Binocs ??? Please respond!

Spurhunter

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I'm about to order some new binocs. I have settled on everything but power. I don't need a brand suggestion. For deer and turkey hunting around a lot of fields would you buy 8x40, 10x40, or 8.5x45 (for $50 more)?
 

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Weight and size are not an issue. My main concern about 10X is "shakiness". You don't have an issue with that?
 

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I would get 8x42 or 8.5x45. 10x do not require a tripod (although it would help), but they will shake more than 8x and it is noticeable. Go to the store and look through the same model in 8x and 10x and you will see the difference in how easy it is to hold them stable. It's best to do the comparison outside at longer ranges. I use my 6x and 8x most of the time. I use my 10x when I hunt wide open spaces. I would be all over those 8.5 x 45's if they aren't too big. They will do you better in low light at the beginning and end of the day. I have some 8 x 50's that I use when I don't have to walk far because they are big, but they are amazing in low light. I bought a pair of 12 x 42 Nikon Monarch binos 3 years ago. That was one dumb purchase. They shake so bad I thought I had Parkinson's. They are going up for sale when I get around to it.

You wouldn't happen to be looking at the Vanguard Endeavor ED binos, would you? They are the only one I know of that offers a 8.5 x 45. They are supposed to be awesome binos for the money. Bird watchers rave about them, and they know binos.
 

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I have a $10 10x made by tasco and it's just for spotting things here and there, nothing fancy, helps me with shed hunting and watching deer and turkey from a distance.
 

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i have bushnell excurison 10x42.. best investment i ever made was for a good set of glass.
 

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I have some 12 x 50 on a shoulder harness that I carry. They weren't very pricey so I thought I's try them and that was 4 years ago and still going strong. They are Bushnell's.
 

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10x40 will not have as much light transmission in low light, and considerable limiting factor'

I have 8x42 EL's and they are awesome. Go on an optics forum and all the pros will say you don't need 10x east of the Mississippi.
 

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If you are worried about shake, get one of the elastic strap harness things that goes around your head and shoulders.

The elastic helps "pull" the binocs back toward your eyes, which help tremendously with steadying the binocs. Plus, they are always at your chest for easy access.
 
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