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Posted: 6/23/2017 12:57:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/23/2017 12:58:27 PM EDT by triburst1]
I'm looking for a couple sets of cheap binoculars to keep on my boat and use on our kayaks . I've got a set of $1200 Zeiss that are great but I don't want to haul them back and forth and I cringe at the thought of my seven year old dropping them in the lake.

I'm currently considering the Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42. They seem pretty clear for entry level and I can buy two sets for $250. Any other suggestions?
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:03:41 PM EDT
Should have jumped on the 15$ Bushnell deal
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:04:52 PM EDT
Pentax or Leupold Rogue
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:07:13 PM EDT
What you will find in cheap glass is a LOT of individual variation.  My suggestion is to go to the biggest sporting goods store you can find and just look through every pair that is in your price range.  1 or 2 will jump out at you.  While you pay for a lot of things with good glass, one of the things you pay quite a bit for is quality control, individual attention to each pair and so on.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:15:42 PM EDT
Bushnell Legend E series
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:20:21 PM EDT
Bushnell Permafocus
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:22:57 PM EDT
Those Nikons will do well for you.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:30:04 PM EDT
Nikon. I just checked and the Steiners Amazon had for $80 at Christmas are now $260.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:39:11 PM EDT
Nikon will be fine.  I have a 12 x 50 set, no complaints.  You might find Steiners for $200 if you're lucky.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 1:50:41 PM EDT
Nikon Action extreme 8 x 40

Love mine for the price, and they will take a beating.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:05:32 PM EDT
Amazon Product
  • Michael Waddell Bone Collector Edition, Waterproof/Fogproof, Fast focus
  • Fully multi-coated optics, New dura-grip rubber
  • Soft touch thumbgrips, Flip objective covers, Lead free glass

I bought a set of these on clearance at Wal-Mart and they blow away my Vortex Diamondbacks and my Cabelas Alaskan Guides.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:15:10 PM EDT
2 or 3 of these

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Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:17:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:24:33 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 40xb:
I like the Nikon Aculon product like.
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Almost but not quite.

Considering his intended use (boating & kayaking) I would get the Nikon Action Extreme models which are similar but waterproof.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:26:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:31:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/23/2017 2:35:03 PM EDT by FZJ80]
Find a set of used Steiner 8x30 military/marine.

eBay always has sellers in the $125-150 range.  Even better are the long discontinued 7x35mm military/marine.  

I picked up a set of the huge 15x80mm Senators for $600, NIB, a while back off eBay.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:31:27 PM EDT
They'll be used around water, so get ones with individual focus controls. At your pirce range, they're sealed better than those with the center mounted focus knob.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:33:37 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By chainshaw:
www.amazon.com/dp/B003B9ZFO8I bought a set of these on clearance at Wal-Mart and they blow away my Vortex Diamondbacks and my Cabelas Alaskan Guides.
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Yep, I have Leicas and older roof prism Leupolds and was really shocked at just how good those $5 Bone Collectors were.

If only they didn't have those mouth breathing redneck "Bone Collector" graphics on them. ....
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 2:56:46 PM EDT
Anyone ever used Newcon Optiks? Over here in AFG i found some haji who has boxes of them and they seem legit. Super clear glass, clean quality control, comes with instructions in french and english, and has a signed quality control slip with a serial number. He is charging $30 bucks a pair, after I talked him down from $200 each. He claims they are used by the Canadian Army.

They look just like this, 8x30
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Link Posted: 6/23/2017 3:36:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/23/2017 3:37:50 PM EDT by Bumblebee_Bob]
I keep a cheap pair of old Tasco binos in my truck.  If they get stolen I'll be more pissed about the damage done to get them than their loss.  

And come that day I'll start cruising pawn shops with $100-$150 in pocket and see what l find.
Link Posted: 6/23/2017 11:59:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By chainshaw:
www.amazon.com/dp/B003B9ZFO8I bought a set of these on clearance at Wal-Mart and they blow away my Vortex Diamondbacks and my Cabelas Alaskan Guides.
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Those aren't bad, but to say they 'blow away' the Diamondback is ridiculous.
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