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First, a little history. I am always on the lookout for a good deal, or maybe I should say the best bargain I can find for my hard earned money. This is true for anything I buy. I can be impulsive at times but when it comes to higher dollar items I will research it till my wife is ready to pack up and leave town because she is sick of hearing about it. She just doesn’t understand I am only trying to expand her already vast knowledge. Women....no appreciation.


In the last 4 years or so I have found I really enjoy the world of optics and it has been an experience in seeing how much using quality optics has changed the success of our hunts. That latest being a Bull Elk that my Dad got last year scoring 341 5/8 B&C. My family and I hunt as a family, If one of us draws we all go. If we get more tags than that, well now it gets fun. We share the meat between the family’s so we all get to enjoy the rewards of wild game. It is about family time and enjoying the great world the good Lord created for us. We usually spend many days before the hunt splitting up and covering as much territory as we can to find where the game is hid out. I think I enjoy this as much if not more than the actual hunt itself. If we have a Bull Elk tag, which is our true passion, then we try to find where the big boys are.


Anyone that has hunted Elk knows, the big boys don’t get big by being stupid. They show up, if they show up when there is little light to be had. This requires optics that are in the upper class of performance. Sorry, the plastic vacuum wrapped Tasco on the end cap at Wally World for $15 is NOT going to cut the mustard here.


Three years ago, after over a year of searching and evaluating my Dad and I went in together and purchased a Kowa TSN-884 Prominar Florite lens spotting scope. This scope has absolutely, single handedly changed the way we hunt and how successful we have have been. Well now it is time to upgrade our binoculars and hopefully take our hunting to another level. So begins our journey.....


A few weeks back, I seen an opportunity to product test some of the Theron Optics products. After a great conversation with Pat, the Owner of Theron, it was decided I was going to test their Wapiti APO HD 8x42 binoculars and their Spotting scope. The main objective was to see how well they stacked up against others and just how good is the bang for your buck??


The day the bin’s showed up, I had but 5 minutes to run out on the back porch and take a quick look before I had to go to work. They showed up in a rather basic box and were inside a nice storage/carry bag. Included is a really nice neck strap as well. In that short time, I could already tell, these were not your ordinary binoculars. It was a dark stormy day with terrible light conditions so getting a good idea of it’s color abilities was just going to have to wait. I was very anxious to spend some real time behind these bin’s.


That weekend I planned a trip to Wendover NV. with my wife and my parents. I took along my other binoculars as my Dad and I planned to go spend some time evaluating and comparing the various models. I had a older pair of 8x32 Zeiss Diafun binoculars, a pair of 10x42 Vortex Viper binoculars, and my new pair of 15x50 Canon Image Stabilizing Binoculars (more on them later). We took them all outside and sat on the fake lawn at the Montego Bay Casino for about 2 hours and looked at some really cool rocky, mountainous terrain that was excellent for comparing the various models. A few weeks later I had planned to take the Theron’s down to my local Sporting Good’s store and compare them with whatever they had on the shelf and I did. So the following is how the Theron’s compared with the rest:


Theron Wapiti APO 8x42HD


I will start by saying my opinions on these. Flat out, these are fantastic binoculars! Fit and finish on these are very good and I could find no real flaws anywhere. They feel very well built and you can really tell your holding quality in your hands. They have a good heft to them that is about right. The weight actually helps you hold them more steady. The rubberized body has some tiny raised nipples that give a very secure feeling in your hands and they don’t slip around when you have gloves on, even when your gloves are wet. I really like that about these bin’s. They come with 2 objective lens covers that are attached via the screw cap for the tripod mount and they work very well. When ready for use you simply pop them out and they fall out of the way. the ocular cover is a one piece design that works well and can be attached via the strap when it’s attached.


The main focus adjuster is in the center and is a large round dial that is nicely done and has positive feel that allows for easy adjustment. The right eye focus has a pull out lock ring that adjusts smoothly and then it locks it in place when you push the ring back in. I found that focusing the Theron’s takes a little getting used to at first. It seams to take a good amount of movement to bring something that is way out of focus from being at a different diastance, into focus. This may sound like a negative, but it’s not. Actually I found that it allows for very fine adjustments that can be the difference in being able to resolve some things, that other, faster adjusters, could not do without the most delicate of touches. Th

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Nice work Sako.  I enjoyed your review very much.  Those Theron's must be good to compare that closely with the SLC HD (I have this one).  I can agree wholeheartedly with your statement on the Kowa 884 Promiinar spotter........an absolutely astounding, clear, crisp view, and supremely well built.  
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Good review.  Thanks for posting it.  The Theron is one of three good mid price binoculars entirely worthy of being a sole hunting binocular.
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 Thanks for the reveiw. And I will soon be the owner of a pair of these, I have to admit that I glean some satisfaction that I am making a good choice. My Nikon Monarchs will sell within a day or so and then I will give the go ahead to Pat for my order. BTW, I am also buying a Mag82 spotter!
 With all the good reveiws, why aren't more dealers picking up on this line?
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Nice post, your finding's, pretty much mimic mine. Pat is a nice fellow to do business with also.

Randy
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Originally posted by RTA48 RTA48 wrote:

Nice post, your finding's, pretty much mimic mine. Pat is a nice fellow to do business with also.

Randy
 
Same here.
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 After owning these binoculars for a month or so I still get the "wow" factor when I look thru them. Thought that after the new wore off I would find something to pick at about these binoculars. Not so far.
 I thought my Monarch ATB was pretty good, but these blow the doors off the Nikon. They are that good.Big Smile
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I wanted to comment in this again as it has been some time now that I have had these. I also used these on my 2011 Wyoming Mule Deer hunt.  I am happy to report that these worked as good as I could have hoped. I am truly very happy that I made this jump DOWN to these from my older Zeiss bins. They just are simply a superb bino and I still stand by all my original statements. 
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