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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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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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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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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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HNTRDAVE said:
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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Kudu,that's what happened to mine. They are usable still. Do you have a Nikon contact link?
 

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Partial to the Leupold Yosemite 8x30s for carry binocs.

Also have a pair of them in 10X, but haven't really given them a workout yet. My "in the truck/varminter" binocs are Nikon 10x50s, way too heavy to tote.
 

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A suggestion when there's concern about bino weight....

Get a harness. A $20 cross-back harness from Cabela's or wherever will work fine for even the highest-end binos, and you'll be amazed at how you just don't notice the weight. No comparison to a neck strap. Even light binos on a neck strap feel like a boat anchor around your neck.

My Meopta's are NOT light....they are built like a tank, and it shows, lol. On a harness, the weight isn't noticeable.
 

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Ended up returning Nikons for repair, they are covered under lifetime warranty. Still may purchase a new pair and keep these as backups/ leave in truck.
 

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Just an FYI because of the recent hot weather in Pa. Many optical companies will warn again leaving optics in hot vehicles . The bodies can expand and in turn cause inert gases to leak out in turn causing fogging of lenses . I had a decent generic pare do that .
 

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HNTRDAVE said:
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.
I started out using 6x then went to 7x and 8x. I now use a quality pair 10 x 42s. I would never go back to 7x or 8x and I have never felt handicapped by 10x. In fact I find 10x to be an advantage.

I used the word "quality" because it does make a difference when your talking about binoculars.
 

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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.
I started out using 6x then went to 7x and 8x. I now use a quality pair 10 x 42s. I would never go back to 7x or 8x and I have never felt handicapped by 10x. In fact I find 10x to be an advantage.

I used the word "quality" because it does make a difference when your talking about binoculars.
Many years ago, I tried a harness for heavy binocs, and just did not like it; a cord around my neck did not help either. I bought several cheap roof prism binocs, and returned all of them. I finally spent the big bucks and bought a Leica 10x20 binoc, and have been happy ever since. For sure light transmission is not great at dawn nor dusk, but after sun up they are perfectly clear, and I hardly know they are hanging around my neck. Never had a problem with them.
 

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I use 6x32 Yosemite's for archery hunting. For bird watching and everything else a pair of 8x42 Vortex diamondbacks are what I carry. 10x in woodlots are not the easiest things to use. To much shake and not enuff field of view for my liking.
 

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I use 6x32 Yosemite's for archery hunting. For bird watching and everything else a pair of 8x42's Vortex diamondbacks are what I carry. 10x in woodlots are not the easiest things to use. To much shake and not enuff field of view for my liking.
I have much the same impressions...10x is useable, but I much prefer 7 or 8.

I may someday buy a pair of 10-12x binos for field sits, but I doubt it. I do ok with my 7's. I can put antlers on deer at several hundred yards, and then I move over to my rifle scope at that point. My scopes range at the top end from 9x to 12x, depending on the rifle. A gun I'll use on a long field will usually be my 264WM with a 12x top end scope. If I can't put legal points on it with 12x, I can't shoot, it's just that simple.

When I'm bow hunting, I use my binos more than I'd have ever anticpated, and the 7x42's I have are phenomenal for that job.
 
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