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Postby Jim on Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:04 am

I am going elk hunting in Colorado. I am considering buying binoculars, but want to be able to use them year-round. I am looking at the Nikon zoom models: 7-15x35 or 10-22x50.

Are these good choices and which one would be better? Does it make sense to buy a zoom feature or is a fixed power best for hunting?

Obvioulsy, price is a consideration, but not the overall determining factor.

Thanks,

Jim
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:25 pm

Hi Jim

Thank you for your interest in www.OpticsPlanet.com.

You can purchase some excellent quality hunting binoculars these days at our discount binocular prices.

For hunting, the following features are recommended:

First, be sure you choose a waterproof, fogproof model. Hunters typically are out in extremes of weather that most other binocular users don’t experience. It’s not just rain and snow to consider; it is also the wide range of temperatures you will encounter as you go from a heated vehicle into the cold and so on. This can be just as hard on the seals as exposure to moisture.

Second, if you will be using your binoculars to locate game – not just to tell a rock from a deer – you will need good optics that will allow you to view for long periods of time without a lot of eye fatigue.

Unfortunately, zoom binoculars come up short in both departments in comparison to fixed power models. Zoom binoculars are simply not as durable (most are not waterproof) as a good fixed power model binocular nor are they as good optically at the same magnification as a fixed power model. Optically you give up a lot for the zoom feature.

A good, waterproof 8x (easy to steady, wide field of view) or a 10x (a bit more detail) binocular would be a much better choice for hunting in the rugged mountains of Colorado. Most hunters who need more magnification than this add a spotting scope to their equipment, but the binocular is still the basic tool for spotting game.

The good news is you can purchase an excellent fixed power model binocular for only a little more than the best zoom model binocular.

Here are some of our best sellers for hunting. I’ve listed the 8x models, but all of these are available in a 10x model as well.
* Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 Waterproof Binoculars, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-monarchatb8x40.html,
* Pentax 8x42 DCF HR II Binoculars, http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-8x42-dcf-hrii.html,
* Leupold Wind River Cascades 8x42mm Compact Binocular http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-win ... cular.html,


There are, of course, many others. If you would like to discuss a choice for a hunting binocular, please feel free to contact us.
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Wed Sep 15, 2004 6:31 pm

Hi Jim

Thank you for your interest in www.OpticsPlanet.com.

You can purchase some excellent quality hunting binoculars these days at our discount binocular prices.

For hunting, the following features are recommended:

First, be sure you choose a waterproof, fogproof model. Hunters typically are out in extremes of weather that most other binocular users don’t experience. It’s not just rain and snow to consider; it is also the wide range of temperatures you will encounter as you go from a heated vehicle into the cold and so on. This can be just as hard on the seals as exposure to moisture.

Second, if you will be using your binoculars to locate game – not just to tell a rock from a deer – you will need good optics that will allow you to view for long periods of time without a lot of eye fatigue.

Unfortunately, zoom binoculars come up short in both departments in comparison to fixed power models. Zoom binoculars are simply not as durable (most are not waterproof) as a good fixed power model binocular nor are they as good optically at the same magnification as a fixed power model. Optically you give up a lot for the zoom feature.

A good, waterproof 8x (easy to steady, wide field of view) or a 10x (a bit more detail) binocular would be a much better choice for hunting in the rugged mountains of Colorado. Most hunters who need more magnification than this add a spotting scope to their equipment, but the binocular is still the basic tool for spotting game.

The good news is you can purchase an excellent fixed power model binocular for only a little more than the best zoom model binocular.

Here are some of our best sellers for hunting. I’ve listed the 8x models, but all of these are available in a 10x model as well.
* Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 Waterproof Binoculars, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-monarchatb8x40.html,
* Pentax 8x42 DCF HR II Binoculars, http://www.opticsplanet.com/pentax-8x42-dcf-hrii.html,
* Leupold Wind River Cascades 8x42mm Compact Binocular http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-win ... cular.html,


There are, of course, many others. If you would like to discuss a choice for a hunting binocular, please feel free to contact us.
----------------------
Your personal optics expert
Joanie (Jne) K
http://www.OpticsPlanet.com
Phone: (888) 263-0356
Fax: (847) 574-6820
opticsplanet.com
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4044
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2003 11:18 am
Location: Prospect Heighs, IL