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  I'm new to the group and was glad to find this forum as I've been looking at new bino's for a bit and it's really hard to find any objective information on different brands / models. Mainly one finds advertising double talk and sales pitches thinly disguised as reviews. Anyway, to the point, I've been considering among others the Minox made in Germany BL 8x42s and Meopta Meostars 8x42. I've seen some reports here on the Meostar but nothing on the Minox. Does anyone have any first hand experience comparing the two? I will mainly use these for hunting so I put a premium on the ability to count antler points in fading light. The only birds I'm interested in I eat. Thanks for your thoughts.
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I am curious as well.
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Well, I tried them for about a week against the bino's that I had and decided that they didn't offer much advantage so I returned them. I liked the ergonomics and compact size (I'm used to poros) and they were sharp but after re-thinking my needs and looking at some more test info, I ordered a pair of Docter 8x56s so we'll see what they look like. 
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What did you not like about the Minox BLs?  What are your intended uses that the Docters fit better?
 
I have a pair of Leupold GR 8x32, which I really like.  But I wouldn't mind adding another bino in the 8-10x range with a larger exit pupil.  I am considering:
 
Minox German BL 10x42
Vortex Viper 8.5x50 or 10.5x50
Zeiss Conquest 10x40 ABK
 
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Originally posted by jakedeaver jakedeaver wrote:

What did you not like about the Minox BLs?  What are your intended uses that the Docters fit better?
 
I have a pair of Leupold GR 8x32, which I really like.  But I wouldn't mind adding another bino in the 8-10x range with a larger exit pupil.  I am considering:
 
Minox German BL 10x42
Vortex Viper 8.5x50 or 10.5x50
Zeiss Conquest 10x40 ABK
 
Thanks, Jake
The Conquest does not have a larger exit pupil than your GRs.
 
What are your uses and budget, Jake?
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Yeah, I know that the Conquest ABK would not have a larger exit pupil than my Leupold GR, but it would provide more magnification.  Plus, I thought that the larger ABK prism might transmit more light?
 
I am looking for a general purpose hunting bino, mainly Midwest whitetail hunting from a treestand.
 
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For what its worth....

 
The Minox BVii BRW 8x42 and 10x42 are impressive.  I looked through the 8x42 and found the fit and finish great and the image provided was impressive as well.  I am tempted to purchase a pair.
 
Here is a review for the 10x42...There are very few reviews of this model for some reason.
 
Both versions can be found online for less than $250.  
 
I once owned a pair of 8x32 BR BD Aspheric.  They were very impressive.  The fit and finish was amazing and the focus wheel was the best I have ever encountered.  Yet the eye relief was the reason I parted with them since I wear glasses.  Not quite enough.
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Jake,
 
Your best bets at under $500 are going to be a high end Chinese 8X42 like the Zen Ray ED2/3s.
 
If you are going over $500, the Meopta Meostar is the best of the next level, IMO.  Dave44 has a set of 8X42 Meostars in the Optics for Sale section at a very nice price.  I think you would be more than pleased with them for your uses.
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Tried both in 10x. Meostars is brighter, and much larger image field. But it is unpleasantly heavy. The weakest link are the eye cups, shallow, which allow light enter from side cause glare. Their glass is very nice. The other area of design i slet down to me.  German BL are nice but only at discount price, not full price. I would have 2nd look at Vortex Viper HD.

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If you are counting points in fading light, you not only need a good sized exit pupil, you might even need a boost in magnification, IMHO  I don't think a 4mm exit pupil is going to cut it as well as 6 or 7.
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