Ideal for bird-watching and wildlife observation
We have a wide range of binoculars featured on Wildlife News. Whether you need a pair for bird-watching on woodland walks and a pair for an African safari we have something to suit your needs.
From a budget range for those starting out on their wildlife adventure to high specification optics, there is a binocular model to meet your demands.
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- SALE 18% OFF Zeiss Victory SF 8×42 Black Binoculars
Newly developed Ultra-FL lens
Unparalleled wide-angle field of view
The most ergonomic in its class
- SALE 25% OFF Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42 Binoculars
Conquest HD 10X 42
Exit Pupil Diameter:4.2 mm.
Field of Vision at 1000 m:115 m.
- SALE 78% NOCOEX 10×50 Marine Binoculars for Adults, Military Binoculars Waterproof with Rangefinder Compass BAK4 Prism FMC Lens Fogproof for Navigation Boating Fishing Water Sports Hunting£89.99 – £92.99
★★【Marine10x50 Binoculars】- Marine binoculars with 10x magnification and 50mm objective lens;22 mm eye relief,6.8mm exit pupil,and field of view is 396 feet at 1000 yards / 112 meters at 1000 meters.
★★【Professional Binoculars】With distance measurement and built-in compass for positioning. By specifying a ruler, you can directly calculate the distance of an object on the left eyepiece. With a lighting compass, you can calculate the direction.
★★【High Quality Binoculars】Superb visual clarity premium large BaK-4 Prism and fully multi-coated objective lens and eyepiece ensures that the image you view will be more brightly and sharply, offer the best option for any outdoor lovers whom like outdoor adventures.
- SALE 22% OFF Sunagor 9-45×21 – World’s Smallest Zoom Binoculars – Perfect for Bird Watching and Sports – With Carry Case, Cloth, Neck Strap and Lens Caps
45 x ZOOM MAGNIFICATION: Sliding zoom lever provides instant zoom from 9 to 45 times. HD clarity magnification from BAK-4 prisms with multi-coated optics ensures stunning clarity at large distances.
ULTRA COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT: These compact binoculars are the world’s smallest adjustable zoom binoculars. Small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag making them perfect for sightseeing, theatre, concerts, birdwatching, sports and racing enthusiasts.
WORLD LEADING: Sunagor have been manufacturing world-class binoculars for almost 70 years. Founded in 1948 and renowned for their ultra-high quality powerful binoculars.
- SALE 52% Binocular 10×42 with Tripod Adapter and Carrying Case – Premium HD Quality BAK 4 Roof Prism – Best for Bird Watching, Sightseeing, Traveling – Fogproof, Waterproof & Compact – by Dehlzer£69.99
�� WHILE OTHER 10 x 42 BINOCULARS are too big, too heavy, out of alignment (double vision) or have a foggy view, chromatic aberrations and difficult adjustable (mostly fake) eye lenses, the Dehlzer Binoculars have superior quality BAK4 prisms, fully multi-coated lenses, and will last longer than other brands on the market. This means BRIGHT and HIGH QUALITY images, MINIMAL DISTORTION, NO REFLECTION and a BETTER and FURTHER VIEW for you.
⚖️ NO MORE tired hands, eyestrain and headache after longer use. Our binoculars will help you RELAX in your off time and ENJOY your favorite hobbies. With its LIGHTWEIGHT and SMALL size you can carry it anywhere EASILY in your backpack or on your shoulders. Our straps have been specially designed to be wide enough to convey COMFORT rather than a cutting sensation on your shoulder.
⌛ FORGET ABOUT THE STRESS of sacrificing endless hours to adjusting the perfect focus or the possibility of losing the eyecup covers. Our binocular can be adjusted within seconds and is very EASY TO USE, even SUITABLE for children, the elderly and glass wearers. The lens covers can be attached to the barrel and the eyepiece covers to the strap so you don’t have to hold them in your hands or possibly lose them.
- SALE 68% HUTACT Binoculars for adults bird watching£59.99 – £208.99
★★/Simple and elegent design/ – Dark green environmental friendly rubber exterior with non-slip lines. Binoculars for adults compact suitable as a gift or for personal use. The rotatable eyepieces are great for both people wear glasses or not wear.
