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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

Thanks for the input everyone. Now that I know where to look... the search begins! Does Carl Zeiss make the lenses for any of these companies? I'm just curious.
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So, What are you guys using. What is the best shiz out there? I don't know too much about optics, other than you get what you pay for, and high end optics vastly outperform even good optics. Mostly interested in using them to glass for sheds and game. Also just a good thing to have if you live in the Mtns. Suggestions?
I have utilized a variety of binoculars in the field from Africa to Alaska in a wide range of environmental conditions. Over the years I have gotten good service from Bausch & Lomb, Steiner, Leupold, Swarovski, Zeiss, and Leica. Zeiss and Leica are my personal preferences. The binoculars that I currently utilize are Leica Ultravid 8x32. I prefer a compact 8x binocular. They are light weight and provide a crisp clear steady image. 10x binoculars are also worth considering in my opinion but are not as steady as the 8x models.

I have had the opportunity to field test the Leica Geovid 10x42 binoculars with integral range finder. This is an excellent binocular for those who prefer an integrated rangefinder.

You didn't ask about rangefinders but thought I would mention also. Currently, I utilize the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1200. By far this is the best compact rangefinder I have ever used. You owe yourself a look through one if you have not used one of these before. The CRF is the size of a wallet, lightweight, and has crystal clear 7X magnification. Operation is one handed and readings are extremely fast. The 7x viewfinder is also great when you move through brush and needing a quick peek without pulling up your binoculars.

Spotting scopes are a different animal and it really depends what you want to use them for specifically or if it will be more general service in nature. Size (and weight) might be an issue for you. If you are just spotting game or looking for sheds, a higher quality spotting scope may not be what you need in my opinion. Don't forget to also consider a higher power binocular on a tripod as an option for your needs. Peering through a spotting scope for hours can be a strain on the eyes.

If you are trying to judge size and conformation the Zeiss, Leica, and Swarovski spots are all great choices. All three handle differently so you should see which features you like best and compare them side by side before you buy as these can get expensive. Find a local Cabela's to check them out.

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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

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Since I think you are in MT- you might want to check with Scott @ Libertyoptics.com. I have dealt with him before; real stand up guy. Great selection/prices. Located in Kalispell, MT.
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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

like everyone said, zeiss, leica, and swarovski (in no particular order). Second to those optics i would suggest leupold, nikon, pentax, minox. Then you have optics like bushnell and burris which are okay, Definitely avoid BARSKA and BSA. Im a LE firearms instuctor in NJ and we see all kinds of stuff, really high end stuff and the bottom of the barrel commy crap.

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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

i dont know much about this stuff. i am kinda new to this just like the fj but i got a pair of braska binos, the power is 20x50 i also have a tasco 20x-60x spotter. like i said i just got the spotter for the range and i really like it. the binos i got for free with another order. they are good for bird watching and things like that.

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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

all our boats on Maui had Swarovski and for how abused they were working on sail boats they held up very well
and had incredible clear viewing etc..

I think when you get to Steiner or Swarovski its what they are for ? and view with your eyes to see what you like best

I just have a nice set of Leupold as I set a $400 top budget for a nice pair to carry around and since I wear glasses the relief felt the best to me

like anything I would say try to find a place to look through them if you can

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Since I think you are in MT- you might want to check with Scott @ Libertyoptics.com. I have dealt with him before; real stand up guy. Great selection/prices. Located in Kalispell, MT.
I'd also second Scott at Liberty Optics. I got my IOR FFP from him.....at about $300 than the closest competition.

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I'd also second Scott at Liberty Optics. I got my IOR FFP from him.....at about $300 than the closest competition.

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Thanks again. I'll get in touch with him and see if he can help guide my decision based on my use.

I think I'm going to go with the Binoculars first. Hell, if they do the job, I may just stick with the spotting scope I have. My new house came partially furnished. The previous owner kept a Nikon in the kitchen for looking at the elk and deer herds up on the mountain. It is one of things that came with the house. I'm not sure of the model number, but I think it retails for around $500. I only paid a little over a hundred. A nice set of binos may preclude my need for a new scope.
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