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Higher Companion Magnification To The 8X42 NL Pure - 12X42 NL Pure? (1 Viewer)

jcnguyen09

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As we prepare to go to the Alaskan wilderness May 1 on six wheelers for nature viewing, I am kicking around the purchase of 12X42 NL's to accompany the 8X42 NL's I already have for the extra reach. I've looked at the 15X56, and for the 12X stability (especially with the forehead stamp), optics, and smaller size of the NL's, I think the 12's may be the way to go for me. I was just viewing a nesting bald eagle yesterday, and 12X would of been much better.

So my question is, is the 4X gain significant enough for the 12X, or does the 15X just make more sense?

UPDATE: Thanks. Going with the NL Pure 12X42. A lot of factors as well as a re-read of the AllBinos and Roger Vines review conclusions.

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Comparing Swarovski 12x42 vs 15x56. NL 12x42 with the FHR is ok to handle by hand. 15x56 definitely needs a tripod.
 

dwever

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Dwever, looks like you’re selling the scope in classifieds? Going back to higher powerish binocular?
1. I should have traveled to Anchorage Bass Pro and seen the 115 in person. The 115 is substantial.
2. I primarily bought this for September when I’m 8 days in the Alaskan wilderness.
3. Thing is, combined with the carbon fiber Gitzo, it about weighs as much as the high-powered 338 WinMag I carry for protection.
4. However, I’m having a fantastic time with this amazing light-catcher around Alaska. The images are just unthinkably gorgeous.
5. I may just buy a 65mm or 85mm for my pack-in backcountry trips, and keep the 115mm like in the picture for it’s breathtaking imaging the rest of the time.
6. Whatever I end up doing, this scope has given me images I’ll never forget. And, I’ve been to Sonic everyday but one to visit a nesting bald eagle 212 yards away at 70X magnification. She’s there every time and I guess incubating eggs as she’s in the exact spot in the nest each time. See post # 24.
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Oscar56

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I just finished reading Roger Vine's review of the NL 12 X 42. He found, that with the wider view and the ergonomics of the NL design, that using the 12 X 42's for birding is not the issue it is for other binos. He did not use the forehead rest but one would expect even better stability.

What have others experienced?
 

rpg51

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1. I should have traveled to Anchorage Bass Pro and seen the 115 in person. The 115 is substantial.
2. I primarily bought this for September when I’m 8 days in the Alaskan wilderness.
3. Thing is, combined with the carbon fiber Gitzo, it about weighs as much as the high-powered 338 WinMag I carry for protection.
4. However, I’m having a fantastic time with this amazing light-catcher around Alaska. The images are just unthinkably gorgeous.
5. I may just buy a 65mm or 85mm for my pack-in backcountry trips, and keep the 115mm like in the picture for it’s breathtaking imaging the rest of the time.
6. Whatever I end up doing, this scope has given me images I’ll never forget. And, I’ve been to Sonic everyday but one to visit a nesting bald eagle 212 yards away at 70X magnification. She’s there every time and I guess incubating eggs as she’s in the exact spot in the nest each time. See post # 24.
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Beautiful spot. The north slope is on my bucket list. I have been lucky to have spent a fair amount of time in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories on canoe trips over the years. On my first trip, (Thelon River), I brought a spotting scope. Frankly, that experience left me thinking that spotting scopes and canoe trips do not mix real well. Its too rough an environment, and its too much of a production to get a scope set up. The arctic/subarctic is a rough environment. Since then I have been bringing my trusty Nikon Venturer 8x32s on trips like that. They are small to pack and very very rugged. Never failed me. I've enjoyed seeing Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Caribou, Fox, Muskox etc. with those little binos. Lots of arctic birds as well. But, I am starting to think that a pair of NL Pure 12x42s would be easy to pack and give me a bit more viewing pleasure. Thinking on it. I don't see myself bringing a scope up to that country. Here is a spot in the Yukon.
 

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