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Old 05-26-2020, 07:37 PM
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So i would love to have a 12kw radar for spotting birds but cant justify spending the money for how often i would use it. Ive heard the next best thing is a good pair of image stabilized binoculars. I was looking at the cannon 18x50 i believe for around $1350. Does anyone use something similar and are they worth it. How far could you spot birds or debree in the water with them?
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I have fujinon 14x40s. Worth their weight in gold. I can spot birds up to around 4nm. Even when using radar it is great to confirm they are not sea ducks or other false return before making the run
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Yes. Many fish and game have fallen due to my Fujinons. Plus, great for nature in general.
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Definitely worth it I have the fujinons as well.
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18x50 is not gonna be useful, unless your pond is exceptionally still. 14x40s are challenging on rough days, sometimes I still dig out the good old fashioned 7x50s!
Image stabilization does not hold the horizon solid in plane, it only helps you by slowing down the jerks, bumps and sways that are inevitable when viewing from a boat. Too much magnification will work against you, and focusing becomes a problem as well.
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I have an old pair of 7x50 Bushnell and they are great. IMO $1,400 for binocs is nuts.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
I have an old pair of 7x50 Bushnell and they are great. IMO $1,400 for binocs is nuts.
Hey buddy good to see ya posting and staying Rona free! You can pick up the Nikon Stabileyes 14x40 factory refurbished with case, strap and look brand new for like 650-700 dollars a couple times a year. Mine look and work like new. the only thing I see right now is on Ebay for 1k.
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I'm going to go against the grain, depending on your goals...they aren't that useful offshore for finding "things". I agree lower magnification is better in most cases. And to the guy sniping birds at 4 miles...I'm impressed.
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Yes. I bought a refurb Nikon and aside from their weight they are great.
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One of the most important pieces of gear I have. Saved more than one trip and enhanced the productivity of countless others. Beyond 14 power you start to see diminishing returns on all but the dries / clearest days.
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Thanks Vdoc and stay safe. Some guys aren't taking C19 seriously. I know about 100,000 that know differently.
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I like my Canon's 12x Have two pair that have been trouble free for about 8 years
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
Thanks Vdoc and stay safe. Some guys aren't taking C19 seriously. I know about 100,000 that know differently.
Do the binocs make you see the virus better?
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Fujinon 14 X 40 Stabilised great binoculars for the boat
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Fuji has a new model more stabilization,more compact,floats amongst other things that are upgraded. The ones to get unless you want to spend $$$ on Frasier.
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good timing - see for sale on this site:

Nikon StabilEyes 14x40 VR Binoculars
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I prefer the Nikon over the Fujinon, I have both. I don't like the cannons(had them on a previous boat)

Stabilised Binoculars are a game changer
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Yep.
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I use my Nikon’s all the time looking for birds. They really help and we’ll worth the investment.
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The 14 x 40 fujinons are excellent but i find them very heavy to hold for any extended time, they dont have a standard screw thread where you could use a monopod, that would help a lot in a boat environment - other than that, the image quality / stabilization is more than excellent.

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