Athlon Talos 10x50mm Binoculars Review

Athlon may not be as big of a name in the sporting optics world as Bushnell or Nikon, but that certainly doesn’t mean their products aren’t worth considering for sportsmen. This particular model, the Talos 10x50mm binocular, is a great pair of binoculars for a variety of purposes.

Binos with a 50mm objective lens are designed to gather maximum amounts of light, and are ideal for use in low light conditions. While they are heavier to carry than the more common 42mm lenses, for many the trade off is very well worth it.

The packaging is fairly standard for binoculars in this range. The soft case isn’t the best I’ve seen, but also is far from the worst. The included neck strap does have some very nice padding, better than most similar binoculars, which will definitely be needed for carrying a pair with heavy 50mm lenses. As far as the lens caps, the objective side cap attaches to the binoculars themselves and the eye piece side can attach to the neck strap. They are of a similar design and quality to virtually every pair of binos in any price range. However, the occular side caps seemed to be poorly fit. Even the lightest touch immediately pulls them off of the lenses, making them pretty worthless for field use. Even pulling the binoculars out of their case immediately ripped the caps right off, offering little protection.

I field tested these binoculars at the same time that I tested Athlon’s higher end Cronus, comparing both pairs to mid range pairs from Nikon and Bushnell. Of the various binos I compared, the Talos was the most affordable.

I was impressed with the general build quality of the Talos. While most pairs in the sub $200 pricing level tend to be of mixed quality workmanship, the Talos seemed very solidly built. As a back country hunter, I’ve seen binoculars take some pretty significant falls before, and I got the sense that the Talos could the handle the punishment as well as anything I’ve seen.

While I was impressed with the build quality, I wasn’t blown away by the optics. I wouldn’t call them bad, but the image quality definitely left something to be desired. It probably didn’t help that I was comparing them to pairs that are more expensive, but if optical clarity and sharpness are your primary concerns these probably aren’t for you. The field of view is also not particularly great for a 10 power pair of binoculars, though not the worst I’ve seen.

Here’s a quick run down of the pros and cons of these binoculars:

Pros:

  • Large 50mm objective lenses gather a ton of light.
  • Grip on the side of the casing of the binoculars makes them easy to hold onto, prevents any slipping.
  • Build quality appears to be much higher than normal for this price range.

Cons:

  • Glass leaves much to be desired.
  • Objective side lens caps are essentially worthless.

In the end, I would recommend these binoculars to someone who specifically wants 50mm objective lenses and is on a strict sub $200 budget. In that price range, I can’t think of any 10x50s that will serve you better. With that said, I think you can find much better glass if you are willing to spend a little bit more money.

 

Athlon Cronus 10×42 Binoculars Review

Athlon makes a fairly wide range of binoculars, and the Cronus is their flagship model. While certainly not cheap, the Cronus fits the midrange in price that puts it out of reach of many people, but not so incredibly high priced that you’d be nervous to carry it in the field. Made to exacting standards and promising high quality and clear images, I was definitely excited to test these guys out.

Like other Athlon products I’ve tested, the Cronus comes in fairly standard binocular packaging, wrapped in several layers of plastic and a cardboard box. It includes a soft carry case that fits it well, and closes with a buckle instead of the more common Velcro. The lens caps are the typical rubber caps that connect too the binocular itself and/or the neck strap. The strap itself appears to be the same as the one found in the much less expensive Talos from Athlon, but has good padding and will work for many uses. I usually recommend using a chest harness system purchased separately for extended carrying of binoculars anyway.

10×42 is the ideal size for most sporting optics uses, and especially for hunters. If you want a wider field of view (at the price of less zoom) an 8.5×42 model is also available. The Cronus glass is encased in a hard plastic material with textured grip areas. Binocular manufacturers have generally gone one of two ways, using either rubberized coatings (Bushnell, Upland Optics, etc) or hard plastic with textured grip. I personally am a fan of the rubberized coating, but I know plenty of people who like the alternative.

I field tested the Cronus while hiking in the Idaho mountains, and compared it to a few other sets of 10×42 binoculars I had on hand. They included 10×42 sets from Bushnell and Nikon that are in the $300 price range, as well as the 10×50 Talos from Athlon.

Finding deer was easy during the wintering season, and I was able to test them all side by side when looking at small herds of deer anywhere from 300 yards to several miles away. While all of the binoculars did the job, there were definitely some subtle differences that will be important to someone willing to spend more money to get better glass. While looking at deer that were relatively close up, I noticed that they seemed to “pop” more with the Cronus than they did with any other set I was using. The focus was a bit sharper and the glass appeared to let in just a little bit more light (light conditions were sub optimal due to an incoming storm).

