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Albino rates the Docter 8x56 Nobilem as the best light transmission graph of all they tested in that class they didn't test the Steiner Night hunter. What do you guys think is best 8x56 night hunting bino? Weight is no consideration only performance is.

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yeah that Docter sure looks nice for a tripod mounted night hunter, I wonder if the Steiner with the special "night spectrum type" coatings make for better performance?
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I seriously doubt it. 
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I guess it all depends on how much weight and bulk you are willing to carry. Aperture size beats optic quality most of the time, a larger high quality porro will easily beat both of these bino's, at the expense of extra weight, bulk, and less handling.
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I know they aren't the best, but I am very please with my Nikon monarch 8.5x56 and use them for hog hunting at night.
There isn't a scope available that you would be able to see an animal with that you couldn't see and resolve withe these binos.

I know Bill Wilson uses them for the same, he turned me on to them


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I owned a pair of the Nighthunter XP's in 8x56 and they were very bright. Never owned the Docter's.

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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

I seriously doubt it. 
 
Have you compared them side by side ?
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I know the roof design is the preferred style for most people, however, if size isn't a consideration, a high quality porro should be considered if night time performance is needed.
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+1 on the porro
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Though I chose the 7x42, the Zeiss 8x56 was better in low light. They are excellent.
I'm not sure of the coatings on my Steiner Senators. They are 15x80, so the exit pupil is reasonable. Somewhat of apples to oranges, but my particular Steiner's don't have the resolution and contrast of the Zeiss.


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Not to take the subject off topic, but I would love the opportunity sometime to compare my 8X44 Minox porro's to the two binoculars suggested which cost much much more and has a much larger aperture. Point being is how quickly some will disregard the porro design even though at times it may offer increased performance over a roof that cost 3 times more.
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I have owned Nikon Monarch 8.5x56 Made in China.

A very bright, contrast image with color bias red, they also have excellent edge sharpness.

I see middle chromatic aberration at the center and more to the edge.

The Nikon Monarch 8.5x56 have a much middle field of view than most similar models.

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