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I am needing help with selecting a good compact 8x bino for deer hunting. Most of my hunting will be done in fairly dense woods with most distances being 300 yards or less. I need something with good glass but in a small, light package as most of my stands are at least a 30 minute hike from the truck. I appreciate any help with this as I have very limited knowledge of binos. I would like to keep it under $300 if I could.
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What do you mean by "compact"?  There is no official objective size designation for the term "compact".  Some would consider a 15 oz. 8x30 to be compact, and others would consider a compact to be a 20mm bino.  Can you tell us what objective diameter you are looking for?  Therefore, we won't waste time recommending a 30mm bino when it is really a 20mm you are looking for.  Or vice versa.....
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

http://swfa.com/Vortex-8x32-Talon-HD-Binocular-P51767.aspx


That one or Zen Ray are going to be your best option within your budget.

Excellent suggestion ST.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I would be fine with a 8x32 that is definately smaller than the Vortex vultures that I was using. I will try to find a shop where I can put my hands on both of those and see which one I like the best.
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The best 8x32 between $200 and $300 that I've seen so far is the Leupold Mojave.  Sharper and more color-neutral than the Talon, and a bit smaller in footprint too.  These handle quite nicely, and come with a very comfortable neckstrap.  Even better is the Nikon 8x30 Monarch 7, but these will cost a bit over your budget.

For between $100 and $200, look at the Sightron SII Blue Sky 8x32.  Excellent view, light in weight, and with a good focus wheel.  It represents one of the best buys under $300.  They only weigh about 17 oz. too.

Also consider the 8x32 Celestron Trailseeker and it's near-clone the Zen-Ray ZRS HD too.  Great view, very compact.  Also, you might consider the Bushnell Ultra Legend HD in 8x36.  Although a 36mm bino, it is actually fairly compact for it's objective diameter, and provides a very nice view.

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Jason,

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Thanks for all the suggestions I am trying to find a retail store with these so that I can put my hands on them and see how they fit me.
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