★★/Ultra-clear image with 10x magnification/ – BAK4 prism with FMC lens allows higher light transmittance for a stable and clear view. Use the phone clip mount to take pictures, having more fun in outdoors activities.
★★/Send 3 accessories/ – Tripod connector, mobile phone adapter send you a stable image. Harness strap to reduce the compact binoculars weight pressure on your neck and free your hands while on the move.
- SALE 41% OFF BORWOLF 10-180X90 high magnification HD long range zoom 10-36 times hunting telescope wide angle binoculars
Continuous zoom between 10-36 times, higher magnification can be seen farther When looking at the maximum multiple you can see the Moon Crater
BAK4 Prism, FMC Optical coating prism, Multi-coated optics increase light transmission resulting in brighter and sharper images with high contrast levels
This pair of binoculars can be used with a tripod, it is very convenient when you watch something for a long time. and this can be adjusted with a central focus on the different distance
- SALE 29% OFF Perrini Day / Night Prism Black and Green Military Binoculars with Pouch
10×50 Perrini Day / Night Prism Black and Green high Definition Military Binoculars
Large focusing ring makes operation easy
Lens Cleaning Cloth
- SALE 52% 10X42 Binoculars Compact for Adult High Power HD Professional BAK4 Roof Prism Long Range Lightweight Portable for Bird Watching, Hunting, Travelling, Opera£47.98 – £49.99
【Professional HD Views】Adapt Professional BAK-4 roof prisms and full multi coated Optic provide HD images. Suit for bird watching, hunting, travelling, opera, concert, theater, game and so on.
【Great Twilight and Low Light Night Vision】Suit for both day and night (low light level night vision is in weak light condition but DO NOT in completely darkness.).Especially wonderful for concert or opera at night.
【Reliable Framework and Rubber Armor】Adapt anti-slip and anti-shock rubber armor that easy to hold on different weather condition.
- SALE 67% 20×50 High Power Binoculars, BAK4, Large Eyepiece, Portable and Waterproof Binoculars Telescope with Multilayer-coated Lenses for Adult Bird Watching Football Safari Sightseeing Climbing Hiking Trip…
[Wide Field of View]- 20x magnification, 23mm eye lens diameter and 50mm objective diameter; 56m field of view at 1000m; When you use this binoculars, the vision is broad and it is very clear for the gain of binoculars.
[Professional Powerful Binoculars]- Multilayer-coated aspherical lenses elements provide superior light transmission and minimal distortion, better image brightness, contrast and quality. The Bak-4 prism has a perfectly round exit pupil. Providing bright, clear and razor-sharp viewing.
[Sleek and Solid]- Waterproof body with rubber coated finish for shock-resistance and a firm, comfortable grip, durable and portable for outdoors, even suitable for hostile environment.
- SALE 69% NOCOEX 10×42 HD Roof Prism Compact Binoculars, Water, Fog and Shock Proof, Suitable for Bird Watching, Stargazing and Hunting, Black£36.99 – £43.99
✿ 【Clear Vision with High Power】It’s designed with 10x high power magnification and 42mm wide-angled big objective lens, large eyepieces offer you 305ft/1000yds large field view when viewing the world, gives you the highest enjoyment.
✿【Premium BAK4 FMC for Superb Visual Clarity】Premium large BAK-4 Prism and fully multi-coated objective lens and eyepiece ensures that the image you view will be more brightly and sharply, offer the best option for any outdoor lovers whom like outdoor adventures.
✿【Portable and Easy to Focus】Built with an ergonomic soft rubber body design, anti-slip and easy to hold. Use the waterproof and fog proof material, which means they can withstand heavy rainwater.perfect for daily use and most outdoor .
