Originally Posted by nkbj
I have tried various 10x42 and 10x50 binoculars, but I do not think the difference in magnification is big enough compared to my 8x32. I will go for the Vortex Viper HD 12x50 since the Swarovski over my current budget.
The Viper is a good choice. I had one and in your price range it is one of the best 12x50's around. The Vortex's are MIC now so check it out good when you get it. Mine was fine but there have been reports of shoddy QA. Vortex has an Unconditional Warranty also so even if you drop it off a cliff they will replace it. Hunter's love them for that!