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Binos and Spotting Scopes.

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?
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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

Best? Steiner has to be up there for Binoculars.....but they're EXPENSIVE.

Plenty of great spotters and binos.....depends on your price range.

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Best? Steiner has to be up there for Binoculars.....but they're EXPENSIVE.

Plenty of great spotters and binos.....depends on your price range.

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Don't want to spend more than $2,500 for the binos and similar range for the scope. Thanks for reminding me of Steiner. They usually only carry the entry level of the really nice brands at the sporting stores around Missoula. I've been thinking about the possibility of finding a really sweet used pair or scope on Craigslist or ebay, etc... I'm guessing the economy has some folks selling things like that at huge loss in order to get cash on hand.
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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

Ya, if I had the cash.....I'd get a set of Steiner binoculars. Not sure on the spotting scope. I use one for range work....but it's an el-cheapo Simmons from Wally World $60. It's 20-60x60mm. It's fine for spotting where you're hitting the target.....which is what I bought it for....but it's not a high end optic by any stretch of the imagination.

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These are the best optik's period. I have a pair of EL 10x42's there great. The best binos and spotting scopes on the market. They are great for western hunting! And have crazy low light performance!
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These are the best optik's period. I have a pair of EL 10x42's there great. The best binos and spotting scopes on the market. They are great for western hunting! And have crazy low light performance!
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Swarovski is high end as well.....their spotting scopes are phenomenal.

I think Steiner makes a better binocular though.

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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

I have the top of the line Steniers and love them! I got the High Def Lens for low light conditions on their 12x56 NightHunters XP. The best price around is at SWFA, you may also want to check their special sales list of optics, you can save some big dollars on a pair that was used in store for display. Here is some links:

Steiner Binoculars - 12x56 Nighthunter

SWFA Binoculars Steiner Binoculars Steiner Night Hunter XP Binoculars

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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

A little pricey but the best of both worlds is a set of Leica Geovid binocs. They have a built in rangefinder. I also like the Swarvoski too. There angled spotting scopes are just about the best you can get. I have to be honest here I take a trip out west almost every year. My spotting scope makes the trip every year sometimes it makes it out of the case sometimes not. If you can pick up a good deal on a used one I'd go for it. Otherwise I'd look harder at the Geovid's.

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Swarovski is high end as well.....their spotting scopes are phenomenal.

I think Steiner makes a better binocular though.

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Both binos and a spotting scope is essential for my job. I concurr that above is probably the route to go. I spend hours on mine, and I have

Steiner binos and Leupold spotting scope.

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Re: Binos and Spotting Scopes.

All great suggestions above!

I buy from Eagle Optics Eagle Optics - Discount Prices on Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Tripods and More.. I use their store brand. Excellent information on binos and spotting scopes on their website.

Their Ranger brand of binos are super and fairly inexpensive!

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