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First off, I'm a complete newbee here, so please excuse me if this has been beaten to death. Here's the deal, I'm looking for a new set of higher magnification bino's, 10-12X.  These will be used primarily for field (target) archery, which means looking for details (arrows/nocks) on a fixed target out to a max of 80 yds.  However, if I get into the higher end of my budget ~$500-600, then I would also like to use these bino's for hunting, where F.O.V and brightness also become important.  I already have a very servicable pair of 8x42's for hunting.

Here's the rub, my intrapupillary distance is 55 mm!  This narrows the search.

Here's my thoughts so far, Vortex Fury 12.5x42, Zen Ray ED2 10x43.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Originally posted by TheHankster TheHankster wrote:


Here's the rub, my intrapupillary distance is 55 mm!  This narrows the search.
 
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
 
Nikon 10x42 SE has an IPD starting at 53mm but is very expensive and is not waterproof.
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by TheHankster TheHankster wrote:


Here's the rub, my intrapupillary distance is 55 mm!  This narrows the search.
 
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
 
Nikon 10x42 SE has an IPD starting at 53mm but is very expensive and is not waterproof.
The Nikon 10x42 SE would be a great pick if the user is looking for one of the finest optics
available in that size.  The brightness and clarity are at the very top, and as far as waterproof,
hunters use them.  Just keep the oculars covered in direct rain. 
There are some good reviews on this model on "Better View desired".
I have owned all of the Nikon SE's and they are among the best Porro prism binoculars.
 
These are in the budget here, and can be found from time to time, here on Samplelist,
or some other places.
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At the top end of your budget are the Leupold Gr HD's and a Minox HG which both have fantastic glass and the Leupy is built very ruggedly.  My Zen Ray Ed2 has been through a very tough hunting season and has held up well, with spectacular glass.  If you want to spend $400 get the Zen, if you're Ok with spending $599 get the Leupold.  Both are waterproof, and you get Leupold's stellar warranty and customer service.  Zen Ray's customer service has been great so far also.  I'd stay away from a non waterproof porro for hunting myself.  I do not believe they can handle the abuse, or weather.
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Raider:
What is the minimum IPD on the ZenRay?  55mm is right down there, as I just measured several bins I have.
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Not sure.  If/when I get time I'll measure it.  Never been an issue for me or the kids.  
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Originally posted by NDhunter NDhunter wrote:

 
The Nikon 10x42 SE would be a great pick if the user is looking for one of the finest optics
available in that size.  The brightness and clarity are at the very top, and as far as waterproof,
hunters use them.  Just keep the oculars covered in direct rain. 
 
Other hunters have also noticed that after using them in the field alot they seem to be prone to allowing dust to accumulate internally. 
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Originally posted by NDhunter NDhunter wrote:

Raider:
What is the minimum IPD on the ZenRay?  55mm is right down there, as I just measured several bins I have.
 
NDHunter, the 10x43/8x43 ZEN ED2 have minimal IPD of 55mm.
 
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