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Posted: 01/20/13 07:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any recommendations for a good pair of binoculars for camping and sightseeing, in the range of $200-300, maybe 8x power? DW and I both wear glasses.


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Check out the 7 X 50 binoculars at Harbor Freight.


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I agree you want 7X50's but Harbor Freight (and for the record I love that place), would not be my first choice. The price of binoculars is based upon the quality of the optics. If you have ever looked through a quality pair you will know the difference immediately. If they are just for casual, occasional use a cheap pair will be just fine but if you plan on using them extensively do yourself a favor and buy the best quality your budget will permit.

Go to a store that allows you to compare/contrast several pair of different quality/prices and go outside to test them. You can't tell didley inside a store. The differences will be amaze you. With a budget of $200 - $300 you should be able to get a really decent pair. The best prices will be found on the internet but a hands on demo can't be beat. FTR: I love my Fujinon's, 7X50 with the built in compass... but they were $500 ten years ago.

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I have a pair of these. They are Atlas Intrepid for $290. The 10 power are only $10 more. Plus FREE shipping.
Note the 47 people that reviewed them and how high the ratings are. These are really really good for the $.

http://www.eagleoptics.com/binoculars/atlas-optics/atlas-optics-intrepid-ed-8x42-binocular

If you are patient and get on Eagle Optics emailing list, you may find them on sale cheaper yet.

Sorry the link not work. But you can find them.

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I just did a lot of research and looking at binoculars to get my wife a pair for Christmas. I was specifically looking for something suitable for bird watching. What I settled on was the Nikon 8 x 42 Monarch 5. The prices ranged from $230 at Cabelas where I bought them to $280 most other places. They work great with glasses and emit a lot of light. For birding they recommend a field of view of over 300 feet. That's why they mostly recommend 8X over 10X power. I found the Nikon a little bit better than my runner-up, the Bushnell 8 x 42 Legend Ultra HD.

You can go to http://www.binoculars.com/ and read up on them and compare most.


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We bought the Vortex Diamondback 8X42 binoculars a couple of years ago for bird watching and liked them so much that we bought a second so we both can watch at the same time.


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Davydd wrote:

I just did a lot of research and looking at binoculars to get my wife a pair for Christmas. I was specifically looking for something suitable for bird watching. What I settled on was the Nikon 8 x 42 Monarch 5. The prices ranged from $230 at Cabelas where I bought them to $280 most other places. They work great with glasses and emit a lot of light. For birding they recommend a field of view of over 300 feet. That's why they mostly recommend 8X over 10X power. I found the Nikon a little bit better than my runner-up, the Bushnell 8 x 42 Legend Ultra HD.

You can go to http://www.binoculars.com/ and read up on them and compare most.


These binoculars in the 8x42 and 10x42 are some of the finest binoculars you can buy for the money. I have sold hundreds of these while employed at Sportsman's Warehouse. If you are looking for fine optics don't pass up the opportunity to check these out against any
binoculars that cost 100's of dollars more.





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if you want a good pair of bino's then you would like or even just look at a pair of bino's with a feature called stabilzer built in. just push a button and the image stops shaking. I was camping one year and we saw a coyote coming towards camp, I was shaking so bad and one of the neighbors let me use his bino's with this feature. amazing. it doesn't freeze the image, I could still see the coyote moving. it delays the image to make the shaking stop

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Binocular quality is all about the optic. If you just want a simple pair, for occasional use, that bring things closer, then the Harbor Freight model is probably fine. If you are going to get into "heavy" site-seeing, bird watching, scanning the sea horizon, or any other heavy-duty use, then invest in the better optics of a Minolta, Nikon, or Bushnell.


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old guy wrote:

if you want a good pair of bino's then you would like or even just look at a pair of bino's with a feature called stabilzer built in. just push a button and the image stops shaking. I was camping one year and we saw a coyote coming towards camp, I was shaking so bad and one of the neighbors let me use his bino's with this feature. amazing. it doesn't freeze the image, I could still see the coyote moving. it delays the image to make the shaking stop

When we were in Haines, Alaska looking at the bears a guy had a pair of image stabilizer binoculars and he let me try them. They were fantastic. They were Canon 10x42 L Image Stablizer binoculars. The bad news is they cost $1,375 at Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-10x42-Stabil........tion-Waterproof-Binoculars/dp/B0007W4IW2

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