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    Posted: May/26/2011 at 13:09
Gentlemen
 
Im looking for a scope that fits in my pocket - that will work well with my hikes/hunting trips.
 
Anyone know the Steiner Predator compact binos are performing - and if they will fit in a pocket?
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FrankD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2011 at 07:37
Are you looking for a scope or compact binoculars?...or both?
 
If you are going the scope route then your only choice for a "pocket scope" would be one of the variety of monoculars on the market. I have limited experience with them so I cannot help there.
 
As for compact binoculars....what magnification are you looking for....8x or 10x? In general the small, reverse porro-style compacts perform at a higher level optically than any of the compact roofs. However they are certainly less compact than their roof counterparts. It is going to depend on what your priorities are...optical quality or overall compactness.
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Thanks man. What I meant was compact binoculars...
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How much money are you willing to spend?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Klamath Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/28/2011 at 15:01
The Steiner Predator 8x22 will fit into a pocket.  They are OK and give a fairly decent view.  But they are sort of dim and they are not as sharp as I would like.  Sort of like almost any compact outside the alpha brands I have looked at.  There is not much eye relief with the Predator either.
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On a whim. I once bought an 8x21 Barska-  the best pair of $6 'pocket' compacts I've owned.

They are real bins and do work. You wouldn't have to go far to do better.
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The Nikon Pro-staff reverse porros are fairly well reviewed by those folks interested in and utilizing those size bins. Price is usually at or under $100. You would need to step up significantly in price $400 or better...to see a noticeable optical difference (Alpha roofs...Nikon Premier, Leica, Zeiss, etc...)
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