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    Posted: November/06/2019 at 04:28
Wondering which is the better option for glassing fields and normally stuff over 150 yards for whitetail deer hunting. Will one be better in low light over the other? Also is the 12x50 to shakey even if you are using in a tower stand without a tripod?
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So, first things first: glass quality beats magnification, meaning, you can have 50mm objectives on terrible glass that are nowhere near as clear as 42s of good glass - and even 32s of great glass.
And considering legal shooting times, your binos shouldn't be a problem (finding it on a scope is another issue.)
For all around use, my go-tos are 10x42s and they do everything very well. For stalking, I swap them for a lower power, larger FOV pair.

In my opinion, 12X is a special-purpose pair of binos, especially in hunting.

Lastly, how bright as a function of objective diameter does favor larger; however, many, many other factors play a part as well. And when you consider weight and size and maneuverability, the perfect hunting bino is a perfect blend of characteristics - and they differ by hunter.

I'd start with a quality 8x42 or 10x42 and see what you think.
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I have 7x42 and 10x42 binoculars and for general whitetail hunting in mixed cover and fields would take the 7x42 anytime
For stand hunting the 10x50 would be fine. Get quality glass and coatings, though.

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I use a very high quality 8x32 and i find that it is about perfect for any kind of hunting in any kind of weather and light, from stand hunting on open forests and fields to open landscapes (mule deer and antelope).
It is also easy to carry and use on long hikes because of it's relatively small size and weight. I have never felt that the 8x32 is a limiting factor.
On the other hand, i have learned that i do not have time to use it in the dense heavy brush forest where i hunt these days (along deer trails). The deer keep going and i have to choose whether i use binoculars to see deer well, but waste time and opportunity for a shot, or i raise rifle, take a quick look through a low power wide angle, high quality, heavy reticle scope and decide to fire or not if there is a "window" and a good, safe shot.
Your hunting conditions may be different, but i would imagine that a good quality 8x42 is all that you need, even if you want or can afford the time to study slow/standing deer in an open field at dusk. Indeed, quality of optics is more important than magnification and size.  
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