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Old 12-01-2017, 07:48 AM   #1
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needing something a little better than me $20 eddie bauers
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:58 AM   #2
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I sure like my Brunton’s that a bunch of us on here got on clearance
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:07 AM   #3
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How much you want to spend?
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:07 AM   #4
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I sure like my Bruntonís that a bunch of us on here got on clearance
That's no lie!!!!

I have Bruntons, Leopolds and Vortex. All COST me in the 3-400 range. The Bruntons had a much higher MSRP and perform that way.

What's your budget?
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:17 AM   #5
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not a huge budget. around $250. I am looking at the vortex diamond backs and the Leupold bx-2 Acadia right now right. both in a 10X42
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:23 AM   #6
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https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-...inoculars.html

10x 50 would be better
also euro optics is having a sale if you buy a conquest you get a free pair of zeiss binos

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Old 12-01-2017, 08:23 AM   #7
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Nikon has some good glass in that price rangehttp://www.cabelas.com/product/Nikon...7.uts?slotId=1
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:25 AM   #8
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Not to hijack but this question brings up the major difference in binos when checking them in a store that is well lighted. It makes me chuckle when i over hear people talk about how the cheaper binos are just as clear as the higher end ones when looking through them in a store because these surroundings are not indicative of the ones you'll be using them in and the performance needed. The clarity of many lower price binos is great now days and comparable to many higher priced options but low light conditions is were spending the extra money makes a huge difference. In low light conditions most of the budget type binos are lacking in the ability to gather enough light to give a clear image.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:26 AM   #9
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for $250 I would buy these for sale on here

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=670455
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:28 AM   #10
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I was looking for some budget glass the other day. I ended up buying some Redfield revolt 10 x 42 At Academy on Black Friday for $59. Theyre regularly $99, but they looked better to me than anything else I put up to my eyes. With a lifetime warranty.
My opinion, for under $100, they are very impressive if you want something real" budgety"

Edit : for hardware, The ones I mentioned gather light very well. As well as top-of-the-line? Of course not. But great for the money, and definitely sufficient for my needs.

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Old 12-01-2017, 08:29 AM   #11
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10x50 will have better light gathering capabilities.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:31 AM   #12
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I have a set of these i use instead of binos been using them for about 5 years now they have the clearest glass and will range from 15yards out to 2200 even on non shiny objects. I prefer them over binos since they are smaller and serve 2 purposes
https://www.eurooptic.com/zeiss-vict...EaAlvSEALw_wcB

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Old 12-01-2017, 08:43 AM   #13
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On the lower end optics there is some advantage to larger objectives to compensate for the lower quality glass but you will pay a penalty in size & weight.

In the price range you mentioned all are going to perform very close.

Vortex Diamondback
Nikon Monarch 3 or 5
Leupold Acadia


IMO you would be better served to search for a higher quality used pair.

And the poster above that mentioned that they all look good in the store is SPOT ON. You cannot judge performance in a well lit store.


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Old 12-01-2017, 08:47 AM   #14
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between the two I listed, which would you favor? Cabelas has a heck of a deal on both
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:50 AM   #15
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You could check Camera Land NY

I bought some Minox from them last year for $270. They’re normally $500+


Also, if you find something you like check out Universal Mania. They have some cheap prices and free shipping.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:51 AM   #16
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between the two I listed, which would you favor? Cabelas has a heck of a deal on both
Vortex. My dad had the same pair out west two weeks ago, and his nockers picked up light as good as a couple $1000 pairs of nockers that were out there with us, at about 15 min before dark.

That being said, I can't speak for the Leupold. I just know how well the Vortex performed.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:38 AM   #17
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It really comes down to exit pupil size, quality of the optic glass and lens coatings.

Here are a couple of pretty good videos from Vortex that may help with your decision.

I get to use many models and sizes of binos....all Vortex of course, but this is why 8x42 are my "go to" binos for most applications. 8x42 have a large exit pupil, and have less perceived movement (shakiness...if that is a word) than higher power binos. In my opinion if you can't hold them steady you can't effectively use a higher magnification.

Click on this link for videos.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/optics_myths

http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/optics_myths
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It really comes down to exit pupil size, quality of the optic glass and lens coatings.

Here are a couple of pretty good videos from Vortex that may help with your decision.

