Let's talk Binoculars

Discussion in 'Sports & Outdoor Adventure' started by REMINGTON700, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Dirk Willims

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    Part of my kit, is still Leica 10x42 HD. Bino's, great glass, fantastic range finders. Range twice, dial once
    This pairs 13 years old now. Still runs fantastic. I work hard to keep my kit in clean and maintained condition.

    The Geovid's are not cheap at over 2 k per unit. In my oppinion well worth the money.

    Dirk
     

     

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  2. pdm4606

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    I have a problem where every pair of binoculars I try does not fit my eyes spacing. My eyes are too far apart for any pair I try.
    Is there a solution? Am I trying the wrong pair? Does someone make a binocular that is spaced further apart?
    Is there an explanation for this issue? I have gotten 2 pair of fairly expensive binoculars as gifts but they don't fit.
    Otherwise my vision is good. Lately rated by my Dr. that did the cataract surgery several years ago as being close to 20/20.
     
  3. mhardy6647

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    You cannot find any pair that will adjust to your interpupillary distance? What is your interpupillary distance (in mm)?
    Should be part of your eye Dr. visit and (I think) it will be on your prescription if you wear glasses (looks like you don't).

    Here's a resource (FWIW) that Google turns up:
    https://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Your-Interpupillary-Distance
    https://www.birdwatching.com/optics/education/interpupillary_distance.html

    Pretty sure most better binos will list the range of interpupillary distances they'll adjust to... if not, contact the distributors and ask 'em!

    e.g., the Swarovski EL 8 x 42mm roof prism binos list adjustable IP distance from 56 to 74 mm
    https://www.swarovskioptik.com/birding/el-42-c21011001/el-8p5x42-p5222897

    So, one thought. have you tried only Porro prism binoculars, only roof prism binoculars, or both?

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    I sometimes have trouble aligning my eyes with the prisms in a Porro prism bino. Personally, I find roof prism binos easier to adapt to (and, perhaps not coincidentally, the best binoculars tend to be roof prism designs).
     
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  4. mhardy6647

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    Yup, the topline Leica binos (and their scopes) are, IMO/IME every bit as good as the Swarovskis and the topline Zeiss. Mrs. H and I compared an 80 mm Leica scope with her 80 mm Swarovski and felt that optically they were interchangeable (i.e., both are outstanding). She liked the ergonomics of the Swarovski better (but then again she's used to it).
     
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    Up until now, I didn't even know what the issue really is.

    Thanks for your input, I will be seeing my Dr. in a few weeks and will ask pertinent questions.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. soundmotor

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    I have Japanese Tasco ones my mom bought in the early 70s but they are big clunks. Great image though and even on a cloudy day quite good. They sit near a window for bird & squirrel watching. Last year at a yard sale I saw a little pouch marked Nikon for $1 and in it a set of Japanese Venturer II's (8x23). Certainly not the end all be all but light and the clarity is superb. They are great for day hikes. But I keep hoping for a great flea market / yard sale score. Missed a set of Steiners by seconds one season.
     
  7. mhardy6647

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    My track record at fleamarket/yard sale binoculars isn't great, FWIW (and for whatever reason).
    That said, of course, "Chance favors the prepared mind".
     
  8. Dirk Willims

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    I've shot thru many of the scopes at the high end. Three of my rifles sport Schmidt &Bender PMII s with the f4 fine reticle's. After I retired I went with the gen II Vortex scopes, for my next couple of rifle builds. Impressive scopes, not up to S&B or Leica, Swarovski standards, but for the price point very very good glass. Being retired popo, and 100% disabled vet, I get a very generous price break.

    Add the lifetime, no questions asked fix or replace policy, hard to beat.

    Dirk
     
  9. MaxxVolume

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    In addition to finding out what your PD is (most average around 63-65 mm, "wide" is considered to be in the low 70 mm range), ask the Dr. if you are "right-eye dominant", or "left-eye dominant", that might be pertinent to this situation.
     

     

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  10. BigElCat

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    I bought these and didn't like them...Bushnell Marines
    bushnell marine.jpg
    Then I bought these, after a lot of online research. They rule...Pentax SP 10x50 WP

    pentax 10x50_sp_wp.jpg
     
  11. BigElCat

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    My Pentax are adapted to this Pistol Ball Grip, grip is on a heavy mono-pod.

     
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  12. MaxxVolume

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    Good idea ! Hand-held image stabilization is tough with any optic that has more than 8X magnification....a monopod is easy to carry, and will be quite useful !
     
  13. GuyK

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    In general, I have not liked Bushnell optics for at least 30 years, but I have found Pentax to be pretty good.
     

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