When testing them at long range, the differences were more subtle but still present. It was just a bit easier to pick apart the hill side using the Cronus than the more affordable Bushnell and Nikon sets. As far as comparing it to Athlon’s far less expensive Talos model, there was no question that the Cronus is a far superior set of optics.

Personally, I feel like the Cronus would be excellent for bird watchers. They have an excellent close focusing distance of only 2 meters, which is perfect for birders. The differences I noticed when glassing deer at 300 yards would be exactly the type of differences that birders are willing to pay thousands of dollars to get in their optics, and the Cronus is much less expensive than the typical Swarovski and Zeiss models that birders flock to.

As far as downsides go, I did notice one thing I wasn’t impressed with. All binoculars will have some amount of shadows obscure your view as you move/adjust them during use. However, I noticed those shadows much more with the Cronus than I have with other pairs in the same price range. I will say that those effects are usually highly dependent on the user and their unique eyes, so I recommend testing them yourself to see if that is an issue for you.

Overall, I think the Cronus 10x42s are an excellent pair of binoculars. There are some things that I personally am not a fan of (like the above mentioned shadows and the hard plastic), but those are personal preferences that plenty of people will not have issues with. And the glass is definitely of very high quality, which is the most important thing for a pair of binoculars. In particular I’d recommend these binoculars to bird watchers, who I think could really use the excellent close focusing distance and solid glass to its full capabilities.

Reviews of the Best Binoculars for 2017

The Best BinocularsIt may seem like a strange notion to those who have never done it before, but buying a great pair of binoculars takes quite a bit of research and knowledge. Just like anything else, a quality pair of binoculars will provide you with a lot better images than buying a cheap pair from a discount store. As technology has improved, binoculars have become more modern and have improved in quality. Nevertheless, there are still some basic features that you should look for in a pair of binoculars, and this is what we will explain first. We hope that this guide is useful to you in finding the perfect pair of binoculars for your needs.

My #1 Recommendation

Choosing just one pair of binoculars to crown as my number one pick is a difficult thing to do. But if you made me do it, I would choose the Upland Optics Perception HD 10x42mm. These guys are tough as nails and give an excellent picture quality. They have the perfect magnification and field of view for a general pair of binoculars that could be used for everything from hunting to bird watching. Our partner company Upland Optics does an amazing job, these binoculars are first class! Click here to see their price.

 

What to Look For in a Pair of Binoculars

One of the most important things that you will look for in a pair of binoculars is the magnification. This is a no-brainer, as binoculars are tools used to magnify objects that are various distances away.

Generally, a pair of binoculars can be described by two very important numbers. The first is magnification, and the next is objective lens diameter. The magnification will usually appear as 8X, 10X, or even higher. When a pair of binoculars has a magnification of 10X, it means that you will be able to see a distant object 10 times larger than you would if you were not using binoculars. For example, if you are viewing something that is 500 yards away, it will appear as if it were only 50 yards away. Magnification is often the most important thing that a buyer will look for in a pair of binoculars.

Next to the magnification number, you will usually see the measurement of the objective lens’s diameter. So typically, you will see the numbers like this: 10 X 42. The 10 is the magnification, while the 42 means that the objective lens diameter is 42 millimeters. Lens objective size is very important, as larger lenses collect more light than smaller lenses. This means that objects will appear brighter in binoculars that have larger lenses. Furthermore, the size of the objective lens will greatly affect the field of view you will have, which we will discuss next.

To the casual buyer, it may be easy to think that the higher the magnification of a pair of binoculars, the better it is. This could not be further from the truth, however, as different needs call for different magnifications. High magnifications do not look as bright as lower magnifications, and slight hand movements will make your image jerk very easily. Furthermore, your field of vision will be greatly reduced the higher you zoom in on an object. This is why you should take into consideration what you will be viewing before you buy. Most users can get by with a pair that is 8X. If you plan on star gazing, then you may consider getting a 10X pair. We will discuss the optimal binoculars for different viewing uses later in the guide.

