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Well I've finally done it, this weekend I went to my local sporting goods store.  I had all intentions of looking at and purchasing a pair a Vortex viper 10x42 binos, low and behold he also had Meopta binos, this is were the problem accured,  I made the mistake of comparing the two and the Meopta was hands down the winner. Granted the meopta was $400.00 more, but to me it was money well spent. They just felt more substancial and comfortable, along with a wider field of view.  I liked the vipers, until I handled the meoptas, I also have piece of mind knowing that I will unlikely ever need to upgrade or require another set of binos. 
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Congrats on a great pair of bino's.  I love my Meopta's, it is always a joy to look through them.
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Those are excellent binos, Jeff, and I know you will enjoy them for years to come!  Great choice!
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You chose the Meopta Meostar 10x42 over the Vortex Viper--and, yes, there's a $400 difference in price.  Did you also compare the Meopta against the Vortex Razor?  That's a better comparison since the prices are more alike--approximately $900 vs $750.
 
I've got to quit researching!  The more of that I do, the more options I come up with, and all stores I check have at best one of the bins on my list.
 
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BTW, here's a link to a review of the Vortex Razor (not Viper) with comments about  Meopta in comparison.

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=77251&highlight=vortex

He rates the Vortex Razor a bit better than the Meopta.



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I too think  the Meopta's are excellent bargain for the money.... very hard to challenge.

I looked at that link and it appears the writer feels the Nikons are sharper than the swarovski EL or SLC's on the edges.... were are getting into splitting hairs here and I'm sure many may debate that opinion based on their eyes and the particular scene they are looking at, at the time.

From the link above:
Edge Sharpness:

Same set of adjectives. The edge sharpness is a bit better than both the Meopta and the Leica Trinovid I currently have in my possession. I would say it is roughly equal to that of the new Swaro SLCs and ELs and just a hair less than that of the Nikon Premier/Venturer/HGs.


If there are peripheral objects that are a bit closer than the center target, one lens may show the edges more sharp and focused than another, as in a dense forest etc, or even looking through the store or out in the parking lot....
whereas viewing an open field where the peripheral targets are even farther than the center target could render different results entirely different making another brand appear better and more in focus on the edges.

I may be wrong, but my swarovski's appear very sharp when overlooking a canyon or down a street or thorough the woods where the peripheral areas are a bit closer than the distant target... but I think thats may be the most common scenario we find ourselves in except for extreme long range hunters that most likely will be using a spotting scope anyway and not interested in panning the horizon much.
I therefore appreciate a bino that fashions their lenses so.

The Meopta is a good cousin to the swarovski... both in looks and performance...although you do get what you pay for, you pay dearly for that last little bit and the meopta is an excellent bino  against anything in its class of expense!
I also appreciate that they don't feel like they will fall apart if you drop them and they feel very  nice in the hands and are comfortable to the eyes.


Edited by windstrings - June/09/2008 at 09:57
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