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#5967594 - 10/08/15 12:02 PM Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars
pop22 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/13
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Looking for another pair of binoculars and wondered if anyone has compared the Swarovski SLC 10x42 with Meopta MEOSTAR HD 10X42. I am familiar with the Swarovski but not the MEOPTA. Have heard good things about the Meopta glass but is the Swarovski worth $600 more?

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#5967604 - 10/08/15 12:09 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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decoy

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Never been a fan of the ergonomics of meopta.

Might toss in Maven to your list had the 9x45 and upgraded to the 11x45 and been highly impressed with both

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#5967959 - 10/08/15 03:51 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
pop22 Offline
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Thanks for the info, will check Maven

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#5968026 - 10/08/15 04:36 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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decoy

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Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: pop22
Thanks for the info, will check Maven


You can never go wrong with swaro binos. But you can come close at lower price points. El is gold standard but the SLC HD is great glass. Personally I'm all about price points. If I had unlimited funds I'd own 10x42 el range and a 15x EL range(if they ever make it) but I don't so I shop price points.

When you get to lecia, ziess, swaro, meapto and now maven it just comes down to compermise per dollar amount.

Maven is a new company putting out really great glass, especially at that price point. Down sides are availbilty to compare(direct to market company) and company history(very new).

Vortex in my eyes on their upper end was king of price point but they have crepted up a bunch in the last year. Still a good deal but not the great deal they use to be.

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#5968651 - 10/08/15 10:01 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
pop22 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/13
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Have an old pair of Swaro SLC, Just did not want to pay that price again. May go with Meapto or Malven. Thanks

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#5970631 - 10/10/15 12:04 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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I've owned both and still own the Meopta. Both were the non-HD version. The only thing I saw that the Meopta gives up is resell value.

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#5971339 - 10/10/15 11:01 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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LOVE my Meopta meostar 10x42. I think it's really hard to do better for the money and they are really close to the swaros in clarity.

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#5971355 - 10/10/15 11:29 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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Does anyone know if Minox binoculars are any good? I was looking at the HG 10x43s.

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#5973793 - 10/12/15 03:13 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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I have ran top of the line Zeiss and Swaro scopes on the same hunt and compared directly against my Meopta HD 10x42s
If there's a difference, I can't see it.

https://tacticalgunreview.com/staff-review-meopta-meostar-10x42-hd-binoculars/#more-17108
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#5974097 - 10/12/15 06:02 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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I have the EURO HD from Cabelas, which is the Meopta with Cabelas name on it.

I've compared them to the Swaro because my friend hunts with them and I can't see the difference.

Very happy with them to say the least.
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#5975390 - 10/13/15 12:56 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
pop22 Offline
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Compared the Meopta Meostar HD with Swaro SLC at SWFA and almost no difference that I could tell. However, I ordered the Maven 11x45 ( cheaper than either of the others). Thought I would try something new and can send them back if not satisfied.
Thanks for the replies.

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#5975429 - 10/13/15 01:13 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
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Originally Posted By: pop22
Compared the Meopta Meostar HD with Swaro SLC at SWFA and almost no difference that I could tell. However, I ordered the Maven 11x45 ( cheaper than either of the others). Thought I would try something new and can send them back if not satisfied.
Thanks for the replies.


cheers good idea think you will be pleased. I know I was pleasantly surprised.

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#5975450 - 10/13/15 01:24 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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Nothing beats Swarovski binoculars in my opinion. I've twice dropped one of my 10x42 EL's from a 12 foot tower and they still work like new. Lost a pair of 10x42 SLCs for a year one time. Found them a year later and, while the exterior rubber wasn't in great shape, the optics were still perfect. Sent them to Swaro, they redid the exterior and replaced the objective lenses, no charge. Last pre-season I sent in another pair of 10x42 EL's to have them cleaned, lenses polished, etc. They came back cleaned and with new objective lenses, no charge.

My concern with the other, newer offerings would be longevity and customer service. I know what I'm getting when I buy Swarovski.

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#5976007 - 10/13/15 06:01 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
Rembrandt Offline
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Registered: 11/17/13
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I too like the Swarovski 10X42's, almost like having a spotting scope when you add the doublers.


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#5976430 - 10/13/15 09:46 PM Re: Swarovski vs Meopta Binoculars [Re: pop22]
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I have the Meopro 10x42 HD. A friend has some Swarovski's, I'm not sure which model. His are a little better when looking at something a mile away, at the distances I shoot I cannot tell any difference. Another poster mentioned Swarovski having been around a long time and wondered about longevity and customer service. Meopta has been around since 1933 so I don't think they are going anywhere. I've used their CS once on a scope and was pleased with the results.
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