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I am looking for a pair of decent pair of binos to serve two purposes. 
 
1.   to leave on the table in the house for the wife and daughter to look at the backyard birds at  the feeder.
 
2. to take tot he 4H shooting matches that my daughter competes in.  She shoots 10m air rifle and pistol.  We need binos to score and spot as she shoots.
 
I have a pair of Bushnell 10x42 roof prism. they do ok, but would like a higher magnification for these purposes.  Now for the rub........  I have about 100.00 to budget for this purchase in these hard times!!!!Whacko
Looking at some Nikons 16x50 that are 114.00
Read some reviews on the NcStars, but kinda scared of them.  Like a said, I need to spend my money as well as I can for the value.
Jeff
 
 
 
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Wow, 16x for 10m spotting of .177 holes and backyard birds! Big Smile  16x is for use at distances measured in miles instead of feet.
 
I'd go with a far less powerful binocular in the 6-8x range.  Since you ask specifically about porros, I'd stick with the Leupold Yosemite 6x30, the Vortex Raptor 6.5x32 or maybe a Nikon Action or Action EX 7x35.  Nikon Actions or EX at 8x40 or the Bushnell Natureview of Legend porros are good too.  Leupold Mesas and Rogue and Pentax WPII are worth a look also.
 
The Leupold Yosemite is the best $100 binocular ever offered for sale, particularly for kids and smaller stature adults.  The Nikon Action 7x35 is right there too, but is not advertised as waterproof as is the Yosemite.  Its bigger than the Yosemite too, but both represent extreme value.


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Originally posted by Jeffery8mm Jeffery8mm wrote:

I have a pair of Bushnell 10x42 roof prism. they do ok, but would like a higher magnification for these purposes.  Now for the rub........  I have about 100.00 to budget for this purchase in these hard times!!!!Whacko
Looking at some Nikons 16x50 that are 114.00
Jeff
16x is TOO much magnification to be hand held for children & the ladies; you would need to mount it on at least a monopod, and that would increase the cost of your already limited budget.
 
What exactly is the problem with the Bushnell 10x? Perhaps you are already at your limits for hand held.
 
At the very most I would not go any higher than 12x, and that is still a bit of magnification to be hand held by children, etc. without some type of support.
 
 


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Try the Leupold Yosemite's, the 6x30's are great little glasses and make up in clarity what they lack in power. Six power puts you the equivalent of five feet from the target. They are fog and water proof.
They make great "table" binoculars and have excellent depth of field that will help see birds at the feeder and holes in the target.
Cost is about $90.00 without freight.
Order from SWFA and if you don't or won't like them they can be returned.
Every pair I have bought has been "liberated" and the folks using them have been more than pleased.
So far a four year old girl and a eight year old boy have not been able to hurt them.
Nothing compares optically for the money.
Thanks
Art

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