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best budget binoculars (1 Viewer)

Dmacaskill

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Hi all

I am looking at buying a pair of budget binoculars just to keep in the car, i have a couple of options so far with Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x42, and Opticron discovery WP 8x42. Trying to keep cost low to about £200 any recommendations welcome
 

JoeRawles

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I'd recommend the Opticron Explorer ED-R over the Discovery - they are a much better glass IMO for a fraction more money. On paper they should be better than a Prostaff, but I'm not too familiar with this binocular.
 

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The Hawk Endurance 8x32 ED would be a good choice. The Hawk has ED glass and is almost sharp to the edge and is has better resolution, contrast and it is not as dark as the Sightron. It also has a magnesium chassis which is amazing for a binocular in this price range and it comes with a nice hard sided case. The Sightron is a nice binocular but it is plasticky, has no ED glass, has a smallish sweet spot compared to the Hawk and the focuser is on the stiff side and it gets stiffer in the cold and it comes with poor accessories.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...binocular.html
https://irelandswildlife.com/hawke-e...ocular-review/
https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.co...anceED-161.htm
 

WJC

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Hi all

I am looking at buying a pair of budget binoculars just to keep in the car, i have a couple of options so far with Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x42, and Opticron discovery WP 8x42. Trying to keep cost low to about £200 any recommendations welcome

How do you define "budget"? For some people, it's $39.95 for others it's $1,000.

Bill
 

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