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OK gurus, I want to buy a set of nice binoculars for hunting.  My budget is $1000, or hopefully, less.  Ideas?  Low light performance is very important. 
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You could start with these in 7 or 8x42

Bushnell Elite
Meopta Meostar
Minox HG
Pentax ED
Steiner Peregrine
Vortex Razor

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Roy's list is a good one.  At that price level you could add the Leupold Gold Ring too.
 
Since I have the new ZEN ED and Promaster Infinity Elite ELX ED, my interest in that list has  gone away.
 
The above list are still very good binoculars, and admittedly for the most part have a longer track  record.


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save your money and get a Pentax DCF SP in 43mm. God bless.
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Originally posted by abailey54 abailey54 wrote:

save your money and get a Pentax DCF SP in 43mm. God bless.
 
Save all your money and use your buddies.
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I've used older Leicas (7x35 & 7x42) and Zeiss(7x42) and both are still REALLY bright and sharp. The Pentax 8x42DCF-SP are almost, but not quite, as good, and about 1/2 the price. If you've got the $ get a Zeiss or Leica and years from now you'll still be amazed at the view. If $ are not readily available, get the Pentax, they are VERRRY good. Actually, unless you hold them one over the other to view at the same time you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.  
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I will sell you my KAHLES 10x42 in used cond  for$ ????
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Originally posted by abailey54 abailey54 wrote:

save your money and get a Pentax DCF SP in 43mm. God bless.
 
Maybe, but for the same price he could get a really nice binocular, like the Zen Ray ED 8x42 or the Promsater ED 8x42, or the Meopta 7x42 or 8x42.
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Unless you can find a nice use pair of Swarovski SLC in 7x42 (what I own) for under a $1000 dollars I would go with either the Meopta 7x42 or 8x42.  You may also want to look at the Bushnell Elite in 8x42 as well in that range.  All are excellent glass for the money.  Good luck.
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Another vote for the Zen Ray ED. I recently purchased  the 8x43 version. Save yourself $650.00. You will not be disappointed.
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Or for $270 you can get these.  They are an incredible buy
 
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Nikon 10x56 Monarch ATB
 
These are really nice.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Nikon 10x56 Monarch ATB
 
These are really nice.
 
They are too big, too powerful, and generally, not a good value for the price anymore. There are 8x42s out there that would be brighter, sharper, lighter, and smaller, at that price.
 
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have some minox hg 10x52s almost new ill sell.  I love them but would like to upgrade maybe.
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