binoculars any reviews or recomendations - deer hunting?

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by bigredhusker, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. bigredhusker

    bigredhusker Member

    Jan 25, 2006
    Liberty Missouri
    I've got some that don't work too well. Looking for something that works well and doesn't break the bank. Used for hunting.. thanks
  2. Lefty

    Lefty New Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    I like the ones that can zooooooooooom!

    Any of the major companies are a safe bet... Let me see if I can find a pic of what I have.

  3. Lefty

    Lefty New Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    Well I guess Bushnell doesn't make the zooooom ones I have anymore...

    But I also have this one from them... It came with something I bought or something, and is very clear! Bushnell Trophy 10x27
  4. venatic

    venatic ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    It may also depend on your budget. I've got a bunch of cheap pairs that work okay and then I finally broke down and bought a decent pair. I ended up getting a pair of Wind Rivers by Leopold for a little over $100.
  5. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    I have some 10X50 nikons that I am growing very fond of. They are pretty reasonable in the $100 range.

  6. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    I have a pair of Nikon 8 x 25mm that I use for everything. Deer, turkey, shed hunting, sporting events and the wife even uses it to spy on the neighbors. They are small enough to slip into your jacket pocket and lite enough to not even notice them when drapped around your neck. I've dropped them from 20 ft out of my tree stand more than once and still work fine. Bass Pro has one a little better that mine that has a zoom feature. I'm adding it to my Christmas list. Check it out $179.99
    NEW! Nikon® Team Realtree® Eagle View Zoom Binoculars

    These pocket-sized zoom binoculars are small in stature but big in performance. Modest 8X magnification for normal glassing, with 3X zoom capability that allows you to zoom up to 24X for a true close-up view. Quick, easy center focusing system with click diopter focus adjustment provides strain-free viewing, while the sharp multi-coated anti-reflective lenses deliver bright, clear images with superior contrast and vivid color. Traditional porro prism design with BaK-4 high index prisms; durable lightweight carbon fiber body encased in rubber armor for a comfortable grip. Color: Realtree Hardwoods Green® HD™.
    FOV = field of view at 1000 yards, given in feet.
  7. MoBowman

    MoBowman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Lee's Summit
    A pair of Bushnell 10x42 was given away at the 3d shoot I was at saturday and that was one nice pair of Bino's. :eek: Not sure where you are located at but there is a Bushnell Outlet store in Lee's Summit, and well worth the trip there. Can't beat their prices on field glasses or rangefinders:cheers:

    MoBowman ```----------->
  8. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    You are right on there MoBowman about the store in Lee's Summit. I drive by there on 50 hiway everyday and stopped by last week. They have some real good deals on scopes, binoculars, spotting scopes and range finders. All are new and are ones left over after a show of some sort. From my memory most are about 25% off regular price or more that you can buy from Cabelas or Bass Pro and even Wal- Mart. I thought the range finders were broken when I looked through one in the store. It kept telling me the distance was 16 feet no matter what I looked at outside of the store. The salesman informed me that they will not read through glass. It was 16 feet to the window of the store. :bangin: They worked fine when I stepped outside with them with the salemans permission. They have Tasco brand also.
  9. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    Sams club in st. louis sells the Nikon 10-25 X 40 zoom bino's once in a while. when they do they where right at 99.00 which is about 75.00 less than bass pro's best price on them. they are japan made optis and very nice. my buddy bought a pair and yours truely has regreted buying a set everytime he looks through his buddies. i did buy a older pair of Baush & Lomb 10x40 this past summer for around 45.00 that are just fantastic. with the larger style binos i use the bino buddy harness system to carry them and i don't find them too big and bulky. i want to see as much as possible but if i was in woods mostly i would back the size down a touch.
  10. clansey

    clansey New Member

    Feb 6, 2005
    Bozeman, MT
    What’s your budget? With optics, you get what you pay for. The other consideration is what type of hunting do you do? It is hard to judge optics in the store. Low light field testing is the best way to tell what you like. I would make sure you can return the binoculars if they are not what you want. I’m really happy with my Cabela’s Euro’s.
  11. Longbow26

    Longbow26 New Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    Farmington, MO
    What ever pair you perchase do your self a faver and moniter the neck strap on your new pair. I pechased a pair of bushnell binoculars and on the first trip out huntign with them the neck strap sliped out and the binocualrs fell to teh ground 20 feet landing on the rt optic. That night I made a custom strap. Terns out teh strap did not have enouf friction to keep in plase, on testign walkign and swinging slightly on my neck would work it lose.
  12. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    guys do yourself a favor and buy a bino buddy harness system. best thing you will ever had done for your bino's and your neck. puts the weight on your shoulders and off your neck and keeps the binos tight to your body when walking but at hand when you need them.
  13. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    2 thumbs up on the bino buddy !

    I've used one for several years now and wouldn't have it any other way.
  14. membergone

    membergone New Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    I see a common word coming up here; NIKON

    I'll add to that. I have a pair of the little NIKON 10X25's and for the money they are the best optics I ever bought. About $75 bones if I remember right. I was gonna buy the Leupolds like them when I bought these, but side X side these were clearer and about half the price.
  15. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    No doubt about it I'm a Nikon guy too....have had a pair of 10x42 monarchs for prolly 8-10 yrs...and they are STILL at 300 bucks....worth every penny....Best advice I have EVER heard on binos.....Buy the best that YOU can won't be sorry with these Nikons...excellent warranty too boot!!!! Hey, if I can't tear em up, they MUST be good!!!!
  16. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Nikon 10 x 50's for me also.
  17. deep woods goat hunter

    deep woods goat hunter Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Moberly, MO
  18. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri

    I know that this topic has been brought up before. But I'll give it my $.02 worth.

    I use a pair of bushnell 10x42 legend Bino's. They sell for about $300. For the money, I'd have to say they're hard to beat. I used them on my Mulie bowhunt out in Montana last year, even let the guide use em for a while. He was VERY impressed with my bino's, and when I told him they only cost $300, he was VERY VERY much impressed. I'm sure the nikons are good as well.

    The real important thing to remember when buying binos is the magnification to objective lense ratio. I think it's referred to as aspect ratio. What you dont want is an aspect ratio much smaller than 5. If the aspect ratio is smaller than 5, then it's smaller than your pupil, which causes eye strain.

    So..... Ideally you want something like a 8x40, or 10x50. 40/8 = 5. 50/10 = 5. I use 10x42, so the aspect ratio is 4.2. This aint too bad, bot what you really want to avoid are the 10x25's (2.5 AR) & such.

    Once you determine the mag/obj setup you want, any of the better quality glasses should be pretty good. I'd advise to spend as much as you feel comfortable spending. $300 seems to be where they start to get into pretty good quality.

    And the bino buddies are a necessity IMHO....

    Good luck with whatever ya buy.:cheers:
  19. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    you are right and the term you are looking for is "exit pupil"
    and that goes also on scopes. that's why on scopes at high power early in the morning or into the evening the lower the power ring is set to the brighter your scope will be.