I get to use many models and sizes of binos....all Vortex of course, but this is why 8x42 are my "go to" binos for most applications. 8x42 have a large exit pupil, and have less perceived movement (shakiness...if that is a word) than higher power binos. In my opinion if you can't hold them steady you can't effectively use a higher magnification.

Click on this link for videos.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/optics_myths

http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/optics_myths
I know Diamondbacks are the lower end of Vortex, but my 8.5x50's do an awesome job at low light. I was watching deer at 10:30 last night by moonlight.
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:49 AM   #19
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It really comes down to exit pupil size, quality of the optic glass and lens coatings.

Here are a couple of pretty good videos from Vortex that may help with your decision.

I get to use many models and sizes of binos....all Vortex of course, but this is why 8x42 are my "go to" binos for most applications. 8x42 have a large exit pupil, and have less perceived movement (shakiness...if that is a word) than higher power binos. In my opinion if you can't hold them steady you can't effectively use a higher magnification.

Click on this link for videos.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/optics_myths

http://www.vortexoptics.com/video/optics_myths
would you recommend the 8X42 over the 10X42?
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:02 AM   #20
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I got some Leupold acadias on sale for like $75 at academy in 10x50. They work really well and can usually see shadows well before shooting light at ranges of 100-280 yards. Can't complain for the cost. They do have some rounded effect towards the edges but I don't notice much.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:03 AM   #21
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I know Diamondbacks are the lower end of Vortex, but my 8.5x50's do an awesome job at low light. I was watching deer at 10:30 last night by moonlight.
Mark. One of my all time favorites. 8.5x50 have a bigger exit pupil 5.88mm than 8x42 (5.25mm). The 8.5x50 were kinda over looked by most and Vortex discontinued them. I was disappointed that they were discontinued. I always recommended the 8.5x50. I think I sold more than all other dealers combined and everyone that bought them loves them.

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would you recommend the 8X42 over the 10X42?
For me personally yes. Diamondback 10x42 are my best sellers because most people think higher power is better. I prefer the 8x42.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:05 AM   #22
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I picked up some vortex diamondbacks monday for $129 at cabelas. It was the last pair they had in the store but they still showed some available online for that price.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:28 AM   #23
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fine, you convinced me, give me the kaibabs
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:44 AM   #24
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I just bought a set of Cabelas Intensity HD's. They are amazing. I went into the store to buy the Vortex Viper HD's and my wife talked me into trying the Cabelas brand. I am glad I did. They are just as clear. FOV is the same. But they are brighter in low Light. Same warranty and I was out the door for 127.00. Vortex where 428.00
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:01 AM   #25
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I have a pair of Vortex Talon HD 10x42 listed in the classifieds. Let me know if interested.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:07 AM   #26
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not a huge budget. around $250.
Lololololol

"What's the BEST low light bino?"

"Oh, btw, my budget is bottom-of-the-barrel."
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:17 AM   #27
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I have a pair of Vortex Viper HD 10x42s that I picked up from Cabelas for "free" using CC points. I LOVE them!!! Really depends on where you're going to be using them, but even in Idaho/WY where I do most of my hunting, the 10x is quite a bit of magnification. I tried some 15x50s, and the shake was too much for me and FOV was too small. Some 8x or 10x would be great, anything more than that I like to switch over to the spotter.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:26 AM   #28
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Cabela's brand are great for the money, plus lifetime warranty. I bought a pair and they blow Leupolds and Bushnell's out the water. Far from great glass, but great for the price
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:09 PM   #29
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I have binos in your price range the vortex Diamondbacks (10x42) are pretty clear and pretty good in low light but not great. The Nikon monarchs (older pair) are better that I use too.
I don't have anything else to offer/compare on the price range your looking at
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:13 PM   #30
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You can get a pair of Redfield Rebel 10x42 at Cabelas on sale for $109 right now. Really good binos for the money. I have a pair of Leupold BX-2 Acadias and these were as good for less money. I tried my cousin's Rebels out in the field and I can't say a bad thing about them.
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:14 PM   #31
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I have a pair of Vortex Talon HD 10x42 listed in the classifieds. Let me know if interested.


These would be a fantastic buy for the asking price!


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Old 12-02-2017, 04:12 PM   #32
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Went with the Leupold BX-2 Tioga. The different in how much light is picks up from my old
Pair is incredible
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