Binoculars

fnjeep314

Observer
I guess that this is going to be the best place for this question.

I am looking for a good cheaper(not cheap, but not $200-$300 either) binoculars that I can carry for scouting, wild life watching, just general all around binocular use.

Any input is much appreciated!
 

gobi_recon

New member
I carry the Nikon 8252 ACULON A211 10-22x50 Zoom Binocular ~ $150 and then are a good all purpose binoculars.
 

nwoods

Expedition Leader
I have a pair of compact Nikon's that I like, they are pretty bright and easy to find that "sweet spot" where the view window isn't occluded by the lens housing or whatever it is that causes that.

Other than that, I don't know the answer, but this website has a lot of options to consider:

Edit: Wow, their list of filter criteria is amazing. If you can't find it here, it doesn't exist!
 
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CCH

Adventurer
I guess that this is going to be the best place for this question.

I am looking for a good cheaper(not cheap, but not $200-$300 either) binoculars that I can carry for scouting, wild life watching, just general all around binocular use.

Any input is much appreciated!
Optics do have some big quality difference as you go up the chain, not just in optical quality, but durability. In your price range, I'd look for closeouts on last year's model from any reputable company: Vortex, Leupold, Nikon, etc. The other thing to decide is what size you're looking for. A good all around, yet still compact, size is 8x32. In full size, I'd go 10x42. I would stay away from most pocket models especially cheaper ones, and definitely stay away from zooms. Vortex Diamondbacks are good for the money, but pushing your budget depending on the model and where you get them.
 

llamalander

Active member
I've had a pair of these for 8 years, they've traveled to a few different countries and spent lots of time in the back seat. The optics are excellent for the price and the close focus is great, but they are not the lightest, I'm willing to take that tradeoff. Side-by-side to a venerable old set of Zeiss, the glass was nearly as clear and sharp in everything but the lowest light.
The warrantee (25 years they say) has gotten a little more complicated, though they still honor it--had to send my wife's pair when the tubes didn't hold the same horizon & got a new set back. Mine have lost a few cosmetic bits, but function exactly as the day I got them. For the price, I haven't felt the need to be kind to them or careful and they've exceeded my expectations.
 

drumguy_18

New member
I really like my Vortex binos, 10x42 is great. The Vortex Diamondback model is great, but a little high for your price range. ($220 on Amazon), the Vortex Crossfire model might fit your budget ($150 on Amazon).
 

Superduty

Adventurer
I have the top of the line Bushnell that I would NOT recommend. A few years later I got the Vortex Diamondbacks and I like them. Good price point for the quality. So, another vote for Vortex.
 
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