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What would be the best for hunting? Pros and cons of both please?


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8X:

1.  Easier to hold steady.
2.  Wider field of view.
3.  Bigger exit pupil.

10x:

1.  More detail.
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That is a question you need to ultimately answer for yourself.  What anybody chooses is largely a matter of personal preference or they got used to one and have become comfortable with it.
 
Typically it is easier to get a better binocular with less magnification.  The light energy has less magnification to produce and the image will typically be brighter and usually the contrast is a little better, although with improvements in mid range binoculars these days, the 10x is usually about as good as 8x.  In addition to Matt's 8x comment I will add less eye strain over a hard glassing session.  In addition if you hunt in situations where heat mirage is a factor 8x will be a far more useful setting.
 
For myself I really can not say I always get more detail at 10x.  Yes it is 20% bigger than 8x, but sharp images with good contrast, that can be held steady will provide a more useful answer to your "what is that?" question, more so than the difference in magnification.  In situations where the conditions are right, particularly clear crisp days with no mirage 10x is certainly in its element.  Usually I find if I can't see what I need at 8x, I have to go to 15-20x.
 
In truth I don't think I would like to be saddled with only one magnification.  I find 7-8x more personally useful in more situations than I do 10x, so with that in mind I usually recommend someone start with as good an 8x as they can get.  Then add the 10x at a later time.  So when you hear answers of get 8x or get 10x, both are right.


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Steve makes some great points.  My above "pros" list assumes instruments of similar quality and performance.  Also 10x will only show more detail when held sufficiently steady.  This is more of a problem for some than others.

For me, it takes some serious mirage to interfere with a 10x view, and is not much of a problem in the conditions I normally hunt.

The truth is 8x is the better choice for most people most of the time.  I have 8x glass in each of my vehicles.

I prefer 10x for most of my hunting because I usually hunt from one stationary glassing area to another.  I use a tripod a lot.  10x is in its element in the high country spending hours picking apart distant mountainsides for parts of game animals.  An ear , antler point, leg sticking out from behind a pine, etc.
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Where and how I hunt usually dictates a bit more mag, 10x works for me. 
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In my experience, 8X is the better choice. If I see something and want a more detailed look, then it is far enough off to not be spooked when I put a rifle scope on it (mine go to 10 and 15X, respectively).
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+1 on the 8x for me. I've never really found I needed more than that for the type of hunting I do
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10x42 for me
1.  It's what I've used for 30+ years
2.  I"m hard headed
3.  I refuse to listen to Bitterroot or Klamath
4.  I'm hard headed

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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

10x42 for me
1.  It's what I've used for 30+ years
2.  I"m hard headed
3.  I refuse to listen to Bitterroot or Klamath
4.  I'm hard headed

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Well, I said a somewhat gentler, "What anybody chooses is largely a matter of personal preference or they got used to one and have become comfortable with it" .   But, hey, points 2 & 4 are pretty descriptive too Big Smile.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

3.  I refuse to listen to Bitterroot or Klamath


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Ah heck, get 'em both.
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I 2nd, 3rd and 4th the......- 8x in ths comparison

or a 7x Big Smile

IMHO





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I hunt with the 7x42 SLC Swarovski.  If they would have had a 8x out when I purchased these I would have bought those but I do love my 7x.  I just couldn't hold the 10x still and they gave me a headache when using them.  Its all up to your eyes thought on what power you want to use.
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Having owned several pair of binoculars with various sizes and power, the one I used most often recently is the 8x43 ZEN ED2. For my eyes, the 8x just deliver enough power while keeping image steady without much effort. 

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I compared an older pair of Zeiss 8X binoculars to a then new pair of Zeiss 10X binoculars on an overseas hunting trip to see what, if anything,  I was missing.
 
The results?  For all practical purposes, no significant difference.  The 10X showed a little more detail, but this was offset by the fact that the 10X also accented the movement of the binoculars, creating more blur when hand-held.
 
I wound up very content with my 8X binoculars.   However, I would have been just as content with the 10X.
 
 
 
 
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