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Binoculars

  • 06-12-2020 9:00pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Hi

    May not be the right forum but will chance my arm anyway. I sometime need to count cattle in a field that is roughly 600 metres away.

    High level (without getting too technical, ;)) - what would be the best type to get. 12 x 42....... 8 x 60 etc.


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  • Site Banned Posts: 27 ✭✭✭ Drewgerger


    Put up a battery security camera


  • Registered Users Posts: 436 ✭✭ JP22


    If you have somewhere to set it up, Lidl have a cheap (€25) spotting scope in on Thur 10th Dec.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,005 ✭✭✭ Zxthinger


    8x50 should do for counting cattle. 12 x42 will lose light faster and they'd be real hard to use comfortably. Both hard on the eye and on the wrist.

    8x60 will let you see in the dusk. And they'll be steady enough to hold free handed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    JP22 wrote: »
    If you have somewhere to set it up, Lidl have a cheap (€25) spotting scope in on Thur 10th Dec.


    Thanks. But no real place to set it up.

    Lidl have these now - would these be ok for my needs?

    Binoculars https://www.lidl.ie/p/p55942?productId=55942&countryCode=IE


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,168 ✭✭✭ Rosahane


    obi604 wrote: »
    Thanks. But no real place to set it up.

    Lidl have these now - would these be ok for my needs?

    Binoculars https://www.lidl.ie/p/p55942?productId=55942&countryCode=IE

    They will if you can leave them permanently somewhere safe like a windowsill. The focus mechanism is a bit fragile and wobbly but the optics aren’t too bad. Not bad for the price and might be ok for your needs.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Rosahane wrote: »
    They will if you can leave them permanently somewhere safe like a windowsill. The focus mechanism is a bit fragile and wobbly but the optics aren’t too bad. Not bad for the price and might be ok for your needs.



    Thanks. May well go with these 8x60.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,168 ✭✭✭ Rosahane


    obi604 wrote: »
    Thanks. May well go with these 8x60.

    You might be better with 10 magnification but the 8 x 60 will be good in low light which might be a factor for you. You will still be well able to see cattle even at that distance.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    JP22 wrote: »
    If you have somewhere to set it up, Lidl have a cheap (€25) spotting scope in on Thur 10th Dec.

    Great value, used one on the range for years, gave it all sorts of abuse and its still fine, all for 25 squid, how can you go wrong ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    obi604 wrote: »
    Thanks. But no real place to set it up.

    Lidl have these now - would these be ok for my needs?

    Binoculars https://www.lidl.ie/p/p55942?productId=55942&countryCode=IE


    Any more comments before I pull the trigger later ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,280 ✭✭✭ tudderone


    obi604 wrote: »
    Any more comments before I pull the trigger later ;)

    How far wrong can you go for 25 quid ?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,071 ✭✭✭ The Continental Op


    obi604 wrote: »
    Thanks. But no real place to set it up.

    Lidl have these now - would these be ok for my needs?

    Binoculars https://www.lidl.ie/p/p55942?productId=55942&countryCode=IE

    Have these. You can't go wrong for the price but they are crap.

    Forget the zoom just use them at the lower magnification which is still good enough and then they are fine. Once you start to use the full magnification you start to see how bad they really are.

    Also at full magnification they are too powerful to hold on your subject easily. A big magnification amplifies your movement more. 10 x is about as powerful as you can go without having to prop the bins on something.

    The ones in Lidl have a tripod mounting point (take that cap off at the end of the focusing ring) so give them a try and perhaps get a tripod later if needed.

    Wake me up when it's all over.



  • Registered Users Posts: 436 ✭✭ JP22


    I see Aldi have a set next week on a tripod, thirty odd bucks.

    No idea how good they are though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 802 ✭✭✭ ejg


    8x42 binos would be perfect. Not trying to find bullet holes. Vortex have a good selection. Buy once and if the tractor rolls over them you get a new set....
    John Lambert, Dom Byrne have them in stock.
    edi


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    ejg wrote: »
    8x42 binos would be perfect. Not trying to find bullet holes. Vortex have a good selection. Buy once and if the tractor rolls over them you get a new set....
    John Lambert, Dom Byrne have them in stock.
    edi


    How much would these be? (Ballpark)


  • Registered Users Posts: 802 ✭✭✭ ejg


    I thought of Vortex Crossfire around 170,- Euro or the Diamondback HD around 270,- Euro.
    edi


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,230 ✭✭✭ obi604


    Bought the 8x60’s and they are grand.

    For the general use binocular user with no very specific use (father in law), what would be the best type to get. I.e. easy on the eye and wrist.


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