Binocularstoday.com : the guide to buying binoculars
You wish to buy new binoculars ? You have come to the right place. We have developed this guide with the sole purpose of helping you. Indeed, you can easily get lost between the many models and brands of binoculars available on the market.
Looking for safari binoculars? Ornithology? Or for children? … We will discuss in detail everything you need to know before making a purchase. We will also present our top picks for this year. We’ll even tell you where to buy your binoculars based on your budget or needs.
In short, all useful information will be gathered in this article.
Table of contents
- Technical characteristics: zoom on the basics
- What quality of lenses to choose for binoculars?
- Which binoculars to choose if you wear glasses?
- Top of the range, top of the range or middle of the range…
- Where to buy binoculars?
- The different types of binoculars
- 1. Binoculars for safari
- 2. Birding binoculars
- 3. Binoculars for children
- 4. Astronomical binoculars
- 5. Night vision binoculars
- 6. Hunting binoculars
- 7. Theater binoculars
Technical characteristics: zoom on the basics
Let’s get right to the heart of the matter. Regardless of the field of application of the binoculars, the first point to consider is always the technical characteristics.
10 x 50 or 12 x 30 binoculars? No matter which pair of binoculars you are going to buy, you will always find this kind of indication on the product data sheet. The first number is what we call magnification coefficient. In simple terms, this is the zoom indicator. A pair of binoculars 10 x 50 will allow you to see a subject 10 times closer. A subject placed at 100 m will therefore appear as if it were only 10 m away from you.
After knowing this, you will certainly think that you need binoculars with a high magnification coefficient. Please note that binoculars with a magnification of more than 12x require the use of a tripod. Why? The effects of shaking are very important beyond a magnification of 12x. Especially if you plan to watch moving subjects. In fact, your handles will shake which will also cause the images to shake. How to choose the right magnification then?
The average magnification coefficient is 7x. This should be sufficient for all outdoor uses. Indoors, however, opt for 5x binoculars at most. To see subjects with more detail, a magnification of 10x is recommended. Currently, brands also offer binoculars with variable magnification. These are the 15-45×50, 15-45×60, etc. 15-45 means you can set your magnification from 15x to 45x.
Now you know the meaning of the first number. What about the second number?
2. Diameter of the lens
The second number indicates the diameter of the objective or more precisely the front lens of the binoculars. This number is expressed in millimeters. The quality of the image obtained with binoculars depends on the diameter of the objective. How does it work? The light enters through the lens. Therefore, the wider it is, the more luminosity there is, so the image is clear. This number should be chosen according to the place where you will use your binoculars. In a dark place, prefer binoculars with a large diameter.
Should you always choose binoculars with a large diameter? No, not necessarily. Certainly, the images are clearer with a wide lens, but on the other hand the binoculars will be heavy and cumbersome. For example, there is no need to choose a large lens if you mainly use your binoculars during the day.
In short, the size of the front lens has an impact on the handling of the binoculars. By taking this information into account, you will be able to define the type of lens that corresponds to your use. We recommend a lens between 32 and 42 millimeters for daytime use. Larger lenses are required for night observations.
3. Diameter of the eye circle or exit pupil
This diameter is obtained by dividing the diameter of the lens with the magnification coefficient. Normally, this value is between 2 and 7 millimeters. But what exactly is its meaning?
The exit pupil is the small circle of light that you can see on the back of your binoculars. On a camera, it corresponds to what is called diaphragm. The diameter of the eyepiece circle defines the maximum amount of light that can be received when looking through the binoculars. Thus, it is a factor that determines the comfort of observation.
When buying binoculars, make sure that the exit pupil has a diameter very close to that of the pupil of your eye. In general, the pupil measures about 7 mm in a child, 6 mm in an adult under 50 years of age and about 4 mm in people over 50 years of age. Consider your age to determine which diameter is best for you.
