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    Posted: February/11/2020 at 20:27
Hello All, 

Thank you in advance for any thoughts. I am open to all brands but I just went looking at some Vixen binoculars. I noticed that the one that was made in Japan had superior optics and a focus dial that felt more precise.

Personally I prefer: 

- open bridge designs (easy to grasp)
- less rubberized or non-rubberized models 
- something in the range of 8x42, 8x50 (for more light), and 7x50. 
- something that feels like excellence 

Are there any Japanese/German/USA/Chinese models that you all like?

I am not looking to spend $2,000 but would like your thoughts on what feels like real quality like the Japanese one I was just looking at. It was about $430 but it was largely rubberizied and I would to see if I can find something that I fall completely in love with. I am ok with more or less money but just wanted to see some options that take in a lot of light and feel like something I want to use, as well as admire.

Thanks, 

TJ 
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Lots of great brands out there.  I picked up a pair of Zeiss Conquest HD 10x42 on the sample list a few years ago that are my go-to for rifle hunting.  Also have a pair of Zen-Rays in 7x36 that are my go-to for bow hunting.  Harder to find nowadays but still great for the price.  Hard to go wrong with Vortex in the tiers under the ultra premium.  Either Viper or Razor.  Too many others to list, but my Vortex stuff holds up great.  Meopta and the Leupold Santiam and Guide pro are both open bridge and likely worth looking at.  Good luck.
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Hi TJ,

There hasn't been a line of consumer binoculars made in the states in decades. Even when B&L was the big dog, much of their inventory came from Zeiss.

By the way, what does the "88" at the end of your signature stand for?

Cheers,

Bill


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