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15x or 18x binoculars for hunting: what power is right for you? -
posted 4 weeks ago
I agree with what Nathan said. I don't have an RF bino but I usually have a smaller power optic and a more powerful optic both set up to use off a tripod. Sometimes its a pair of 12x50s and a 12-40x60 spotter, sometimes its 10x42s, 15x56s and the spotter. It depends on where I am going to glass. Hunting Coues deer for so many years in AZ I already have spots that where certain optics mixes work the best. Some areas we go you only need to glass 500ish yards max so a lighter load of optics gets packed in. Some areas call for 1000-2000 yards or father so the bigger glass are more useful and get packed. Of course this is for Coues deer stuff. For general western rifle hunting for Elk and Mule Deer I usually end up with my 15s a tripod and my G7 RF. My smaller glasses usually only get a lot of work on forest type hunts for elk or MD.
A note on those new Vortex 18x56 UHDs. I rented some back in January to try during an archery deer hunt. They really surprised me with their edge clarity and brightness. I had anticipated they would dim significantly in the evenings but they really didn't. I was able to glass with them until is became very dark. Of course this is just an anecdotal account but if you're in the market for a mid-range (cost wise) pair don't overlook them because they are 18s. I think that new prism system makes a big difference in brightness.
Why you need a pair of 12 power binoculars -
posted 1 month ago
@Matthew - I haven't seen any. I guess you could go to a store and do a side by side compare. The BX5s have a different coating from the UHDs. I've looked through both but not side by side.
@Matthew - cool, I think you'll be shocked how good they are. They seemed brighter than my 12x50 HD razors. I would be gunning to get a pair if hadn't bought some 15x56 Meopta Meostars 6 months before they came out. The Meostars are brighter than my Razor HDs as well.
@Mathew - I rented them from a place local to me call Ross Archery. I think they will rent via mail.
@Grant C. I rented a pair of the 18 UHDs to try them out on a Javelina hunt last month. I have a pair of 12x50 Razors, great piece of gear btw, I compared the 12 HD to the 18 UHDs and the UHDs were as bright to my eyes as the 12 HDs. Compare them side by side on tripods before you buy. I'd try to do it right at dusk if possible. The 18s were clear edge to edge, I wish they had come out earlier, I'd have them instead of the 15s I have.