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    Entry level Binos

    I have decided that I need to get my first set of binos.

    Seeing as my young family eats money faster than I can make it, I am limited to a budget of under $300.

    Im guessing 10x mag however I am realistic about what I can expect for my budget but im only using them for scanning for goats on farms/clearings during the middle of the day (not a deer in the bush in the last few minutes of light).

    Has anyone had any experiance with any brands/models that fit this (maybe before upgrading)?

    Any input is welcome.

    Cheers

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    All though I have personally never used them quite a few seem to rate the lower end Vortex binos which probably fit your budget. Or go second hand, have seen a few sets of Leupold cascades go for around that cheap on trademe, even seen a couple of Minox HG's go for not much more than your budget second hand, real good buying and excellent warranty even with no reciepts/original owner

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    Within your budget you wont go wrong with Leupold Yosemites. I have them in 8x30 (which is a good all rounder size) or you can get them in 10 power too now. I got mine for $199 from memory but it was a few years ago now. Still should be well under $300.

    I also have 10x40 Vortex Diamondbacks which i use for the tops (longer ranges etc) and these are also great performance for the money. About $350-$400 new.

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    Leupold Mackenzie, can't remember what I paid for them might have been around $400 but very happy wih them

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    Hands down I would go for the Leupold yosemites great glass for price and reliable. Compared to my mates Acadia we could not see any difference optically throughout all hours of the day.
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    Thanks for the replys guys - at least I now have some idea of what im shopping around for.

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    This is the way to go. I bought a set off this guy for my son. Great service and great bino's for the money.

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    I just purchased a set of Minox BF 10 x42 binos from Optics Planet in the US. $298.00 nz landed within 7 days. The German glass is superior to Leupold (I own 3 leupold riflescopes and one spotting scope so my opinion is un biased) importing is the best option as on this purchase as you immediately save $45.00 gst. I will try to post a link.
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    I have the bushnell H2O binos

    They work good for me.

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    Can't work that one out in a hurry. Google optics planet and search Minox BF 10x42. Currently on special for 149.00 us. If you want to try before you buy, Gun City have them at $499.00

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    I'd keep an eye on trademe and/or cash converters. I've picked up some awesome deals...

    Secondhand Geovids for $599... :-)

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    Just when I think I have made a choice.....more options. Good problem to have though.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pineapple View Post
    Just when I think I have made a choice.....more options. Good problem to have though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    But wait, theres more
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    Aaaaand my problem is solved
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