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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:13   #1
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Buying binoculars

does any one know any good place to get a pair of binoculars in the north west of england or the bordering areas of yorkshire? if i wanted a long range one whats the cost and what should i be looking for??? how do i get best value for a good price?
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 13:02   #2
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First of all I am no expert-there are some very knowledgeable people on here and hopefully this 'bump' will generate some answers for you.
1.There is a place just outside Warrington called Focalpoint Optics. It's run by a guy called Paul. He is extremely helpful and does not put pressure on you. His shop/office backs onto open fields and you can line them up and try them.
2. What you must do is decide how much you can justify paying and look at everything below that price.
3. I could see massive differences between 100 & 200 etc but when I got to 300 I struggled to note any major improvement-even up to 1000.00. Others will disagree so I think it depends largely on your own vision/spectacles/feel etc.
4. There was (and maybe still is) a good stockist just outside Wakefield-on the road to Denby Dale. Can't be more specific but someone will know it.
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Old Thursday 3rd January 2008, 00:55   #3
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thanks so much david! will have a look at them when i get a chance.
is there any webistes which provide information on binoculars? i hve avery simple and cheap one and it needs upgrading. wil start looking for one no wincase i go on holiday anytime soon.
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Old Thursday 3rd January 2008, 18:59   #4
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Warehouse Express do some great deals on bins. An excellent buy would be something like the Nikon Sporter 8x36 DF, which I bought for my better half and they are incredibly good for only 89. Buying online is easy and safe, the only down side being you can't try them out.

Well that's my suggestion anyway!

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Old Thursday 3rd January 2008, 19:55   #5
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I'd always try before you buy. By al means shop around the internet, but I would never buy any binocualr without first trying them against others.

In the NW try Focalpoint as well as reserves with shops (RSPB reserve shops might stock binos inc some of their own very good models).

Spend as much as you can afford, but 100-300 will buy a very good pair these days. Look at Opticron, Minox, Nikon and RSPB models.
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Old Friday 4th January 2008, 05:49   #6
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Himalaya, try infocus.co.uk,
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Old Monday 7th January 2008, 23:38   #7
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Himalaya, try infocus.co.uk,
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In Focus at Martin Mere are very good. Very helpful, no pressure, good range of products as well. plus you have a day's birding as well
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Old Monday 7th January 2008, 23:46   #8
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My mate has just bought a pair of Bresser Safari's 10 x 50 from Scope n Skies for 84.88 and I was well impressed with them. Light, easy focus and feel great in the hand.

http://www.scopesnskies.com/prod/bre...ari/10x50.html
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thanks so much all of you for your advice! i will start looking at makes models and then see what ii come up with. hope to have a pair in the next 2 weeks!
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Old Friday 22nd February 2008, 00:08   #10
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I have a week to buy my binoculars and time for on plac to checkout only - would it be wiser checking out the warehouse express, infocus or focalpoint?
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