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Hi everyone. Two questions please:
 
1. Is a 6x32 the best all purpose size for 3 hour events like rock concerts and spectator sports; even beach vacations & an occasional cruise?
 
2. Is the Vortex 6x32 Viper HD the best 6x32 for the money?
 
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and advice.
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You might find that they don't do well in low light. But since stages are usually well lit and everything else you mentioned is usually seen in daylight that magnification and objective will work fine. You're more likely to carry something compact and use it. 
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

You might find that they don't do well in low light.

Jon,

This is a quote that I borrowed from a binoculars review: 

"the binocular with the larger exit pupil is going to show the brighter  image"

A 6x32 binocular has an exit pupil of 5+mm

Here's another quote that I borrowed from a book about binoculars:

"high magnifications yield lower brightness levels".

The 6x32 show do very well in low light situations. Thunbs Up

Stan






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Too true...if I'd bothered to do the math! Thanks for the correction Stan.
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To figure out the "light gathering ability" of an optic, just divide the the objective (mm) by the power.  In this case the objective (mm) is 32 and the power is 6.

32/6 = 5.3

What does this number (5.3) mean?  At low light the human eye (to be specific the pupil) dilates to 5mm - 7mm at low light with 7mm being the max that the eye can dilate and this is at complete dark.  The 5mm - 7mm is all that the human eye can dilate and except light transfer. 

So, the 5.3 is all the light that this optic can transfer to the human eye.  Since the eye dilates between 5mm and 7mm at low light conditions, this optic is a great low light optic, despite what anyone else will tell you.

To answer your question.  Yes the optic is a good all around/all purpose for the events that you described.  In fact, it is a great optic for what you are looking for.   Best bang for the buck? Not sure since I do not know the price of it.  I will tell you this.  95% light transmission is the best any company can claim. 
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I would go for an ultra wide 7x35.
Good light gathering ie 5mm exit pupil not to much magnification.
Or have a go with a pair of Bushnell Extrawides!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/binoculars/3542684033/
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