- SALE 37% OFF Binoculars, 10×42 Compact Binoculars for Adults Bird Watching, Travel, BAK4 Prism, FMC Lens, Fogproof & Waterproof with Carry Bag and Neck Strap Smartphone Adapter, Tripod Mounting Adapter
【High Power 10×42 Roof Prism Binoculars】 The binoculars with 10x high power magnification and wide-angle 42mm lens delivers best-in-class clarity and brightness; Provided with 21mm green film eyepiece and 351ft/1000YDS large field of view, especially designed for outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, driving, watching wildlife and scenery. This binocular also can be used for watching large stage play, vocal concert, a football game, etc.
【Dual focus Capability & Precise Adjustment】User-friendly with focus knob and diopter rings, an improved eye cup design and tethered objective lens covers accommodate a wide range of users, Twist up and down eyecups for quick adjustment Twist up and down eyecups for quick adjustment comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. The compact binoculars has 21mm large eyepieces, can see more clear image than other binoculars.
【Premium BAK4 Prism & Multilayer Coated Optics】All lenses of the binoculars are made from Bak-4 prisms with FMC multi-layer broadband green film, the light transmittance increases up to 99.5% for brighter and higher-contrast images.. Also has 10X magnification, the ideal magnification to capture the most clear, bright and steady bird watching images.
- SALE 71% 10×42 Binoculars for Adults, Compact HD Professional Binoculars for Bird Watching, Travel, Stargazing, Camping, Concerts, Sightseeing
[High Power Binocular] This binoculars has 10x magnification, 42mm objective lens and wide field of view, 305ft/1000yds, makes you look farther and wider. Ideal for bird watching, safari sightseeing, travel, concerts, wildlife watching, outdoor sport activities, etc.
[Twist-up Eyepiece] Eyepieces on binoculars could be twisted up to get a suitable eye distance, getting close to lens and see easily and more confortably. The diameter of eyepiece is about 18mm, you could see more clear images than other binoculars.
[High Quality FMC Optics] FMC coating and premium BAK4 prism, it ensurethe image you view bright and sharp. All design can mostly reflect the light to keep a good image and make you have a amazing experience. Professional binoculars for all outdoor sports activities.
- SALE 9% OFF High Power Binoculars, Kylietech 12×42 Binocular for Adults with BAK4 Prism, FMC Lens, Fogproof & Waterproof Great for Bird Watching Travel Stargazing Hunting Concerts (Smartphone Adapter Included)
【High Power 12×42 Roof Prism Binoculars】 With 12x high power magnification and wide-angle 42mm lens delivers best-in-class clarity and brightness; Provided with 21mm green film eyepiece and 330ft/1000yds large field of view, especially designed for outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, driving, watching wildlife and scenery. This binocular also can be used for watching large stage play, vocal concert, a football game, etc.
【Dual focus Capability & Precise Adjustment】User-friendly with focus knob and diopter rings, an improved eye cup design and tethered objective lens covers accommodate a wide range of users, Twist up and down eyecups for quick adjustment comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
【Premium BAK4 Prism & Multilayer Coated Optics】42mm fully multi-coated lenses deliver the brightness and color fidelity you need. Also has 12X magnification, the ideal magnification to capture the most clear, bright and steady bird watching images
- SALE 57% USCAMEL® Folding Pocket Binoculars Compact Travel Mini Telescope HD Bak4 Optics Lenes Easy Focus£27.99 – £29.99
Lightweight and fits in your pocket. High quality optics with anti-glare.
Perfect for sports, wildlife, concerts, birdwatching or travel. Adjustable width for different size faces.
Despite the budget price tag these binoculars feature high quality optics and have a robust build.
- SALE 46% OFF Serious User Binoculars 10×50 Special Anti Glare Fully Coated Optics Lightweight Alloy Body for Birdwatching Astronomy Sports & Wildlife. High Power Magnification with Case, Lens Caps, Strap & Cloth
Excellent quality and clarity of vision usually associated with binoculars double or three times the price. Full size binoculars for serious users
Perfect for birdwatching, astronomy, sightseeing, sports, wildlife or concerts.
