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Old 12-02-2019, 06:14 PM
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With my eyes, my 10x binos just don't do it anymore. It's time to upgrade.I want 15x but can't find any worth buying for less than $500. Is the jump down to 12x that big of a difference? They are about half the price. I have looked through both, but only in stores. Just looking for ideas.

If you have any links to good ones, please post them up!!

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Old 12-03-2019, 07:35 AM
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when you get up above 10X, it starts to get tricky to find good glass that doesn't end up straining your eye's after long amounts of use, and you loose a lot of low light viewing!
so heads up
and this is why much of the higher power bino's and such get costly,., and why the good one's tend to have much larger Objective lens, its need to get more correct eye relief/less eye strain and help compinsate for better use in low light conditions!


I have not looked at any recently, but yrs back when I sold optic's
there were some bino's that offered some ZOOM, meaning they had adjustable power , like a variable scope does
you could say go from 8x to 20x, they were fairly cheap too, and showed it in quality, but for simple viewing of things, they did what they said
the issue was again glass quality, and size of pupil's, /objective lens as to Eye lens, the ratio is what matters on eye strain (to a point)
and light gathering and eye strain from it
but if you look about you might find a cheaper pair, but if you do a LOT of looking thru binoculars at a time, your going to want to sva eup and BUY good one's, your eye's will thank you as will NOT getting migraines !
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:06 AM
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I used a cheaper pair of Nikon zoom binoculars on a deer hunt in Utah once. I was not impressed at all. For the OP, are you going to use those 15X binoculars as a spotter like they do when hunting Coues deer down in Arizona, etc.? If so, you'll want to upgrade to better glass to avoid a lot of eye strain and headaches. If you're just using the glass to verify something you spot with your eyes but not as spotting glass, you might get away with less expensive glass.
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:40 AM
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Thanks Gents.

My plan is to use them. Not trying to be sarcastic, but I use my 10x to glass, verify, etc. It's just getting to the point that 10x are not powerful enough. My eyes are not exactly 21 years old anymore.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by DJfan View Post
Thanks Gents.

My plan is to use them. Not trying to be sarcastic, but I use my 10x to glass, verify, etc. It's just getting to the point that 10x are not powerful enough. My eyes are not exactly 21 years old anymore.
I understand you plan to use them LOL
But the point is, do you look thru them for hours at a time, or just scan now and then, its a BIG difference in how much eye strain your going to get when you get into larger power optic's
as to get closer to proper eye relief and light, you need to get into LARGER sized lens and housing on the binocular's and that tends to add up to costs, making finding GOOD 10+ power binoculars on the higher end of the cost factor!
its the nature of the beast in glass and quality, and lesser quality glass and proper len's size, you end up with migraines and headaches if you use them a LOT
this is why I said what I said, and gather why the post below me also stated the same thing!
it comes down to HOW much use your going to use them, if, all you do again is scan now and then, OK<> cheaper one's and designs can be tolerated
if your going to spend 15-30 minutes or more at a time looking thru off and on all day, , your NOT going to be happy with most of the cheaper binoculars in the higher power range your looking for!
ask any professional guide that uses a spotting scope or binoculars a LOT, and you will get the same honest answer, you get what you pay for and if you use it often, its worth every penny to have the higher end glass

I do NOT Know how you plan to use them, , as you have not stated so?
we all use things differently at times, so, one size diesn't fit all, but GOOD glass is never going to be a BAD to own if you can afford it!
but cheap glass, can be wasted money pending your intended use!
buy once cry once comes to mind!
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:26 PM
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I don't know about you guys but I can not use anything over 10X unless it is on a tripod or some other form of rest. Any little vibration makes the image fuzzy for me at the higher magnifications. 12X is not too bad but I absolutely can not use 15X unless it is bolted down.
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Uncle View Post
I don't know about you guys but I can not use anything over 10X unless it is on a tripod or some other form of rest. Any little vibration makes the image fuzzy for me at the higher magnifications. 12X is not too bad but I absolutely can not use 15X unless it is bolted down.
This, buy good glass and 10X is more than plenty!
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