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#3605763 - 03/03/14 01:26 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: tailchaser]
PillsburyDoughboy
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 Originally Posted By: tailchaser
I have always had cheap bushnell thought they were good enough but one time I was at Cades Cove right at dark, seen 2 big bucks but with my bushnell couldn't see them very good a guy pulled up and had a pair of leopold and it was as different as night and day could see the deer perfect.


This.

You get what you pay for with Binoculars.

Lots of good glass out there in the $150 range. Nothing I have found in the $99 and under range was worth $1.

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#3605935 - 03/03/14 04:05 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: Bowdacious]
mike243
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 Originally Posted By: Bowdacious
I have a pair of leupold Yosemite that are pretty dang clear. I don't know about the Nikon action but I'm sure they are great quality.

I have these on a chest harness,they are a little large for stalk hunting but for setting in a blind or tree stand they are hard to beat imo. I had a pair of Nikon 7x28 on the harness & left them out in a storm, ruined them so went bigger but not sure they suit my hunting style as well
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#3607000 - 03/04/14 02:45 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: mike243]
bbuck14
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Like others have said "you get what you pay for in optics." With that being said get the best pair you can afford. It's not going to do you any good to get a cheap pair only to have them replaced year after year or more. 20 yrs ago I bit the bullet and bought a pair of $650 Kahles at the time. To this day they are as clear as the day I bought them. I leave them in the truck year round even in the summer which is not recommended. But the point is they're still in great shape. I was buying the cheap pairs every year or two. After while I could had already bought a really good pair and been done with it! Good luck in your search.
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#3607275 - 03/04/14 06:54 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: Nsghunter]
rustyloafer
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I have a new pair of Nikons 12x50 never opened I will take 100 dollars for. Let me know if you are interested.
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#3607875 - 03/05/14 11:31 AM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: Bowdacious]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Bowdacious
I have a pair of leupold Yosemite that are pretty dang clear.

FOR THE MONEY, you probably cannot beat the quality of the Leupold Yosemite series. These are around $100.

The Yosemites are the old-style porro-prism, which usually means you get better quality relative to what you pay. Porro-prism's only disadvantage is they tend to be larger and heavier (which is not much issue with these Yosemite 6x30 or 8x30 configurations.

Personally, I prefer porros simply because they provide a greater depth of field (more stuff in focus when you're scanning). My "go-to" binoculars are a pair of 8x30 porros (different brand, but similar in size/wt to those Leupold's). But when you get up to the 50mm objectives and larger with higher magnifications, they can be too big and heavy to be practical.

Leupold Yosemite 8x30 = $99 on sale now at Cabela's
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Hunting/O...%3Bcat104217480

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#3618031 - 03/16/14 07:54 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: Wes Parrish]
tree_ghost
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I have recently purchased the bushnell trophy 10x42 roof prism binos. These are water proof and fog proof. I paid $130 for them and they are nice optics. I liked them better than the Nikon and Leopold as far as the glass is concerned. The lens covers suck though. My wife just got the redfield rebel 8x42 roof prism binos and paid $110 for them. Great glass water proof binos and overall just built better than my bushnells. Not to mention they have a lifetime warranty. If i had to buy again I'd go with the redfields for myself.
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#3618195 - 03/17/14 02:41 AM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: tree_ghost]
deerhunter10
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 Originally Posted By: tree_ghost
I have recently purchased the bushnell trophy 10x42 roof prism binos. These are water proof and fog proof. I paid $130 for them and they are nice optics. I liked them better than the Nikon and Leopold as far as the glass is concerned. The lens covers suck though. My wife just got the redfield rebel 8x42 roof prism binos and paid $110 for them. Great glass water proof binos and overall just built better than my bushnells. Not to mention they have a lifetime warranty. If i had to buy again I'd go with the redfields for myself.


leupold makes redfield..
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#3622835 - 03/22/14 03:13 AM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: tree_ghost]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: tree_ghost
I have recently purchased the bushnell trophy 10x42 roof prism binos. These are water proof and fog proof. I paid $130 for them and they are nice optics. I liked them better than the Nikon and Leopold as far as the glass is concerned. The lens covers suck though. My wife just got the redfield rebel 8x42 roof prism binos and paid $110 for them. Great glass water proof binos and overall just built better than my bushnells. Not to mention they have a lifetime warranty. If i had to buy again I'd go with the redfields for myself.


I had a pair of those bushnells and dropped them from about waist high. they were toast!!
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#3639139 - 04/08/14 12:25 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: stik]
RageBow
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If I may.. I bought a $15 pair of Bushnells from Walmart. I can not peak into the farmers house 800 yards in front of me, but I can identify beards and sex of Turkeys from a long distance.

Just saying, if you want cheap and effective.

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#3640631 - 04/09/14 07:44 PM Re: Help with binoculars. [Re: RageBow]
deerhunter10
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 Originally Posted By: RageBow
If I may.. I bought a $15 pair of Bushnells from Walmart. I can not peak into the farmers house 800 yards in front of me, but I can identify beards and sex of Turkeys from a long distance.

Just saying, if you want cheap and effective.


not saying what you have is not good. but with optics more then anything you get what you pay for. cheap glass compared to midrange to expensive optics there is absolutely no comparison. plus the quality of the over all binos or scope is better.
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