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    What Binoculars are you using?

    I'm wanting to buy my first pair of decent binos, and keen to hear what others are using.
    I've done a fair bit of research and thinking I'll go for some 8x42 or 8x32.

    It seems like 8x42 and 10x42 are the most common sizes for hunting, but I think the greater FOV of the 8x would be better suited to more hunting conditions, but I'm happy to be proven otherwises

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    Hunting the tops or the bush?

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    Ive got both sizes,the 8x easier for quick look and they easy to find game with BUT the 10x arent much less easy and sure do make the positive ID and waay distant stuff clearer. good binos are the ducks nuts..crappy ones give you headaches and you end up using scope instead.

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    Kowa Prominar 10x32s. Combination of light weight an good performance. Middle of the road price wise. Sold my Minox 10x44s. They were just too heavy to lug around the hills for days and have found the 10x32s a good compromise.
    I also have Minox 8x25s for the bush.
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    14 year old pair of Swarovski 8.5x42 ELs. Don’t see any reason to ever replace them. For me, good binos are far more important than other bit of kit for hunting.

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    +1 good Binos are a must and great investment. You can’t shoot what you can’t see.
    I have two set ups, Bush and scrubby = 8x30 Zeiss, the Terra model. Cost me $350 2nd hand. Glass is very good, very light and small to carry. Use a Leica RF to go with these.
    And for tops and big country Leica 10x42 RF binos.
    Also have Bushnell Fusion 1mile RF binos, glass is very good, not quite euro standard but very useable and clear. Half the price of euro glass. Actually need to get around to selling these.
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    8x steiners only $400 new but the only ones that i could use as they had individual focus on each lens as i cant seem to use others with my glasses on and these i can use without glasses.

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    I use Nikon Monarch 5's 10x42
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    Vanguard ED2'S 10X42 is what i use, probably as good as you'll get for under $700 and as good or better than some 2x the price.
    Plenty of reviews on line check em out yourself if you like.
    Binos are a very personal choice that comes down to what works for you and your budget.
    These were the best glass I could afford and a substantial upgrade from my dirty old bushnell bone collecters that were like looking through potatoes.
    Actually started seeing animals before my mates for a change.
    There is no 1 correct answer tonwhat binos you should buy, so try a few before you drop the pennies.

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    Leica 10 x 25
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    Nikon Monarch 10x42, think it is gen 3, well over a decade old and going strong.
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    I have 10x42 for tops and 6x30 for Bush. Not that I have ever spotted a deer in the Bush with binos. So I should just chuck 10x42 into pack to pull out for clearings etc. One day I'll get a real flash set of 8 power and be done with!

    Normally I'm pretty frugal, but one area not to skimp is binoculars. Spend more than your budget.
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    I have 2 pairs. Leica 8x25 for breast pocket in the bush and Zeiss 8x42 for open country.

    Good binos makes a massive difference.
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    Swaro EL range 10x42. They seem to work pretty well...


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    Leica Geovid 10x42, once you look through decent binos the other optics just don't cut it and notice more eye strain with inferior glass at extended time glassing animals.
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