10x42 and they are very bright.

    JD338
     
  14. AndrewD2007

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    Vortex razor is high quality with a good price tag to match it but, if i were you i would check some these options out in your situation and see what fits best.