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Teletiger7
05-12-2008, 11:22 PM
I'm looking for a set to use when hiking/camping so lighter/compact is better. They will be used for scanning terrain and identifying landmarks in desert/mountains/forests. I'm thinkin X8 or maybe X10 magnification. Most important is that they be rugged and waterproof so they can survive a few spills in different situations and keep on working. I'm willing to compromise a little bit of clarity and light gathering for ruggedness and dependability. My budget is around $200 or less. Any suggestions?

LibertyOptics
05-13-2008, 12:13 AM
Normally I would recommend you raise your budget. However, the Vortex Diamondback series is your top choice!!

Scott

LibertyOptics
05-13-2008, 12:19 AM
Here's a link. http://www.vortexoptics.com/binoculars/view/vortex_diamondback_8x42_(green)

Seriously, we guarantee your satisfaction.


Scott

LibertyOptics
05-13-2008, 12:21 AM
If these are too big, the mid-sized and compact series are worth a look too.

Teletiger7
05-13-2008, 12:31 AM
Thanks for the advice

smogcity
05-13-2008, 6:06 AM
I got the Steiner 8x30 Military Marine from the swfa used/sample sale page:
Steiner 8x30 Military Marine http://www.samplelist.com/default.aspx?prod_type=2&hide_sold=False (scroll down) for $119.00 and these are waterproof, built like a tank and GTG!! They have plenty in stock.

Teletiger7
05-13-2008, 8:15 AM
I got the Steiner 8x30 Military Marine from the swfa used/sample sale page:
Steiner 8x30 Military Marine http://www.samplelist.com/default.aspx?prod_type=2&hide_sold=False (scroll down) for $119.00 and these are waterproof, built like a tank and GTG!! They have plenty in stock.

Those look nice as well.:)

akjunkie
05-13-2008, 12:15 PM
i have a Nikon 10x50, paid $100 about 7 years ago.

quite satisfied with it.

ricknadine1111
05-14-2008, 3:24 PM
Did you read the Vortex warranty? outstanding.:hurray:

LibertyOptics
05-15-2008, 8:15 PM
Did you read the Vortex warranty? outstanding.:hurray:


Yes it is. And they mean it, too.

vega
05-26-2008, 7:47 PM
Go to Walmart Simi Valley, hey have a Leupold x10 for $99.

ArmedCitizen
06-01-2008, 6:28 PM
Nikon Buckmasters. 8x is a really good magnification for walking and spotting. But the 10x can be sorta helpful for longer distances (perhaps desert). Not much of a difference between the two.

Thefeeder
06-03-2008, 6:38 PM
I've used a Steiner Military 8x32 for years. They run about 200.00 or less if you shop a bit ...220 in Cabela's. I love the no focus system. Weight is good also.

scootergmc
06-04-2008, 7:27 AM
If you want to read tireless recommendations on binoculars, check out the birding forums. I've learned more about binos from those places than anywhere- and they take it very seriously. They helped me make my decision. Then I found a vendor... Scott at Liberty Optics just helped me part with more $. God bless him.

maxicon
06-04-2008, 1:28 PM
Yep, between the birders and the astronomers, that covers tons of binoc grounds. That's where I go for binoc info. Here are a few good links:


http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=112
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10&Board=binoculars

www.betterviewdesired.com - good reviews, but not updated any more, it appears.