It is also worth noting that the diameter of a human’s pupil changes according to the amount of light it receives. The pupil is smaller during the day. It gets bigger at night or when there is less light. A person under the age of 50, with no eye health problems, has a pupil diameter of 2 to 3.5 mm during the day. This diameter can vary from 4 to 6 mm in the early morning and during moonlight. At night, the diameter can reach up to 7.3 mm. That said, the time of use of the binoculars is also a consideration when choosing the diameter of the eyepiece circle.
4. Twilight index and luminosity index
The following two clues are useful in determining which type of binoculars are used during the day or at night. The luminosity index is obtained by calculating the square of the diameter of the exit pupil.
For example, for 10 x 50 binoculars, the brightness index is (50/10)2 = 25. The higher this value, the more light the binoculars absorb. A pair of 7 x 50 binoculars is therefore brighter than a 10 x 50. Why? A 7 x 50 has a brightness index of 50.
As for the twilight index, it is a value to define the effectiveness of the binoculars in a place with low light or at night. To get the twilight index, calculate the root of magnification coefficient x lens diameters. A pair of binoculars 8 x 42 will have as a twilight index 18.33.
5. Field of view
Most binocular users don’t really know the meaning of this term. The field of view represents the width of the landscape that you can observe with the binoculars over a distance of 1000 m. Generally, the field of view is expressed in degrees or meters. This value depends on the magnification coefficient. Indeed, the more you zoom in, the more the field of view decreases. Therefore, you must multiply the magnification coefficient by the value of the width of field (expressed in °). If the result is greater than 64, the binoculars are part of the large-angles. A pair of 10 x 50 binoculars with a field of view of 7° therefore has a field of view of 70.
6. Focusing system
As you know, it is always necessary to focus when using an optical system. You will need to focus your binoculars according to the distance at which you will observe your subjects. There are two types of focusing systems. The most common is the central focus. The adjustment is done with a wheel or a button. The other system is the individual focus. It is often found on binoculars dedicated to water sports.
What quality of lenses to choose for binoculars?
The binoculars are all equipped with prisms inside. The role of these prisms is to offer non-inverted images to the observer. There are two types of prisms : roof prism and Porro prism. The roof prism is a newer system that allows for smaller binoculars. The Porro prism is also an older system used for the manufacture of high magnification binoculars.
The lenses used for the composition of the prisms have an important role on the quality of the images. Currently, we generally find the following lenses BK-7 with boron and glasses BaK-4 with barium. Most binocular manufacturers use BK-7 lenses. This type of glass is economically advantageous. The quality of the images obtained is satisfactory. However, BaK-4 lenses are even more effective. Moreover, BaK-4 is considered a guarantee of quality. Thus, its use impacts the price of the binoculars.
The type of glass used for the composition of the prisms is normally mentioned on the data sheet. Choose BaK-4 lenses if you want quality images. On the other hand, the BK-7 is recommended for high magnification binoculars.
There is one more important point you should know about glasses. Be aware that glass transmits a maximum of 80% of light. This affects the quality of the image, especially in terms of contrast and sharpness. Therefore, it is necessary to apply a treatment on the glasses. But how does it work?
Manufacturers now apply an anti-reflective coating to the lenses to facilitate light penetration. Hence the terms you may often encounter such as: fully multicoated, multicoated, fully coated or coated. We recommend glass with a multi-layer or fully milticoated coating. And avoid untreated glass whenever possible.
Which binoculars to choose if you wear glasses?
Eyeglass wearers must pay attention to one criterion to have a better comfort of use. This is what we call “eye clearance”. To keep it simple, choose binoculars with more than 15 mm of eye relief. It should be noted that the information on this eye clearance is not always mentioned by the manufacturer on the product data sheet. Indeed, most users do not attach importance to this criterion.
There are also binoculars with adaptable eyecups. This kind of binoculars can help you if you wear glasses. In fact, this system allows you to adjust the positioning of your eye in relation to the eyepiece of the binoculars. In general, the adjustment of these eyelets differs from brand to brand. Some manufacturers offer intermediate positions and others do not. Nevertheless, almost all high performance binoculars have adaptable eyecups.
