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Old 06-02-2020, 10:06 PM   #1
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Looking for opinions on 15 power binos. Iíll be using them to spot and size deer at farther ranges.

Donít really want to spend Swaro money if I donít HAVE to. Right now Iím looking at the Meopta meostar 15x56 and the Maven B5 15x56.

Anyone have any experience with either? Iím open to other brands also.
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:02 PM   #2
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I’m a huge Maven fan. Own three pairs.

While their 15x Is great it is over shined by the Zeiss conquest HD IMO

One of the rare instances, they don’t win out in a price point category.

With that said both are on the optically higher end
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:31 PM   #3
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Can you use them freehand at that magnification?
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:42 PM   #4
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No.
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Old 06-03-2020, 12:10 AM   #5
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I have a pair of vortex vulture 15x56 that I like alot, I’m really hard on them and have had no problems. . They are heavy though.
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Old 06-03-2020, 12:49 AM   #6
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I endorse the Swaros. I love my 15x56’s
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:05 AM   #7
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Love me some 15s.. I have the B1's and no complaints.. I barely ever take a spotting scope anymore since I got 15x binoculars even though the weight is greater
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:49 AM   #8
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Iíve been using the Zeiss Conquest HD 15ís for 4 years. They are good quality. Heavier than the Swaros but the glass is very good.

You can hold them stead to scan briefly, but for any real glassing you need a tripod for sure.

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Old 06-03-2020, 08:18 AM   #9
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Can you use them freehand at that magnification?
With a hat brim and your elbows on your knees yes to a decent degree

itís kind of a to a degree system. Free hand standing up, yes, but to a very small degree, the degree increases up to a tripod.

A good friend who is a western guide runs 15x Lecia Geoís. He has mastered the non tripod but when we have to pick stuff apart he pulls out tripod.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:36 AM   #10
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Thanks. I’ll stay with the 10x for now.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:36 AM   #11
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I would recc. some 10x binos and save up for a spotter. 15x is just too much for hand held and you'll have to have a tripod for the best results glassing.

Really a hard choice and I under stand you're not probably wanting to buy a spotter too . Higher power will have the heat mirage pretty significantly, will you be ability to use them on hot days in the stand.
We run 10x Swaro binos and a spotter for far glassing. Larger field of view in the 10x as well.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:42 AM   #12
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As stated above, I recommend a good 10X bino and a 15-45x spotter. Use the binos to locate the animals, and then get on them with the spotter for verification. I have found a lot of times that when you try to get 1 item to do the job of 2 task specific items, it usually is just "ok" at both tasks. Binos are great for up close viewing and wide field of view at farther distances. Spotters are great and long range detail viewing. Use them as a set for optimal results.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:48 AM   #13
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15x are great happy medium for me. I don't want to carry a spotter and 10s are not enough for the country we are looking at. I'm running a tripod 100% of the time. Only way to go.

I had vortex kaibabs for years with no significant complaints. Finally found a good deal on some used swaros. I have 10s for texas deer and pig type hunting.
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Old 06-03-2020, 08:53 AM   #14
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Can you use them freehand at that magnification?
I've been using nothing but 15x swaros for 8 years now, both hunting in the mountains and bowhunting for whitetails. I've never had a problem holding them steady freehand for scanning or even looking at animals within 300 yards. I actually love them for looking at deer up close (as much as 20 yards).

For serious glassing to locate deer, you can't beat them on a tripod (for spotting 200 yards to 2 miles).
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:26 AM   #15
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The sig 15s are another good option in the same price range you are looking at. They are very close to swarovskis and may even have the same glass as the meoptas. I like mine a lot so if you could find a good deal on some you wouldn't be disappointed.

Just for reference, I have a swaro spotter and I have played with a friend's swaro 15's a little in the field to compare.
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:43 AM   #16
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The sigs seem to be good choice also. From the research I’ve done it doesn’t sound like I can go wrong in that price range. Sig, maven, Zeiss, Meopta..

Is anyone running the Leupold BX-5 15x16? Or have y’all compared them to the other high end binos?

I know leupold doesn’t have a reputation for having the best glass but from the few reviews I can find that aren’t sponsored by leupold they are on par with Meopta and maven.. now this is what I’m reading and my certainty not be true.

