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I was wondering if anyone had any strong suggestions for a pair of quality binocs between 100-200 bucks. Would mostly be used for hunting and viewing targets at 100 yds. Not really sure where to start so any info you guys have would be a great help! Thanks in advance for your time.
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I'm pretty new to shopping quality binoculars but someone here talked me into a 8x42 Vortex Diamondback and it sure seems like a mighty fine set binoculars for $200. I bought them for watching auto racing and wanted something with an exceptionally wide field of view. I use a spotting scope for target shooting so I'm not sure how well 8x will work for spotting holes at 100 yards.
              
8x42 Specifications
Weight (oz): 25.2
Size (in):5.9 x 5.6
Eye Relief (mm): 18
Field of View @ 1000yds (ft): 420
Exit Pupil (mm): 5.25
Close Focus (ft): 4.5




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Leupold Yosemite (6 or 8x30)
Pentax PCF WP II (8x42 porro)
Bushnell Legend (8x42 porro)
Leupold WindRiver Mesa (8x42 porro)
Leupold WindRiver Cascades (8x42 porro - a little more than your budget at ~$230)
 
 
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Anyone have any expierience with the Bushnell Excusion EX? Compared to the Legend Porro?
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I have some Nikon action binoes and they work really good.

http://www.swfa.com/c-647-nikon-action-extreme-binoculars.aspx
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Originally posted by dbthirty dbthirty wrote:

Anyone have any expierience with the Bushnell Excusion EX? Compared to the Legend Porro?
 
Excursion EX has pretty much the same optics design as old excursion.  They are not that good. For Bushnell, legend is the starting point.
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Another vote for the Nikon Action Extremes. I took a 7x35 with me on an elk hunt in Idaho and had no problems with fogging or eye strain. They have great eye relief so they're easy to use with glasses, and they're heavy enough to be steady in the hands but light enough not to be tiring hanging around your neck.

I compared these to an old Zeiss Classic 10x40, and there REALLY wasn't much difference. Even though I hunt with better binos now, these will stay my backup pair.
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I was looking at spending a little more hoping to get a little more when I ran across a deal for some 8X42 Vortex Diamondbacks. Not trying to steal samplelist.com's thunder as I have used them in the past and will use them again, but you may see if Doug at competitorny.com has any left. I paid either $129 or $139 for mine I can't remember. Seems like they got there hands on a run of blemishes from Vortex. The exterior color had some issues so Vortex couldn't sell them to their distributors. Bino's operate just fine with the same warranty.
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I see that website I gave is a no no so if your interested send me a private message. I guess I understand about competitors and all. Not trying to upset anyone
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You might also want to check out the Pentax HS 8x36s. I just picked up a pair for $170. These are good quality, phase coated bins from Pentax. Optics are probably the best I have seen below the $200 price point for roofs. They are sharper than the Diamondbacks, extremely solidly built and are very ergonomic. The downside? They are listed only as water resistant and not waterproof. Still, I am very impressed by their optical performance and overall handling....plus they do come with Pentax's no worry warranty.
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Bushnell excursion might be a good option, they have a new Excursion-EX
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