Need suggestions for compact hunting binoculars

ken55ken55 Senior MemberPosts: 776 Senior Member
I need a new set of compact, lightweight binoculars for hunting that won't break the bank - any suggestions?

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  • AiredaleAiredale Banned Posts: 624 Senior Member
    I'm completely satisfied with an 8x40 Steiners that I bought years ago.

    Jim
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,047 Senior Member
    I've tried a boatload of compacts and heve never found a pair that makes me happy except my small Steiners and even they are a compromise that are not optimal in low light situations. Bushnell makes a few models in 8x40 and 10x40 in the $100 range and they are waterproof and I remember Dan saying they are a good value and sturdy.

    Next in the price scale are the Nikon Monarchs in the $299 range in 10x40 and they are well worth the money with clarity and brightness that rivals brands/models at twice the price. Note the lower level Nikons are about $100 less but last I checked they are NOT waterproof!
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  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    ...funny thing about binos, if they're a PITA, it don't matter how good they are, they don't do you a bit of good unless you pack 'em. I'd rather live w/ a few minutes less light, or a little smaller field of vision & actually have 'em w/ me instead of sitting on the dashboard...

    ...these are a very good compact for the price...

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/steiner-10x26mm-predator-xtreme-water-proof-roof-prism-binoculars.html
  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 776 Senior Member
    I'm hearing Steiner in all three suggestions so far - my initial impression was that Steiners would be way above what I want to pay but some of their models are under $200, which is where I wanted to stay. I'll check them out. Thanks for the good ideas, guys.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,047 Senior Member
    wildgene wrote: »
    ...funny thing about binos, if they're a PITA, it don't matter how good they are, they don't do you a bit of good unless you pack 'em. I'd rather live w/ a few minutes less light, or a little smaller field of vision & actually have 'em w/ me instead of sitting on the dashboard...

    ...these are a very good compact for the price...

    http://www.opticsplanet.net/steiner-10x26mm-predator-xtreme-water-proof-roof-prism-binoculars.html

    I have those and here is my gripe with them. The field of view is SMALL and at 10x magnification any movement in your part will send the subject off the field of view and even if it's in the FOV the bounciness of the small light bino is annoying. I also find trying to locate something with them a bit of a challenge at times because you lack a lot of points of reference you get with a larger FOV. If I see a flash of a whitetail by the time I find what I'm looking for it is GONE. They are useless on my boat and I take them out hunting only if I'm on a treestand and can stabilize my arms by leaning against something.
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 776 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    I have those and here is my gripe with them. The field of view is SMALL and at 10x magnification any movement in your part will send the subject off the field of view and even if it's in the FOV the bounciness of the small light bino is annoying. I also find trying to locate something with them a bit of a challenge at times because you lack a lot of points of reference you get with a larger FOV. If I see a flash of a whitetail by the time I find what I'm looking for it is GONE. They are useless on my boat and I take them out hunting only if I'm on a treestand and can stabilize my arms by leaning against something.

    That has also been my experience with 10X binocs in the field, Wambli. I'd prefer 8X or maybe even 6X if the optics are good enough. Does anybody have any experience with the Leupold Yosemite line?
  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 776 Senior Member
    BPsniper wrote: »
    8x Steiners

    Are there better binos out there? Yeah. But, not for the price. I have several pair. They are great for the money. If I need more power........that's where you spend the money. On a spotting scope.

    Thanks for the help, BPsniper - Steiners are now at the top of the list.
  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 1,341 Senior Member
    X2 for BPsniper, I own 8x40 rubber armored Stiners. I don't like the compact binos. My brothrt tried to take my stiners and give me his compact Leupolds, NO DEAL! I wear a shoulder harness with my Stieners and won't go in the field without them.
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  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    I have the Steiner 10x50 Military & Marine binoculars and have had excellent service with them. They are not lightweight, but the power and clarity make up for the added weight, IMHO. The last couple years antelope hunting in Wyoming, I spent a lot of time looking over speed goats with them and the optics are great. The 50mm objectives allow for sufficient brightness at dawn and dusk that cannot be matched by smaller objectives.
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  • AiredaleAiredale Banned Posts: 624 Senior Member
    Agreed Wambli,
    Anything above 7 or 8 power is too hard to hold steady in hunting conditions.
    My choice for light gathering would be a good 7x50 but they're too bulky to fit under my hunting parka.
    Jim
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,540 Senior Member
    Don't care for compact binoculars, as said FOV is way too small...though I have several pairs - they get left in the truck.
    The ones I carry are a pair of 8X Leupolds....
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,667 Senior Member
    I have a 30 year old pair of Minolta 7x-15x50mm with 'multi-coated' lenses. I don't use the variable power much, but it does occasionally come in handy when trying to stay within the Texas 13" rule for whitetails.
  • gunwalkergunwalker Member Posts: 451 Member
    Consider The Burriss compact. Excellent in all respects and priced right.
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  • TexShotTexShot New Member Posts: 7 New Member
    I'm not sure how compact you want to go, so forgive me if I'm way off base, but I love my Vortex's Diamondback 8x42's. If you really want compact, I think you couldn't go wrong with a name like Steiner, I just can't ever make myself trade portability for a smaller objective lenses. I tend to hunt mostly in low light conditions, so your mileage may vary. The Vortex's are also only about 1.5 lbs, so I'm not sure if your constraint is size or weight, but as a single data point, I really like them. As a disclaimer, I've never gotten them soaked in water, but they seem durable enough for me.

    Did you ever try out the Leupold Yosemites?
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,700 Senior Member
    TexShot wrote: »
    I'm not sure how compact you want to go, so forgive me if I'm way off base, but I love my Vortex's Diamondback 8x42's. If you really want compact, I think you couldn't go wrong with a name like Steiner, I just can't ever make myself trade portability for a smaller objective lenses. I tend to hunt mostly in low light conditions, so your mileage may vary. The Vortex's are also only about 1.5 lbs, so I'm not sure if your constraint is size or weight, but as a single data point, I really like them. As a disclaimer, I've never gotten them soaked in water, but they seem durable enough for me.

    Did you ever try out the Leupold Yosemites?[/QUOTEt t

    Where'd you dig up this thread? It's almost 4 years old. It's all but dead and buried. May 2012.

    But what the hell! I'll play. I need some better ones myself. I've got some $60 Nikon 10x25s. They aren't real clear past 100-150 yards or much past sundown.
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  • ken55ken55 Senior Member Posts: 776 Senior Member
    Wow, this is a blast from the past. Ended up stumbling across a new in the box Vortex Fury 6.5x32, which I've been using the past 3 years or so. I think they are discontinued so I don't know what they retailed for except it was around $200 or so. I found mine NIB at a pawn shop for $30. I was happy. May be the best binoculars I've ever owned.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,540 Senior Member
    Since posting last in this thread, I picked up a set of Nikon, Travelite V Binoculars - about as compact as I want to get. The plus with these is, not only are they the 8X I prefer, but they zoom up to 24X (which is great for examining details)
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,047 Senior Member
    Since posting on this thread I picked up a set of Steiner 10x40s that I absolutely love!!! They are a nice replacement for the Swarovski ELs that got stolen from me during one of my moves. Not cheap but if these get stolen I won't want to go on a murderous rampage like I did when I found my Swarovskis missing... :cuss:
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 4,956 Senior Member
    I've had my Steiner 8X30 for around ten years now and I have had two other friends buy the same ones after trying mine. At about 200.00 they are a great value and I would consider them a mid sized pair. They're not a little pocket pair but a good bit smaller than a pair of 10X50's. If anything ever happened to mine, I would buy another pair exactly like them.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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