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Old 10-23-2020, 11:30 AM
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Pretty much the title, I could use a recommendation for binoculars that I can use on the Chesapeake in an effort to help me spot birds.

I don’t need anything fancy!
Old 10-23-2020, 11:36 AM
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I have a pretty simple pair of Nikon binoculars - they work well for me.
Prostaff 10x42
There is much nicer but these work for me.
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You said, "I don't need anything fancy!"

How much "cheap and simple" do you want? I ask because I am a deathly serious big game hunter and have multiple high end optics from Zeiss, Swarovski, Steiner, Leupold, Nikon etc... BUT I didn't want to use or leave any of my "good stuff" on my boat. So while I was knocking around Harbor Freight one day about 3yrs ago, I came across these. https://www.harborfreight.com/10-x-5...ars-94527.html
The are aluminum and coated in rubber and come with a decent quality nylon bag/case. I thought hell for $20 if they last a season or two and the optical clarity are "acceptable" then they are worth it. They've been riding in a compartment in the bow ever since and have been flawless for such duty.

Am I taking them elk hunting in New Mexico? NO. Am I using them deer hunting the dense brush on my west TN swamp farm? NO. But for looking across the bay spotting birds, looking on the horizon at a passing sportfisher, getting a better look at that thong on a passing cruiser a 1/2 mile away YEAH they work fine and I honestly thought they'd have leaked, fogged or rusted by now but they haven't. In fact now that I think about it, I actually have TWO pairs of these el cheapos. After seeing them in action on my boat I bought another pair to leave in the living room of my FL condo to look over the beach and GOM. They've been subject to dropping by women and kids, left outside overnight etc... and they are still alive and kicking just fine.

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Budget?

Stabilized?

If so, you are looking at $800-ish for something decent

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you can get waterproof Nikons for less than $200 and Bushnells for less than $100
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Stabilized for sure. Wife and I use Canon 12X36 IS III
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
Stabilized?
He said "simple".

I'd suggest any 7x50, waterproof, nitrogen-filled from a good company. Fujis are not bad.
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I think the Fujinon Mariner in an excellent binocular, less than $200. R
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I appreciate the advice everyone!
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I currently own Swarovski, Leupold, Nikon, Bausch & Lomb, Redfield, Vortex and Athlon optics. If you are going to spend hours each trip glassing my choice would be Steiner Marine binoculars.

For the best bang for the buck you won't touch Athlon Optics. They beat everything I own besides the Swarovski's and high end Leupold. And they are WAY less money.

Here is the pair I bought for my son for deer hunting. They are at least as good as the Vortex Vipers ($500) that I keep in my truck.

https://cameralandny.com/shop/brands...iation=2075664
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I have a pair of steiners and a pair from HF.

The HF were like $13 on sale. When someone I don’t trust goes in the crows nest, or kids want to see something they get the HF ones.

the steiners are nice and worth what I paid ($300, I think).
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I've been extremely please with Vangaurd optics. They came recommended by a duck and goose guide down in Geuydan Louisiana where you to have things tough as honeymoon peckers to last.
Check them out
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Stablaized Fujinon Techo-stabi 14 x 40. Night glasses: Fujinon Polaris 7 x 50, with compass. Day use Steiner 8 x 30 "Military/Marine. I have a couple of copies of cheap West Marine center focus for guests to use. Only my wife and myself use the first 3 glasses.
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For handheld I would certainly not go over 10x and would recommend 8x glasses. I just go a pair of these https://vortexoptics.com/vortex-cros...inoculars.html for $170 or so. I also have a pair of Brunton in my truck that I really like and was considering the Athlon as mentioned above but the Vortex are made in Madison WI. Not sure where the Athlon's were made. Both have a lifetime warranty.
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A couple of years ago I found a pair on sale at West Marine. They are generally adequate.
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Steiner 7X50. Set them once and you don’t have to focus again. Much easier to quickly look at something
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Originally Posted by AtTheMurph View Post
For handheld I would certainly not go over 10x and would recommend 8x glasses. I just go a pair of these https://vortexoptics.com/vortex-cros...inoculars.html for $170 or so. I also have a pair of Brunton in my truck that I really like and was considering the Athlon as mentioned above but the Vortex are made in Madison WI. Not sure where the Athlon's were made. Both have a lifetime warranty.
Vortex Optics are based in Wisconsin, but all of their binoculars, rifle scopes, and spotting scopes are made in Japan, Phillipines, and China. Athlon is headquartered in Kansas but are manufactured in Japan and China.

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I’ll chime in.

Generally 7x is recommended because unless stabilized it’s difficult to steady the image with higher magnification.

A 50mm objective lens is also recommended for light gathering ability.

Traditional marine binoculars are 7 x 50, and you will find those at a wide spread of prices.
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I would agree that on a boat the old school standard is 7x50. 8x35 aren’t bad either. 10x on a boat is difficult to stay on target with.

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