Top of the range, top of the range or middle of the range…
The choice of the range generally depends on your budget. Brands always try to offer products in every range. Nikon for example offers top of the line and top of the line binoculars. There are several brands that do the same such as Zeiss, Bushnell, Steiner, etc.
In fact, the difference between the ranges is mainly in price. Entry-level binoculars cost around €400 to €600 or less. When choosing these binoculars, always refer to the reputation of the brand. Try browsing user reviews of a product before putting it in the cart. High-end binoculars also cost about 1000 € for the 10 x 50 models. Finally, the top of the range binoculars are offered beyond 1500 €. These are products adapted to professionals.
Normally, the overall quality of the products does not change for a brand whether the binoculars are high, mid or top of the range. Only the options change. For this reason, we recommend that you compare the models available within your budget.
Where to buy binoculars?
Several e-commerce sites sell binoculars. You can easily find good binoculars on Cdiscount, eBay or Amazon. We have decided to present you only the famous sites. However, we have a preference for Amazon. By the way, the products we are going to present you are on sale on Amazon.
The different types of binoculars
After knowing all these characteristics, it is time to choose the binoculars according to the activity. Indeed, all these points have been addressed so that you can easily understand which type of binoculars will suit your activity. We will see all types of binoculars that exist on the market
1. Binoculars for safari
Going on safari allows you to observe animals in their natural environment. Sometimes, it is difficult to see them. In order not to miss any opportunity, you must bring a good pair of binoculars. Many people make the mistake of thinking that for a safari you need a pair of high magnification binoculars. This idea is wrong, because we have already seen that high magnification has an impact on the handling of binoculars. You will never have time to set up your tripod for every observation. Most of the time, the animals are on the move. It is also not uncommon for you to be in a moving car during your observation sessions.
Opt for a 7x or 8x in terms of magnification. What about the size of the lens? Since safaris are usually conducted in daylight, you won’t need a very wide lens. Try to choose a lens that offers clear and sharp images. Note the following numbers: 32, 30, 28 or 25. One of these 4 lenses is sufficient for safari binoculars. As far as weight is concerned, opt for binoculars that weigh about 600 g.
We have selected for you three safari binoculars.
Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30
Safari UltraSharp 8×30 is a pair of binoculars from Steiner. Its 8x magnification and 30mm lens diameter will allow you to get sharp images. The colors are much more accurate because Steiner uses high performance lenses. Safari UltraSharp 8×30 also features an optical system called “High-Contrast”. What is it? The images obtained are exceptional with very sharp contours. The Sports-Auto-Focus system will allow you to adjust the vision on each eye piece. You will get sharp images from 20m.
This pair of binoculars is equipped with ergonomic silicone eyecups. These eyecups offer you a good observation comfort. The Safari Ultrasharp 8×30 CF weighs 611g. This weight will not cause you any problems even if the animals are moving. All operating elements are rubber coated.
All in all, this pair of binoculars is among our best products of the moment. We recommend this model without any hesitation.
Olympus 8×40 DPS-I
Here’s another product that’s still ideal for your nature observations: the iconic Olympus 8×40 DPS-I. It is a pair of binoculars with a wide field of view. Its 65° viewing angle will allow you to easily follow moving animals. In addition, it is equipped with a central focusing wheel. You will also benefit from ultraviolet protection. Therefore, your eyes will always be protected even if you go to Africa under the tropical sun.
Apart from safari use, this 8×40 model from Olympus is suitable for almost any type of use. Why? Even though it is a Porro prism model, the lenses are aspherical and offer sharp, bright and clear images. Finally, the Olympus 8×40 DPS-I is equipped with a rubber protection. This gives it a good grip.
NIKON A211 7×35
Nikon is a great brand that needs no introduction in the world of optics. The brand offers several types of safari binoculars, but we decided to present the NIKON A211 7×35. The reason is simple: this product offers a good quality/price ratio.
