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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/01/2009 at 22:27
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Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice

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I am looking for compact lightweight binos around the 8X range and costing under $200.  I will be using them for hunting which means I'll be using them in low light situations as well.  What would be my best bet?
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/02/2009 at 00:26
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It is going to be difficult to find a light weight small compact binocular that is going to provide good optics for under $200.00.   If your looing at going to a small compact binocular with small objectives the glass is going to have to be pretty good quality and with that comes $$$.
So if we can go with a standard size binocular and your willing to bend a little bit on the price there are a few suggestions out there.
The Bushnell Legends I think are pretty good glass for the money, I bit higher then what you were looking for in price but not by much .
You can also get about the same performance in the "poro" design and save yourself some money. Poro binoculars seem to be a bit out of fashion, I have heard it's harder to water poof a poro (something you may want to consider if hunting in the wet) but I have also heard that it is easier to make a good poro binocular for less money.
I dont have any experience with either the Vortex or ZenRay but both have come highly recommended from other members here.
In that price range all of those should be pretty good glass.  It will come down to weight and perhaps a bit of research on your end.  What I would do is look at the binoculars ( in person is always best BUT that can't always be done) then ask members here what would they recommend once your down to the last couple of choices.  Members here have always provided me with great advice...Good Luck
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: October/02/2009 at 09:06
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I think the porro Leupold Yosemite 8X30 might be an option for you at under $100.
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