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Nikon Monarch. If you want binoculars that won't fail, you will HAVE to spend money on them. Anything over $200 will probably be a very good set. I currently have the Nikon Team Realtree Hunting Binoculars. They are very nice, but I would like something with a little more power. The Nikon Monarch's are the first on my list.

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I also have the Nikon Monarch's...Team Realtree 10X42's and love them. For under $300 they are really good optics. wink.gif

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Those are the EXACT ones I'd like to upgrade to. cool.gif

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I also have these same binocs but they're black. They work really nice, you shouldn't have a problem with them on your Elk hunt. But if you want some real zoom, Nikon also makes a 10-22x50 bino under 300$.

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Here is another user and fan of the Nikon Monarch ATB 10x40 binocs. They are light weight, have great optics, and hold up well. I bought my ATBs in 1999 and have used them on deer hunts, varmint hunts, predator hunts, elk hunts, and turkey hunts. They are hard to beat for the price.

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newguy-------1st welcome to the board. Lots of good people here. IMO & I've hunted elk for over 25 years here in Colorado. Don't get 10x---they are too much magnification. They will be hard to hold steady----causing eye strain---which leads to a Whopper of a headache or you will quit using them. I like 7x or 8x-----and with good glass you'll beable to pick out the detail. Plus elk are big---you'll know a bull when you see one---plus you'll REALLY know a good one when you see one. I've used Bushnell, Pentax, Bausch & Lomb-------I sucked it up this year & bought a pair of Leica 7x40. I should have done it 20 years ago. IMO---suck it up & get a pair of Swaro, Lieca, Ziess----you'll use them your entire hunting life & you'll never reget the purchase.

One last word of advise is to start your Cardio conditioning NOW. The Rockies are steep & altitude. It has riuned many hunt when the hunter has come from the flat land with a few extra pounds. I've seen plenty gasping for breathe.

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I agree with Colorado Bob some of those suggestions are just to big. I have hunted elk all my life and use Bushnell Legends 8X32. They are awsome. Light weight, compact and a good price for the quality you receive. Good luck on the elk hunt.

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I've got these Bushnell Trophy Binos in 10x42 Hardwoods HD and they're great.

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If you wear glasses, then these are what you want!

I could never find a pair of bino's that would allow me full field of view, until I found these! Now I dont have to look through pin holes!!!

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If you wear glasses, then these are what you want!

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The Nikon's have adjustable eye cups just for that reason! wink.gif

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Yep! I had a pair of Bushnell Legend 10X42's and sent them back. There was glue and other debris inside of them. They have eyecups identical to the Trophy's. I like the Nikon eyecups a lot better. Easier to turn in and out. Plus, they focus A LOT easier than the Legend's did.

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If you wear glasses, then these are what you want!

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The Nikon's have adjustable eye cups just for that reason! wink.gif

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Yep! I had a pair of Bushnell Legend 10X42's and sent them back. There was glue and other debris inside of them. They have eyecups identical to the Trophy's. I like the Nikon eyecups a lot better. Easier to turn in and out. Plus, they focus A LOT easier than the Legend's did.

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Well just because you found a lemon doesnt mean I have a lemon! tongue.gif

The pair I have work great! Nikon Optics are better, I know this! But, the Trophy objective eye pieces that you look through are larger than most binos I have looked through. This giving me a larger field of view. I have found some binos costing $500 or more with this larger eye objective. But I personally cant see spending that kind of money when I can get the same results, I paid around $180 for my Trophy's. Not sure what the Nikon's were? I been to Cabela's and Bass Pro and looked through every one that I thought was a decent price. Even been to three different gun shops, this is where I found the Trophy's that I bought. I might have to look again, but, none had the larger eye objective like the Trophy's did! JMO! grin.gif

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I paid around $180 for my Trophy's.

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shocked.gif Natchez used to have them for around $120 I think. Just for future use, always check out www.natchezss.com first for optics or treestands. wink.gif They have the Nikon Monarch for about $230-$250. They usually run about $300.

Dollar for dollar, when comparing what I could see out of the Legend's to my Nikon's (lower end, Team Realtree 10X36) there was no comparasion. The Bushnell's focus knob was a lot tougher to move and the eyecups weren't as comfortable as the Nikon's.

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Yeah ok! I saved the web site. But like I said, the eye objective was much larger than anything else I looked at. With glasses on, it gave me a view like i wasnt wearing any glasses. This is what sold me chrud. Besides thier are water and fog proof as well. Mine work great, have no problems with the focus knob. I got mine when they first came out so I guess the price came down a little since then. About the only thing I dont care for is the weight of them. But since I use the Cabela's Bino Sysytem, all the weight goes on my shoulder now, not the neck. Ill never use a pair of binos without them too!

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About the only thing I dont care for is the weight of them. But since I use the Cabela's Bino Sysytem, all the weight goes on my shoulder now, not the neck. Ill never use a pair of binos without them too!

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My bro calls them "Crooket Creeks". grin.gif

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