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Shopping for compact powerful binoculars

Postby ben721364 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:22 am

I want to buy compact binoculars for general use, that are fairly light as well as powerful. What will $300 get me? Sugestions?
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Re: Shopping for compact powerful binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:24 am

Hi

"Powerful" to the point of not being able to steady the binoculars enough to use them effectively is a mistake. Detail gained by excessive magnification will be lost to unsteadiness. Most folks find that 10x in a full size binocular is the limit for supporting binoculars without some kind of rest. Compact binoculars are ven harder to steady because of their lighter weight. I would not recommend more than 10x in a compact. Higher magnification also brings a smaller field of view and that makes a binocular harder to use.

Try the excellent Brunton Eterna 10x25, for a quality 10x compact.
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Re: Shopping for compact powerful binoculars

Postby TScott27 on Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:39 am

The Zeiss Victory 8x20 is also a nice one. At 4" and 8oz, it is something very handy to carry around. Great optics too. :)
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Re: Shopping for compact powerful binoculars

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:39 am

The Steiner Wildlife Pro 10.5x28 will be a bit closer to your $300 limit and be a touch more powerful, too. I have the Zeiss and it is a superb binocular, no doubt about it.
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