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I am looking for a 10x50 porro for low light hunting.   Most of the hunting is done from a stationary blind,  looking at deer 100-350 yds away.   I also wear eye glasses.

 

I am not against roof prism, however it is my understanding that I can get better optics for the money with porros.   I also prefer center focus but could live with IF.

 

At this point I cannot afford expensive roof prism glass so I am looking at the following:   Windriver Mesa,   Nikon Action Extreme, Pentax PCF WPII, Bushnell Legend.  They are all in the $150-$250 class.  Do any of these stand out over the others?  Or is there something out there that I should look at?   I would also like to know how these would compare with B & L  Discoverer  10x42?   Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated.   Thanks.

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Easy answer to the question.  If you are looking at roof prisms for low light in 10x50 and you wear glasses so you need some eye relief the answer is CARSON XM series!!!  I compared them to Bushnell Legends, Pentax DCF HR II, Nikon Monarchs, my own Weaver Grand Slam roofs (which cost almost twice as much)  and the Carsons are by far the best out there. They are brigher and clearer than all the others listed.  In fact do a search on this forum for "Carson" there has been some comments.  Also go to www.archerytalk.com go to the boards tab and click, then do a search for the word "carson" that is how I found out about them and many bow hunters recommend them highly.  Also I found this http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0404/je0404-1.htm l

 

I just picked up a pair of poro B&L Discovereers for my father-in-law for Chirstmas based on a recommendation here and they are very clear and bight.  Generally you get better depth perception and performance out of a poro based then on a roof of the same cost.  The B&L poro's I got on close out from Cabelas and they are about the same as the Carsons in performance.  The roof prism is known for being easier to water proof and more durable.  I would not hesitate on getting the closeouts poro B&L Discoverers from Cabelas they are very good, but if roof is what you want go with the Carson XM.  You can find awsome deals on the Carson XM's on E-bay.

 

Good luck

 

 



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The B&L Discoverers are head and shoulders above the ones you named.  I own a pair of Nikon Action Extremes, Bushnell Legends, and Pentax PCF's and still ordered the Discoverer porros from Cabelas.

Hands down, no comparison against these three, the Discoverer porros at under $200 can't be beat for color rendition and edge to edge sharpness.  Excellent performance but in limited supply...

Just my two cents.
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Based on recommendations received from various posts on this site,  I purchased the B&L Discoverer  10x42 from Cabelas.   I am extremely pleased with these binos.   I compared them at dusk with WindRiver Mesa  10x50 and find them to be slightly better to my untrained eye.    I had been hunting with 8x30 Steiners and now I will let my wife use the Steiners to watch the birds at our feeder.   Thanks everyone.
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