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My shooting will be dawn to dusk hunting from a boat
Where will the viewer notice a difference?
 
I'll use these two as my example:
 
 
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I'd say yes, the 10x50 will be brighter and with a 10X I hope it's a steady boat.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

I'd say yes, the 10x50 will be brighter and with a 10X I hope it's a steady boat.
+1  well put !
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+2, Roy's right about a steady boat!! Big%20Smile

10x50's are probably brighter but there may be a trade off in weight and size. From a boat it probably doesn't matter but in the field it may if you spot and stalk hunt.

I just want to add that hunting in Northern California, at least where and how we hunt on land, 10x is a must. I seriously tried 7x bino's this year per many recommendations but found three weeks into the season I ran for my 10x's and shelved the 7x's. It's just not enough power to spot game amongst the brush and such at medium to long distances.
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Nice binos, I personally thick either one would be fine for your circumstances.
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It will be a 28' patio boat. I just got back from surveying the lake's condition. Trinty seems be be quite docile. Where do you hunt? If I'm unsuccessful on the lake I'll probaby do the spot and stalk around Whiskeytown.
 
 
Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

+2, Roy's right about a steady boat!! Big%20Smile

10x50's are probably brighter but there may be a trade off in weight and size. From a boat it probably doesn't matter but in the field it may if you spot and stalk hunt.

I just want to add that hunting in Northern California, at least where and how we hunt on land, 10x is a must. I seriously tried 7x bino's this year per many recommendations but found three weeks into the season I ran for my 10x's and shelved the 7x's. It's just not enough power to spot game amongst the brush and such at medium to long distances.
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Originally posted by Chris in NorCal Chris in NorCal wrote:

It will be a 28' patio boat. I just got back from surveying the lake's condition. Trinty seems be be quite docile. Where do you hunt? If I'm unsuccessful on the lake I'll probaby do the spot and stalk around Whiskeytown.
 


Beautiful area, nice bucks, big small mouth in lake Trinity!!

We hunt A zone by Clear Lake. Beginning of the season it's Africa hot, the last week it cools off quite a bit and hunting can be "off the hook". We did pretty good this year.

I believe your zone just started up this past Saturday, good luck!!! Thunbs%20Up

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All else being equal (same model binoculars, same everything), the 10x50 mm will give you an extra 5 to 10 minutes of useable image in low light, compared to a 10x43. At least that was what i noticed when i decided between a 10x42 and a 10x50 Leica Ultravid. 
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Well, after three full days on the lake I realized I made the right choice.
I bought the Pentax 10x43 binoculars.
For those who felt the water would not be steady enough for 10x binos I'd like to disagree.
Keeping in mind most of Trinity lake is long and narrow with steep mountain walls thickly filled with trees. So when we did have wind and rain some it was probably absord by the surroundings.
The hunting trip on a houseboat, well, I saw one bear disappear into the woods. And I was to chicken to go after it. But after talking to my 20+ year bear hunting experienced buddy, next time I will persue.
And no bucks but about 10 does/fawns.
But with 3 days and 4 nights with a buddy and my 15 year young son, it was a total and complete success. Every morning (without me saying a word) my son got up and completed his assigned school for that day. And every meal was fit for a king. A good time was had. Smile
 
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Cool!!

I've seen more bears in that area than anywhere else in California. It's definitely "Bear Central".
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