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What is a really good pair of binoculars for hunting?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by LarryD1130, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. LarryD1130

    LarryD1130

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    I want a nice pair of binoculars to take around with me when I'm hunting but I don't know which ones to get.
     
  2. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

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    What's your budget? What size bino's? I have a pair of Simmons--nothing great, but they work for my hunting area. Cost about $90 or so.

    I do believe that optics are one of a few things you actually get what you pay for.
     

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  3. LarryD1130

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    Money isn't an issue and I want them to be small enough I can carry them through the woods without a problem.
     
  4. slewfoot

    slewfoot Random Mayhem

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  5. n0vember

    n0vember germanolicious

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    Either Zeiss or Swarovski.
     
  6. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    I highly recommend Cabela's "Alpha Extreme", either 8X42 or 10X42. Outstanding quality for the price (about $200).
     
  7. LarryD1130

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    When I say money isn't an issue I'm talking reasonable. I would never spend that much on binoculars. I was talking maybe $400 MAX.
     
  8. jjsobba

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    I have a pair of Burris Signature Selects that I really like. I think they were in the $400-500 range.
     
  9. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    +1 on the Burris.

    I have the 10x42s and think they are great for what I paid (around $200 or so).

    They are not $1,000 binos - but my eyes can't tell the difference anyway.
     
  10. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    About 3 years ago, I got a pair that was reco'd by either F&S or Outdoor Life. Made by Alpen. The Apex line ??? Even the magazine was shocked. Filet Mignon glasses for Big Mac prices.

    They were retailed at $200. I got them off of Amazon for about $120. (They are much higher now, but still good glass.) I have a buddy that was over my cabin that next summer.

    "Dude. Where did you get these? Wow. These are the best bino's I've ever looked through." Then I told him the price.
     
  11. n0vember

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    Depends on how and especially in which light conditions you use them. If you use them only in broad daylight you can of course go for the cheaper variant. As I am not allowed to use Night Vision or lamps when hunting at night, I try and get the best binos possible. And in these low light conditions - I am talking quartermoon at a cloudy night - your eyes can tell the difference between a $200 burris and a $1,500 Zeiss. I had the epiphany when I compared an older 6x42 Zeiss with a new 8x56 Tasco - the Zeiss had a much brighter picture despite the smaller objective diameter.
     
  12. I got a pair of Nikon Monarch 8x42's and I really enjoy them.
     
  13. I got my sister a pair of Leopold binoculars a couple of years ago for Christmas.

    I can't remember the model name, I think it has changed because they look like the Rogue Compact series. About $100 for the 10x25. $90 for the 8x25.

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/leupold-binocular-59225.html

    I don't know if they qualify as "Really Good" but I like them better then my Simmons binoculars.
     
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  14. sonal

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    Uh, then you won't get "really good" binoculars. $1000 is reasonable for any type of quality optic.

    Nikon Monarchs are a nice compromise of quality and price. I've got a set in 10x42.
     
  15. crash700

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    I second that. You will pay a premium price, but they make quality glass.
     
  16. G36's Rule

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