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I am in the market to get a decent set of binoculars. I have narrowed down

my choices primarily between the Pentax DCF SP 10x43 and the Nikon

Monarch 10x42. The Pentax cost a lil more and has alot of good features

but I would be willing to pay more if they are worth the extra. The warranty

is great on both with a (no fault replacment). I mostly deer hunt in east texas in

areas where viewing ranges from 50-325yds glassing where the pine trees meets

an open field the ability to see in low light will be helpfull. Can anyone help me out with

witch one I might find to better suit me, any imput will be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

David

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David,

 

I've had both those binoculars.  I sold the Monarchs when I got the Pentax SP's.  The Pentax were definitely better, but not by a huge margin.  I have since bought the Nikon Premier SE 8X32's.  They blow away the Pentax binocs, but are porro prism so they are not waterproof. 

 

What part of East Texas are you in?  I'm in Panola County.

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I am in Nacogdoches county, but I hunt some in Panola county.  My In-laws have some land on

the sabine river and deer and hogs out there are prevalent.  I am leaning towards to Pentax's at the

moment. I found a pair for 435.00! Thats not too much more than the monarchs.  Anyways right now

thats where I'm leaning, anyone else have an opinion?

 

Thanks again,

 

David

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Just curious, is that $435 for a brand new pair?
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Yes 435.00 for brand new pair (plus 12.95 shipping). They assured me new, in box with all

accessories. Called pentax on it, said as long as you have reciept

everything would be good. Kinda made me do a double take too. I'm

probably going to order today I will let ya know how it works out.

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I hunt on the Sabine River, about a mile north of the Hwy. 79 bridge.  We have more hogs than deer.  That's fine with me.  They're more fun to bowhunt, better to eat, and the season never closes

You'll enjoy the Pentax SP's

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ABSOLUTLY LOVE THE PENTAX!!!!  The locking diopter and 3 postition eye cups

paired up with a great image with wonderfull brightness I would recomend to anyone.

 

* one note though, although I bought the SP's for $435.00 they promtly changed the

price a day later reflecting most eveyone elses price of 649.99!  I feel like I got a major

deal!!!!!!

 

Thanks everyone,

 

David

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David,

 

 

Congrats on the new bins. I recently purchased a pair of the 8x32 SPs and I could not be happier. As you know image quality is superb and only a tad bit shy of the $1000+ models. I only paid $358 for mine and have seen both the 8x43 and 10x43 models listed for right around $500 some places. Have fun with the new bins. They have been the ones I take out there the door 3 out of 4 times these days.

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