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    8x or 10x? Binocs

    Looking at the zen ray ed3. Should I go with the 8x or 10x? The money difference is only $10. Mainly use them antelope hunting and deer hunting here at home. Maybe an elk trip if I can ever get one tied up. Lol. Also does anyone use the zen rays?

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    Although I've never used the Zen Ray's, I prefer 10x binos for all around use. The 8x always seemed like they had me reaching for the spotting scope where the 10x serve my glassing needs 80% of the time. It may make a difference between the two based on the distances you will typically be glassing where field of view at closer ranges might out weigh the extra magnification.

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    I have 7x Leica's and I would prefer to have 10x for antelope hunting out west. I also carry a spotting scope, so the 7x Bino's are okay. I also use my Leica's for deer hunting in Missouri, so the 7x are a good compromise for both species. I would not want to use 10x for deer hunting in Missouri. A lot of my deer are spotted coming out into fields very late in the day with minimal light.

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    Out west they say nothing smaller than 10x but I've found that looking free hand 8's are far easier for me to stabilize without a tripod. I'd go with 8's period, wished I could sale my 10x Geovid HD-b's and get some 8's!
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    10x for sure
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    Comes down to personal preference and to a certain degree the quality of the glass.
    Some 8X glass is better than some 10X glass.

    I only use my 8X for bow and tree stand hunting (when I was WT hunting back east).
    For just about all the hunting out west (except maybe the tangled thick stuff here on the OR/WA coast) 10X would be the better choice IMO.
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    In comparable quality glass, I would go with 10X, but no higher in a binocular, as they are too hard to hold steady without a tripod, etc.. I have a pair of Swarovski 8X, and a pair of Kahles 10X. I have not used the Swarovski in a few years.
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    10X without a doubt. Then again, Jack O'Connor did pretty well and he always used 8X but he didn't have the modern glass coatings.

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    I'd say just compromise and go with the 9X

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    I have both the 87 and 10x.
    Of The two, for western hunting, I prefer the 10x.

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