Can be tripod mounted. Exceptional value and lightweight so you can hold them comfortably for longer than many other binoculars
- SALE 33% OFF Auto Focus Compact Binoculars for Adults, Kids, 10×25, Waterproof, BAK4. Perfect View Every Time – No Adjustment Needed
Break Through! New Auto Focus technology, just point and view, permanent sharp-edged focus every-time. Best high density BAK4 prism with FMC Multi-Layer prism. Why settle for cheap inferior BAK7 lenses
No-Nonsense! Because our strong binoculars are lightweight 235grams, this makes them easy to hold for long periods without nasty shoulder pain. Low light night vision concerts & astronomy glasses
High Performance! Powerful, small & compact our mini binocular are easy to carry and conceal. Fits in your purse or pocket, perfect companion, travel, opera, birdwatching, sports, safari, & hunting
- SALE 55% BEBANG Binoculars Compact for Bird Watching£24.99 – £59.99
Binoculars for adults bird watching – FMC coated lens, 42cm ultra large objective lens, bringing you bright-colored sight lines more clearly and brightly;
High rate focusing – focus system with 10 times , let you see the distant fluttering feathers clearly , allow you to focus the distant moving object and scenery clearly, viewing details clearly;
Ultra wide visual field- viewing scenery away from 1000 yards can reach the width 303ft visual field, let you see the distant scenery and animal more clearly, it is you that can buy the best birdwatching telescopes;
- SALE 62% OFF Bfull High Power 12×50 Binoculars,Compact Folding,Bird Watching Binoculars,Binoculars with Super Clear,Waterproof,Perfect for Outdoor Hunting etc,Suit for Adults and Teenagers
💕Superior Grade Binoculars-Robust high-quality workmanship for harsh environments. Provides crisp, 12x magnification images. Specially designed for outdoor activities such as bird watching, traveling, hiking, driving, hunting, concert, sports and more.
💕Crisp and bright-The 16.5 BAK-4 Prism and 50mm fully multi-coated lenses guarantee the high-quality optics system. Make you see things brighter, sharper and zoom in details which could easily be overlooked. Weak light night vision. Can be used at night, but not in complete darkness.
💕Wide Field of Vision – 1000 m field of vision, whether in the desert or in the mountains. The filled nitrogen serves as anti-fog protection and enables a sharp view in every situation. The binoculars can be used with a tripod, convenient for long time use. With the strap and travel bag, It is easy to carry and storage. Great gift for dad, friends, teenager, and sport lovers.
- SALE 62% OFF Hosome 12×42 Binoculars for Adults, Compact HD Binoculars for Bird Watching Travel Stargazing Hunting Concerts Sports with Clear Weak Light Vision, BAK4 Prism FMC Lens with Strap Carrying Bag (12×42)
【High Powerful Binoculars】 Designed with 12x power magnification, 42mm wide-angled big objective lens, letting you look farther and see wider. Perfect for bird watching, hunting, driving, sports events.
【HD Vision with High Quality Optics】Premium large BAK-4 Prism and fully multi-coated objective lens and eyepiece ensures the key elements of an HD vision, make your view brightly, clearly and sharply,make you have an amazing experience.
【Waterproof,Durable and Anti-slip Grip】 Prevents moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular telescope, and the external non-slip rubber armor is made for shock-resistance and anti-slip grip. Special design for daily use and most outdoor environment
- SALE 49% OFF Binoculars,Compact Binoculars,High Power 10X25 Mini Binoculars, Waterproof Lightweight Binoculars for Adult,Telescope for Bird Watching Travel Outdoor Hiking Camping Hunting Concert Opera Sport
【High Powered Binoculars】Our mini binoculars is made with 10x Magnification and 25mm objective diameter, you will able to see a distant objects 10X clarity than you would if you were not using binoculars. Providing a wide field of view and allows you to capture the subject easily. Perfect for you to get a closer look at the backyard wildlife sports competition or concert.
【Adjustable Eye Cups Fit Eyeglass Wearers or Not】The binoculars can be pull down the rubber eyepieces and more fit the glasses wearer, getting close to lens and see easily. The long eye relief combined with large eyepiece give you a comfortable viewing while wearing sunglasses or eye glasses. The compact binoculars has 16mm large eyepieces, can see more clear image than other binoculars.
