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I have to say, I am learning a ton on this forum. Thanks in advance for your replies.

I am looking for 8x42 binoculars for hunting mostly. I have a few things in mind that I need:

- waterproof and rugged
- good low light performance
- $100-250

I have looked at the Nikon Monarch ATBs and they were nice but just outside my price range. I also looked at some Pentax DCF HS that were pretty nice and with in my price range. I haven't handled the Vortex Diamondbacks in person but they look great on paper.

What would you gurus suggest?

Thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/02/2009 at 18:49
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You need to be focusing (pun intended) on Porro prism binoculars

Bushnell Legends
Leupold Cascades
Pentax PCF WP II

These will be far better than anything you will find in a roof prism within your stated budget.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I was about to pull the trigger on the Bushnell Legends when I found a pair of Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 well inside my price range so I picked them up. I hope I made the right choice.
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I recently sold my pair--decent glass for the money--but I am looking to upgrade.  I was hard on mine and they held up well.
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