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Hunting Bino in south

Postby Dieselt6 on Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:35 am

I hunt in South Carolina and need a good low light bino. I currently have cheap bushnell 10x42. I barrowed a friends Steiner night hunter 8x56 and all i could say is wow! Great bino. I was going to buy them but they dont make that size anymore. they have 10x50 but am I going to loose light transmission going from a 8x to 10x and 56 to 50. Anything else
Anything else I should consider below $1,000 price or buy $400 monarchs and spend the money on other stuff?
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Re: Hunting Bino in south

Postby Jne_K on Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:59 pm

Hi

No - quality is more important than raw objective size or exit pupil when we are taling the difference between a 10x42 or a 10x50, but any of these will be an upgrade over your cheap 10x42. Carefully consider physical size, though. If you are stand hunting and not carrying, no real penalty in a 56mm, but that is NOT something you want to carry around your neck all day. Even a few ounces can count, here. Absolutely nothing a 50mm cannot do in terms of low light and, to be honest, a good 42 will take care of you well past the time you need to turn car lights on and do it without the extra weight or hit on your credit card of either the 50 or 56.

To take full advantage of a 7mm exit pupil from an 8x56, you need to be in complete darkness for at least half an hour for your eyes to open to their fullest (dark as in no moon or twilight) and, even then, if you are over 40, most of that 7mm exit pupil from the 8x56 is going to be wasted, anyway, since our eyes can't open that wide as we age. That big 7mm exit pupil can come in handy for other reasons, but for your work, the 50 or even a good 42 will do all you need to do.
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Re: Hunting Bino in south

Postby Dieselt6 on Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:16 pm

Thank you for your help.
I mostly hunt in a stand so weight is not too much of a big deal. How would you rate the Steiner night hunter 10x50 vs Bushnell elite 10x50.
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Re: Hunting Bino in south

Postby Dieselt6 on Sat May 09, 2009 7:17 am

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Re: Hunting Bino in south

Postby Jne_K on Mon May 11, 2009 2:46 pm

A porro is going to be more light efficient than a roof, so the edge in image brightness, by a slight margin, goes to the Steiner. The roof will be a nicer handling bino and will also be more practical if you are trying to focus closer than 30 yards or so.
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