need advice on optics for wyoming hunt

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mainehunter, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. mainehunter

    mainehunter Member

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    I am going to wyoming on a mulie hunt (if I draw a tag).Never hunted out west.I am told I need a good set of binoculars or a spotting scope.any advice on what to use would be appreciated!Do I also need to consider a range finder?THANKS
     
  2. NomadPilot

    NomadPilot Well-Known Member

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    What part of the state (i.e. what type terrain)? How much do you want to spend? Horseback or walking?
     

  3. Sako7STW

    Sako7STW Well-Known Member

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    In my optics arsenal I have:

    Zeiss 8x32 Binoc's (super light weight for packing)
    Vortex Viper 10x42 Binoc's
    Canon 15x50 Image stabilizing Binoc's
    Nikon Field Scope IIIED 20-60x60mm spotting scope (fit's in a saddle bag easily)
    Kowa Prominar TSN-884 20-60x88mm spotting scope

    Since you wont be hunting here all of the time, if I had to pick a single item to buy again it would be the Canon's! I only say that because they are 1/3 the price of the Kowa but I would get rid of all the others before my Kowa.

    Soon to be added to my collection is the Theron Wapiti 8x42 APO Binoculars and maybe a Theron Mag82 ED 82mm Spotter
     
  4. mainehunter

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    horseback I am guessing 200-300 would get a decent pair?
     
  5. mainehunter

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    region H or G
     
  6. mainehunter

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    checked pricing on the models you recomened guess ill have to work on my budget thanks for your help!
     
  7. newmexkid

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    Make sure it's at least 10X. Most important, get a lightweight one. After walking 3-4 miles a heavy set ones strap will start digging into your neck.
     
  8. mainehunter

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    thanks for the advice
     
  9. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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    Get one of these or similar kind then you can walk 50 miles and still be comfortable carrying your binocs. :)

    Allen Deluxe Binocular Strap, Optics, Allen at Sportsman's Guide

    joseph

    PS: These work great = Canon Image stabilizing Binoc's
     
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  10. Outlaw6.0

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^What he said (beat me to it!). These things are worth their weight in gold, for carrying they rock, they increase stability while viewing & they hold your bino's in place if/when you need to "pick up the pace" whether you have to run or 'lope your horse, they aren't flinging around like a war mace!
     
  11. meatyrem

    meatyrem Well-Known Member

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    Mainehunter

    I have a pair of the nikon monarch ATB 10 x 42. Very nice, not a swarovski but nice. They go for about$319 or so and are lightweight.

    They rated the best in a category of binos for under $500. Can't rememberwho did the test. I'm happy with them.
     
  12. Dr. Vette

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    I'd recommend a larger objective over a smaller one, and usually 10x power. Back in 2007 Dad had a very nice compact pair of binocs and I took my 10x42s. When we were looking at objects in the distance it was so much easier to find things using the 42s vs what I think was with a 28 in his compact as the wider field of view makes a difference. Next elk hunt he brought his large ones and was much happier.

    Nikon and Leupold both have reasonably good binocs in the $300-350 range. Anything less than that price point and you'll notice a difference.