You may wonder if 7×35 is enough for safari observations? Obviously, this pair of binoculars is more or less small, but very accurate. In fact, its lenses are equipped with a multi-coating which allows to obtain very bright images. In addition, its field of view is 9.3°. It is therefore among the wide-angle binoculars. With an exit pupil of 5 mm, it is well suited for daytime use.
Concerning the grip, the sheathing of this NIKON A211 is rubberized which offers an excellent ergonomics.
2. Birding binoculars
Do you love to go on birding trips? A good pair of binoculars is essential. Indeed, you will need binoculars allowing you to see the birds moving in the sky or hidden in the trees. The first criterion to consider is the magnification.
We recommend binoculars with a magnification factor of 8x – 10x. Be aware that binoculars with 8x magnification offer better image quality. The results are stable and you will benefit from a large field of view. But if you want more detail, buy 10x binoculars. However, do not exceed this value, because beyond 10x you will start to feel the instability. This may affect your observation.
The second criterion is the size of the lens. The 42 mm and 50 mm are very popular in birding. This diameter is sufficient to offer you a nice observation experience. Another factor is not to be underestimated in ornithology: the twilight index. Indeed, you will often have to observe birds at dusk. It is therefore ideal to have binoculars with a twilight index greater than or close to 20. Finally, also pay attention to the focusing system. A delay in adjustment could have an impact on your observation. Choose binoculars equipped with quick focus.
We have selected for you three binoculars for birdwatching.
ZEISS Terra ED 8×42
Even if you’re a binocular enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of the ZEISS brand. Indeed, the brand has been able to impose itself for several years on the binoculars market. Today, we are going to present you the 8×42 binoculars with ED lenses from the Terra range. It is a very popular product for birdwatchers.
These binoculars are ideal for nature observations. The Terra ED 8×42 offers more than satisfactory optical precision. You will have no trouble observing birds in motion. Its lenses are equipped with a multi-layer hydrophobic coating. Thus, the lenses transmit 88% of the light. You’ll always get bright, clear images at any time of day. As you can see, the ZEISS Terra ED is equipped with a 42mm lens. This size is suitable for enjoying bird watching at dusk. The Terra ED 8×42 is also equipped with a large focus wheel. This focusing system is a great advantage, as it will allow you to get a sharp image in a few steps.
NIKON PROSTAFF 7s 10X42
The NIKON PROSTAFF 7s 10X42 binoculars are among the most iconic models of the Nikon brand. They compete with the 10×50 DPS-I binoculars from Olympus. According to several experts, this NIKON PROSTAFF 7s 10X42 is even better than the 10×50 DPS-I.
Nikon’s Prostaff 7s products have a sophisticated optical system that allows you to obtain very high quality images. Its weight of 460 g is a great advantage for those who love to watch birds. They are also suitable for other activities such as safari. Nikon has integrated a very easy to handle focusing system.
As far as the quality of the lenses is concerned, you benefit from ecological lenses coated in multi-layer. The resolution of the images is excellent because of the phase correction on the prisms. For the comfort of observation, Nikon offers you rubber eyecups. Speaking of rubber, it is also found all around the binoculars. This sheathing increases the resistance to shocks.
Bushnell binoculars 10×50 powerview
The following binoculars are part of the Powerview series from Bushnell. We have selected this product for people who love to watch rare birds. If you need camouflage to see an animal or birds in their natural environment, these binoculars are for you. With its 50mm lens and 10x magnification factor, you can enjoy your observation over a long distance. Indeed, the 10×50 Powerview offer an excellent brightness even on a very long distance. For your viewing comfort, Bushnell offers folding eyecups.
Regarding the quality of the lenses, this model is equipped with a Porro prism with multi-layer BK-7 lenses. We can say that the characteristics of these glasses are not sophisticated. However, the results obtained are acceptable in ornithology. Especially if you make your observations during the day.
3. Binoculars for children
If you want to make your child happy by buying binoculars, you should choose them in a different way. The first selection criterion is the age recommended by the manufacturer. Binoculars for children have special technical features that vary according to age. Therefore, compliance with the recommendations is of great importance if you want your child to have a great viewing experience.
