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Post by jimmy » Sun Mar 03 2019 22:51

Any recommendations for pocket size strong binoculars under £200

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Post by Carlperkins » Mon Mar 04 2019 09:54

Look at the monoculars
I find them better than binos 👍
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Post by Mike J » Mon Mar 04 2019 09:57

For strong Steiner's are the best Ive ever used and they make Armed Forces mono's.
Heavy but extreemly robust.

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Post by BillCollins » Mon Mar 04 2019 10:08

Carlperkins wrote:
Look at the monoculars
I find them better than binos 👍



+1, I have binoculars but never bring them, you don't notice a small monocular in your pocket.

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Post by Kev Berry » Mon Mar 04 2019 10:08

For us anglers Bushnells are ok, very well made with prices to suit all tastes
I have a small 8 x 25 pair, not heavy and take up little space in the bag and do everything I need for fishing
Croc has a 10 x 40 pair---much bigger and heavier and you don't get much more benefit for the bigger lens

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Post by Danoutdoors » Mon Mar 04 2019 19:28

+ 1 for bushnells I have the 10x28 ones, good value and great quality

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Post by Bob Watson » Mon Mar 04 2019 19:49

Something here for every pocket,,,,again :roll: :wink:

http://www.strathspey.co.uk/index.html

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Post by Mark Phillips » Mon Mar 04 2019 20:40

I use the Pentax Porro Prism Binoculars, that's model UP 10 x 25 WP. They'll just about fit into the palm of your hand and are quite light-weight. Quality is utterly superb, as are the optics. They're also waterproof. I also will admit to having some Pentax 10x43 DCF SP WP (which are awesome BTW), but nudging £350 to 400 they are an expensive indulgence for fishing I suppose and unless I'm using the barrow, too bulky/heavy to take along. I take my small Pentax bins with me every time I got out, whether that's a day on a drain in the middle of nowhere or carping on a London Resi or an Estate Lake. They are IMO the perfect fishing binocular - compact, light, mega build quality, superb bright images, good magnification, very comfortable to use and did I say it, they're waterproof! Around £130 or less if you can find a good deal. I can't recommend them enough.

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Post by Steve Burke » Mon Mar 04 2019 21:10

Some of you will know I'm well into binoculars and telescopes, for both day and night use.

Look out for an article soon about choosing binoculars on the Wingham Fisheries website. In the meantime this is what I wrote the last time this topic came up (with a small addition for pocket-sized binoculars):

"I spent a long time looking at reviews and then handling binoculars in a shop. I too thought I wanted compact binoculars, but actually found I could see more with 8x42s as I could hold them steadier.

I also tried 10x models but, again because of steadiness, found no improvement on 8x bins. What's more they had a smaller field of view plus weren't so good in low light.

I also wanted long 'eye relief' to see the whole field of view wearing glasses. I found the stated eye relief in brochures to be very inaccurate!

The design of the binoculars also varied and it made a big difference to how steady I could hold them.

So for these reasons I'd strongly suggest going into your local camera shop or a specialist binocular store as we're all different, even to the shape of our faces. There I looked through and handled those that had done well in independent head to head tests and that I'd shortlisted.

There's quite a difference in performance between models in the same price range, let alone between cheap and mid-price binoculars. However former top of the range features have recently filtered down to the mid-price bracket, and you have to pay a lot more for a small increase in performance. The "sweet spot" seems to be between £150 and £200.

I ended up buying the Opticron 8x42 Discovery bins. Very compact for 8x42s, long eye relief and, because of the large eyepieces that rested on my nose, easier than others to hold still. They're also waterproof and fogproof. They cost me £159. If you want even more compact I can recommend the 8x32 Opticron Discovery. These are tiny for their specification and I almost bought these. Howeveras already stated I preferred the 8x42s as I could hold them steadier.

2 useful websites, including lots of reviews are

https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/b ... culars.php

https://www.birdwatching.com/optics/201 ... eview.html"

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Post by Mark Phillips » Tue Mar 05 2019 12:32

Good advice as always Steve :thumbs:

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Post by jimmy » Tue Mar 05 2019 19:40

Brilliant guys thanks

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Post by jimmy » Sat Mar 09 2019 11:02

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/500-binocul ... 68230.html

Are these cheep junk or are they worth a punt at 70 sheets

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Post by FN19 » Fri Mar 15 2019 01:41

12x 42 visionary wetlands for me but never took them fishing 80 quid a pair

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Post by Steve Burke » Fri Mar 15 2019 16:56

jimmy wrote:
https://www.decathlon.co.uk/500-binocul ... 68230.html

Are these cheep junk or are they worth a punt at 70 sheets
I'd stay well clear of any binoculars sold in fishing tackle shops. Instead go and handle different pairs in a camera shop.

In general, in that price bracket you'll get much better quality in what are called porro prism binoculars. Few porro prism binoculars are waterproof and fogproof though. However the Pentax 8x25s are, plus they're nice and compact for porros. I paid about £80 for mine. Well worth putting on your short list.

However, as said, go to a camera shop and try lots of pairs. What's good for me might not be good for you.

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Post by delboy » Fri Mar 15 2019 18:20

Steve Burke wrote:
Some of you will know I'm well into binoculars and telescopes, for both day and night use.

