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Old Wednesday 8th April 2009, 20:37   #1
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Bins fo 200?

I'm hooked! For the past couple of years i've been birding, I love it! Birds have always seemed to be with me but over this period i've been using a pair of Binoculars I got from the market.

I've spoken to my wife (begged!!!) and she has given me the budget of 200 to spend on a new pair of bnoculars. We don't have much money and this is a real treat for me to spend on myself.

But here's the thing, i'm now like a kid in a sweet shop i'm so worried that i'll buy the wrong thing it's making me ill. Has anyone got any good advise or recomendations?

Thanks for you help.


ps. I might be able to squeeze a little (and I mean a little) more money out of my wife.
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2009, 20:48   #2
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Best thing to do is.....wait before spending your hard earned cash.
You want the best for your funds so don't buy the first pair that fall into the price bracket. If you can get out to an optics day on a local reserve. Try as many pairs as you can and narrow down your options. You want to get a pair of bins that you are happy with...not a pair that are the right price.
Ten years ago I took nearly a year to finally decide on the bins I am using now, but I am extremely happy with them, even thought they are now obsolete. I too had a limited budget, and took my time before making the descision.
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2009, 21:13   #3
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Yep, go try some out. Also have a think about what sort of magnification and objective size you'll be wanting. 8x32 and 10x42 seem pretty popular.
Models to look out for in your price range include opticron verano's and minox bl's.
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Also check out some Bushnell bins. I've used a pair for a few years now.

PM me for details if your interested and I'll let you know what model.

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I notice that you live in Kent around Tunbridge Wells which is not too far from where you can try out some binoculars in the field. Kay Optical( do regular field days at Bough Beech Reservoir and Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve in Kent. Check out their website for dates. They bring along a wide range of equipment on their field days but if you give them a call beforehand they may bring along some specific models for you to try. There is no obligation to purchase anything and I have always found them helpful.
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I looked through a pair of Vortex Broadwing 8 x 42's last week and found them optically excellent. Sherwoods sell them for 200.00 inclusive of delivery.

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I agree with Raptor 01. Vortex optics definantly have my approval.
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Good advice from Keith. I've been to several optics field days run by Kay Optical at Bough Beech and agree with Carltonfan. I bought my scope from them. The guy is very knowledgeable and helpful and he has a huge range of optics. He will usually match internet prices too. The next one is Sunday 19 April at BB.

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