Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Binoculars for Hunting?

From: Chad
Subject: Hunting Binoculars

I am looking to buy a new pair of binoculars for hunting and I'm considering a couple of different pairs. I hunt in a wide variety of places, both wooded and open and leaning towards 10X42. I'm looking at the Leupold Golden Ring HD, Vortex Viper, and Nikon Monarch X. I don't know how much experience you have with the newer Nikon binoculars but wanted to see if you could point me in the right direction. Which do you think is the best? I'm sure you like the Vipers but is it worth the extra cash for the Golden Ring HDs? Also, I know the Monarch X are new but wanted to see how they stacked up against the other two models. And are there any others I should also consider? I am willing to go as high as $800 but if the $500 binoculars are just as good why pay the extra money?

Thanks for your help,



Hello Mr. Leksan, thanks for the email. Of the three binoculars you mention, I quite like the optics through the Golden Ring but many people think the Vipers are a great value. I have looked through the Monarch X and though the optics are nice, I don't see added brightness like I would expect from their larger objective lens. I also didn't care for the feel of the Monarch Xs in my hands, but that is very subjective of course.

There are some other nice models to possibly consider, but they are just slightly outside your price range. I'm thinking of the Meopta binoculars and Minox HG binoculars. Both models offer slightly better optics (better resolution and contrast) than the three models you've been looking at, the Minox HG is also an easier weight than the Leupold and Meopta models.

Hope this helps!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Chad,
    Of the 3 binoculars you mentioned, I only have experience with the Leupold. I thought they were nice binoculars, but nothing special for the price.

    I haven't looked at the Vortex Vipers, but I own a pair of Vortex Razors and I'm very happy with them. I rate them higher than the Vipers in optical performance (at least from what I've read) and their price is within your budget (just barely).

    Finally, I, like you, am a hunter and hunt in both open and forested terrain. I have found that I prefer an 8x over a 10x binocular both because of the wider field of view and more importantly the brighter image in low light, i.e. during the early morning and late afternoons when game is most active.

    Good luck,


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