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Hi everyone, my first post here so I'll start by saying hello, have done some lurking recently and it seems like a great site so I decided to make an account and participate.

 I have a question re: the Theron Saker spotting scope for anyone that may have any experience with them.  Would you consider them to be a good scope or just merely good for the price, and would this make an ideal scope for packing in to the alpine on hunting trips?  It seems small and compact so I thought it may suit my needs, just want to make sure it is optically not going to disappoint me.

I am going to place an order for the Theron Wapiti ED-APO binos(reviews here and elsewhere made me change my mind on buying the Vortex Viper HDs) and now am considering putting a Saker on the order as well with the money I saved by not purchasing the Vortex.  Any preference as to angled or straight eyepieces?  I was leaning towards the angled, but Pat at Predator Optics informed me they are all sold out, so I may go with the straight as the next order of angled ones sounds like it will not be in for some time.

Anyway I appreciate any feedback that you all are willing to share.

Thanks, Jesse

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Welcome Jesse!

I reviewed the Wapiti bins and found them to outperform their price point.  I would not be surprised if the Saker did the same.  FrankD is a member here that speaks highly of it, and I have found his opinion useful many times.

I am a hunter that prefers an angled eyepiece, but most hunters prefer straight.
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Thank you for the vote of confidence Matt.
 
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Yes, I had the opportunity to try the Saker for a few weeks. Optically it will not disappoint. It is very sharp not only for its price point but at any price point. Comparing it directly with its big brother, the Mag82 (entirely different scope design though) I found the Saker to offer an equal level of apparent sharpness. It suffered from just slightly more CA than the Theron Mag82 at higher magnifications but at the lower ones there was practically no difference in apparent sharpness and edge of field performance.
 
As I have mentioned before, I believe the Saker to be the "sleeper" right now in the spotting scope market...much as the Celestron Regal series was a couple of years ago. Realistically there really isn't anything not to like about the Saker...optically or ergonomically.
 
I had the angled version and prefer that style of scope for both hunting and birding.
 
Hmm, Pat is really sold out? I wonder if he still has that one I sent back to him.
 
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 I think Frank has the Saker covered. As to the Wapiti? I think you will be nothing short of amazed at the performance of this binocular. I had the Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42. Not a bad binocular at all. But for just a little more money the Theron Wapiti will outperform it and by a large margin. 
  If you get the impression that I am impressed by the Wapiti, it is because I am!Big Smile
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Thanks guys for reinforcing my desire to buy these binos and spotter, I'll be placing my order today or tomorrow.  Frank, thanks for the heads up on the angled spotter, I'll ask Pat if he still has it when I contact him to place my order.  Regardless, I think I'll order the straight spotter if the angled one is truly sold out, still seems too good of a deal to pass up on. 
 
Again thanks for the responses, it is appreciated,
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Now, of course, you are REQUIRED to post about them after you receive and use them.  Don't hold back, either.
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Sounds like a fair price to pay for the otherwise free wealth of knowledge to be found here.  I'll do my best to give a decent review when the binos and scope arrive, it may be a bit though as I'm in Canada and our postal service is currently on a rotating strike, therefore delivery time is longer than usual  Sad  On a more positive note, Pat at Predator Optics has been awesome to deal with so far, very accommodating and quite willing to help answer the seemingly hundreds of questions I've presented him with. 
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OK, so I received both the Saker and the 10x42 Wapiti APO-ED binos today.  I only had a cursory look through the Saker as my tripod I ordered hasn't arrived yet, but it seems to have great clarity for a spotter costing a little more than $200.  I'll post more about it when I have used it for awhile on the tripod. 
The binoculars I used for a few hours and I have to say that they were absolutely fantastic, I couldn't be happier with them.  As reported by FrankD and Klamath in their reviews, they are super clear from edge to edge and very sharp, also very bright.  I can live with a smaller FOV to gain the other positives I just mentioned. 
I'd like to thank Klamath, FrankD and Bitterroot Bulls for their reviews on these optics and opinion/answers in this thread as they helped me make my decision and I am very happy with my purchases thus far.  I don't feel these binos give up anything to the Viper HD's I was going to get(other than an unbeatable warranty), and the money saved allowed me to buy the spotter too.  I'm going to go out now and see how the binoculars do with the small bit of available light remaining, should be a good test as it is now darker than I would ever likely be out hunting and taking a shot on an animal.
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Keep us updated High Country!

I would like to hear about 'em after the new car smell wears off, too.  I love to hear about the "in the field" performance.

Maybe post a pic this season, with the Therons posed in front of a B.C. trophy?
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