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Use for deer, low light edge of woods type of hunting. Seems like these are maybe the lowest level of the pentax line that have the phase correction coating. I have a local shop here that will let me take his swaros, out back and look into the wood lot to do a side by side, they don't seem to shabby,  any ideas before I drop $229. Which is $50 less than alot of internet sites and $20 more than some. But keeping it local is good and I get to pick the pair I want. Thanks.

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I actually preferred the HS model to the HR2. I didn't find the image on the HR2s as sharp or contrasty as that of the Nikon Monarch or Bushnell Legend, both of which are typically in the same price range.
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Why the HS over the HR2?
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I felt the image was more pleasing on the HS model. It seemed sharper both in the center of field and closer to the edges. It also seemed more relaxed overall despite the slightly smaller exit pupil (36 mm versus 42 mm). Ergonomically the HS model is narrower, more contoured and more compact overall. The only downside to the HS is that it was only water resistant versus the waterproof nature of the HRII.

 

If you can spare a bit more money I would highly suggest you consider the DCF-SPs. Though you want to keep the money fairly local I thought I would mention that the sponsors of this forum (SWFA) currently have the SPs on sale for under $500. That would be a one time investment which would pay back in the long run...trust me. There is a huge difference optically between the HRIIs and the SPs. Here is a link to a comparison between the two by a very well respected optics guru....

 

http://www.betterviewdesired.com/Pentax04/index.html

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Outstanding reply, with a reply like that, I will now once again put the hr2s and hs together and take a looksee.

Yeah, the SPs would be nice, haven't looked thru them yet, for fear my credit card would some how end up on the counter, and I'd spend the rest of the day trying to figure out how to explain to the wife just how that happened. Off to the optics shop. Thanks again. Jared

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In your price range I'd highly recommend the Carson XM series. They are water proof and offer a better image then the Pentax, Nikon Monarch, or Bushnell's in the same price range.  Carson is not as big of company as the others but they make great bino's for the money.  I found out about them from an archery forum I belong to.  I believe the was some talk some time back on them on this forum if you do a seach.

 

Here is a link to a review from a birder web page:

http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0404/je0404-1.htm l

 

Finally, if you want better glass still and can spend a bit more money and dont mind the poro binocular then go with the Swift Audubons or if you can find them the Bausch & Lomb Discoverer Poros. Both offer awsome glass that will hold their own side by side some of the very expensive other glass.

http://www.betterviewdesired.com/audubon/audubon.html

The ones in this review were the basic (gray model) and it only gets better when you step up to the ED glass model (Black colored body) I own both and gave the non-ed version to my dad and kept the ED glass for myself. AWSOME.  Below is a link that shows the NEW ED model

http://www.birdforum.net/reviews/showproduct.php?product=187

 

just some other things to concider. Good luck

AC

 

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