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Looking for input on hunting binoculars

Postby isuhunter on Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:49 am

Hi,
I currently have a pair of Bushnell H20 12x25. I thought they were nice when they were given to me as a gift. However, this year I've noticed how horrible the lighting is when it gets dusk/dark out. I am looking at getting a new set and see the Bushnells really aren't people's (in the hunting world) top choice. So here is what I'm looking for. Price is an issue, I dont' want to drop $300 on binoculars. I use them for sitting in a tree stand, duck/goose hunting, and scouting for deer. So what do you guys recommend. I have been told to check out the Vortex Crossfire 8x42. I'd like to stay around the $150 range.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Looking for input on hunting binoculars

Postby Guest on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:02 am

12x25 is really a bad tool for anything.

Staying with Bushnell, the Ultra Legend HD 10x36 would give you 10x power and rather compact.

Other than that, a standard 8x42 Monarch, Nikon, Bushnell or Leupold will all do the jop. Vortex Diamondback is the cheapest 8x42 I can think of I would use.
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Re: Looking for input on hunting binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:47 am

Hi

First make sure you are getting waterproof for hunting, especially if you are in a duck blind. You can't beat an 8x40 or 8x42 as an all around binocular for hunting, as long as it is waterproof.I would not dismiss Bushnell as a brand, either, especially in that price range and, at that price, it is better to stay with one of the big names, such as Bushnell or Nikon.

At $150, your best bang for the buck in terms of optics is a porro, such as the Nikon Action Extreme or the Bushnell Legend Porro. If you want to go roof prism and stay under $200, I would try the Bushnell Excursion 8x42.
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Re: Looking for input on hunting binoculars

Postby isuhunter on Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:53 am

So, you wouldn't get the Vortex Crossfires? Seem to be highly recomended by the hunting community.
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Re: Looking for input on hunting binoculars

Postby ET on Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:05 am

The Crossfires will be an improvement over your 12x25, but if you can find a Diamondback you can afford, it has phase coating. Do not get 10x32 crossfire, stay with 8x. At 42mm, 10x42 Diamondback is pretty good. In general, stay at 32mm for 8x and 36mm to 42mm for 10x.

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Re: Looking for input on hunting binoculars

Postby ET on Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:51 pm

Around the 100 dollar mark, you might want to look at these
http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-yos ... ulars.html

a bit bulkier than you are used to but not that heavy.
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