Looking for Binocular Advice

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by dan25, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. dan25

    dan25 Well-Known Member

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    Hello. I am looking for the best 10x42 binocular for under $1000. Any input would be helpful. Something fairly lightweight, lifetime warranty, and not too bulky. I know several people like Votex; but give any advice.
     
  2. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Zeiss 10 x 40. I flat outright love mine!
     
  3. HPSOptic

    HPSOptic Official LRH Sponsor

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    Kahles 10X42's will get you the elite level performance for under your price point. LRH is a dealer for Kahles and has our most current pricing on these binoculars. Here is a review on the 10X42's: Kahles 10x42 Binoculars Review
     
  4. Epee

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    I'm not sure but I think the Khales are on sale at the moment. I really like mine, but there are other people out there with a whole lot more experience than me. I have been using Swarovski 8x32 for 30 years, so the 10X42 Khales is a big deal to me personally.

    Maybe in another 30 years, I'll get some new ones. I'm 61 now, so who knows, might make it.
     
  5. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    A few bucks more and you can get the Meopta or Cabelas brand made by Meopta. Great glass for the money in my opinion.
     
  6. rj112275

    rj112275 Well-Known Member

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    Or under $1K, the Meopta are very good glass, I think considerably better than Vortex. I have a pair of Meopro HD in 8x42. Very impressed in performance and price.
     
  7. Garycrow

    Garycrow Well-Known Member

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    Under $1000 I'd search for a used pair of swarovski slc's.
     
  8. TonyQ

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    I went with the vortex viper HD 15x50. They were only 4oz heavier then the 10x42. I used them to spot an elk I shot last year at 1200 yards. If I lost them I would buy them again in a heartbeat. You can get them from Amazon for 600
     
  9. ohiohunter

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    My money is going to the Vortex Razors.
     
  10. gunner69

    gunner69 Well-Known Member

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    Optics is not an area where I would compromise in the total cost of hunting. there are many decent options but swarovski rangefinder binos are worth the extra money when you consider the time and money you put into hunting. Leica is tremendous too but cannot see any advantages over Swaros for the extra money. This doesn't answer your question I know. Just throwing out there given I have in the past skimped on optics and I now I know it is just better not to. My eyes are far less tired glassing with my swaros, which in turn keeps me on the glass, I see more country faster and more clearly. In low light conditions they are remarkable adding hunting time which you cannot put a price on sometimes. Just a thought but I certainly understand budgetary constraints.
     
  11. Sully2

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    I agree with the exception of USED Swaro VS New Zeiss bino's. The used Swaro's MAY NOT ??...have any sort of replacement to the second hand owner VS the lifetime replacement to the first owner of the Zeiss.

    When I bought my Zeiss I had the opportunity to check out over a dozen brands and the only brand that had me stumped was Leica. Any better?...I couldnt tell at all...but they were $1000 MORE expensive and since I was sticking almost $1000 into the Zeiss I figured that was good enough.

    Since the man asked about THE BEST he could get for $1000 or less..I steered him onto the Zeiss...True there are many good brands and models but he asked for the BEST ones
     
  12. gunner69

    gunner69 Well-Known Member

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    Zeiss are a super value and top notch glass. if you want the range finders I really am amazed by the swaros. But ya cant go wrong with the Zeiss glass for sure.
     
  13. ohiohunter

    ohiohunter Well-Known Member

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    Best to get all of these binos in hand. The best glass in the world isn't worth snot if the ergonomics are off.
     
  14. NYSHUNTER

    NYSHUNTER Well-Known Member

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    camerlandny has vortex razors 10x42 demos for 900.00