Next, note that the weight can impact the grip of the binoculars. Choose lightweight binoculars, as children are less resistant to fatigue than adults. Regarding the technical characteristics, a magnification between 2x and 8x is sufficient. Never give your child high-magnification binoculars, as this may impact the health of their eyes. And most importantly, avoid giving adult binoculars to your little ones. Finally, the ideal lens diameter is less than 30 mm.
To make your purchase easier, we have selected for you three binoculars for children.
Giftinthebox8 x 21
Would you like to give your child twins? This is a compact model designed especially for children. These binoculars from Giftinthebox have an 8x magnification and a 21 mm objective. These features are ideal for children ages 3 to 12, especially those who are beginning to develop an interest in observation. It should be noted that this product is not a toy.
This Giftinthebox 8×21 is equipped with a fall protection. In addition, it also has non-slip stripes so they won’t fall out of your little one’s hands. Children will also benefit from rubber eye protection. In short, your child is not at risk of injury with the Giftinthebox 8×21.
You can take it everywhere: on a trip, on a hike, for nature outings, etc. It is even possible to use it indoors. Finally, they are easy to develop even for young children. BK 4 lenses also provide bright images.
Monte Stivo® Junior 8×21
Here’s another pair of binoculars perfect for little explorers ages 4 to 12. The experts at Monte Stivo have made sure to provide children with binoculars that are suitable for all outdoor activities. This Monte Stivo Junior fits easily in the hands of children. While most binoculars are adjusted with a thumbwheel, this model is also equipped with a simple focus button.
For safety, these binoculars have a non-slip surface and also a rubber coating for eye protection. Monte Stivo has also thought about children who wear glasses. For the latter, simply fold down the rubber protectors and that’s it. However, please note that this type of product is only to be used in the presence of an adult.
Finally, this children’s binocular comes with several gifts that will certainly satisfy your child even more: magnifying glass, cloth, stickers, belt pouch, etc.
This pair of binoculars EUTOYZ 8×21 is intended for children over 6 years. In fact, it is very special, because even adults can use it without worries. The BaK 4 lenses of the lens have a multi-layer coating. Thus, the lenses allow 100% of the light they capture to pass through. This model is made of high quality materials. There is a rubber protection that protects the eyes and face of children. Its 21mm lens is also protected by rubber so that the lenses won’t be damaged if your child drops the binoculars.
We decided to introduce you to this product because of its ergonomics. In fact, its handle is patented by the Eutoyz brand. Because of this, you can be sure that it will provide a great experience for your child to hold. Moreover, they weigh only 170 g.
4. Astronomical binoculars
Do you love looking at the sky with binoculars? We understand you. This feeling is just magical. There is nothing more beautiful than having tea on the terrace while looking at the sky with binoculars mounted on a tripod. To enjoy a great experience, here are the binoculars features you should consider.
We recommend that you look at 10 x 50 binoculars at first. These models do not yet require the use of a tripod, but already offer satisfactory results. A 10×50 will also allow you to learn the basics of astronomy. In addition, you can use binoculars for birding with a large field of view.
Then, move up the scale after you’ve learned the basics. Change your 10×50 binoculars for 15×70 or 10×60. There is nothing to stop you from buying a 20×80 or even a 25×100. Just remember the rule already mentioned several times in this guide: beyond 12x, the use of a tripod is necessary. You may have noticed that for sky observation you need a large lens.
The price, size and weight of the binoculars will depend on the features. So, consider your needs carefully before choosing. By the way, to make your purchase easier, here are three astronomical binoculars that might interest you.
Celestron 71008 SkyMaster Binoculars 25 x 70
We have chosen the following pair of binoculars to satisfy the lovers of celestial observation. This Celestron 71008 SkyMaster is one of the best value astronomical binoculars on the market today. Do you think that binoculars for astronomy are always very expensive? Don’t be fooled, there are several manufacturers who try to offer good products at prices that are accessible to everyone.
