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Best Bino Choice?

Ok Folks,

Let's start a poll - what are your favorite binos - in size and why?

Please tell what and how you hunt.

My fav are my 8x43's... I primarily hunt deer and mainly in the woods (more so than open fields, etc.

These are small enough to handle, are not "shaky" because the power is too high and are my best all around choice.

Who's next?

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For archery hunting around

For archery hunting around here, i use a simple $100 pair of Bushnell Roof Prism binos, 10x42's.  If I was to seriously take up western big game, like elk, lopes, or bigger country mulies, I'd get a pair of Leupolds or Swarovskis.  Of course, that is if price is no object.

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I have tried just about all

I have tried just about all the main brands and have settled on the Swarovskis 10x42's.  Before that I used a set of Pentex 10x25 compacts that after a while you just had to put down for a while.  Now I also have a set of Pentex 16x50's and I can look through them all day but they are a little bit bulky for packing around all day but I have done it when hunting open country where the extra power comes in handy.  I also have an assortment of binocoulars that I have aquired one way or another through the years that I usually give to kids that couldn't afford any on their own just to start them out. 

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I have a set of Nikon 10 x 42

I have a set of Nikon 10 x 42 and I've compared them to the more expensive binos that my friends have and I guess I am not discriminating because I can't really see a big difference.  I think the cost difference between my buddie's Swarvoskis and my Nikon's was 900.  I suppose we all have those things we'll spend money on and those that we won't.  Binos fall into the category of those I won't.

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I noticed a difference when I

I noticed a difference when I looked at different ones and it was mostly the clairity of the object that I was looking at.  The big thing is that after looking through them for a couple of hours the better optics will come out ahead. 

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I buy good glass and have

I buy good glass and have some very expensive binos... I will second what Critter said... the good ones usually create less tension and allow you to use them longer than the others - plus they just flat allow you to see things you would not see otherwise.

I have a pair of European 8x56's that I use from fixed stands where weight is not an issue - I am telling you that for low light hunting, these things should be illegal.

Back to my 8x43's, for east coast hunting, these are the optimum bino. Light enough to carry, good power for viewing at less than 300 meters and mine are decent glass, so they are easy on the eyes.

I even have a pair of 6x30's from a major American manufacturer that I use a lot, particularly bow hunting.

What I do not have is glass for out west. You folks that glass for hours on end probably really come to appreciate glass that is user friendly...

I want to go out west in a few years, looks like I better start doing some research on 10+ power glass, too!

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I like my 10x42's.  They are

I like my 10x42's.  They are the Burris FullField type I like them as they are fairly small in size, they are alomost the same size as some 8x32.

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Nikon Monarch 10x42.  Great

Nikon Monarch 10x42.  Great optics.  Put 'em up to your eyes and it's bright, sharp and clear from edge to edge.  There's a huge improvement going from $80 binos to $300 binos...but from what I've seen the improvement from the $300 Nikons to $1,000 German glass isn't nearly as noticeable.

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Binos

Many areas I hunt in both Kentucky and Tennessee, it's not worth the time or the effort to bring and use binoculars. These areas are simply to thick and deer can and will pop out at any time as close at 10 yards away, without warning. Personally I have found it counter productive to be glassing areas 70-100 yards away and then have a deer walk out at 15 yards and then catch your movements.

Of course, we do have some stands with decent views and on those hunts I bring my Steiner 9X40s. I found this set on sale several years ago and have been impressed with their clarity and light gathering capabilities. The fact that I often have to insist on getting them back after loaning them to a friend for a minute so they might see something they can't pick up with their set, shows me it's not my imagination at work.

I am of the opinion that good glass, whether a scope or binoculars is always a good investment, no doubt about that. Yes

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10x40

I've use 10x40 Zeiss binos for the last 10 years.  But if I had to do it all over again I probably would have bought 8X30's or something equivelent in either Kahles, Steiner, Nikon, or even Swarofski.  I'd have done so for the wider field of view and the lower but plenty adequite magnification and shake reduction. 

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Leupold for me

I hunted with Burris and Bushnells for 10+ years on the east coast.  Then I went west to hunt and tried teh binocs of some other hunters that were far better quality glass.  I upgraded to Leupolds.  I'm happy with them they are uch more clear and have less shake than the others, but I am still learning.

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