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 I am looking at adding a 6x binocular to my toy box this summer. Had planned on buying a good spotting scope this summer, but with daughter in Med school, it ain't gonna happen. I have been wanting a small pair of binoculars and I can probably swing 3 or 4 hundred dollars worth. 
 So, I am asking for some ideas. Please bear in mind that I do not have an opportunity to look thru any to try out.
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BTW, I should add that I own a pair of 8x42 Nikon Monarch ATB and am happy with the veiw thru them. Just to give you guys an idea of the quality I am looking for.
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6x32 vortex viper if you can find them. discontinued but great glass in the 300$ range
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Leupold Katmai 6x32
 
 
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Just bought a pair of Viper 6x32's and I'm very glad I did.
Very impressive glass and right in your price range at just a little over $300.
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+1 Viper.

The 6X32 is the best of the Katmai series by a fair margin, but the vipers are still better. 
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Plus +1 for the Leupolds Yesomite.  My wife has a 8x32 pair and I love looking through them from time to time.  I'm sure the 6x would be just as good.  They are great glass and size for the money.  I would buy another pair if I needed them for sure.
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Had 2 pair of minox 6.5x32 if's which I thought were really great until I got the 6x30 vipers, WOW. My other pair is a 7x42 zeiss fl's that are better but they should be.
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Guys, thanks for the input. Now for another question. Which are the most compact?
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The Katmai is. It would likely be my choice due to its size, even though the Viper is likely a little better in optics.

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The katmai is the most compact, but the viper is better optically and by a fair margin. I have the specs for both in my review of the Viper:
http://opticsthoughts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8:vortex-viper-6x32&catid=5:binocular-reviews&Itemid=5

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