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Old 08-12-2010, 19:52   #1
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What is a really good pair of binoculars for hunting?

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.
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Old 08-12-2010, 21:35   #2
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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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Old 08-13-2010, 05:34   #3
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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.
Money isn't an issue and I want them to be small enough I can carry them through the woods without a problem.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:04   #4
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Steiner makes some excellent glass, if money isn't a problem.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/steiner-binoculars.html
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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.
Either Zeiss or Swarovski.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:38   #6
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I highly recommend Cabela's "Alpha Extreme", either 8X42 or 10X42. Outstanding quality for the price (about $200).
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Old 08-15-2010, 13:36   #7
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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.
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Old 08-15-2010, 13:44   #8
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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.
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Old 08-17-2010, 21:03   #9
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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.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:13   #10
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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.
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They are not $1,000 binos - but my eyes can't tell the difference anyway.
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.
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I got a pair of Nikon Monarch 8x42's and I really enjoy them.
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Old 08-19-2010, 20:05   #13
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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-...lar-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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Old 08-23-2010, 19:39   #14
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Redfeild, the smaller ones
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:56   #15
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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.
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.
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Either Zeiss or Swarovski.
I second that. You will pay a premium price, but they make quality glass.
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Old 09-27-2010, 16:59   #17
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If you want a set that you can actually use under field conditions and see what you are looking at like watching a video... Get a set of Canon Image Stabilization binocs. The glass is second to none and the IS feature puts them at the top of the herd.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...tabilized.html
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