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  • August 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm #592484 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    What’s everyone using?  I would like a set that wont break the bank but still have good quality.  This is my first year hunting agricultural ground and can see a long ways around the fields.   I would like to stay at $120 or less but would pay more it I felt I was getting more for my money.  They will be used for passing the time and glassing fields while scouting.
    August 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm #592496 Back to Top REPORT
    bigfoot
    Bigfoot

    Joined: 3/24/2005
    I am looking at Vortex binos for myself and my girlfriend.
    August 29, 2013 at 10:23 am #592551 Back to Top REPORT
    rickym
    RickyM


    Joined: 8/4/2004
    vortex line is all i use.{#emotions_dlg.mathews_thumbs_up}
    August 30, 2013 at 7:49 am #592683 Back to Top REPORT
    vash
    vash

    Joined: 5/30/2010
    I broke the bank. Bigtime. :D

    I’d go vortex. Up your bidet to some 10x viper HD. Great binos. Great warranty.

    September 2, 2013 at 12:11 am #592964 Back to Top REPORT
    fats
    Fats

    Joined: 6/27/2005
    Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'is
    Vortex seems to have a lot of value for the $$$  You can get much better glass, but for the price you get a lot of performance.  Buying the right set the first time will save you more than having to buy several sets along the way.  Good glass is worth the cost…
    September 3, 2013 at 8:51 am #593125 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    Like with many other things, you get what you pay for…with glass that is no exception.  I have a pair of 10×42 Leupold Gold Ring HDs and absolutely love them.  I’m glad I saved up the extra $$ to pay for them instead of settling on a cheaper pair.
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    September 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm #593157 Back to Top REPORT
    bbeltram
    bbeltram

    Joined: 1/20/2008
    I’ve been more than satisfied with my Vortex Diamondbacks.  We’ll see how they stack up out west.
    September 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm #593193 Back to Top REPORT
    fats
    Fats

    Joined: 6/27/2005
    Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'is

    I’ve been more than satisfied with my Vortex Diamondbacks. We’ll see how they stack up out west.

    That is what I had… or the sidewinders… I think one replaced the other a while ago.  My pair got nicked in Ireland so I’m in the market to replace them.  I’ll be looking at that same line and price point.

    September 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm #593217 Back to Top REPORT
    bbeltram
    bbeltram

    Joined: 1/20/2008

    I’ve been more than satisfied with my Vortex Diamondbacks. We’ll see how they stack up out west.

    That is what I had… or the sidewinders… I think one replaced the other a while ago. My pair got nicked in Ireland so I’m in the market to replace them. I’ll be looking at that same line and price point.

    I believe I gave around $225 for my 8×42’s

    September 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm #593260 Back to Top REPORT
    fats
    Fats

    Joined: 6/27/2005
    Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'is

    I’ve been more than satisfied with my Vortex Diamondbacks. We’ll see how they stack up out west.

    That is what I had… or the sidewinders… I think one replaced the other a while ago. My pair got nicked in Ireland so I’m in the market to replace them. I’ll be looking at that same line and price point.

    I believe I gave around $225 for my 8×42′s

    I’m not sure if I will go with the 10×42 (which is what got stolen) or if  I will drop down to an 8×42 (which would give me a little more light gathering)  Out west the 10×42 comes in handy for  long range glassing.  8×42 would be nice… but might limit me a bit on range.  That I’m sure would facilitate a more expensive pair of 10×42’s which would render the 8×42’s obsolete…

    I love a good mental quandary!

    September 4, 2013 at 8:45 am #593296 Back to Top REPORT
    bbeltram
    bbeltram

    Joined: 1/20/2008

    I’ve been more than satisfied with my Vortex Diamondbacks. We’ll see how they stack up out west.

    That is what I had… or the sidewinders… I think one replaced the other a while ago. My pair got nicked in Ireland so I’m in the market to replace them. I’ll be looking at that same line and price point.

    I believe I gave around $225 for my 8×42′s

    I’m not sure if I will go with the 10×42 (which is what got stolen) or if I will drop down to an 8×42 (which would give me a little more light gathering) Out west the 10×42 comes in handy for long range glassing. 8×42 would be nice… but might limit me a bit on range. That I’m sure would facilitate a more expensive pair of 10×42′s which would render the 8×42′s obsolete…

    I love a good mental quandary!

    Sounds familiar!

    September 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm #593340 Back to Top REPORT
    blackdog
    BlackDog

    Age: 63
    Joined: 7/21/2004

    Like with many other things, you get what you pay for…with glass that is no exception. I have a pair of 10×42 Leupold Gold Ring HDs and absolutely love them. I’m glad I saved up the extra $$ to pay for them instead of settling on a cheaper pair.

    Have to agree. I have Nikon Monarch 10×36 (chocolate – with a nice “She” leather sling LOL) for fooling around, Leupold 8×42 Cascades (my first serious binos – I’ve had for years), and Leupold 10×50 Mohaves. The Mohaves get the nod; especially in low light. Good enough for who they’re for (me).  I don’t notice the extra weight and to me the 50mm’s are worth a few extra ounces.
    I should have done as  Thunderchicken said but I didn’t have the serious coin at the time and didn’t want to wait to save up. But he’s right. If you save and wait, you’ll probably only need to buy one pair.

    The Nikon She Safari’ Monarch is a nice little pair of binos for the price is you can still find them. My wife took the bag LOL.

    September 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm #593549 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    Vortex is a lot of bang for the buck … but if all you have is $120 to spend, put it in your pocket and start saving.

    Bad Glass is bad glass at any price. Optics is one of the few things that you really get what you pay for.

    Good Glass is expensive.

    I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on bad or mediocre glass all my life and was never really happy. Yeah, about $450 gets a decent pair of binoculars and you can’t really tell them from the top of the line in the mid-day sun, but in the first and last light of day, they will fail you.

    When I turned 62, I vowed my first Social Security Check was going to buy a quality set of binoculars. For $1680 I bought a pair of Swarovski EL 8.5x42mm, best purchase I ever made. They now sell for about $2300.

    September 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm #593562 Back to Top REPORT
    bootheel-boy
    bootheel boy

    Joined: 7/21/2006
    Location: S.E. Missouri
    I decided to wait and hold off purchasing any.   Vortex get high praise on another forum I am a member of.  Now I just got to save my pennies and figure our what power to buy.  I’m thinking 8X would work fine but later I would wish I would have just spent more and got the 10X.  I’m glassing about 250-400 yards away while scouting bean fields for deer.   They would also go to Colorado for my elk hunts.
    September 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm #593570 Back to Top REPORT
    gjarcher
    gjarcher

    Age: 71
    Joined: 10/3/2006
    Location: Colorado
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    FWIW, I first bought the 10×42 Swaro EL’s. I took them back and traded for the 8.5x42mm. The 10×42’s were slightly more magnification, and I really mean ‘slightly’, but the resolution was noticeably less, hence more eye fatigue.

    The 8.5x42mm were much sharper, less eye fatigue, and actually better for scoring antlers at distance because of the sharper resolution.

    So, don’t get sold on just magnification … resolution is more important.

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