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Old 02-14-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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i just went to the local academy sports store and looked at a few binos. all were nikons though. they are on clearence. i picked up a pair of trailblazer 10x50 and couldnt really get them to focus right. then picked up a pair of nikon 10-20x50 nikon action zooms. these things were awesome. love the zoom feature. then i picked up just a pair of 10x50 actions. the were pretty good focus fast and were reasonably priced. which ones would you choose?

the wife also picked me up a rangefinder this morning while i was still sleeping. it is the bushnell 850. pretty nice, compact and leight weight. i think they are only 8oz.
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:22 PM   #2
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The Nikon Monarch or Monarch x in 10x42 or 8.5x45 are hard to beat for the money. Im using monarch x 8.5x45 this year and have had really good results from them.
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may look at them tomarrow depending on the price. these range from 69.88 to 159.88
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There is really only one option.. VORTEX
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Old 02-14-2010, 02:39 PM   #5
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There is really only one option.. VORTEX
yeah if i had the money thats what i would be buying no doubt about it. maybe one day. vortex does have some really nice glass though.
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Although this goes for most things, it goes for optics especially; buy the best you can possibly afford.

For binos, I would recommend an objective of at least 40mm (8x40, 10x42, etc).
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Vortex... they have something in every price range. You can't beat them.
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:47 PM   #8
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Vortex... they have something in every price range. You can't beat them.
the cheapest pair of 10x50s are 309msrp. im not wanting to spend that much
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:19 PM   #9
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the cheapest pair of 10x50s are 309msrp. im not wanting to spend that much
when it comes to optics, you learn real quick, you get what you pay for.
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:00 PM   #10
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when it comes to optics, you learn real quick, you get what you pay for.
i understand chris. if i had the money i would buy a pair of vortex glass. as of right now i am on a budget with getting everything i need for 3d right now.
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cameraland has the Vortex Diamondback 10x50s for $250, don't know if that's in your range. Another that is much more affordable is the Crossfire 10x42 for $150
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Check out the Alpen shasta ridge. Nice bino's for the price
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:15 PM   #13
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Check out the Alpen shasta ridge. Nice bino's for the price
+1 I have a pair of 8.5x50s great optic hey gamo I am going to send you a pm
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:49 PM   #14
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when it comes to optics, you learn real quick, you get what you pay for.
I can definitely attest to that. I bought a pair of Bushnell Trophy's in 8x42 for $150, and I would have to say that was $149 too much. They were good in the store, but once I got out on a 3d course it was a different story. They have worked somewhat OK for the last five years I have had them, but I am seriously thinking about offing them and upgrading.

My local range deals Vortex, and they have a pair of 10x42 for $259 if I remember correctly. I'm not sure which model they are, but I am thinking I am going to start saving for them.
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Love my pair of Vortex 10x50 vipers

clearest set of glass I have ever had the pleasure of using

They are just amazing optics. highly recomend them
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:09 AM   #17
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From my years of experience using and selling the full range of optics I would recommend just going without binoculars until you have saved enough to get in to at least the $300 range. There are lots of good choices out there with Nilon and Vortex being the best in that price range.

Do yourself a favor and hold onto that $150 as in my experience even the $225-$250 binos are not even worth walking out of the store with.

After learning of the difference I traded in a gun (painful choice at the time)to get my first set of good bino's. That was one of the best purchases i've ever made.
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