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My next optics purchase will be some 15x binos, sure wish Zen Ray made a pair of 15x 58 ED2 binos. Looks like the most affordable that will actually perform will be the Minox brand.

I'll be using these for long range scouting desert mule deer so they gotta be good, at long range. I have a pair of 10x43 Zen Ray ED they are excellent but don't get me the extra half mile I need. Any suggestions other than the Minox at about 1k ---everything else seems to jump up to 2k.

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Yes, I think the Minox is the best way to go.  However the 15x58 seem to be sold out, so that leaves the BV 13x56 as the next best option I'm aware of.  I have used those some and they seem fine @13x.  I don't think I'd have guessed them less than 15x had I not known what they were. The next up the ladder option is the Virtex Kibab, not that it doesn't cost some money, but less than the very expensive Euro options.
 
You really can't skimp much more than that considering the more or less extreme "distance" requirement.
 
There is the Vortex Viper 15x50, but 50mm is (in my view anyway) too little glass for the magnification.  Ditto the Ziess Conquest 15x45.
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