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Binoculars for hunting

Postby cindyk on Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:19 am

My husband is an avid hunter and would like nice binoculars. I'm stumped as which ones to purchase. He hunts big game (deer,elk) in Eastern Oregon. He need bioculars that can take a beating and still spot game across wide canyons. Got any ideas? I plan to purchase some for Christmas, so I guess I am in a bit of a rush.
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Postby Jne_K on Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:21 am

Hi

A binocular for hunting should, of course, be sharp and clear, but it should also have Bak-4 prisms and multi-coating for maximum image brightness under low-light conditions. Since hunting is done under all kinds of weather conditions, a binocular for hunting should also be waterproof. Roof prism binoculars are more slender and compact than porro prisms - a real advantage for hunting - but will cost more to get the same optical quality. Lastly, a binocular with with an eye relief of 15mm or more is a must for eyeglass wearers.

Choose an 8x42 for wider fields of view or a 10x42 for a touch more detail.

Try one of these:

Bushnell Legend 10x42

Leupold Wind River Pinnacles 10x42
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Postby Matthias on Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:53 pm

I've been looking into binoculars for my father for Christmas as well (he's also a hunter: ducks, geese, deer). Would you reccommend a x42 vs. an x50?
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Hunting binoculars

Postby Guest on Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:36 am

I have Nikon Monarch ATBs in 10 x 42 and absolutely love them. Rugged, relatively light, great optics. I got mine on eBay for $250, but they retail in stores for about $299. Good luck.
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:57 am

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I have never been able to justify the added weight and expense of going to a 50mm model in terms of performance. A good 42 will do anythiing you need to do.
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Postby Matthias on Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:59 pm

Thanks for the advice.

I've also seen the Monarchs rated pretty highly in a number of reviews. Any reason to suggest the Bushnells and Leupolds over them? Or I guess more precisely, which of the three would be the best of the three (price/value considerations aside)?
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reply to Matthias

Postby Hart on Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:25 am

I can only offer some peripheral comparison to Nikon/Bushnell/Leupold.

I've never been a fan of Bushnell anything, but this based on limited experience w/low - end riflescopes and $15 field glasses.

Leupold has an excellent reputation for quality. The only negatives I hear are how they may be a bit pricey, with some people feeling you're paying the extra $$ for the name.

For my money, if you can score a pair of Monarchs for the $250 I did on eBay, this would be an exceptional value. I don't know what you'd get from the other two approaching this.

I think from a purely optics perspective, Nikon beats the other two.
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:56 am

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I hesitated to list the Monarchs because we just received word the Monarch is being discontinued. If you can get one, though, a solid choice.
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Postby Matthias on Wed Dec 13, 2006 12:40 pm

Thanks for the help!!!!
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Monarchs

Postby Hart on Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:36 pm

Joanie:

Do you know if they're replacing the Monarch in the line w/something comparable?

Not sure what the corp. strategy is behind discontinuing such an obvious winner for them.
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:42 pm

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I was a bit shocked when I hear it, too. You don't drop the best selling bino at this price point without having something good for a replacement. Stay tuned.
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Postby Guest on Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:50 am

The whole Monarch line is going? Or just the 10x42?
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:12 am

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The whole Monarch line. Will know more about a replacement in a couple of weeks.
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Re: Binoculars for hunting

Postby Jne_K on Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:54 am

Hi

Typical Nikon strategy is simply to rename or add new features. I sincerely doubt the Monarch will disappear, completely.
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