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Old 01-08-2013, 02:02 PM
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To me for hunting, a bit more magnification over an 8x would be preferred like a good 10x42 roof prism would work well. Personally, I have Leupold predecessor to their current Mojave but those are double the budget you listed. Leupold, Redfield, Nikon, Pentax and Vortex should all have good to medium high quality optics in the <$250 range, which is what I always look for. Buy quality optics and they can keep them for a long time with very good performance. I went thru about 8 different sets of cheaper binoculars over about a 10 year time frame due to various reasons but mostly due to warping of the lens / coatings where I couldn’t seem to get both eyes looking exactly in the same spot (double vision of sorts). My dad always had “old” 7x35, 7x50 and 10x50 boat anchor (heavy) which worked fairly well other than being extremely heavy. When I bought the ones I have now, it came down to those or Nikon Monarch 7 10x42. You can also move up to a 50mm objective to get more light gathering for lower light conditions but also you add more weight to lug around. My best advice is to go into an Academy (if you have those), Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop and handle/look thru for comparision. Another word of advice, do NOT look thru Zeiss or Swarovski unless you want to add considerable coin (but incredible optics!!!)
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