Wanted: Beginner Binos

Alantoo

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As good as @Ludders ’ Bushnells may be it will be well worth having a look through and handling a number of models first. Different makes and different sizes. For moving around stalking as opposed to high seat work I found 10x50 too cumbersome. 8x40 are similar brightness but lighter and better for extended walks.

You may find 10x50 ideal. I used my 10x50s stalking for a few years before I went on to 8x40. But there is nothing like getting to a shop or show and doing side by side comparisons to get a feel for the direction you want to go.

Alan
 

vitalspark

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I agree, 7 or 8 x magnification is optimal for stalking.
I would agree also. For a first time buyer it's worth considering a couple of the basics. Lower magnification, say x8, gives a wider field of view, so easier to scan a larger area quickly, and with less 'shake'. If we compare two binoculars e.g. 8x42 vs a 10x42, assuming similar optical coatings and glass quality, the lower magnification binocular will give a brighter image, better low light performance and a better depth of field (meaning less fiddling with the focus). Ideally you want the ratio of objective diameter to magnification to be greater than 5 for low light conditions so in the above example a 10x42 gives a value of 4.2 so doesn't quite cut it in low light.
 

bfltd0

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One thing you may want to bear in mind when choosing binos is what power scope do you use? If you have a 6x scope and use 10x binos, you may find there's a time lag for you brain to adjust to what you are seeing when switching between the two.

I use fixed 6x scopes and 7x42 Swaro porro binos.
 

Number8

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I'm just getting into this and am looking for a decent set of used binos. Not looking for all singing all dancing, but something that will get me through my DSC1 and a couple of years of guided stalking. I imagine whatever I buy now will become a spare pair in the future. (really looking to keep on a budget as am a couple of months away from becoming a first time Dad and I think the wife may stick them where the sun doesn't shine if they are too expensive, sub £100 ideally)

Cheers all!
Did you find something?
 

Alantoo

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bfltd0

Well-Known Member
Excellent article.

When I can acquire a pair of the delightfully retro looking rubber clad Swarovski Porros to go with my thermal spotter, I know I will have the best of all worlds for my use.

Alan

Says it all really!
Remember they absolutely have to be green.

Then you can pretend to be a Panzer commander while you are out hunting deer!
 

Kjf

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I've arranged to borrow a pair to get me through my DSC1, with a view to getting something a bit further down the line based on the help and advice I've had on here.
There's some vortex for £175 in the optics for sale section on here,

If I didn't already have some bins ,

I'd be buying these, these will be all you will ever need

Kjf
 

DavyG

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There's some vortex for £175 in the optics for sale section on here,

If I didn't already have some bins ,

I'd be buying these, these will be all you will ever need

Kjf
Couldn’t agree more…😜
Seeing as I like to help people starting out…I might do the OP a special deal.
Regards,
DG
 

Rusty Gate

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I'm just getting into this and am looking for a decent set of used binos. Not looking for all singing all dancing, but something that will get me through my DSC1 and a couple of years of guided stalking. I imagine whatever I buy now will become a spare pair in the future. (really looking to keep on a budget as am a couple of months away from becoming a first time Dad and I think the wife may stick them where the sun doesn't shine if they are too expensive, sub £100 ideally)

Cheers all!
Theres a set of Vortex with lifetime warranty on here today 👍 Cannot go wrong
 
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