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    Advice on binoculars

    Hi guys wondered if anyone could give advice on binoculars. A friend has a pair of old Swarovski slc's habichts 7x42's he says he will sell me for £500, or I can get a pair of meopta Meostar hd 10x42 for £700 brand new. What should I go for? All help would be much appreciated.

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    If it were me? I'd buy the Swaros as they'll still be worth £500 in a few years time, whereas the Meoptas might tank in value... Swaro have stunning aftercare service as well - just search on here for loads of positive feedback. You could always buy the Swaros and get them sent off for a service, and they'll come back as new. Ok, you might get charged the £200 difference, but you'll have a set of bins that will outlive you if looked after
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    Swaro every time , top quality optics and top quality after service

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    I would go for the Swarovski as they are top notch and as already mentioned will hold their value and last all your days. I ended up buying Leica only because I couldn't find any Swarovski for my budget at the time.

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    Sorry, this is going to sound boring and monotonous.....go for the Swaro's
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    Thanks for the comments guys. I've sent off the serial number and found out they were manufactured in 1995. Do u think that their age would be a negative against them what with technology evolving? For example are the optics, mechanisms etc gonna be as good on a pair of 20 year old slc's compared to a present day meopta? Also the meoptas are a 10x42 and the slc 7x42 any benefits from having a higher mag?

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    If woodland stalking the 7x42
    If hill stalking 10x42

    But
    That's just me....... But some folk don't like 10x due to not being able to hold steady with higher mag.

    Best thing if you can .....look thru both first.... But my gut tells me the swaro

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauer View Post
    If woodland stalking the 7x42
    If hill stalking 10x42
    +1 to that. If you're woodland stalking you'll be hard pressed to beat 7x or 8x. The additional field of view will be of great benefit.

    20 year old optics? With quality glass like Swaro, Zeiss or Leica I wouldn't give it a second thought. For example, I had a look through my 30x75 Swaro Iralin (one of these: Swarovski IRALIN 30x75 telescope military - army-store24) the other day and the optics are still crystal clear and bright, and the scope is probably around the same age, if not older. I'd be more than happy spying on the Hill or examining a buck in a field with it, and it's a darn sight handier than my STS65. I could read the very small print on a label on an oildrum about 150m away. I was surprised myself how good the image was, and I'm pretty picky when it comes to optics. I have some Zeiss Jena Notarems and they are more than adequate - all I really lose against my Swaro EL's is about 5 or 10 minutes at first/last light, but for the £1,500 price difference I could live with that.
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    Swarovski from me too, but, and it's a big but....... not as big as the wifes! I looked as th e Meopta stall at the shooting show this year and was hugely impressed with the Meopta scopes and more so the binoculars.

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    Thanks for the help guys. Will probably go for the Swaros.

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