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Looking for a pair of Binos for my son's birthday.  I own a Geovid 8x42 and an Televid APO77 spotting scope.  He's big on archery, so I first thought Zeiss Conquest 10x42 as a good all a rounder.  Then I thought, "why buy those when he can use your Geovid anytime?"  So I am thinking maybe I should buy him a "bridge" bino for when we hunt together, something between my binos and a spotting scope.  I have been considering some 15x56 in various brands and styles.  Have never used.  Can you use them without a tripod?  Does this plan make sense?  Maybe a sturdy porro 10x or 12x would be better?  I'd like to stay below $1000.  Obviously the cheaper the better, but I want something that will stay with him for a long time.


Two models look interesting: Docter Optic Nobilem 15x60 (porro)  Minox BL 15x56 (roof).

I have no bias for or against any brand or origin.  Obviously I love my Leicas but they are too pricey.  I am a generous dad but not a stupid one; some things need to be earned.
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Originally posted by rsenatro rsenatro wrote:

He's big on archery....
Obviously the cheaper the better, but I want something that will stay with him for a long time.

A binocular for archery distances should be low magnification & w i d e FOV.

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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by rsenatro rsenatro wrote:

He's big on archery....
Obviously the cheaper the better, but I want something that will stay with him for a long time.

A binocular for archery distances should be low magnification & w i d e FOV.



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Get him a pair of vortex's. If he is a kid he probably doesnt treat things amazingly. He can be rough on them and if he breaks them you wont have to be so mad. :) I hear zeiss customer service can be a pain and a long wait. For archery I would go eight to ten power. Wide field of view. You would need a tripod with a high power bino 15-20x. Im not a huge fan of minox. They are always underwhelming to me. No experience with doctor.
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Docters are amazing, but heavy and really need some type of stabilization to shine. I love my 15x60's, but they are big. I think they are best in a shooting house or a really dedicated hunter who specializes in long range and not sensitive to weight. Really satisfying to gaze through though!
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meopta meopro 6.5x32 are excellent archery binos. love mine.
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I've been really impressed with my Zen Ray ED2s.  They are 7x36, so give a wide field of view.  I use them almost exclusively for bow hunting.  Another great option is the Vortex Talon HD's in 8x32 or 10x32.  They are on closeout here at SWFA for $299, but for bowhunting, I absolutely love the 7x36 size and magnification, and the Talon HD's in 8x32 would have been my choice if they were $150 off retail (like they are now):

Zen-Ray 7x36 Zen ED2 Binocular
Zen-Ray 7x36 Zen ED2 Binocular
Stock # - ZENED7X36
  • Rubber Armor
  • Roof Prism
  • ED Glass
  • VividBrite Ultra High Reflectivity Dielectric Prism Coating
$324.95
Vortex 8x32 Talon HD Binocular
Vortex 8x32 Talon HD Binocular
Stock # - VORTLN3208HD
  • Green
  • Roof Prism
  • HD Glass
  • XR Lens Coatings
  • Phase Correction
  • Discontinued Closeout
  • Normally $439.95 Now $289.95
$289.95
Vortex 10x32 Talon HD Binocular
Vortex 10x32 Talon HD Binocular
Stock # - VORTLN3210HD
  • Green
  • Roof Prism
  • HD Glass
  • XR Lens Coatings
  • Phase Correction
  • Discontinued Closeout
  • Normally $449.95 Now $299.95
$299.95
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