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Old February 10th, 2019, 09:35 PM #11
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Looks like Vortex picked up their lines.
Woops, I guess

But it appears they’re still made in America and are quite nice even if they are nos

So I assume vortex would be the same quality?
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Got a set of Bushnell 10x50 which are very good and a set of Pentax (made in Japan) 8x25 compact. Both are about 10 years old and good optics. New stuff seems to be made more with plastic frames and lenses.
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Sorry to hear of your mishap! Heal Well! That is all!
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Glad you're OK, Mr H.

I'm surprised you favor 10x binos. I have trouble with the shakes with mine. I prefer my 6x24 and 8x30 trinovids. That said, there's some bargains out there time to time. You could pick up a nice new pair of 10x25 Leica binos for lowish 3 figures; the glass is terrific, and they focus down to about 15 feet. And they're pocket-size, carry 'em everywhere.
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Check out Maven binos. I have the 10x42 c1’s. I got mine for $300 and are better (clearer) than the vortex vipers. Mavenbuilt.com
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Ergonomics count as well, not as much as glass but also a consideration in the selection process. We picked up Viper HD's, and like them very much, even over water.
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While you may be better off with brand new 'nocs, these are out there:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Min...H29:rk:13:pf:0
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Been 2 weeks, I'm still healing, but figured it was as good a day as any to grab my gift cards and head to Bass Pro.

The on-sale Nikon Monarch5 I wanted to try in 10x50 weren't in stock, so I tried the Vortex Diamondback and a pair of Cabela's.

Image quality and focusing were comparable, though close focus on the Vortex seemed a little tighter.

The Cabela's seemed lighter, and the eyepieces were easier to roll in and out. Diopter adjustment was looser as well. I decided these factors might just be a durability issue, so the extra $30 could be worth it for the Vortex.

So...

I get home, and decide to take another look at the Minoltas, away from the fog of the disaster... Two drops of Gorilla Glue, and they're just fine. Go figger.

But that's OK... I need back door bins, too.

Thanks for all the input!
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