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First of all to give you a little background, I hunt in SC where you can legally harvest deer from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.  To this end, extreme low light performance in both binoculars and scopes is of utmost importance.  Our terrain varies from thick hardwoods, pine forests, swamp bottoms, large fields, power lines, cut-downs, etc.  Shots at 45 minutes after sunset are very common under certain circumstances (clear evening, open terrain, some moon).  In most situations, high performance low light binoculars are more important than even a great scope.  We typically don't traverse mountains or great distances, so size and weight are much less important than performance.  I have used a number of binoculars over the years and like many, was led astray by the "bigger exit pupil always means brighter image" malarkey.  In actuality, resolution, light transmission and freedom from glare is far more important (provided that the exit pupil is adequate).

 I currently own Burris Fullfield 10x50's, Nikon Action Extreme 10x50's and the new Nikon Monarch Roof 10x56. The Action EX is pretty darn good glass for the money, but the Monarch 10x56 clearly outclasses it....especially in resolution.  I have used Bushnell Legends 8x42's and they weren't worth a hoot at dark.  I have also used Swarovski EL's and older Porro 10x50's.  Overall the Swaro's were better than the 10x56 Nikon, but IMHO the only difference was edge detail and slightly better resolution.  In the inner 70% of the FOV, I did not see any appreciable difference in low light.  The Swaro's seem to show their stuff better in good light where color accuracy is very important......again, JMO.  The Monarch 10x56's are large, heavy, and made in China, but they are DARN good binoculars in very low light.  Don't get me wrong, these binos are not for tucking in your shirt, walking for miles and then only use them in good light.  The hunters who need this type of optical platform know who they are.  If your budget won't let you spend $1700 on binoculars, but will allow $400, you won't regret getting the Nikon Monarch 10x56.
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Thanks for that post.  Particularly interesting for those among us who own a pair of ELs!

 

I would agree that Nikon's generally offer excellent value.

 

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If others have a chance to do a "head to head" comparison in low light I would be curious to see the results.  Of course if I had just paid $1700 dollars on a pair of bino's, it may be hard for my wallet to allow me to "see" that there is really only a slight difference. The Nikon 10x56's are that good.
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