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Old April 7th, 2013, 08:40 PM
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I was going to try Pawn shops. Still have time and will be following this forum
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Old April 7th, 2013, 08:45 PM
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We love our Zen Rays. We purchased them for our first Alaska cruise will be bringing them with us this July!

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I just bought a new pair of Zen Ray binoculars 10X42 for my wife for our trip to Alaska this summer for $ 139 off Ebay same price as Zen Rays web site less shipping. I have not got to use in field much but seem to be very clear. I also have a set from Cabela's 10X42 both are water proof that we will be taking also .
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Old April 8th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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I purchased both the Zen Ray Vista 8X42 and 10X42. The 8X42 is much more stable to hold and I'm going to get another one because these binoculars are waterproof, inexpensive, and far better than the cheap ones we have at home.

I bought them on Wayfair where they are priced at $139. If you enter your e-mail address, you will receive a coupon code for 10% off. The shipping was free and there was no tax.

I think these are fabulous, inexpensive binoculars and I'm thrilled to have discovered them on these forums. Thanks to all those who recommended them.
Those VISTA binoculars are very nice. I have compared them to $300 Nikon Monarch. The view is much nicer and clearer with VISTA

http://www.zen-ray.com/shop/binocula...vista8x42.html

we got both 8x and 10x so we can use 10x for land tour while 8x is primarily for whale watching
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Old April 16th, 2013, 10:55 PM
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Ugh, I am now torn between these two. The Bushnells are much cheaper, but maybe there's a reason for that.....
http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Ray-Optics...ray+8x42+vista

http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Water...x42+waterproof


Anyone used the Bushnells that can compare them to the Zen Rays? I won't be able to hold/test either pair before my trip so any help would be great.
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Old April 17th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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Waterproof is good if it is raining and go for a lightweight. I have a pair of 8x25 which are fine for during the day. Those 7x50's etc are for low light levels or night.
Good night! Never mind binoculars, sounds like I might as well just remove my rifle scope and bring that.
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Ugh, I am now torn between these two. The Bushnells are much cheaper, but maybe there's a reason for that.....
http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Ray-Optics...ray+8x42+vista

http://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Water...x42+waterproof


Anyone used the Bushnells that can compare them to the Zen Rays? I won't be able to hold/test either pair before my trip so any help would be great.
The VISTA is better binoculars. I have tried Bushnell Excursion or Legend. They are similar to VISTA. But their H2O model is very dim for lack of better coating.
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I have a 10 x 50 bushnell powerview and a 7 x 50 outdoor UV sharper image. Do you think either of there would suffice? Thanks for your advice,
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The VISTA is better binoculars. I have tried Bushnell Excursion or Legend. They are similar to VISTA. But their H2O model is very dim for lack of better coating.
What plenox said.

I've recently returned a pair of Bushnell Legend HD binoculars because of build quality issues and would not trust the brand now. But the Zen Rays are well regarded and many have a lifetime transferable warranty that will give you piece of mind.

I own two pairs of their twin sister company (Atlas Optics) and am very pleased with their quality and performance and their price-points!
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