anybody use em?.......i have a 8x monocular ive used for a long time, very small n light and i wear glasses and never could get binoculars to work with both eyes lol, i hang the monoc around my neck and it works great especially when hunting...for big areas and road scouting i use my spotting scope.
mines covered in genuine rubber camo too....ive had 4 because every time a friend or brother would see it they would talk me out of it, good thing they are cheap...i find them invaluable in the fields if u have a bird coming you can check low key if its a tom and they weigh nothing. I actually tilt my head down when im on stand and put the rubber cup eyepiece over the top of my glasses and can use it without taking my glasses off.
They are great except for times in low light. They just don't gather the amount of light neccessary to be able to see at dawn and dusk when I think they are most needed. I my opinion it is worth the extra weight to pack in a good quality pair of binos to hunt with, especially if you are bow hunting.
that theres critical thinking...?...haha, Regnar, I was curious if you wear glasses? I noted as did Ken, I always have trouble with the focus on binoculars and always wind up closing one eye anyways . Even when I wear contacts it doesnt work, I think because of the different strengths of both eyes. I was in VT hunting this spring n saw a bird in a field and my buddy handed me his binoculars and I was fumbling with them tryin to focus them and he said these are supposed to focus automatically, but it was a blur to me. I do have a decent lightweight spotting scope I use for big areas, fields, corn etc. In fact that spotting scope is one of my most important tools, especially pre-season.
I hear you on the out of focus thing. I have that problem when I use poor optic binos. That does not mean cheap as I have looked through some expensive ones and had that happen. It also seems to happen to me if I use binos of more than 10x.
I have a pair of the self focusing binos and I have the same problem. Never seem to give me a sharp image. One other thing that may cause you other binos to lose some of its sharpness is the off eye focusing ring or what ever its called will rotate slightly from use. I usually re focus mine before every 3d shoot.
I had been using a pair of Nikon monarchs 8x42's. They were good but I would get that problem as the light faded. Not bad but I would notice it. This spring I picked up a pair of the Nikon Dream season 8.5x50's and they are as good as my friends swarowskies (spelling). They REALLY shine in low light. It is amazing the detail you can see as the shadows get long. They are on the large size but since I just about pack in a full ruck sack I figured I would not notice the extra weight ;D ;D
Man I lifted my turkey vest this year and had to check to see if one of my brothers loaded the back pouch with bricks!...I hoed her down a few pounds but still had enough stuff for a week of turkey hunting non stop. I usually take 13 calls and use 2")
I hear ya ken. But with a good set if you do see a deer and its in the shadows or you in a hemlock thicket where it gets dark way early, you may be able to pick out a deer headed your way and have time to get ready for the shot. You may not use them for a season or two but the one time you need them they will pay for themselves, at least that is what I keep telling myself!!!!!
I think optics, like everything else, are individual to the hunter. I really utilize my spotting scope for long distance patterning. You can watch birds or bucks and see exactly what they do undisturbed and set up ambushes from there. I also really enjoy just watching critters, especially turkeys even when I am not hunting them. I heard MkM has his eyes specially modified for turkey hunting, his right eye is bionic zoom lensed and his left eye is night vision and FLIR capable........