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Vortex Viper 8x or 10x

Postby Biggestfish on Wed May 26, 2010 9:54 pm

Hi I can't decide if I should get 8X or 10X in the viper. I wear glasses, and want them for hunting.
The 8x has a longer eye relief......will I notice a difference with the 10X.
Any other brands you would recommend?

Re: Vortex Viper 8x or 10x

Postby Jne_K on Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:28 am


Your choice of magnification is as much a personal preference as it is anything real in terms of performance. Just not enough difference in terms of detail between an 8x and 10x to ever be a deciding factor, all else equal. In other words, if you can't see it with 8x, you still won't see it with 10x. When you need more than 8x, usually time to grab a spotting scope or high power bino on a tripod. 8x does get you a wider field of view and better steadiness; 10x does get you just a touch more detail. Assuming a good 40 or 42mm objective, not enough image brightness difference to be significant between 8x or 10x.

There is some psychology, here, though. Most of us open country types opt for 10x, myself included. That little bit of extra magnification is reassuring in the wide open spaces. In other words, if you will be hunting open country, you'll probably "feel" more confident in your binocular if it is a 10x, though, as I said, an 8x will still do whatever you need to do. In fact, when I am in rugged country, out west, climbing and huffing and puffing, I opt for an 8x for its better steadiness. Likewise, in heavy cover, I much prefer an 8x or, when I can find it, even a good 7x.

Really a matter of what kind of hunting you will be doing and where and your call on the magnification. You won't really make a mistake with either an 8 or a 10. I own and use both.
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