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Best Compact Binocular under $100

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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 01:43   #1
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Best Compact Binocular under $100

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I'm a serious birder in the US who is looking for a new pair of compact binoculars that I can stick in a bag (or large pocket) and have with me at time when I'm not seriously birding. I have a pair of Swarovskis as my main pair, but want to buy something for roughly $100 or less to replace my Alpen Wings binocs which got knocked out of alignment (and I don't think can be repaired, because of Alpen's demise).

A couple options I found and am curious about are the Vortex Vanquish 8x26 and the Wingspan Spectator 8x32. Love to hear anyone's feedback on those, or other recommendations as well.

Most important optical qualities to me are field of view and decent close focus (3 m or less preferred).

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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 06:00   #2
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Nikon Trailblazer 8x25 is a cheap option with good FOV and close focus. I've never used them, but they are pretty popular.
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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 07:29   #3
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Here are all 9 of Nikon's binoculars under 100 dollars. They can be ordered directly from Nikon.

https://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/nikon-products/binoculars/all-binoculars/index.page#!/tag:nkE:$0%20to%20$99

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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 10:49   #4
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For that money an 8x25 reverse Poro like the Nikon travelite EX or others are so much better than the cheap roof prism binoculars.
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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 14:31   #5
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For that money an 8x25 reverse Poro like the Nikon travelite EX or others are so much better than the cheap roof prism binoculars.
I agree. If you want decent quality in this price range the only way to go is with a Reverse Porro Prism.

For an extra $35 bucks or so you can get a Nikon ProStaff 8x25 ATB with waterproofing, a bit more FOV, and longer eye relief:

https://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/...Tabs-TechSpecs

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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 18:11   #6
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Hi,

for me this is the Pentax Papilio 6.5x21. Ticks the boxes for size, weight and close focus while being almost in budget. Plus it serves as a pair for very close up views. The 8.5x version is not as good - had it too.

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Old Thursday 25th July 2019, 12:23   #7
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Hi,

Suggest look up Wingspan ProBirder (was Polaris) 8x32 ED glass, phase-corrected, 7.7 deg FoV, close up 2 metres, weight approx. 530 gm. Lifetime warranty, for US only. Compare prices Amazon and Wingspan.

(Or check out some monoculars if for pocket and just for general use.)
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Good suggestions here
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Leupold Yosemite BX-1 6x30 porro.
Might be a bit large for your needs, but the price is right, and the image quality, along with an 8° fov, is very good.
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bushnell legend 10x25 pc coated ed glass for 120 on amazon
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