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What are the best compact Binos for under $130?  (probably about 8x)
Buddy likes my leupold Yosemites but he wants something smaller. 
 
Also, are there any good Monoculars out there yet?  Similar price range.
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  I can HIGHLY recommend these.  Had mine many years and have used them hard:
 
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The best inverse porro binocular I can think of is this one:

But it is out of your price range.

The above mentioned Nikon is not bad (the 8x25 version).

Also, Pentax UCF WP is decent, and marginally better than the Nikon to my eyes.

I have this little Sightron somewhere on the shelf and it is also decent:

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  SORRY,guys.    Mine are the 8x25's.
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when buying compact size binoculars, 8x magnification is ok for general use. Here I want recommend Nikon 8x25 and Eyeskey 8x25 to you.  They are not only compact size but also waterproof. Hope can help you!
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Originally posted by nimrod nimrod wrote:

What are the best compact Binos for under $130?  (probably about 8x)
Buddy likes my leupold Yosemites but he wants something smaller. 
 
You are very likely to cause someone to have an aneurysm of the brain when you start mixing works like "The Best" and "under $130". Wink
 
You might consider the Orion Weather Worthy 8x25mm compact binocular.
 
I own the discontinued Celestron Traveler 8x25mm and the optics are pretty amazing when it comes to sharpness. It is Not waterproof however, but it is compact and lightweight.
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Originally posted by jiwuyu jiwuyu wrote:

when buying compact size binoculars, 8x magnification is ok for general use. Here I want recommend Nikon 8x25 and Eyeskey 8x25 to you.  They are not only compact size but also waterproof. Hope can help you!
 
 
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by jiwuyu jiwuyu wrote:

when buying compact size binoculars, 8x magnification is ok for general use. Here I want recommend Nikon 8x25 and Eyeskey 8x25 to you.  They are not only compact size but also waterproof. Hope can help you!
 
 
IF THE MODERATORS ARE WATCHING ******Cool   WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE OF THE CHINESE SPAMMERS ADVERTISING AGAIN FOR ''EYESKEY" Ying Yang 

Well, so far he has not linked anything, but it is certainly suspicious.

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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by nimrod nimrod wrote:

What are the best compact Binos for under $130?  (probably about 8x)
Buddy likes my leupold Yosemites but he wants something smaller. 
 
You are very likely to cause someone to have an aneurysm of the brain when you start mixing works like "The Best" and "under $130". Wink
 
You might consider the Orion Weather Worthy 8x25mm compact binocular.
 
I own the discontinued Celestron Traveler 8x25mm and the optics are pretty amazing when it comes to sharpness. It is Not waterproof however, but it is compact and lightweight.

I am not aware of any compact roof binos under $130 that are good for anything othre than inducing headaches.

In the inverse porro world, there are a few kinda decent options.

I have an earlier version of this one and it is OK:

So is Nikon's Travelite:

Pentax' UCF WP is a bit better if memory serves me right and still within your price range.  I thas been a while, but I think I liked it a little more than Nikon and Sightron:

If you are interested in looking at very small objects close to you (i.e. butterflis, etc), Pentax Papilio is a pretty unique little bino, that is actually fairly decent:

Lastly, Vortex has small inverse porro Vanquish binocular which looked fairly decent, but I only saw it at SHOT, never outdoors:

Generally speaking, the best inverse porro binocular I have seen (and by a solid margin) is this:

However, it is well above your price limit.

ILya
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