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    Anybody have experience with these good or bad? I am debating weather to get these, or cough up the money for Swarovski. I know there's a big difference. Is there anything in between that would be money better spent?
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    Well, I'm a Pentax guy and have posted the reasons why. Personally I think the Pentax optics are the sleeper value in optics. I have the DCF SP 10x43 (f or about 4 yrs now) and have compared them to Zeiss 10x40 classics and the Pentaxes are just as good. For my eyes anyway. I got them online for 425 bucks I think it was. If you are in the Fairbanks area you can check mine out if you want. Later this month I think we are going to try and get the optics comparison setup.
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    I cannot say enough good things about my Nikon Monarch ATBs. My brother has the Swarovskis, and I swear I can barely tell the difference between the two sets. At ~$250 on eBay, the price was right. I am a firm believer in paying the money for quality gear, but when $1,000+ simply isn't an option, I was more than happy to get my hands on my Nikons. They really are excellent glass - not just for the price, but really excellent.

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    Have you glassed for extended periods of time with them both? How was eye strain with either one?
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    I've glassed for a long period of time with the Nikons and haven't had any problems with eye strain at all.

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    Thanks Brian. I almost got the Nikon's, but I found a good deal with Camerland on a demo model Zeiss Victory FL 10x32. I just hate spending any amount of money knowing I will need to upgrade and replace it. The reviews I found online seem very positive and most rate it above the Swarovski EL.
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    I really like my 8*42 monarch ATB, comparing to Swarovski 8*30's light gathering, clarity, weight, etc they are right there, for 1/4 the price. I spent the money for the Zeiss 15-45 spotting scope, $1100 on ebay, it was hard to convince the wife that I was going to get them sooner or later so we might as well save $500. It was worth it, 3 sheep hunts and all my partners are believers. This was after borrowing the $900 Leupold 15-45 and just was not that impressed with it, except for packing size.

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    Default nikon monarch atb 12x42

    I got my son a pair for an early christmas present and the last week of moose season he was seeing moose through those that I could only detect through my old pair of bushnells (after he told me where the moose was).
    bought them for about 260 on e-bay, brand new. I have not spent time looking at the swarovskis but am pretty happy with the value of these.

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