Cool, we got you thinking on it anyway. You can’t take advantage of a good pair of binos until you have them on a tripod so you may not realize the difference if you’re holding different pairs by hand in the store. But once you look through good binos on a tripod you’ll be amazed.This is good info. I am running my current set up for opening day this weekend/the beginning of next week. I will use it as a re-evaluation period and think about a higher power set up and mount. I had looked at the Outdoorsmen's mount a while ago but didn't feel like it was as necessary on an 8x, but will revisit it.
Thank you all for the solid feedback, I really appreciate you taking the time to share both your experience and expertise on here.
To add to that I have a phone scope that I can hook to my binos and if I want to look at detail of something I can crank the zoom up on my iPhone and get the same Magnification or better as one of the smaller spotters your talking about.
No doubt Outdoorsman is good, but look at Field Optics Research rapid-release bino adapter. $45 used to be $30 but still most affordable option on the market that I have seen.
Also I do have a Zeiss diascope 15-56x65 which I love but if find myself leaving it the truck a lot because there’s not much my binos can’t do. Don’t get me wrong a spotter has its place but the only time it ever comes out of my pack is to see if the animal is truly worth the hike. Even though the diascope is top shelf I really don’t like “glassing” with it, there’s almost nothing I can’t find with my binos I only use the spotter to size an animal up.