【FMC Broadband Coating Technology】All lenses of the binoculars are made from Bak-4 prisms with FMC multi-layer broadband green film, the light transmittance increases up to 99.5% for brighter and higher-contrast images.All design can can mostly reflect the light to keep a good image and make you have a amazing experience.
- RSPB 8×32 Pink Puffin Binoculars£64.95
Excellent entry level binocular for anyone young or old
Fully coated optics using BaK 4 prisms for a bright sharp image
RSPB starter Bird ID guide included
- Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 Zoom Binoculars£85.00 – £136.47
Durability and a large objective lens for outdoors
Aspherical eyepiece lens eliminates image distortion even at the lens periphery
Multilayer-coated lenses for bright images
- Nikon Ocean Pro 7×50 Binocular£181.57
Comes with a floating belt for around the neck
Suitable for dusk or twilight observation and also designed
Ideal combination of waterproof compact housing and superb optical characteristics
- Binoculars 10×25 Binoculars Telescope, R-Fly HD High Power Bak4 Prism Folding Binoculars for Birdwatching Hunting Hiking Camping Sightseeing Lightweight Binocular with Carrying Bag For Adults£25.99
10×25 High Power Magnification – To see 10X closer with a clear and bright image with 25 mm objective diameter wide lens.
Large BAK-4 Prism inside and Fully Multi-coated Lens Coating – increases light transmission, create crisp and colorful images, provides you a large field of view measures 114m/1000m
Adjustable eye width & Focusable – It equiped with a easy central focusing knob to fit different view distance.Variety of eye widths makes them suitable for both adults and kids.
- Swarovski 8.5 x 42 Field Pro EL Swarovison binoculars£1,876.36
Product description: Swarovski EL 8.5 x 42 W B.
Width: 12.2 cm.
Depth: 16 cm.
- Celestron 71336-CGL 12 x 56 Nature DX Roof Prism Black£80.00 – £175.00
Designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind, waterproof and fully rubber armored. Phase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolution.
Fully multi-coated optics provide brighter images by increasing light transmission through the entire optical path.
Close focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects.
- UncleHu 12X42 Binoculars for Adults Compact with Low Light Night Vision, Waterproof High Power Binoculars for Bird Watching Travel Hunting Concerts with Phone Mount Adapter(1.1 pounds)£29.88
❤【High Power Roof Prism 12X42 Binoculars】 Professional 12×42 Binoculars, designed with 12X power magnification, 42mm large objective lens and 367ft/1000yds large field of view, can help you see a clear face from more than 650 feet away.
❤【HD Vision with Quality Optics】 Large 16.5 BAK-4 Prism and Fully Multi-coated objective lens and eyepiece guarantee the key elements of an HD vision, brighter view and crisp images. Perfect for birds watching, hunting, Concerts and Sports.
❤【Lightweight,Portable, Waterproof and Anti-slip Grip】 Lightweight Binoculars with only 1 pounds, perfect for traveling or hunting. Durable structure with odorless rubber armor for shock-resistance and anti-slip grip. Perfect for outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, driving, watching wildlife and scenery.
- Swarovski CL Pocket 10X25 B Binoculars£575.00
The CL Pocket 10×25 are foldable, light compact binoculars of exceptional optical quality. Their 10x magnification allows you to observe wildlife in great detail. Their intuitive, stable operation and the individually adjustable twist-in eyecups ensure optimum viewing comfort. Eyeglass wearers can also fully enjoy the large field of view thanks to the individually adjustable twist-in eyecups.
Magnification: 10x, Effective objective lens diameter (mm): 25, Exit pupil diameter (in/mm): 0.10/2.5, Field of view (ft/1000 yds / m/1000 m): 294/98
- RSPB Bird Lens Cleaning Cloth£3.95
High quality cleaning cloth for binoculars and lenses.
Features some of the most common UK birds.
24 x 24 cm
- Zeiss 522503 Terra ED Pocket 10X25 Binoculars£265.00
- Binoculars For Adults Kids,Wesho Bird Watching Binoculars High Powered 10×25 Mini Compact Binoculars, Vision Clear,With Waterproof, Travelling,Hiking,Sports Games,Gifts£34.00
【10X25 Advanced Design】 10x magnification with 25 mm objective lens, you even can get a wide view of 362 feet diameter at 1000 yards far away. You can see the stuffs clearly in weak light condition but no in dark.
