Friday, July 24, 2009

Binoculars Recommendation

From: David
Subject: Binoculars Recommendation

Hi, I am looking for a recommendation for binoculars for use while hiking, fly fishing, etc. We will be looking at birds, wildlife, mountains, etc. The binoculars should be affordable, under $500ish, and light and durable enough to carried around all day.

Thanks,
David

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Hello David, thanks for the email. I would look at the following models to satisfy your needs:

1. Vortex Viper 8x32
2. Burris Signature Select 8x42
3A. Nikon Monarch 8x42
3B. Eagle Optics Ranger SRT 8x42

My first pick for full-size binoculars under $500 would be something like the Burris Signature Select. The optics are very impressive for the money, the next optical upgrade is generally seen on binoculars that cost about twice as much as these. If the Burris seems too large and heavy to handle, the Vortex Viper 8x32 is a good bit smaller and lighter while still being very nice optically. The main difference between the two is that the smaller Vortex won't be as bright as the Burris when using in near-dark conditions...there is an 8x42 Vortex Viper as well, though it is slightly outside your $500 price point.

The third and fourth binoculars I've highlighted are a bit less expensive than the Burris and Vortex models but aren't too far back optically. The Monarchs are a bit less expensive than the Rangers but they are very similar optically.

Hope this helps, thanks for your consideration.

Jason Sailing,
Eagle Optics

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