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Binoculars - Need Recommendations

10/12/20 @ 5:47 PM
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mooselegs
User since 5/27/03

I am looking for a nice pair of binoculars....nothing fancy. Primary use will be watching birds in the back yard during winter mostly. Will be used on vacations and travelling so don't want anything heavy, cumbersome to lug around.

Budget: Up to $300.00

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11/27/20 @ 4:56 PM
cantworkgottafish
User since 5/8/10

The Cabela's / Bass Pro Shops ad shows that they currently have the Vortex Viper 10x42 on sale for $299.  That is a steal.  I have a pair and they are very nice.

Unfortunately i got mine a couple years ago and I'm pretty sure I paid $599, DOH! 

11/23/20 @ 6:58 PM
Slugchucker
User since 6/21/01

Vortex Diamondback- great bino for under $200

11/22/20 @ 5:11 PM
Mr.Seaguar
User since 2/5/05

Nikon monarch 5 10x42. Right at the top end of your budget. I've had my monarchs for 14 years and they are still great. 

11/22/20 @ 6:49 AM
castle rock rigger
User since 12/9/12

I have vortex 10x42. Great company, great binos!!

10/22/20 @ 9:31 AM
Thump55
User since 7/19/04

10 x 42 is the perfect size. Vortex or other quality brand will do you right. Get in the $180-$250 for the sweet spot in quality/price curve,

10/18/20 @ 5:53 AM
gordonsetterman
gordonsetterman
MEMBER since 12/15/08

https://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Legend-Ultra-Prism-Binocular/dp/B002008RVC

i have a pair and I love them

10/15/20 @ 12:01 PM
Bowhunting Guy
User since 5/22/18

One more vote for Vortex. Slight correction though, they are not made in the US but are indeed a Wisconsin company. Top notch service and you deal with real people. 

10/15/20 @ 8:42 AM
mooselegs
User since 5/27/03

Thanks for the recommendations. I have been looking around and checking reviews and the Vortex brand does have great reviews. I'll continue to search for more options.

Thanks again!

10/14/20 @ 10:49 PM
goju
User since 12/30/10

You might look into a binoc with variable power.  Find the subject in the wider field of view with low power and then zoom to higher power to get a closer look. 

10/12/20 @ 6:56 PM
JACKWAGON 999
User since 8/12/20

Vortex 10 x 42 are awesome. $250 and made in Wisconsin.

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