【Crystal Clear View】All lenses are made from Bak-4 prisms with FMC multi-layer broadband green film. Full optical lenses provides good clear picture. Enjoy much longer distance, more distinct.
【Compact & Light-weight】Durable rubber texture anti-slip grip against careless falling or accidental crash. Can be folded up very small so that easy to slip into a pocket or bag.
- 10×25 Binoculars, Compact Folding Binoculars with High Power Large Eyepiece Compact Binoculars BAK4 Prism FMC for Bird Watching Hunting Camping Travelling Wildlife Secenery£25.99
【High Powered Binoculars】10x magnification with 25 mm objective lens, you will able to see a distant objects 10X clarity than you would if you were not using binoculars. Providing a wide field of view and allows you to capture the subject easily. Perfect for you to get a closer look at the backyard wildlife sports competition or concert.
【FMC Broadband Coating Technology】All lenses of the binoculars are made from Bak-4 prisms with FMC muti-layer broadband green film, the light transmittance increases up to 99.5% for brighter and higher-contrast images. All design can can mostly reflect the light to keep a good image and make you have a amazing experience.
【Waterproof & Fog-proof and Anti-slip Grip】Durable rubber texture anti-slip grip against careless falling or accidental crash, offering you excellent user experience. Prevents moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular telescope – designed to inhibit internal fogging, fit for daily use and most outdoor environment.
- SALE 30% Celestron 71017 25 x 100 Skymaster Porro Prism Binoculars£62.00 – £299.00
12x magnification porro prism binoculars with multi-coated optics for sharp, clear views
Large 60 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light conditions
Suitable for both land or sky based viewing
- SALE 21% PRAKTICA 10 x 50 Falcon Porro Prism Field Binoculars with Multi Coated Lens£27.79 – £38.70
Multi-Coated Optics – bright, crisp details with impressive resolution
Fold down eye cups easily adjustable for more comfortable viewing for eyeglass and non-eyeglass wearers
Large focus knob – easy to turn allowing you to focus on subjects at varying distances
- Minox HG 8×43 Binoculars£842.10
Winner of “best wildlife observation and hunting Binoculars 2012”: Fully multicoated optics, 30 year warranty
Hightech German-made glass, phase coated roof prisms, lightweight 43mm objective lens allows top quality light transmission
8x magnification, ultra lightweight magnesium body with rubber armour weighing only 650g, shockproof, fogproof and waterproof to 5 m
- Celestron Birders Binoculars£53.43
UpClose G2 binoculars with high-quality optics and BK 7 prisms for a clear and sharp view during outdoor activities, e.g. when doing sports, hiking, observing birds, wild animals and the nature, but also during concerts and in theatres
The UpClose G2 binoculars are rubber covered which protects from rough handling and provides a better grip
Rubber Covered for Protection from Rough Handling
- Steiner Navigator Pro£239.00 – £379.00
Built in backlit compass allows bearing to be taken at sea, even under difficult weather conditions
STEINER Sports-Auto-Focus System for a quick change between distant and close ranges
STEINER Nano-Protection lens coating for excellent dirt and water resistance
- 12X50 Professional IPX7 Waterproof Binoculars for Adults, HD High Power Military Binoculars Telescope for BirdWatching Hunting Sport-Large Objective-BAK4 Prism FMC Lens-with Phone Adapter Strap Bag£37.77
[Professional Powerful ROOF PRISM 12X50 BINOCULAR]-Real 12X high power magnification. Larger objective lens (50mm) provide you with a broader vision. Larger ocular lenses (26mm) make your eyes feel more comfortable. It is made up of top elements of an optical device, This is definitely the binocular you have been looking for.
[QUALITY OPTICS]- Multilayer-coated aspherical lenses elements provide superior light transmission and minimal distortion, better image brightness, contrast and quality. The Bak-4 prism has a perfectly round exit pupil. Providing bright, clear and razor-sharp viewing.
