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    Question Binoculars -- what is the best for under $300

    Binoculars what is the best for under $300? I currently don't have any binoculars, , and need to buy some. I know someone suggest I but a $1000 set of ????? but it won't happen, yet. I have always had cheep gear and only recently started buying good stuff. I can not buy the best knowing the abuse that I will likely put them through. What is the best I can find without blowing my budget?
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    Last year I bought a set of Nikon Monarch 8x42s and they were awesome. They have a very good field of view and exit pupil. I compared them to the higher end binoculars for quite a while in similar power and objective size. To be honest, the Swarovski, Leupold, Zeiss, and Leica were all nicer, but mine were about $289 bucks and these others were all 1-2 grand. In my opinon, the Monarchs are a very good value and served me well on my hunting trip last year.

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    I second Nikon Monarch binoculars.

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    Default leupold and nikon

    I have leupold cascade and I think they are pretty darn good set of binos. I have a few buddies that have the nikon and I think they're pretty good too. I haven't tried any others though.

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    Default nikon monarchs 8x42

    I bought a pair of monarchs last year and they were great. They also have a lifetime waranty. It doesnt matter what you to them, send them in and they will give you a new pair. Great feature for here in AK.

    Leuapold has a limited waranty

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    Thanks for the information. It seems that the Nikon Monarch 8x42s are the favorite choice. Anyone want to argue whay another brand/model might be better?
    It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

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    Nikon Monarch 10x42 for me. I got mine for about $230 on Ebay, and I think the regular going price on the auctions was about $250. They are just as good as binoculars at twice that cost.

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