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Hi Gang,

I'm looking for recommendations for a pair binoculars.  They will be used from a stand while hunting in deep woods that can be fairly dark even during legal shooting hours.  Weight is not a huge concern as they're not going to be carried very far.  They need not be super powerful, 6,7 or 8x would work.  I assume the Zeiss Victory 8x56's are awesome but unfortunately I was thinking $1000 or less. 

I appreciate your thoughts!
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7x50 & 8x56 are close to one another in gathering light.

Exit Pupil 7x50 = 7.1mm
Exit Pupil 8x56 = 7.0mm 
From the charts that I have read the 8x56 has a slight edge.
 
Also, if you are not buying Alpa glass (binos under $1000.00) Porro prism binoculars
have the edge for illumination.
 
 
 
 
 
 


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You will get some recommendations for a 7x50 configuration and that is a good combination.  BUT...BUT the really good ones like the Fujinon Polaris and some others have world class glass and are cursed with individual focus eyepieces and weigh about 3 pounds, which makes weight a consideration, even even , as you put it, it really isn't a consideration.  They run the gamut from the cheap to the just sub $600 of the fujinon.
 
Now if it were me in your shoes with your stipulations i would get the Minox 8x56 BL, which are around $800 and be done with it.  That is not a configuration that holds a lot of interest for me personally, but that BL series is impressive glass.   You can also get a Meopta Meostar 8x50 in that price range too.  I likely will add either the Minox 13x56 or the newly announced 15x56 to my kit sometime in the near future.


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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

 Now if it were me in your shoes with your stipulations i would get the Minox 8x56 BL, which are around $800 and be done with it.  That is not a configuration that holds a lot of interest for me personally, but that BL series is impressive glass. 
Steve,
 
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It's interesting that the Minox BV 8x56 BL is not listed in either of my catalogs.
 
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Thanks for the input guys. 

Klamath, I hear you.  This is not a configuration I'd have previously ever desired as hunting from a blind never has interested me greatly and I usually prefer more portable glass.   But I was using some 10x42's this weekend that just didn't have the exit pupil needed for the amount of light available.  And I really wanted to see some critters that I could faintly discern in faint pre-dawn light.  I had the opportunity to look through some Minox 15x's in September and was impressed.  I'd like to have a pair of those too!

BW, thanks for the links!

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You're welcome. 
Which 10x42mm were you using? 
A 10x50mm with a 5mm exit pupil would have been better.


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The Leupold Gold Ring HD's.  I like them a lot but I think they're more of an open country bin.
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One of my friends has a good pair of Bushnell Discovrer 6-15x60zoom, book price is around $350.00.
7.0 mm  7x50, 8x56, 9x63
 6.5 mm  7x45, 8x50
 6.0 mm  7x42, 8x50, 10x56
 5.5 mm  7x40, 8x42, 10x50, 10x56
 5.0 mm  8.5x42, 10x50
7.0 mm  7x50, 8x56, 9x63
 6.5 mm  7x45, 8x50
 6.0 mm  7x42, 8x50, 10x56
 5.5 mm  7x40, 8x42, 10x50, 10x56
 5.0 mm  8.5x42, 10x50
7.0 mm  7x50, 8x56, 9x63
 6.5 mm  7x45, 8x50
 6.0 mm  7x42, 8x50, 10x56
 5.5 mm  7x40, 8x42, 10x50, 10x56
 5.0 mm  8.5x42, 10x50
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Sorry, there are some mistakes.
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Unless I miss my guess you have referenced a spotting scope.  The question relates to low light binoculars.  Sorry, maybe I am missing something.
 
One thing for sure is Bushnell has never sold a zoom binocular anywhere near worth $350.
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

 Now if it were me in your shoes with your stipulations i would get the Minox 8x56 BL, which are around $800 and be done with it.  That is not a configuration that holds a lot of interest for me personally, but that BL series is impressive glass. 
Steve,
 
Thanks,
It's interesting that the Minox BV 8x56 BL is not listed in either of my catalogs.
 
Stan
 
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