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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Bino's 8x42 or 10x42
Guess I'm the weird one in this thread...
I have a pair of Zeiss Conquest 8x30's that are great. They ride in my truck glove box now, as I hunt with a pair of Meopta Meostar 7x42's. The Meopta's are some serious glass. I can see well before shooting light begins, and long, long after. Why is this important? I can tell you, I've avoided spooking a lot of deer that I never would have seen without those glasses. I've found a lot of deer in dim woods from my stand with those glasses, too.
My dad got new bino's for this past season, and I got him to look at a pair of Meopta Meopro's. They are real close to the more pricey Meostars I have, and cost half as much. The Meopro line wasn't out when I got mine.
Even looking over a 400-yard wide field where I hunt, I don't feel underpowered with 7x42's, and I can see with them when no one else can.
One has to work within a budget, for sure, but I always try to advise folks to get the best glass they can in their bino's and in their rifle scopes. There is no comparison in hunting capabilities between great glass and mediocre glass.
My "1st string" hunting rifle is a Winchester Model 70 sporting a Leupold VX7. That scope can peer through real dim light and make a shot possible. My Meopta glasses do the same. Having both on me, I can see to take shots within legal minutes under ANY weather or light conditions. There's a set of antlers hanging on the wall within arm's reach of where I sit because of my Zeiss Conquest scope on my .30-06. Without that scope, I'd never have been able to see to take the shot (that was my best scope at the time).
I have never heard one person say "Geez, I really got too good a scope/binocular". I have, however, heard just the opposite MANY times.