Looking for input on hunting binoculars
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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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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http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-yos ... ulars.html
a bit bulkier than you are used to but not that heavy.