The following model has a 70mm large format lens. This diameter captures maximum light even in very dark places. You will always enjoy a bright, high-quality image. Its 25x magnification allows you to have an excellent observation experience at night or at dusk. This Celestron 71008 SkyMaster can be placed on a tripod.
Celestron offers you a large focusing wheel. With just a few movements, you can get a sharp image. The eyelets are foldable for eyeglass wearers.
All in all, these binoculars don’t have any innovative features, but they allow you to observe the sky in complete peace of mind. Besides, only the results count. It is impossible for you to be disappointed with this pair of binoculars.
ESSLNB Binoculars 12×50
You have acquired the basic notions of celestial observation? Want to increase the power of your binoculars? Upgrade to the next level with this pair of ESSLNB 12×50 binoculars. This model allows you to have even more sensations.
Be aware that even though this pair of binoculars has a 12x magnification factor, the images are still stable and of high quality. The precision of the images is exceptional. Its 50mm lens is coated with a green multi-layer film. The latter plays an important role in the stability of the images. ESSLNB uses BaK 4 for the lenses. As already mentioned in this guide, this type of lens is very efficient.
You can also install these binoculars on your roof. It is a weatherproof model. Since we live in the digital age, this pair of binoculars has a feature that might appeal to you. We offer you an adjustable smartphone adapter. How does it work? This device allows you to film or take pictures using the binoculars.
Omegon Nightstar 20+40×100 Binoculars
Want to buy professional quality binoculars? The following model is made for you. This pair of Nightstar 20+40×100 binoculars from Omegon is a giant model with incredible performance. Even its design already says a lot. We would like to inform you that this product is not intended for amateurs.
It has a three-lens optical system that improves color perception even in low light. Experts already consider it as semi-apochromatic binoculars. This pair of binoculars is equipped with a connection for the eyepieces. Therefore, you can choose the length of your eyepiece. We still recommend that you do not push the magnification factor beyond 100x. In addition, it is already delivered with 2 pairs of eyepieces (20x and 40x).
5. Night vision binoculars
Here is a type of binoculars a little more complex to choose. In fact, night vision binoculars have different functions than other binoculars. They will allow you to see the subjects in more detail during the day. They also offer you the ability to see at night or in dark places. But how does it work?
At night, infrared and light from the moon or stars penetrate the lens. The protons will then be transformed into electrodes. An electronic system amplifies these electrodes to give flashes. And it is these flashes that create a bright and clear image. Therefore, night vision binoculars are equipped with a battery or a battery for the electronic part.
First, choose according to your use. Night vision binoculars tend to be more expensive than other types of binoculars. Thus, it is useless to spend in 2500 € binoculars if you are going to use it in a non professional context.
Today, the system used by night vision binoculars has evolved a lot. There are 4 generations on the market. The first version is widely available on the Internet. These are binoculars intended for leisure activities such as airsoft. The second generation is ideal for people who love to watch animals at night. The third generation is designed for hunters and security guards. Finally, there is the fourth generation which is very expensive, but of very high quality.
Now let’s go into detail about the important features to know. First of all, it is necessary for you to know that night vision binoculars do not have a large magnification coefficient. Beyond 6x, the images start to lose quality, especially in terms of clarity. We recommend 3x to 5x binoculars.
As usual, we bring you our top three night vision binoculars.
Nightfox – 119V night vision binoculars
To start the recommendation on night vision binoculars, we will introduce you to this Nightfox rechargeable. This model offers a range of 70 m at night. You won’t need to use your hands, as they fit over your head with a harness. A perfect model for airsoft. For more sensation and efficiency during your games, we recommend using a 10W infrared lamp.
As for the technical features, this Nightfox night vision has a magnification factor of 1x. In addition, you can use the 2x digital zoom. The electronic system is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. You can enjoy up to 3 hours of battery life when the battery is fully charged.
The biggest advantage of this product is the price. Opt for this pair of binoculars if you have a limited budget. The quality-price ratio is satisfactory.
