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Old 12-30-2013, 07:47 AM   #21
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Have a pair of the Bushnell legend HD 10X42 in my blind bag and they are perfect for what you describe.
In addition to having pretty solid glass for that price range, they are great for waterfolwing as they are also waterproof and fog proof - Bushnell has a bullet proof gurantee that for any reason up to a year, if you don't like them - you can return them no questions asked.


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Old 12-30-2013, 08:05 AM   #22
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Agree with Bones (above).
I have a pair. They're great.

(Also cheaper at optics planet)

http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell...131230150244:s

Wait for one of Optics Planet's big sales and they're pricing will be very tough to beat. Them or Bear Basin.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #23
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I'm a Zeiss fella myself... I'm a firm believer you get what you pay for.
Copy that! I have 10x40 and love them. When it comes to optics, I played the cheap game for years. When you wait all year for hunting season and spend money on everything else, saving up for a nice pair is just part of the game.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #24
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Swarovski... buy ONCE and they will last you for the rest of your lifetime. Or you can buy some cheapos and keep trading up.
This!!!
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:40 AM   #25
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I have owned and/or currently own binoculars made by Bushnell, Nikon, Brunton, Leica, and Swarovski.

If price is not an issue - Swarovski hands down. I beat the tar out of my gear and the Swaro's optical quality and ability to take a beating are great.

That being said, I have heard good things about the Meopta brand. Lower price point than Swarovski.

I have had my best luck with www.eurooptic.com. Owner is Alex Roy. Clientele is probably 98% hunters. Call him, give him your budget, and tell him what your desired use is. As an example, do you really want a pair of 8 x 56's hanging around your neck all day on an elk hunt? Great low light binoc, but weight/mass becomes an issue on certain hunts. Mostly long distance car spotting? 15 x 56 is great. You get the point. Last scope that I bought he talked me down from a high dollar Schmidt & Bender and got me into a Meopta scope for about half the price. Make sure that the binocs are waterproof, that they have an unconditional lifetime guarntee, and that their service department can handle repairs in a timely fashion (Alex will know that).

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:09 AM   #26
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Scheels dakota hunter brand 10x42 or 12x42. I had and lost a pair of monarchs and bought a pair of these. Lifetime guarantee and great optics for the money.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #27
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scouting=leupold mojaves. I beat the crap out of those things and they keep on ticking.

long term viewing/in the car/brag to friends=Leica or Swaro

Agreed! Have had the same pair of 10X42 Mojave's for years. All around great pair of binos. They have been my go to for scouting waterfowl, deer and turkey woods.

Just got my old man a pair for Christmas!
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:48 AM   #28
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I have had great luck with my Leopold cascades I have had then for 6-7 years and use them for every thing from deer elk and waterfowl, for the money when I bought them they where the clearest I could afford.

they are a 10x42
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #29
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My 30 year old Steiners still get the job done.
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:12 AM   #30
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Zen Ray is easily the best glass for the money right now.
I own a pair of 8X42's I use for deer hunting. For duck hunting I bought one of their monoculars in 10X42 that fits nicely in my blind bag and they are much handier for duck hunting than my full size pair. Go to a site called the optics talk forum to see how highly those folks speak of Zen Ray compared to glass costing two and three times as much.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:00 PM   #31
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I have a pair of 10x50 Leica Trinovids that are never carried into a duck hunting environment. I have a pair of Vortex 8x42's that are almost as clear as the Leicas, cost 1/3 the price and I wouldn't think twice about taking them anywhere.

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Old 12-30-2013, 03:10 PM   #32
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Zen Ray is easily the best glass for the money right now.
I own a pair of 8X42's I use for deer hunting. For duck hunting I bought one of their monoculars in 10X42 that fits nicely in my blind bag and they are much handier for duck hunting than my full size pair. Go to a site called the optics talk forum to see how highly those folks speak of Zen Ray compared to glass costing two and three times as much.
Can't say enough about them.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #33
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Leica 10x42. Bought a pair 10 years ago,best investment in glass that I have made,did the trade up thing over the years.....
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:19 AM   #34
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Swarovski are the brand i use, but you cant dismiss
Leica. And if you decide you want a glass look at optolyth they are exelent value for money.
One other budget brand banocular worth a look and i have not seen mentioned on here, are Seadler they are good binoculars at a good price.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:44 AM   #35
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If you go Vortex, don't get the diamondbacks. If you spend any time behind the glass, your eyes will pay. I bought a pair for knockarounds, and they tire the eyes! I have a pair of Leica Duovids that I use 99% of the time, they are great. Swaros and Zeiss are right there with them. You can't go wrong with any of those three. If the budget ain't good nuff for that, and you want Vortex, get the Vipers, they are good glass. Alex at Euro Optic is the guy!
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:03 AM   #36
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Back in the day I bought Steiners and never looked back. I have 5 pair ranging from 15x60 down to a small pair I carry on the back of my off road bike. They get the hell beat out of them. 2 to 3,000 miles a year off road for 10 years, the lens came loose and I was looking to get a new pair, the guy behind the counter said send them back. I did and they sent a new pair of the updated model. Good glasses with great services.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:11 AM   #37
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Check out camera landI am running the Brunton Epochs and for the $600-$750 price range are nice but if big game hunting the Swaroski are better.
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Have narrowed it down to 10x42s or 12x42s. I am just wondering if I will be able to focus the 12 magnification from a boat? Anybody use 12x pair for scouting from a boat?
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:49 PM   #39
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Have narrowed it down to 10x42s or 12x42s. I am just wondering if I will be able to focus the 12 magnification from a boat? Anybody use 12x pair for scouting from a boat?
Not without puking !
Heck even the 10's are going to be a pain in the ass.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:15 AM   #40
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Don't get me started with Monarch by Nikon or the Bushnells. Save your money and buy something worth what you are spending. Both Bushnell and Nikon have TERRIBLE customer service, TERRIBLE.

Go with Vortex, lifetime unconditional guarantee!

I have not spent the money on Leica or Zeiss or any of the other high brand glass.
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