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#7045541 - 01/19/18 08:45 PM Range finding binos
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anybody using these?

I looked at the Vortex and Nikon variants today at Cabela's. Any guess who won the comparison??? By a MILE !!!
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#7045547 - 01/19/18 08:50 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If your eyes are anything like my 57 yr old ones, the Nikon was the easy winner when I compared them. The laser RF was much faster, and could read farther too.

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#7045556 - 01/19/18 08:56 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.
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#7045587 - 01/19/18 09:31 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I have had the Zeiss 10x45 BRF since 2012 and had the Geovid before that.
Can't imagine hunting without a BRF of some flavor.

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#7045591 - 01/19/18 09:33 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Both were very good attempts by the manufactures, but I found the Nikon's more appealing as well.
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#7045604 - 01/19/18 09:54 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I have used both the Leicas and Swaros. Hard to tell much of a difference. If I had to I would lean towards the Swaros. The functionality of them is quite convenient. One less item to carry. One thing to consider is if you have one eye that has better vision than the other be sure and look through the binos with one eye while ranging something. I donít recall which but the laser read out in the Leicas is on one side and for the Swaro itís on the opposite side. So, if thatís a major issue for you, you sure donít want to buy the binos that have the built in laser read out being projected in your weaker/blurry eye. Not aware of any binos that has the laser read out viewed in both optics. I donít have any experience w/ the Vortex or Nikons.

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#7045805 - 01/20/18 07:53 AM Re: Range finding binos [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.

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The optics are on par with the Viper HD's, pretty darn good, not exceptional. I had the Nikon and Vortex side by side in Cabelas parking lot on a cloudy day (best test I could do). This particular Fury wouldn't range past 600 yds, while the Nikon would go to 900 or so. The only reason I'd buy the Vortex is because of the warranty.

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#7045867 - 01/20/18 08:51 AM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Yep, as usual the Vortex suked. Plus the Nikon's Eye relief was better than Vortwx for us old azz glasses wearers.
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#7045870 - 01/20/18 08:53 AM Re: Range finding binos [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.


Judd had Vortex, not Swarovski RF Bino's???!!!! This is not like him. $$$ 2cents
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#7045895 - 01/20/18 09:02 AM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I borrowed Judd's Vortex Fury a couple months ago. The glass and the laser were both impressive. I could see fine detail at 350 yards well past legal light. The farthest I tested the laser was on a cedar at 1050 yards.


Judd had Vortex, not Swarovski RF Bino's???!!!! This is not like him. $$$ 2cents


Judd and I both can buy Vortex sigificantly less than retail, but only once a year.


Edited by FiremanJG (01/20/18 09:03 AM)
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#7045906 - 01/20/18 09:07 AM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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From the ones I've tried and owned, i still carry a terrapin and swaro el's. The Bushnell's range better than any other ones I've tried, but the glass isnt acceptable. The swaro's are fantastic glass but they can have a little trouble bouncing a target in certain conditions and the display can be hard to read. Leicas let me down on a elk hunt under 800 yards. I haven't tried the Zeiss, but i have been told they are on par with the swaro's. I wish someome would make a pair that range and read as good as the Bushnell's but with swaro or Zeiss glass. Untill they do ill carry what I know works when it has too.

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#7045930 - 01/20/18 09:24 AM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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I want a Terrapin, bad. I wish Vextronix would replace it.
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#7046277 - 01/20/18 02:15 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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If Meopta would import their MeoRange bino/rf unit I may be more interested in these combined units. IMO, RF technology is speeding ahead much faster than bino/glass technology, which is why I've kept them separate.

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#7046315 - 01/20/18 02:49 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Jgraider]
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Originally Posted By: Jgraider
IMO, RF technology is speeding ahead much faster than bino/glass technology, which is why I've kept them separate.


This. I prefer to update separately, although I can certainly understand the appeal of a single unified device.
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#7046349 - 01/20/18 03:13 PM Re: Range finding binos [Re: Buzzsaw]
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