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Low Cost Binoculars

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by eriknemily, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Not sure if this is the right place for this thread but it looked right to me. I'm wondering if anyone has good advice on a the best binos I can get for under $100. I'm just hoping to get though this season. I'll have money at Christmas time to buy a better pair but I need to get through this season. I also will graciously welcome everyone critical and negative put downs about how I'm an idiot for not going into debt and buying a pair that cost several hundred dollars. I fully anticipate it;)
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    No hands on experience in the under $100 area--other than cussing
    cheap binoculars on several occasions. Do a Google---a search for
    "best binocular under $100" gives you 210,000 hits.

    What I do know--Bought a pair of Pentax DCF WP 8x42's a couple
    of years ago. Found a deal around $200. A little bulky, but waterproof
    and GREAT optics for the price. They have spent their life banging
    around on the farm, usually in a box on the front rack of a Honda
    quad. No problems---worth every penny.
     
  3. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Orion Telescopes have some good binocs for under $100. I have the 7x50 Scenix model and they are very clear with excellent night light gathering.
     
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    Randini Salem Member

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    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    The Nikon Action 8x40 is around $75 last I checked. I have had it hunting and scouting. It is a good one, and I don't feel bad if it gets dropped or dirty.
     
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    GabbyHaze Milton, Wa New Member

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    I have a set of these and I would recommended them.....:thumbup:
     
  8. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I have tried a number of binoculars and to me it seems that Nikon makes products that are very clear. They are great for my tired old eyes. And, I have seen them for less than one hundred dollars. You might check Bi-Mart. I'm not sure of any other stores that might have them.
     
  9. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Thanks for the help fellas. I will look into those. I've also thought it might be more prudent to borrow a friends extra pair for this year and use the $100 and add to the funds I'll have this winter. Then I can get a higher quality pair. Any good ideas in the $300-400 range?
     
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  11. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    Best bet would be to see if you have any friends who would be willing to lend you theirs. Save your $$ and put it towards a good set later when you can afford it.
    I have learned the hard way to never skimp on optics. It only costs more $$ down the road.
    You are better off with a $200 rifle and a $800 scope than the other way around. IMHO same deal with binocs. Save, save, save till you can get some nice ones.
     
  12. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I believe that you'll never go wrong if the name Lupold or Nikon is on the product. Nikon has a 25 year no fault warranty. Leupold has a lifetime no fault warranty. That means that even if you wife hits you over the head with them and destroys them, you can send them back to the factory for repair or replacement!
     
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    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    I have had good luck with good old Tasco brand, cheap Japanese binoculars and scopes of long pedigree. Tasco entered the US market in the 1960's I think. Cabela's always has something Tasco for sale, and I got three different satisfactory types there over the years................elsullo
     
  14. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    Leupold Windriver line is about as good of value you are going to find IMHO.
    Not as spendy as their home grown version but well engineered Leupold quality (built in asia I think) and warranty. Mine certainly have proven to be flawless.
     
  15. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Thanks bwells. Those yosemites look great. THat might be my choice. Compact, low cost and still leupold!
     
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    dynarider Brookings Member

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    Yeah buy mine bushnell 10x42 real tree pattern,brand new comes with bino harness. 100.00
     
  17. bwells

    bwells Longview Member

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    I like them, and they work for me. But like with any optics, you'll definitely want to play with them before you buy them.
     
  18. ricsha

    ricsha Oregon Coast - Lincoln City Member

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    You might want to try the Vortex Raptors 8.5 x 32's list for $169 but can be found for $129 several places. Recommended by Audubon for economical "birders". Clear and bright even after several years of rough treatment as loaners to friends without a pair. They also make several other styles if those are too big for your needs.