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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Compact Hunting Binocs

I normally carry a pair of binocs when hunting, and I detest those folks who glass an area using the riflescope. I've had rifles pointed at me too many times that way by folks who were "just looking around". Normally I carry a small set of Bushnell 8x25's or Leupold BX-1 Rogue 10x25's. I've been looking at Vortex's lineup and like the Vanquish 10x26 compact binocs. Anybody use these? Not enough stores in my area to go try a pair, so am hoping to find someone with experience.

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Bushnell Legends 8x42 for me. Good enough for deer hunting in most places.
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I've been looking at Vortex's lineup and like the Vanquish 10x26 compact binocs. Anybody use these?

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My son just bought a pair of Vortex binos and it may be those but I'm not sure of the model. He likes them pretty good. They seem to be good and clear and work well in fairly low light. How they will hold up over time I don't know, like I say he just bought them a couple weeks ago. Doesn't Vortex have a lifetime warranty?

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I have a bigger pair of Vortex, the kind we use for whale watching on the boat or watching eagles at play, but I would like to see a pair next to my current Leupold's. There are lots of grey, dark days here during hunting season, so light gathering is the key trait needed.

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Scorp I use the Bushnell Legacy 8x42 and I love them. They are not too bulky but not too small either. Had them for years and will probably never give them up. I hate looking through my scope for viewing, in fact, I stay on my binocs for quite some time before I put the rifle up for a shot...

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I agree, anything with a 25 mm objective is going to be hard on the eye's long time viewing and will not be so great in low light
due to I am lazy, and try to carry as little as I can when bow hunting, I personally got a nice used pair of 10x42 and made monocular's out of them by cutting in half, I get good enough field of view, and takes up a LOT less space on me, but use this for not so wide open places
other wise I carry a 10x42 bino when hunting out west in wider open terrian
brand of bino's
there is a reason some get more $$, its the edge to edge clarity and light transmission that makes they worth the $$$, IF and ONLY IF< you spend HRS behind them, they will save you tons of headaches from glassing for long periods of time
for most folks middle of the road glass is fine, just try if possible to get to look at things 70-100 yards away and look at distortion from edge of view to edge of view, on CHEAP glass you will really see the difference here, even on scopes and what not's

I sold optic's for a long time, and trust me, from one SAME exact model bino to another you can see a difference, its like pick of the litter at times
on higher end things, you get more consistent on quality, but low to middle end??
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I agree make sure whatever you buy is lightweight

I have a set of 30 year old Zeiss armored 8x30 binos. They are wonderful but heavy, the 10x40s were even heavier at the time. I always liked the B&L 7x26 autobon models. These were not waterproof buy lighter and easier to carry. Elk hunting I sometimes left my Zeiss's with my coat on the horse prior to leaving the horses to head after the Elk. I did get dents in my buttstock on my Ruger No 1 from the Zeiss's swinging into the stock wearing them around my neck.

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Well, I now have the Leupold 10x25's, Pentax 10x25's and Vortex 10x26's (yea, they had to go one "more" than 25). They're all about the same, and all pretty good for the size and capability limitations. Yes, I am a gadget-accumulator. The Leupold are bright, but no one seems to gather much more light than any other. I like the Vortex focus adjustment best, and the Pentax the least. All of them are easy to carry in the field, and suitable for just plain wildlife viewing or hiking. Sure, there are more powerful, crisper sets of optics, but not at this size & price range.

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Actually the Pentax are 8x24's....

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