ESSSLNB Monocular Night Vision 5X40
Looking for a night vision tool for hunting, outdoor observation, fishing, etc.? ? We present you this night monocular of the brand ESSSLNB. It has a magnification of 5x and a 40 mm lens. The lens of this lens has a multi-layer coating.
In total darkness, an automatic triggering system activates the IR lighting and low beam amplifiers. This allows you to obtain clear and bright images. However, there is no need to turn on the beam amplifiers if you have a weak light source such as the moon or stars. Simply set your goal against your target.
You will also benefit from an ergonomic diopter adjustment. The eyepiece on its side is made of rubber and adapts to the eye easily. The electronic system is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery.
But that’s not all. This night vision monocular has yet another feature that might interest you. Know that you can record videos or photos with this ESSSLNB monocular. Your recordings will be stored in a micro SD card.
Landove Night Vision Binoculars7x31
Looking for more sophisticated night vision binoculars? This model suits you. We present you the 7×31 digital night vision binoculars from Landove. In many reviews, tests or descriptions on the Internet, you can notice that this model is rather designed for night hunting. However, we recommend it for all types of night activities.
To visualize the images during the night, you have at your disposal a TFT LCD 2” High Definition screen. This night binocular also includes a video camera. It is equipped with an effective IR lighting for a distance of 400 m in total darkness.
The 31mm lens is equipped with a patented filter. The images obtained with this pair of binoculars are just exceptional. In addition, you get a 7x magnification factor and a 2x digital zoom. It is among the wide-angle night vision binoculars because of its 9° field of view.
It is also not uncommon to find people using it as an infrared surveillance camera. Indeed, this model can be wired to a TV screen.
6. Hunting binoculars
Hunting has been attracting more and more people in recent years. Are you one of these people? So you know that binoculars are among the essential accessories for this activity. His choice is not to be taken lightly. How to do it then?
A magnification between 7x and 10x is sufficient. Do not look for high magnification binoculars to avoid the impact on the comfort of use. As we keep saying, a large magnification factor causes tremors. The diameter of the lens must not exceed 42 mm. Choose either a 40 mm or a 42 mm. Beyond 42 mm, the lens is heavy and this will affect the handling of the binoculars. We recommend multi-coated lenses to avoid glare and also to make the images clearer.
You should also choose binoculars with a wide field of view. You’ll notice during your hunting trip that this is something to take seriously in order to track moving targets. On the other hand, keep in mind that the better the binoculars, the heavier they are. High-end hunting binoculars can reach up to 1 kg or more. This is a factor not to be overlooked if you are hunting all day.
Here is a comparison of three hunting binoculars to make your purchase easier.
Celestron 71332 DX Nature 8×42
Here is a pair of binoculars suitable for hunting enthusiasts. In fact, these Celestron 71332 DX Nature are perfect for any outdoor activity. They are equipped with BaK-4 premium lenses for prisms. The lenses are equipped with multi-layer coating. Thus, the images obtained are bright. In addition, you could benefit from an 8x magnification. Even if the animals are moving, you won’t have trouble keeping up with them. In addition, the 42 mm lens diameter gives you a wide angle of view.
Be aware that these binoculars are also filled with nitrogen. This criterion is a great help for hunting in the forest. Finally, Celeston offers you adjustable eyelets. Therefore, they can be used by spectacle wearers.
All in all, these hunting binoculars have classic, but effective options. That’s why they are accessible to everyone. The quality-price ratio is therefore its greatest advantage. After that, its weight of 790 g also makes it the best ally for hunters.
ESSLNB Hunting Binoculars 8X42
If you are looking for a pair of professional hunting binoculars, this model is perfect for you. Here are the 8×42 binoculars from ESSLNB. This binocular is suitable for sport hunting. To help you out, we’ll cover all the options that can help you during your hunting trips.
First, you should know that even if you use the 8x magnification, the images obtained are always stable. You will never feel shaky or dizzy. The lens is also coated with a green film of 22 mm. This multilayer film is of great importance during long term observations. Speaking of glasses, the prisms are made of BaK-4. We are talking about all these options to tell you that these binoculars can be used even in a low light area.