[IPX7 waterproof&Durable Framework&Rubber Armor]-Made by IPX7 standards. Its tight fitting protection makes it usable to withstand the toughest weather conditions. The shock-absorbing rubber armor for maximum protection.
- SALE 8% Bresser Spezial-Jagd Binoculars – PARENT ASIN£122.93 – £153.21
These superbly luminous efficient binoculars are especially suitable for nature watching. Observing deer during twilight hours is that much more enjoyable
Even during the most difficult light conditions the FMC coated BaK-4 optics of the Special Jagd delivers luminous and high contrast images
The non-slip and ergonomic rubber armouring ensures a secure and strain-free grip in all situations.
FAQ for buying binoculars online
Magnification is what it says it is. It is the times that your image is magnified when using the binoculars. The objective is the size of the lens and relates to how much light comes through. Generally the larger the objective the more light gets to your eye. There are two different types of binoculars depending on how light is moved through the body of the binoculars. You need to buy a pair of binoculars that will fit in with how you intend to use them. If you are doing much of your walking in the early morning or late evening when temperatures drop you need nitrogen-filled binoculars to stop fogging. Temperature changes means unprotected binoculars can mist up with condensation. Coated lenses are becoming standard on most binoculars. They add a layer of anti-reflective coating to the lens. This makes the image sharper and brighter. This is to do with the depth of view. Smaller magnifications will focus on closer objects than larger magnifications.
What is magnification and objective?
Getting the right mix of magnification and objective is important for a good clear image. The bigger the magnification the more light you will need.
As you go up in objective so your binoculars will become heavier. This is important when walking. Where you will be using your binoculars is also important.
If much of your birdwatching or wildlife watching is done in woodlands then smaller magnifications will be better for you. If you spend a lot of time looking at wading birds that are further away then larger magnifications will be important. A good general use mix would be 8x30 or 10x40.
What is roof prism and roof porro?
Roof Prism binoculars have tubes which lead the light directly to the eye. They are the most popular because they tend to be lighter and smaller. However, they do not get as much light to the eye, leading to duller images and the magnification is not as sharp.
Roof Porro binoculars bounce the light around the body of the binoculars. More light gets to the eye and images tend to be brighter and sharper. These tend to be heavier. you can tell the difference between the two because porro prims tend to be wider and roof prisms are narrower and sleeker.
Modern technology, materials and designs mean the differences between the two types are getting less in terms of image quality.
What do I look for when buying binoculars?
Another important consideration is a waterproof coating. Important if you are out in the rain or getting close to water.
If you think your binoculars is going to get some rough treatment while out, look for armour or rubber coating. But this can add weight, especially for a long day.
For long walks, you need binoculars or a case with a wide neck strap. Thin straps which come as standard on cheaper binoculars will cut into the neck.
Are coated lens important?
Cheaper binoculars will have 1 layer coating while more expensive binoculars will have multi-layer coatings. Multi-layer coatings can help increase the colour definition and sharpness of the image. But multi-layer coatings are expensive.
Why are smaller magnification binoculars better in woodlands?
When in woodland you are trying to spot birds in the tree canopy and on branches. This means a 10x or 12x binocular may not focus on a bird in the tree because it is too close. When out in a field or a safari you have a longer field of view and those 10x or 12x binoculars have the distance to be able to focus on an item.
Magnification is what it says it is. It is the times that your image is magnified when using the binoculars. The objective is the size of the lens and relates to how much light comes through. Generally the larger the objective the more light gets to your eye.
There are two different types of binoculars depending on how light is moved through the body of the binoculars.
You need to buy a pair of binoculars that will fit in with how you intend to use them. If you are doing much of your walking in the early morning or late evening when temperatures drop you need nitrogen-filled binoculars to stop fogging. Temperature changes means unprotected binoculars can mist up with condensation.
Coated lenses are becoming standard on most binoculars. They add a layer of anti-reflective coating to the lens. This makes the image sharper and brighter.
This is to do with the depth of view. Smaller magnifications will focus on closer objects than larger magnifications.
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