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What are some of the better ones with good eye relief under $1000.
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There is a simple answer to your question and a complicated one.
 
The simple answer is that any binocular with an eye relief level of approximately 16-17 mm should be suitable for most eyeglass wearers.
 
The complicated answer is that it really isn't that simple. There is advertised eye relief from the lens surface of the eyepiece to your eye and then there is usable eye relief based on issues such as the depth the surface of eyepiece lens is recessed from the edge of the eyecup. A binocular may have an advertised spec of 17 mm but because the lens is recessed 2-3 mm from the eyecup edge you only have a usable eye relief number for around 14-15 mm.
 
With a price cap of under $1000 you have many binoculars to choose from. Do you have any specific wants/needs? Field of view? Configuration (8x42, 8x32, 10x42), roof prism? Porro Prism?
 
I have to readily admit that two binoculars immediately come to mind when someone mentions needing long eye relief. The one is the relatively inexpensive Nikon Sporter I 8x36. Its eye relief is the longest of any binocular I have tried or owned. I think it is listed at 22 mm. I actually have to twist the eyecups out a fair amount to avoid blackouts...and I typically use all binoculars with the eyecups fully collapsed in order to see the full field of view. The other would be the new Zen Ray ED3 series. They tweaked their eyecups from the ED2 design to allow for more usable eye relief. Some individuals have reported these as having excessive eye relief even with the eyecups fully extended. For my facial dimensions I have a hard time imagining this but have to believe it is true for some individuals.
 
Hope this helps.
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On glasses like my 7x42 Zeiss, I roll the rubber eye cups over. It works great. I have now rolled the eye cups over on several pairs that are similarly equipped.
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Roof prism 8x42. Used for deer and hogs in lowlight situations.
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Thank you very much for the info..
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Zen Ray ED3 8x43 $400-ish 
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 8x43 - $250-ish plus a current $50 rebate
Meopta Meostar 8x42 - discounted because of being discontinued -$800ish
Kruger Caldera 8x42 - $350
 
All have good eye relief.
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Are there not go nap be any more Meopta binos or they just coming out with new ones?
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Meopta is still making binoculars. They are coming out with hd model in the meostar line and i think it is going to be the 10x first.
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Yeah, the Meostar B1 8x42 is not being discontinued. In fact, none of the Meostar B1's are scheduled to be discontinued anytime soon.
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Thanks MeoptaSurujh.

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I have a pair of 8x42 meoptas that won't focus anymore not sure what happened but I can't get a response from their website to send them off.
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Call their 1-800 number via the website or google and ask to speak to Richard Gilligan. He was the gentleman I spoke to any time I had an issue with a Meopta product.
 
Or go over to birdforum and PM "MeoptaMan".
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FYI...Richard Gilligan is no longer with Meopta USA.
When you call the 800 number ask for "Sports Optics service" and someone should be able to help you out.
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Originally posted by MeoptaSurujh MeoptaSurujh wrote:

FYI...Richard Gilligan is no longer with Meopta USA.
When you call the 800 number ask for "Sports Optics service" and someone should be able to help you out.
 
Sorry to hear that. He was great to work with.
 
Thank you for the update.
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