This binocular is also waterproof for use in the forest. During your observations, you can enjoy a wide field of view. The focus is done with a metal button. To tell you the truth, ESSLNB has done a lot of research to help hunters. These hunting binoculars are even equipped with a lanyard for its transport.
APEMAN BC 100 10X42 is one of the most popular professional binoculars on the market. The brand uses BaK-4 for the prisms. In addition, the lenses are equipped with FMC multi-layer coating. The lens transmits nearly 95% of the light it captures. The images obtained are therefore very sharp and clear. To put it simply, you get high definition images.
This BC 100 binocular can be used at dusk and in low light conditions. However, it is not suitable for use at night, i.e. in total darkness. To make you even happier, the eyeletsare adjustable. Thus, they can be used by spectacle wearers. As far as safety is concerned, these binoculars are coated with rubber to protect against impact.
If you like to take pictures of wild animals, we deliver with this model a support for smartphone. This holder is compatible with any type of phone on the market. That said, this APEMAN BC 100 10X42 is suitable for many uses.
7. Theater binoculars
Theater binoculars or opera binoculars are grouped under one name: indoor binoculars. This is a type of binoculars specially designed for indoor shows or events. Since the existence of theater, binoculars have always been considered a sign of elegance. The design, the color and the style are to be chosen according to your personality. Here are the technical characteristics to be taken into account:
Theater binoculars are used to enjoy a show. We recommend low magnification binoculars. Generally, opera glasses have a magnification of 3x to 5x. The rule is simple, the magnification factor should not exceed 5x. Indeed, you don’t need to see the details on the scene. In fact, it is so rare that you use the zoom function of your theater scope.
In addition to the magnification, choose binoculars with a wide field of view. This would allow you to observe the whole scene and not just a part of it. We recommend binoculars with a field of view between 100 – 1000 m.
Normally, these two criteria should be enough to choose your theater binoculars.
We’ve chosen three theatrical twins for you:
ESSLNB Binoculars Theatre 4X30
This beautiful pair of opera glasses is ideal for all indoor activities: opera, shows, theaters, etc. You can also use it to watch the horse races. Indeed, its 4x magnification will allow you to see the details more closely. The quality of the images is impeccable because of its 30 mm lens. In addition, the lenses are equipped with multi-layer coating. They manage to capture a large amount of light even in low light.
Classy and elegant, these are two words that can define this ESSLNB 4×30 theater. Its pretty color fits any decoration. It also goes with many outfits.
Regarding the focus, ESSLNB provides you with a central wheel. Made of aluminum alloy, these binoculars are strong and lightweight compared to other products in the same line. Finally, you will receive a beautiful gold necklace and also a small bag to carry it.
Aomekie Theater Binoculars 3×25
Looking for classic and elegant opera glasses? This 3×25 model from Aomekie is sure to please you. The lenses have been improved to obtain sharp and clear images. In addition, this model is equipped with a central wheel for zoom. Just turn to the left to enlarge the image and to the right to have a wide angle of vision.
As for the grip, you have at your disposal a foldable handle. The brand also delivers with these binoculars a small carrying bag. To be frank, we selected this product for you because it offers excellent value for money. Its sober design also allows it to fit in any place: auditorium, theater, opera, etc.
In short, this is an ideal gift for an opera or theater lover.
Nikon 4×10 DCF
Nikon never ceases to impress us with its binoculars. The following model perfectly combines elegance, modernity and quality. This 4×10 DCF model from Nikon is very light with its weight of only 65g. You can take it anywhere. We would like to inform you that even if these binoculars are ideal for indoor observations, nothing prevents you from using them during a horse race or soccer match.
The 10mm lens gives you crisp, clear images because the lenses have multi-coated glass. Regarding the focus, you have at your disposal a ring. The latter has been carefully designed to simplify its use. Finally, they have an eye relief of about 13.7 mm. That said, this Nikon binocular fits very well with eyeglass wearers.
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