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    I was talking to Lewis about it the other day.
    How come you get scopes up to 50X but not binos?
    I think the most I've seen was 12X.

    Is it limited by the lenses or design?
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    I almost got a pair of 16 x 60 Pentax Bino's for my wife.

    The problem is they start getting too heavy and you loose too much light .

    Just thingk abnout it most high mag monoculars are tripod mounted.They would break your back if they were a set of binoculars.
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    Yes, but surely they can add another lens in to boost the magnification, almost like my Leupold?
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    Then the unit starts getting longer and more complex.
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    I think it is because you can't hold it steady enough and at high mag you lose sight of the object you are looking at.

    with a scope your head is "fixed" behind the lens by the cheek piece and this makes it easier to look through. try looking through a high mag scope without a gun fitted and then through a low mag scope ... it is just easier with the low mag.

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    I think it might be because of the field of view that you get. Because at high mag you only see a small field of view and that makes it hard to spot objects easy.
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    errr...guys it's because a 50X bino would be impossible to hold steady!!
    Even a 12X or 10X bino is not ideal...best magnification is an 8X unless you get a big stargazing bino like a 20X60 or so and then only use it in a tripod.

    You get one of Canons big IS image stabilizing binos...I have the 15X50...it is awesome!!! ...but not cheap.
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    Looks like I will have to tape 2 Leupolds together then...

    Where can I buy binos like Angelina Jolie used in Mr. and Mrs. Smith?
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    for outing i use 12x25 Bino
    for view i use 20-80x90 Mono on tripod
    <span class='smallblacktext'>[ Edited Fri May 05 2006, 08:10PM ]</span>
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    10 X 40 Lynx Wide angle, perfect for hunting.
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    Biggest Binos I have seen is from the National Geographic range and they are 20 x 70mm,HUGE but I dont know the quality of the optics.
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