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Can someone recommend a good pair of binoculars for hunting that work well for people who wear glasses? 

 

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The best i have ever seen and tried, with the longest eye relief and very very good image, and very good quality binoculars, are Celestron Regal LX 8x42 - about $450 - they come with no fault lifetime warranty.

Leupold binoculars in general have long eye relief, and the 6x30 Yosemite is nice, has long ER, works well with glasses, and costs $100. 

In general, you are looking for long eye relief: 18mm or more. The problem is, many manufacturers report inflated figures. 

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There are way too many to list if those are your only criterion.

 

A few of my personal favorites would be--

 

In the budget class:

 

Bushnell Legend or Nikon Monarch.

 

For somewhat more money you can get:

 

Pentax DCF WP, Bushnell Discoverer, Leupold Pinnacles, Zeiss Conquest.

 

Spend a "bit" more and you can try:

 

Pentax DCF SP, Bushnell Elite, Leupold Gold Ring, Zeiss ClassiC, and the Nikon Premier LXL.

 

For alot more money you can get:

 

Zeiss FL, Swarovski SLC or EL, Leica Trinovid or Ultravid.

 

Give us an idea of what your limitations are and we might be able to narrow your choices down a bit.

 

 

 

 

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I'm simply looking for a quality pair of binoculars that a person who wears eyeglasses will be able to see well with.  My intended use is mostly for deer hunting in both midwest and western states.  I would prefer something in the $300.00 range maybe a little more.  I'd check out the Celestron Regal that anweis mentioned if I knew where to find one LOL.

 

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In the $300 range you should look at the aforementioned Bushnell Legends (in both roof and porro prism configurations) and the Nikon Monarchs.  You also might want to take a look at the Leupold WindRiver Cascades though, you will want to make sure that you are getting the newly enhanced Phase-Correction-Coated version rather than the older model.  Any one of these can be had for around $280-$320. They also will all do a fine job for deer hunting. Their optics are very comparable in terms of quality and most preferences for one or the other tend to revolve around ergonomics and "badge" preferences. 

 

Generally speaking, any binocular with eye relief over 15mm will provide the eyeglass-wearing user the full field of view. There may be some exceptions due to differences in how manufacturers measure eye relief and also differences in how thick an individual's glasses might be but, this is a good place to start.  You also don't want to get too much of a good thing.  Extra long eye relief has been known to cause blackouts for some users when panning. 

 

Binoculars with objective lenses in the 30-36mm class are increasingly popular as of late (mostly because they are bright enough for almost any possible hunting situation and yet are significantly smaller and lighter than their full-size brethren.)  If you are looking at this class of binocular, you need to be extra careful about checking to be sure there is enough eye relief for you as these binoculars tend to have much less eye relief than larger binoculars.  They even have less than the compact class of binocular, a fact which I don't understand the reasons for at all.

 

 

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Originally posted by Randy9Ball Randy9Ball wrote:

I'd check out the Celestron Regal that anweis mentioned if I knew where to find one LOL.

 

Randy

 

You will not find them, few stores carry them.

The best thing to do is to drive to BassPro, Cabelas, or some other well stocked store and try a few pairs. The ER figures in tables published by the manufacturers are often misleading.

Buying a pair of binos to suit an eyeglass wearer is as persnal as finding a pair of fitting shoes. You have to try them.

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