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Alpen Apex Binoculars

Postby Delbowbender on Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:01 pm

I'm considering buying one of the following Alpen Apex models & would appreciate any input anyone might have. The models in the running at this point are: 494, 495, & 499. The first two are 10x42 & the third is 12x50 but other models are not out of the question if there are some convincing arguments. Honestly I'm leaning toward one of the first two simply due to physical size. My intended use is for spotting arrows in a target in a wooded setting at distances from 20 feet to 80 yards where lighting conditions can vary widely. FYI, the fletching on the arrows is only 1.875" long & the nocks are about 3/16". Any and all comments will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Alpen Apex Binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:28 pm

Hi

First, the Apex is an excellent bino with solid optics. I can recommend it, highly.

For the shorter distances, a 10x42 is fine. No need to go to the 12x. What little extra you gain in detail can easily be lost to unsteadiness. In fact, if you shooting in a contest and your arms are getting a bit shaky, an 8x may be more comfortable.

80 yards and that kind of detail is asking a lot of a binocular. If your fletching is bright enough and conditions are good, you may get the job done with conventional binoculars. I would at least try a 10x binocular, perhaps borrow one and see how doable it is before investing in a conventional binocular. If you still need more magnification, you may have to go with a spotting scope and tripod or, if the tripod is just too much of a hassle, an image stabilized 12x-15x bino is an excellent alternative.
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Re: Alpen Apex Binoculars

Postby Delbowbender on Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:28 pm

Other than $30 & color, what differences are there in the models 494 & 495? I tried a friend's pair of 10 x 42 binoculars & they seemed to work pretty well.
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Re: Alpen Apex Binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:07 am

Hi

That's it, basically. The 494 is the Dick Scorzafava Radical Hunter Signature model, but same features as the standard Apex.
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