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Poll Question: Which of these would you purchase given my style of hunting?
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5 [41.67%]
2 [16.67%]
3 [25.00%]
0 [0.00%]
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Please view the forum below titled "Steiner Merlin/BushDiscv/Brunton Eterna" please feel free to give me your input. My style of hunting involves; farm land with shelterbelts and brushpockets for whitetail, open pasture with draws and foothills in the badlands for mule deer in the western dakota's, and the occasional elk hunt in the mountains of Montana.

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You may want to read the review on the Wind River Pinnacles posted on this site. It's posted under Gun-Tests Magazine.

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So I have over 100 views, and a total of ...6 votes. Is everyone just shy? Or its the same 6 that keep on re-checking?  lol

 

I do see one vote for the Brunton Eterna 11x45's I did just the other evening go and check those out for the first time. I went at dusk and compared them to all of the others and they were extremely tough to beat for brightness. That extra power of mag. would also be nice with all the glassing I like to do.

 

The Discoverer I am leaning away from due to the fact that in comparison to all the others I was checking out, they were not (in my eyes & in the salesman's) very crisp and sharp around the edges. Objects tended to get out of focus around the edges.

The Leupolds I like a lot, but that F.O.V. is what is keeping me from grabbing them.

 

Any input on the Eterna's?



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Not sure why, but you left the best binos in the under $500.00 category off your list; the Pentax DCF SP's. If you haven't already done so, I'd suggest you give them a serious look. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.
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Voted for the Steiner's.  Big fan of European technology.
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Well, I did not vote in that poll since I have not used all of the binoculars mentioned, but at ~ $500 the best roof prism binocular I've seen is a Pentax DCF SP (from your list I've seen Merlin, Pinnacle and Discoverer, and the Pentax DCF SP is better).

 

However, I generally prefer porro binoculars.  They are a little bulkier, but generally provide a more satisfying view with significantly better depth perception.  For your purposes, something along the lines of a 10x42 should be the ultimate combination of magnification and brightness provided that you can hold them steadily enough after walking up and down the hills for the better part of the day.  If you think that you begin to see hand tremor in a 10x binocular, I would recommend it that you get an 8x model that would be much easier to hold steadily when you are trying to catch your breath.

 

Pentax DCF SP 8x43 would probably be the best way to go out of the roofs in this price range.  I have also heard that Kowa BD42 binoculars are very nice, but have not seen them myself.

 

If you decide to scale down to 8x, try Fujinon Polaris 8x30.  Despite the comparatively small objective lens they will shock with the image quality.  Otherwise, there is a number of quality 8x42 roof binoculars from Pentax et al.

 

Ilya

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I picked the Steiners only because I know that they will at least be rugged.

 

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Thanks for all the input, keep it coming

 

I have tried to find a pair of the Pentax DCF SP's to look at, but I can not find them at several outdoor stores that are in my area. On Cameralandny.com I emailed them about the price and they told me $459.99 for the 10x43's. Tough to buy a pair of bino's that you have never looked through.

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