Only reason I ask is I can find them for $5-600 cheaper than anything else in that class.

I’m not opposed to spending the coin on the higher priced binos but if I can save that much and get the same glass why not?
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:49 AM   #17
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I don't think you can go wrong, but I sure like my Mavens.
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Old 06-04-2020, 11:47 AM   #18
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Looks like I might just hold off and get some swaros later on. Buy once cry once. Plus I have some gift cards to midway that I could put toward them.

Anyone know if midway ever has Swaro on sale? Or even one of their deals where you buy so much merch and they give you so much on a different gift card?
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Old 06-04-2020, 11:50 AM   #19
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If you would consider Leupold, there is a crazy sale on them on Eurooptic right now. I came across it when I was scope shopping. Darn near half off on one model.

Just saw your "wait on swaro post above", so disregard!
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Looks like I might just hold off and get some swaros later on. Buy once cry once. Plus I have some gift cards to midway that I could put toward them.

Anyone know if midway ever has Swaro on sale? Or even one of their deals where you buy so much merch and they give you so much on a different gift card?
Great idea. You will not be disappointed in them at all.
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Old 06-04-2020, 02:15 PM   #21
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If you would consider Leupold, there is a crazy sale on them on Eurooptic right now. I came across it when I was scope shopping. Darn near half off on one model.

Just saw your "wait on swaro post above", so disregard!
I actually called euro yesterday on the leupold bx5. That price is really hard to beat!
Figured the swaros will be a better buy in the long run and will defiantly hold their value better if I ever want to upgrade.
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:49 PM   #22
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Anyone have Leicas in 15x
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Old 06-04-2020, 06:00 PM   #23
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Anyone have Leicas in 15x
I donít have them but have used them in geovidĎa. Good binos
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Old 06-04-2020, 06:07 PM   #24
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Looks like I might just hold off and get some swaros later on. Buy once cry once. Plus I have some gift cards to midway that I could put toward them.

Anyone know if midway ever has Swaro on sale? Or even one of their deals where you buy so much merch and they give you so much on a different gift card?
There isnít much of a disadvantage for using Maven, Zeiss, lecia, etc over Swaro. While swaro is the class leader, itís Not mind blowingly better. itís like the final flight of a 100m race at a track meet, Seldom a huge margin of victory
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:16 PM   #25
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There isnít much of a disadvantage for using Maven, Zeiss, lecia, etc over Swaro. While swaro is the class leader, itís Not mind blowingly better. itís like the final flight of a 100m race at a track meet, Seldom a huge margin of victory
I would agree with you on that but if I can get the price to within a couple hundred of the others using gift cards why not go with the swaros.

I really liked the YouTube review of the Maven B5 15x56 vs Swaro 15x56 that a guy on Rockslide did. I just donít know if maven will be around long term since they are a relatively new company.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:25 PM   #26
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I have a pair of vortex vulture 15x56 that I like alot, I’m really hard on them and have had no problems. . They are heavy though.

Same here. Great on the bench or in the blind. But pretty heavy to carry. I can free hand them some. Just depends on the distance and target as to seeing it clearly (edit: when free handing).


Mine were a replacement set sent by Vortex, for the 10x56 that got broke, that they don't make any more. I'd prefer the 10x56. But it was a choice of the 8x56 or the 15x56. And I've already got a set of light weight 10x42 Burris. So, blind binos it is.

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There isnít much of a disadvantage for using Maven, Zeiss, lecia, etc over Swaro. While swaro is the class leader, itís Not mind blowingly better. itís like the final flight of a 100m race at a track meet, Seldom a huge margin of victory
Nobody ever remembers silver place.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:52 PM   #28
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I would agree with you on that but if I can get the price to within a couple hundred of the others using gift cards why not go with the swaros.

I really liked the YouTube review of the Maven B5 15x56 vs Swaro 15x56 that a guy on Rockslide did. I just don’t know if maven will be around long term since they are a relatively new company.
If you can find a good used Swaro SLC HD For sure!!!


Also Maven isn’t going anywhere. They are pretty smart ran company, which a great price point value. They are about to release a new scope also
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Nobody ever remembers silver place.
Ya I heard all the others: Zeiss, Leica, Maven, Meopta, etc are closing their doors....
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