Binoculars are indispensable tools for passionate bird watchers and hunting enthusiasts, but their usefulness is certainly not limited to outdoorsmen and nature lovers. You can also use one of these models to improve your view of a sporting event from the nosebleed seats in a stadium, zoom in on performers during a concert, or scope out hazards while you’re out boating. Here are our top picks.
10. Steiner Champ
The Steiner Champ is designed with comfortable eyecups, a compact body, and a padded neck strap — all of which make it a functional option for field work. You can use it to view objects in detail from as close as 11 feet away or at distances greater than 300 feet.
- robust outer shell to absorb abuse
- weighs just over 10 ounces
- can be difficult to adjust
9. Bushnell Falcon
For the budget shopper, you’ll discover enviable value in the Bushnell Falcon — with adequate zoom capabilities to boot. It doesn’t provide image clarity to rival the expensive models, but it’s reasonably comfortable and includes a carrying case.
- scratch-resistant finish
- comes with a cleaning cloth
- lens covers do not fit well
8. Merytes Portable
Small and quite affordable, the Merytes Portable is a helpful option for those who may need assistance seeing the field, court or stage at a sporting event or concert. It comes with a user manual, which is nice if you’re not really used to using binoculars.
- backed by a 1-year warranty
- fits in most pockets
- neck strap is quite flimsy
7. SkyGenius Clear
Designed to make your viewing subject appear 10 times closer, the SkyGenius Clear offers an extensive field of view that enhances your ability to keep track of fast-moving objects. It’s compatible with a tripod and comes with a travel pouch.
- 2 size options available
- lens coating eliminates distortion
- can’t use them when wearing glasses
6. Nikon Aculon
Extremely versatile eyecups and an easy-to-reach control knob make it simple for less experienced users to get the hang of the Nikon Aculon. When using this pair, you can quickly toggle through a range of magnification settings.
- body is not slippery when wet
- lenses enhance image brightness
- comes with a tripod adapter
5. Bushnell H2O
If you’re in search of a mid-tier model that produces dependable clarity and light transmission, the Bushnell H2O should satisfy your needs. This option has a large, easy-to-access center knob and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
- modern and stylish appearance
- body is totally waterproof
- suitable for use with glasses
4. Olympus Trooper
The lenses of the Olympus Trooper are designed with a coating that blocks reflections, which improves image brightness and clarity. It provides a wide-angle field of vision, which is ideal for taking in gorgeous panoramic views when you’re on vacation.
- suitable for low-light use
- protects eyes from uv rays
- rubber coating for a reliable grip
3. Bushnell Legend
Those in need of a compact model won’t be disappointed by the Bushnell Legend and the striking color resolution and contrast it delivers. If you spend quite a bit of time out in the elements, this is a dependable option to have in tow.
- 2 color options to choose from
- will not fog up from moisture
- just five inches wide
2. Gosky Stargazer
With a resilient green film lens coating and the ability to connect to a tripod, the Gosky Stargazer has all the attributes you need to set up shop and take in the scenery. Not only does its rubber exterior deliver a nice grip, it protects the body from wear and tear.
- includes a smartphone adapter
- designed for outdoor activities
- quality carrying bag
1. Vortex Optics Diamondback
Offering a nice blend of weight balance and durability, the Vortex Optics Diamondback is easy to hold and won’t fatigue your arm during extended sessions. The image clarity is impressive, and the colors are about as accurate as it gets, even in low light.