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8x42 or 10x42 binocs?

Old 01-28-2011, 04:12 AM
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Default 8x42 or 10x42 binocs?

any opinion on one vs. the other in terms of power? I don't hunt open plains but rather brushy florida deer hunting but still have to look several hundred yards at times. Occassionally, I feel 8x may not be enough and wish i had 10x's but have never used a 10 power binocs. I worry it could be too limiting in terms of field of view but not sure.

anyway, somewhat personal and subjective but thought i'd ask for your input
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:33 PM
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I hunt hardwoods in Arkansas, and rarely glass past 100 yards. I own 8X and have been satisfied. Went to Wyoming last year and was glassing deer 200-400 yards out and wished I had 10X.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:45 PM
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10X has too much movement for me. My vision is very good though. I use an 8.5X50.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:53 PM
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I hunt in the Florida pines also and occasionally sit a power or gas line where shots can be 300 - 500 yards. I use 8X binos and never feel like I need more magnification.

I have tried 10X in the past and hated them in this type of terrain.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:00 PM
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Here is what I have been using for the past four (4) years.................and love them.

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Old 01-29-2011, 12:06 AM
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I also hunt FLorida..I'm mostly in a place to look at thick bayheads up to 300 yds from me..I have 4 different sets of optics { Old AUdubon member}

For hunting ..I try to travel light...I carry a compact..70.00 pair of Bushnelle 7 x 35

BUT for birding..all the old pros use 10 x 42 ..tighter picture but with practice I'm on the bird immediatelt.they are the green ring Leupolds..300.00 They are wonderful..but in the field..7 x 35 are fine..

I also have 2 more pair..
Most novice birders carry 8 x 42

for hunting..using a climber..I want as little movement as possible..the reason I carry compact small optics..the 7 x 35 are plenty good enough,
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:13 PM
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I hunt where we glass cutovers so the 10X comes in handy. It will depend on your personal needs.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:09 PM
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I hunt a lot of planted pines in VA and use 8x42's.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:08 AM
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The 8x's should be enough for well out beyond 200-400 yards. Buy the best bino quality that you can afford. Searching into heavy cover and being able to pick out details are definitely enhanced by high quality optics because of the high level of clarity and contrast. Not to mention that the better the bino, the better will be the very low light performance.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:13 PM
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If you aleady have a 8x then why dont you buy a 10x and have them both?
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