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Im looking for some high power binos primarily for work. I would like to be able to read a license plate out to 150yds. I was looking at Nikon 10-22-50mm. Ive noticed there isnt a large selection of variables when it comes to Binos. as opposed to scopes. Are these binos capable of this.
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You don't see a lot of variable binos because they are crap.  As much as I would like it to work, they simply don't.

 

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Thanks ranburr.maybe ill try for 16x or so.
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Steiner Senators.
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The only switch power (not zoom) bino that is even worth mentioning is the Leica Duovid, but it doesn't sound like you're wanting to spend that kind of money. I'd suggest you get a good quality 8x or 10x bino and a variable spotting scope for fine detail and real long range stuff. A spotting scope on a window mount is a lot steadier for reading license plates than hand held binos, but is a more obvious. I'm an Adult Probation and Parole Agent and have actually done it while conducting surveillance...

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   I have had some of those switch power binocs and the guy is right.  They are all crap and easy to knock out of adjustment.  a 12X50 would be about all you may ever need for that sort of thing.  Sure you could probably even get away with a 10 X 42mm, but unless you have exceptional vision I would not try to go lower than that.  Go to a gun store in your area and test them all side by side.  If you are doing this for work then you probably could get away with spending a good bit of money and get a nice little refund on your taxes as well.  I would start with the Kahles

10 X 42mm and go from there.  If you wanted a less expensive binoc I would go down to a Steiner Predator, which is a good solid performer.  Just my opinion.

             Scott

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