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Old 12-30-2013, 12:43 AM   #11
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Any higher than 10 and I don't think you'll be able to hold the binocs steady enough to clearly see through them. I've got 10x and it took me awhile to train myself to be steady enough over the 8x I previously had.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:51 AM   #12
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:23 AM   #13
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Do you really want a pair of thousand dollar binoculars to use in a waterfowl situation?
Mud, rain, snow, salt spray, water sloshing in the bottom of the boat, dog shaking off.
Seriously, do you want to worry when your buddy asks to use them "for a second"? Do you refuse to let anyone touch them?
Do you set them down on a seat in the boat or are you always covering up with the lens caps one second after looking through them?

Those high dollar binoculars can take it, but are you going to dare ask them to take it?

Buy a $50 pair of 10x50.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:59 AM   #14
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Swarovski's all the way. Best investment I ever made. Truly awesome glass!!!
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:53 AM   #15
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I have a pair of Nikon Monarch binocs rattling around in the console of my truck and they will do 90% of what the Swaros do at about 10% of the price.
Agreed.

Buy a $300 pair for what you describe and save your money for a Swarovski spotter.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:04 AM   #16
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I use Swaros for serious glassing, but I have a pair of Nikon Monarch binocs rattling around in the console of my truck and they will do 90% of what the Swaros do at about 10% of the price.
Nikons are very good binocs. We have had a pair of Monarchs for years that get a lot of use. We bought our son a pair when he went to Africa and his have been used hard as well.

Zeiss and Swarovaski are excellent glass. Comes down to budget. If you can spend $1,000's on binos then go for it.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:15 AM   #17
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I have Swarovski 10x50 and 15x56 binos. They will take all the abuse you can stand. They are made for it... that said, I use the 10x50 a LOT more. You can get a used pair, that will still last forever.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:40 AM   #18
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:06 AM   #19
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I'll add something new to the standard already-mentioned replies. My expensive Swarovski range-finding binoculars do not scan geese in flight as nearly as well as my $250 Canon range finders. With the cheap Canons I can scan a flock of honkers and read out the yardage whereas with the Swarovski's, you can't do that or I have not been able to. Kind of disappointing.

Swarovski's are clearer up to the edge of field and I notice you can glass longer with them. I use them to spot unique birds way out there so I can figure out a sneak.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #20
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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
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