Binoculars

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by lefty15, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. lefty15

    lefty15 Well-Known Member

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    I have finally decided to buy a new pair of binoculars. I have decided on the Nikon Monarch. Would I be better to go with a 12 x 42, or would you think that a 10 x 42 would do? I hunt in all types of terrian from hills, open prairie to heavy bush.
    Any advise would be great
     
  2. Jon Jackoviak

    Jon Jackoviak Well-Known Member

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    I personally would go with the 10x42. Once you get over 10x sometimes it is hard to hold them steady. Plus you lose some of the field of view if you are going to use them in close brush country.
     

  3. lefty15

    lefty15 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help, just one more question. On the Nikon website it says that the relative brightness of the 10 x 42 is 17.6, whereas the 12 x 42 has a relative brightness of 12.3. Wouldn't the more powerful binocular have more brightness?
     
  4. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    No....
     
  5. Jon Jackoviak

    Jon Jackoviak Well-Known Member

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    You need to also look at the exit pupil since the binoculars are the same quality. The 12x42's will have an exit pupil of 3.5mm where the 10x42's will have an exit pupil of 4.2mm. So you can say that there is a larger beam of light with the 10x42's than the 12x42's.
     
  6. Down Under Hunter

    Down Under Hunter Well-Known Member

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    I'd only look at 10 x 42. 12's are really hard to hand hold and bulkier to hang of your neck. I use 10 x 42 handheld and off a tripod and find them terrific.

    Cheers

    DUH
     
  7. lefty15

    lefty15 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I bought a pair of Nikon Monarch 10 x 42's. The binoculars are very clear, and I can't wait to use them on whitetail here in Saskatchewan next week.