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Stopped by a local place so they could gouge me on reloading supplies today. While I was there, I checked out several pairs of bins. I was interested in the Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42s because I'd remembered them being one of the nicer binos under a grand when I'd looked at a bunch last year. Right now there's a $50 rebate to sweeten the deal.

Nikon Monarch ATBs, Vortex Fury, Vortex Viper, and Leupold Cascades were the ones I looked through. They usually have some Razors but didn't. The Vipers had the best resolution, most comfortable feel and eye relief. They also seemed the best built although the focus ring on the Fury was a little better and I actually liked the diopter adjustment on the Fury. The glass on all the rest was virtually indistinguishable as was eye relief. However, the Leupolds have a very difficult diopter adjustment, which I found poorly designed. That's not a big deal if you're not sharing the bins. The ATBs seemed to require a little tighter inter-pupilary distance to get a good view. All in all, the bins in the sub-$300 range left me with the feeling that I'd regret not spending a couple hundred more for ones I'd really like.


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10615 Kahles 8x32 Camo 55210, Camo rubber armored, center focus, roof prism, twist out eye cups, 100% new in box discontinued model $629.95
10262 Steiner 8x56 Night Hunter XP 595, Green rubber armored, high contrast, individual eye focus, stays focused at any distance, porro prisms, like new condition, in store display model   $699.95
10049 Steiner 8x42 Peregrine 348, Forest green, rubber armored, center focus, left eye diopter adjustment, high definition, winged eye cups, includes carrying case, used condition   $729.95
10438 Zeiss 8x50 Conquest 525008, Black rubber armored, center focus, roof prism, twist out eye cups, lifetime transferable warranty   $1,049.95
Ah the difference between taste (above) and budget (below):
Zen-Ray 8x42 Vista Binocular Zen-Ray 8x42 Vista Binocular
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$119.95 
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5285 Steiner 8x30 Predator 286, Green rubber armored finish, high contrast, individual eye focus, stays focused at any distance, porro prisms, factory refurbished, some handling wear.   $149.95
6467 Steiner 7x50 Rallye 676, Black rubber armored, individual eye focus, stays focused at any distance, porro prisms, factory refurbished, light handling wear.   $229.95
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