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Old 07-05-2019, 12:45 PM   #1
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What’s a good set of budget binos around $150ish? I’m in the market for some new ones. The more power the better I’m blind as a bat.
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:16 PM   #2
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Unless your just looking at a feeder 100 yards away a 150$ is going to get you much. Spend the money and get a pair of vortex, cant beat em for a budget.
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:29 PM   #3
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:32 PM   #4
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:33 PM   #5
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Good deal if you dont mind a larger size
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:34 PM   #6
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:41 PM   #7
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I bought Redfield a couple of years ago and for the money have been very happy.
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Old 07-05-2019, 02:06 PM   #8
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I would go with these


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Old 07-05-2019, 03:18 PM   #9
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Get a hold of Arrowsmith on here. Vortex dealer and usually has the some of the best prices.
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:25 PM   #10
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Vortex is the way to go. Personally I'd save up a little more. You can get some nice HD glass for a little more.
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Old 07-05-2019, 03:34 PM   #11
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:04 PM   #12
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Bushnell Legend HD series have been pretty good for me.
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:35 PM   #13
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I have had the Nikons you show before, they are not very clear at the higher powers. Plus the lever to zoom only worked for about 2 sesaons then it quit. It might last longer if you keep it super clean, not sure
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:53 PM   #14
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Nikon Monarch 3
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Old 07-06-2019, 06:22 AM   #15
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The more the power the smaller the exit pupil and you won’t be able to see squat in low light. I have/had Zeiss, Swarovski, and Leica, and the quality of these Sightron Blue Sky bins are ridiculously good for around $210 at Optics Planet - I keep a pair in my truck console.

They got great reviews on the Birdforum.net forum.

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread...htron+blue+sky

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Old 07-06-2019, 06:56 AM   #16
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After many years, I still like my leupold Yosemite’s.
For hog, turkey or archery, the light, small size is perfect and clear.
I use 6x, but 10x would be a good size at reasonable distances.
Try before you buy anything else. $100-130
Second favorite is the vortex diamondback.

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Old 07-06-2019, 07:27 AM   #17
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After many years, I still like my leupold Yosemite’s.
For hog, turkey or archery, the light, small size is perfect and clear.
I use 6x, but 10x would be a good size at reasonable distances.
Try before you buy anything else. $100-130
Second favorite is the vortex diamondback.

Highly recommend the Yosemite 8x30. Quality affordable glass.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:33 AM   #18
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I suggest skipping your next planned eating out trip, throwing that $$ to your budget and getting a pair of Vortex Diamondbacks. You won't think they are budget level looking thru them. Very good glass for the money. I found mine for $189. I went with them on recommendations from here on The Green Screen.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:40 AM   #19
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:48 AM   #20
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I suggest skipping your next planned eating out trip, throwing that $$ to your budget and getting a pair of Vortex Diamondbacks. You won't think they are budget level looking thru them. Very good glass for the money. I found mine for $189. I went with them on recommendations from here on The Green Screen.
Lol I just took the family out to eat, would’ve been a 1/3 closer to getting some Vortex Binos...
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:28 AM   #21
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vortex diamondback 10x50s. u can find them for around that price occasionally. I got mine for 100$ with the bass pro trade in last yr
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:10 AM   #22
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Vortex Diamondbacks are what I have and I like em.
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Old 07-06-2019, 03:16 PM   #23
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You’ll be a lot better off saving the extra $50-ish and buying the Vortex Diamondbacks. They are tons better than any other Sub-$200 Binos that I have tried. I think you’ll regret cheaping out in the long run.


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Old 07-06-2019, 03:19 PM   #24
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Another for the Vortex diamondbacks if you can get up a little more money.
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:09 PM   #25
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I've got a $200 pair of Nikons that have been great for the price. 10x42s like these https://www.cabelas.com/product/NIKO...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:32 PM   #26
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Leupold yosmites 10x30. Had mine for 5 years, crystal clear and compact.


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Old 07-06-2019, 05:34 PM   #27
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I bought Redfield a couple of years ago and for the money have been very happy.
This. I bought a pair of mavens and still use my red field as backup. Great glass for the price.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:37 PM   #28
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:53 PM   #29
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You’d be surprised at what you can get on eBay at the price.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:15 PM   #30
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I was plenty happy with my Diamondbacks right up until I wasn't

But their warranty is great

They can usually be had for $130 if you can wait around for Black Friday sales.
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Old 07-06-2019, 07:29 PM   #31
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I looked through a bunch (indoors) and went with Nikon Prostaff 3s 10x42 for $140ish

They do what I need them to do, but admittedly I do not hunt in extreme conditions.


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Old 07-07-2019, 08:29 AM   #32
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Vortechs for warranty, Nikons for quality. Take your pick
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:05 AM   #33
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Certainly go to a sporting goods store & look though as many as you can, in your price range. Generally, these stores are too well lit to tell you much about low light abilities of the binoculars. Research that elsewhere. But you will see a difference in clarity from one model to the next. Look for a shadowy area in the store, look at a mounted head on the wall as far away as you can.

I have no brand loyalty whatsoever. I shop, compare & choose what seems best.

True story - my brother bought a pair of Vortex (Diamondbacks, pretty sure). He likes them and was showing them off to me one day during a break in turkey hunting. I didn't want to hurt his feelings or make him not like his new binoculars, so I had to pretend to like them and think up something nice to say about them. They were OK, but clarity, edge to edge especially, was noticeably not as good as the Nikons hanging around my neck. I didn't want him to look through mine - again I wanted him to remain happy with his. Pretty sure I changed the subject......

Too each his own, maybe it is just my eyes.

My son however, was very much in agreement with my brother on the Vortex binos. Until he looked through the Nikons. He bought the Nikons.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:10 AM   #34
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And if you are even thinking "I don't want binoculars made in China', get over that. I used to think that too. When I last shopped for them, you had to spend $400 or $500 or more to get something not made in China.

Just the way it is.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:11 AM   #35
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I have these for sale. You may be looking for more magnification, but these are excellent bino’s. I used these in Kansas and never had any issues identifying deer that were out there a good ways. Only reason I’m selling is I upgraded to the BX-4’s

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