15x power binos

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Austin Dial, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. Austin Dial

    Austin Dial Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of viper 10x42's and absolutely love them but a lot of my stands I can see upward most of 250yds and they just dont cut it at early and late hours as far as the zoom goes being able to tell rack characteristics. Would it be worth going with a 15x. I feel it would benefit me a lot. Thanks. Also what brands, trying to keep a budget under 500, but will be looking at used as well.
     
  2. Austin Dial

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    Will also add I hunt bean fields and power lines as well. All in stands with shooting rails that I could use to brace binos to limit movement
     
  3. Rhett Crider

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    I use the Nikon 12 X 42. Good clarity, not big or too expensive.
     
  4. yoteslayer

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    15 power would definitely be better Especially If you can brace your self cuz they are hard to steady vortex probably would be a good choice but there 15 power binos are right at your limit good luck
     
  5. yobuck

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    For a serious long range hunter, the single most important item of equipment is good binnoculars.
    Exactly what type and size would depend on where and how an individual hunts. For serious glassing, a tripod is a must. 15x would be a good choice for longer distances or looking for points on horns, and sometimes 15x wont be enough.
    Conditions will ultimately be the deciding factor on how well any of them perform. These wont be the type you hang on your neck as you walk around all day.
    Go to the 24 Hour Campfire website, and then the
    (home page), and look for the article entitled (big eyes). Its now an older article and newer glasses have come along, but it is a good and accurate read.
     
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  6. Austin Dial

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    Yeah i was leaning toward vortex. Looking for used vultures or vipers. I'd love the meostar hds but wife would castrate me. These are for still/stand hunting only.
     
  7. Austin Dial

    Austin Dial Well-Known Member

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    Low light capability is a must
     
  8. Joefrazell

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    Have yous considered a spotting scope? Seems like it may be a better option
     
  9. Austin Dial

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    No, like I said I'll be in stands, none which really have room for tripod, really just want binos. Here are some examples of the food plots I'll be sitting, .Now also have shooting lanes that go further past the food plots
     

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    Austin Dial Well-Known Member

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    Another one
     

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  12. Austin Dial

    Austin Dial Well-Known Member

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    Didn't know if I should look into 56mm objectives or stay with 50 either
     
  13. WildBillG

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    I believe you would be better off staying with your 10 power bino's. Once you get to 15 you will need a 56mm objective and real good glass to gain an advantage over your 10's. 500 dollars will likely not get you great quality glass in a 15 power bino. This is just my opinion and it is hard for me to know what you can get for 500 in the US as I live in Canada.
     
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  14. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Chances are you either have, or could borrow a rifle with a 15x scope. Just use that to test if increased magnification solves the problem. 15x binos are kind of a specialty item that are used more like a spotting scope/w tripod.
     
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