Look out for an article soon about choosing binoculars on the Wingham Fisheries website. In the meantime this is what I wrote the last time this topic came up (with a small addition for pocket-sized binoculars):

"I spent a long time looking at reviews and then handling binoculars in a shop. I too thought I wanted compact binoculars, but actually found I could see more with 8x42s as I could hold them steadier.

I also tried 10x models but, again because of steadiness, found no improvement on 8x bins. What's more they had a smaller field of view plus weren't so good in low light.

I also wanted long 'eye relief' to see the whole field of view wearing glasses. I found the stated eye relief in brochures to be very inaccurate!

The design of the binoculars also varied and it made a big difference to how steady I could hold them.

So for these reasons I'd strongly suggest going into your local camera shop or a specialist binocular store as we're all different, even to the shape of our faces. There I looked through and handled those that had done well in independent head to head tests and that I'd shortlisted.

There's quite a difference in performance between models in the same price range, let alone between cheap and mid-price binoculars. However former top of the range features have recently filtered down to the mid-price bracket, and you have to pay a lot more for a small increase in performance. The "sweet spot" seems to be between £150 and £200.

I ended up buying the Opticron 8x42 Discovery bins. Very compact for 8x42s, long eye relief and, because of the large eyepieces that rested on my nose, easier than others to hold still. They're also waterproof and fogproof. They cost me £159. If you want even more compact I can recommend the 8x32 Opticron Discovery. These are tiny for their specification and I almost bought these. Howeveras already stated I preferred the 8x42s as I could hold them steadier.

2 useful websites, including lots of reviews are

https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com/b ... culars.php

https://www.birdwatching.com/optics/201 ... eview.html"
Thats it,I was told to buy Opticron,but unless I see some in a charity shop i wont be getting them....mine are the b******s,big,weight a ton and cost me 14 quid about 40 years ago when I used to go to them warehouse's with me mum,do for me,happy days.IMO bins are a must have
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Post by jimmy » Sat Jun 08 2019 14:52

Bought these hawke endurance ed 10x25 bins and highly recommend them and they fit nicely in the hand...waterproof and fog proof also
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Post by Steve Burke » Wed Jun 12 2019 17:59

The article about binoculars I mentioned earlier is now up on the Wingham Fisheries web site. Go to http://winghamfisheries.co.uk/articles/1076/.

I've got to add some pictures as soon as the light is good enough to take them. I've also got a technical appendix to add as soon as I've got the time.

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Post by phil.c » Wed Jun 12 2019 18:10

Steve Burke wrote:
The article about binoculars I mentioned earlier is now up on the Wingham Fisheries web site. Go to http://winghamfisheries.co.uk/articles/1076/.

I've got to add some pictures as soon as the light is good enough to take them. I've also got a technical appendix to add as soon as I've got the time.
Just like to add that if they are for use in a boat the advised magnification is 7x.

Good if you have a bit of trouble keeping them steady on land as well. :thumbs:
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Post by Steve Burke » Wed Jun 12 2019 18:53

phil.c wrote:
Steve Burke wrote:
The article about binoculars I mentioned earlier is now up on the Wingham Fisheries web site. Go to http://winghamfisheries.co.uk/articles/1076/.

I've got to add some pictures as soon as the light is good enough to take them. I've also got a technical appendix to add as soon as I've got the time.
Just like to add that if they are for use in a boat the advised magnification is 7x.

Good if you have a bit of trouble keeping them steady on land as well. :thumbs:
As mentioned in the article that'll be in the technical appendix.

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Post by Ian Crook » Thu Jun 13 2019 22:34

My Steiner Skyhawks are absolutely unreal, I too spent about two hours at a camera shop and in the street outside the shop, I couldn’t believe how much my field of view brightened when I put the Steiner to my eyes, not pocket sized but truly amazing optics.

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Post by Mike J » Fri Jun 14 2019 09:43

Ian Crook wrote:
My Steiner Skyhawks are absolutely unreal, I too spent about two hours at a camera shop and in the street outside the shop, I couldn’t believe how much my field of view brightened when I put the Steiner to my eyes, not pocket sized but truly amazing optics.

Ive used various makes of bins professionally and Steiner's are light years ahead of anything else Ive ever used.
Mine are 8x42 Rangers which I think were the forerunner of Skyhawks.

In daily use the standard Steiner sling is diabolical, I took it up with them in Beyrauth and they advised the all nylon version which I sourced from Poland along with the rainguards and spare eye cups (saving 60% or more).

https://deltashop.pl/_cms/view/-1/contact.html

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Post by Ian Crook » Fri Jun 14 2019 17:43

Mike J wrote:
Ian Crook wrote:
My Steiner Skyhawks are absolutely unreal, I too spent about two hours at a camera shop and in the street outside the shop, I couldn’t believe how much my field of view brightened when I put the Steiner to my eyes, not pocket sized but truly amazing optics.

Ive used various makes of bins professionally and Steiner's are light years ahead of anything else Ive ever used.
Mine are 8x42 Rangers which I think were the forerunner of Skyhawks.

In daily use the standard Steiner sling is diabolical, I took it up with them in Beyrauth and they advised the all nylon version which I sourced from Poland along with the rainguards and spare eye cups (saving 60% or more).

https://deltashop.pl/_cms/view/-1/contact.html

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Mine are Skyhawk Pro 8x32, to be fair I don’t use them often enough, used more a few years ago when Carp fishing

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