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Marine Optics

Postby Former Salt Dog on Sat May 21, 2011 1:37 am

My nephew has recently graduated from coast guard training and I'd like to get him a gift. Which of the following offers the best build quality and optical performance quality to price ratio?

http://www.opticsplanet.com/konus-torna ... -2325.html

http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-17x50-wb.html

http://www.opticsplanet.com/barska-7x30 ... y-mul.html

http://www.opticsplanet.com/barska-7x50 ... inder.html

http://www.opticsplanet.com/minox-md-8x ... cular.html

Or are there other models of marine monoculars or binoculars that offer a better "bang for the buck"?
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby Jne_K on Sat May 21, 2011 9:00 am

Hi

Forget monoculars for actual marine use as monoculars are harder to hold steady than binoculars and steadiness onboard a boat is a key issue.

Any 7x50 in that price range will have a similar origin - China- regardless of brand and therefore basically the same quality and optics. I would look at warranties as more of a distinguishing feature. In that respect, Bushnell will probably be the best on this list. I would also look at Celestron binoculars for their excellent no fault warranty as a very sensible option for the money.
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby Former Salt Dog on Sun May 22, 2011 12:46 am

Thanks Joanie.

So if I were intent on getting a pair of marine binoculars that was NOT China made, which make and model would be the most economical and yet offerred decent quality? Are there any binocs out there which are not china made and yet cost under $300?
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby Jne_K on Sun May 22, 2011 2:26 pm

Hi

About the closest you can come to made in Japan at that price is the excellent Nikon 7442, Sports and Marine 7x50, but that model has been recently discontinued, though yo might find it still on a dealer's shelf. Wonderful binocular, built like a tank. otherwise, you will need to move into the more expensive Steiners and Fujinon 7x50s.
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby bearclawthedonut on Mon May 23, 2011 1:04 pm

Former Salt Dog:

Go to cameralandny.com, click on Products, Sport Optics, Vortex, Viper, 8.5x52 - on sale for $299.99. These Vortex Viper 8.5x52 are made in Japan and are backed by Vortex's fabulous warrantee. They have been discontinued, replaced by the new HD model; that's why they are so inexpensive. Excellent bins for the money. Very light weight for 52's, comparatively outstanding optics for the money. Best that can be done for $300. Good luck.
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby bman940 on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:34 am

Joanie as usual I think you are right on in your suggestions. I also like Nikon's Oceanpro Bino's, great Nikon quality, sturdy and non-slip housing along with Nikon's normal great glass and coatings. I'm planning on trying out a pair while fishing in Alaska in 2 weeks along with a buddies Nikon Stabileyes 14X. I'm really looking forward to putting them tot he test and when fishing out of Sitka,Ak you can count on rain and salt spray.
My review and pics to follow.
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:28 am

Thanks, Bart. Let us know how those work for you and good luck on your fishing.
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby bman940 on Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:10 am

Just got back from fishing in Sitka, Alaska, what a blast! My buddy forgot his Nikon stabileyes but fortunately my wife remembered her MothersDay present of the Nikon, She Safari 10x36 ATB that I bought for her. They worked great on the thankfully not to rough ocean. We were able to use them to look for feeding birds, watch whales and check out other boats to see if they were catching anything. We were definitely glad we had them.
Here's a pic of one of the many Silver Salmon we caught.

http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd3 ... rwbino.jpg
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Re: Marine Optics

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:22 am

Hi Bart

Wow! That's just a tad bigger than the bass and pike we get in our little lake. LOL.
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