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Quick opinion on binos
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:45:08 AM »
I'm looking at a couple of binoculars for this season. Up until now I've been using my late father in laws old Bushnells but last time I went out they fogged up in the rain and basically were rendered useless. I'm trying to step up to a decent set with a good warranty and am looking at either the vortex vanquish 10x26 for 100$ or I have the opportunity on a set of Leopold wind river mesa 10x23 for considerably cheaper but used. I'm taking a look at the Leopold this afternoon but can't seem to find any reviews online for the leupolds. If anyone has any thoughts or insight on these two sets of appreciate it.
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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2017, 11:50:10 AM »
Is there a reason you are only looking at compact binoculars? For an all purpose bino I'd go 10x42 like the vortex crossfires. You could probably find them for $140 or so.

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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2017, 12:15:50 PM »
I would save up and buy a used pair of Swaros.Cheap glass never gets used.With good glass you will WANT to use them.Buy once cry once and never feel like you need better glass.

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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2017, 12:30:22 PM »
to me having the best pair of binos isn't as important as the best spotting scope, I just use mine to locate animals and then put the big glass on them. I use Nikon monarchs and they work great for that and they are less then 400$ but if I weren't to carry a spotter I would go with some high end bino's

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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2017, 01:03:53 PM »
Is there a reason you are only looking at compact binoculars? For an all purpose bino I'd go 10x42 like the vortex crossfires. You could probably find them for $140 or so.

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Buy the best 10X42 pair you can afford.

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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 01:08:45 PM »
I agree with most of these guys going less then 8x30 is a waste of money.  I prefer 8x42 then 10x42.  The Nikon Monarchs are about the best bino for the money. 

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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
If you want a good binocular for less than $100 go with a Leupold Yosemite. Either the 6 x 30's or the 8 x 30's. Awesome binoculars for the money.


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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2017, 03:46:59 PM »
I agree with bobcat both my daughters have the yosemites and they are great binos
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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2017, 04:35:23 PM »
I was looking at the compact size just to cut down on weight and for convenience. I just didn't want to spend anymore money on cheap 10-20$ binos ( taco etc.) That weren't waterproof or fogproof. I was able to pick up the leupolds for 50$ so I feel I got a decent deal. With a tight budget I'm just looking something I can swing for this season with a dependable warranty.
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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2017, 04:46:18 PM »
That's a great deal you'll like those
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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2017, 08:53:32 AM »
10X power in cheap glass with a 23mm objective is a recipe for crap.
Seriously, if that's your budget, do yourself a favor and get 8X or less.
You're literally wasting your money on that combo.
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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2017, 09:07:33 AM »
I'd go down to a local store that sold both those binoculars just close to quitting time.  I'd take them out front (with a salesman) and see what the differences are at twilight.  Pick whichever one gives the better picture.

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Re: Quick opinion on binos
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2017, 09:10:56 AM »
I'd go down to a local store that sold both those binoculars just close to quitting time.  I'd take them out front (with a salesman) and see what the differences are at twilight.  Pick whichever one gives the better picture.

 :yeah:  Great advice.  My binos can see better than I can in the morning.  It's a huge help when I'm trying to figure if "that" is a stump or an elk :chuckle: