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anybody have any idea where u can still get these???   im considering getting a pair for bowhunting but cant seem to find em anywhere anymore..i know they make a 7x43 or something like that but i figured the 36mm would be a little more compact and lighter
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well nevermind it appears swfa has them lol       would this be a good bino for bowhunting??? i have some meopta 10x42s but want something a little lighter and more compact for bowseason

also looking at the meopro 6.5x32 and minox bl 8x33
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 I have the 7x36 ED2's and like them ALOT but don't consider them light enough or compact enough for my bowhunting.  I use my 8 x25 Nikon Travelite II's for that.  BIG difference in size and weight.
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Certainly the Meopro would be the bee's testicles (or was it knees? I keep forgetting), and I would prefer it over the ZR, mainly because of it's lighter weight and smaller footprint. Personally, I wouldn't get anything over 16-18 oz. for bowhunting (to be honest, I don't feel the need for binoculars at all when I bowhunt, but I never let lack of need stop me from buying binoculars).      

You might also look at the Bushnell 8x36 Legend Ultra HD, or even their 8x26 Ultra HD. Both have Rainguard coatings, and both cost less than the ZR or Meopta. The 8x36 has a small footprint, and is both sharp and bright. Also comes with better straps and also a harness, which is not usually found in other brands. These are substantially cheaper than the ZR or Meopta, but will nonetheless serve your purpose quite well. Between these two, I would get the 8x26, since it weighs even less, and is still bright enough for hunting.

You might also look at the 6.5x Vortex Raptor, which would suit bowhunting very well. You can do pretty much anything with it as you could do with the Meopta, but for less than half the price. It is sharper and brighter than I would have expected, and also handles quite well. If I were to get something for bowhunting, I would seriously consider these, or it's near-twins from Kowa or Leupold.

I've been reading some very good things about the Bresser Everest Ed line lately. They have one in 8x28, and I would think that would make a very good choice as well. Might be worth your time to investigate.

As for Minox -- I've had several, and they have been very poor performers. They are gone now, and I won't buy anything else from that company.
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what do u think about the Redfield Rebel  8x32  for just over a hundred bucks
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Originally posted by Robster80 Robster80 wrote:

what do u think about the Redfield Rebel  8x32  for just over a hundred bucks



The Redfield products that I have looked through, which include the Rebel, have all been extremely disappointing. No way I would purchase one of these. The Leupold Yosemite and Vortex Raptor completely outclass it.
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just not a fan of porro prism. wht about the vortex diamondback 8x32
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Originally posted by Robster80 Robster80 wrote:

just not a fan of porro prism. wht about the vortex diamondback 8x32


That's too bad, because you can do about 150% better, for about 60% the price if you would consider a porro.

At any rate....IMO the Sightron SII Blue Sky is a better set for about the same price. The SI is about as good, for a whole lot less. And if you added about 2oz. and twenty bucks, you could do a whole lot better with a Bushnell or Zen Ray ED....
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considered the zen ray but wanted something a little more compact.
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the vanguards sound impressive. anyone used them?? thanks for the link. not sure inwant an 8x42 but insee tey make an 8x36
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