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Bino question

Currently have Nikon monarch 8x42, which I love but are broken but still usable.
Was thinking about Vortex Diamondback, in 8x42 or 10x42. Would the 10 power be too much for the type of hunting I do? Mostly wood lots and ag fields near home and big woods of potter county.
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Re: Bino question

I hunt Berks in farms and woodlots that can get thick. I use 7x. The few times I'm on fields that I need to see out a few hundred yards are much fewer than the times I need to pick animals from brush at 100, or count tines at those distances.

I think 10x is a little much for most hunting in PA, and 7 or 8x is what I like to run with. I'm sure others will vary on that.

You can get a bit more brightness (if all other specs are equal/similar) by using a lower magnification binocular, and I find I'm usually stretching my optics' low light ability far more than the ability to see fine detail at long distance.

Just my opinion/view on it.
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Re: Bino question

I have Vortex Diamondack 10x50's they are great but a bit on the heavy side for carrying on your neck. Great low light capability. I also have Leupold Rogue 10x25's. They kick butt for carrying on your neck but are rough for first and last light. The ratio of magnification to objective diameter helps determine light transmission - your 8/42 have a exit pupil diameter of 5.25 (42/8) thats pretty good. a 10x42 would be 4.2, a significant drop that can decrease brightness in low light situations. Aside from the light, I think 10x is great for the archery hunting that I do

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Re: Bino question

My personal bino's are 7x42 Meopta's. I would need to be pushed pretty hard to give them up, lol.

I could work with 10's, I'm sure, but the 7's make for a massive field of view and super bright images even in terrible light.
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Re: Bino question

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Currently have Nikon monarch 8x42, which I love but are broken but still usable.
I have a pair of the Monarch ATB in 10-42. Those cheap plastic screw-on eyepieces cracked and broke off on mine. I sent them back to Nikon and they fixed them at no charge.

I hunt woodlots and filed edges and the 10x42 are perfect for me.
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Re: Bino question

Kudu,that's what happened to mine. They are usable still. Do you have a Nikon contact link?
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As of now I'm leaning towards 8x. Will do a side by side comparison.
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Disregard kudu, I found contact for repair.
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If I recall correctly, I got them back in 3 to 4 weeks. Depends how busy they are I guess.
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Thanks kudu.
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