Now we will move on to the concept of “field of view”. What this means is simply the amount of area that you are able to see when you are looking through your binoculars. The magnification of your binoculars as well as the diameter size of your objective lens will affect your field of view. For example, a pair of binoculars that is 8 X 42 will have a larger field of view than a pair that is 10 X 42 because higher magnifications decrease the area that you can see. Alternately, if you are comparing binoculars and they both have the same magnification, then the lens size will determine the field of view. Larger lenses will provide larger fields of view. The benefit of having a large field of view is that it provides a more stable viewing experience. You do not have to move your binoculars much if you can see a wide area. This is particularly useful if you are viewing nature, because there is a higher possibility of you being able to spot more wildlife without moving your binoculars if you are able to look at a large area. Furthermore, having a larger field of view is a benefit at higher magnifications, as your image can become shaky with even slight movements.

reviews of binocularsWhile it may be a bit confusing at first, there is a benefit to learning the different ways that field of view is measured. Oftentimes, manufacturers will publish different measurements, and if you can distinguish what they mean, you will be more informed before you make a decision to purchase a pair of binoculars. The units of measurement that you may see when looking at field of view statistics are degrees and feet. When you see degrees, you will often see two numbers, and these will represent the degrees in the actual field of view and the degrees in the apparent field of view. Do not let this confuse you. The actual field of view is the most important number here, as the apparent field of view is calculated from the actual field of view. The actual field of view is the angle of your viewing window at the point after the binocular lenses. The apparent field of view is the angle at which it appears that you are viewing the distant object. For example, if you have a pair of 10X binoculars, and your actual field of view is 5 degrees, then your apparent field of view will be 50 degrees. You simply multiply the actual field of view measurement by the magnification of your binoculars in order to get the apparent field of view. When the field of view is measured in feet, it is a bit less complicated. If you see a field of view of 300 feet, it means that you are able to see 300 feet at 1,000 yards. This means that if there were a 300 foot building off in the distance, you can get as close as 1,000 yards and still be able to see it in its entirety through your binoculars.

A specification on binoculars which may be important to people that wear glasses is eye relief. Eye relief is closely related to field of view, as it is the distance that you can hold the binoculars away from your eyes before your field of view begins diminishing. A pair of binoculars with eye relief of 15mm or more may be great for a person that wears glasses, because you have to hold the binoculars a bit further away than someone with no glasses. With sufficient eye relief, a person that wears glasses is able to enjoy the same field of view as everyone else.

If you want to delve deeper into the brightness that your potential binoculars will provide and even compare between binoculars, then you would benefit from learning about exit pupil diameter. Exit pupil diameter is the measurement of the size of the ray of light that will hit your eyes after it travels through the lens. Since magnification and lens size affect the brightness of your image, it is natural that exit pupil diameter is figured out by dividing the lens size by the magnification. The larger the number that is obtained, the brighter the images will appear when viewing through the respective binoculars. As you can see, the higher the magnification, the smaller the number, hence the less bright the image will appear. This is why it is important to match a higher magnification with a larger lens size. This way, you will not sacrifice on the brightness of your image.

Aside from all of the specifications that were discussed above, binoculars may still have other specialized features that different types of buyers may be interested in. The following is a list with some of the more popular features today’s binoculars can offer.

Compact Size

This is self-explanatory. Many people find that having compact sized binoculars is an advantage when traveling through rough terrains or carrying lots of equipment. Furthermore, new technology is constantly improving on the size and weight of these binoculars. Currently, you can find models that weigh half a pound and are of very high quality. In the future, compact sized binoculars may even be the norm. Today, however, many are not as powerful as their full-sized counterparts.

Waterproof Binoculars

Many environments where binoculars are used are treacherous, and binoculars are constantly exposed to the elements. Water tends to damage many of the equipment that we carry with us, and this is why developers have started to design binoculars that are water resistant or waterproof. While the degree of water protection may vary, this is a good feature that will prevent your binoculars from fogging up or getting water damage. Some binoculars may even be able to submerge in water for a short time, but make sure that you have checked your manual before you even attempt that.

Lens Coating

Lens coating is often what differentiates cheap binoculars from high quality binoculars. Binoculars that are worth buying often have at least one coat over the lenses that improves clarity and protects them from scratches. This makes them more durable, and they will produce higher quality images for a longer period of time.

Range Finders

In my opinion, one of the neatest advancements in binocular technology is the range finder feature. These have infrared lasers built into them that tell you how far the object you are looking at is. This may not be particularly useful for any reason, but it would be interesting to know how far away the wildlife you are looking at is. If it is potentially dangerous wildlife, this option can help you maintain a safe distance. Also, golf players can find this very useful in order to determine distances between themselves and the hole. It can help develop a particular strategy to stay on par or below for that particular hole. If you want this feature in a separate device, you can always get a stand alone laser rangefinder.

As you can see, there are a multitude of things that one has to consider when it comes to picking a pair of binoculars. Because all of the information that was just presented can be a bit overwhelming for first-time binocular buyers, I will include a general summary of the type of binoculars that you would want to use depending on the activity that you plan on using them for.

If you are just wanting them for general sport use, marine use, or for the theatre, you will want at least a pair of “7 x 25” lenses. This will ensure that you have enough magnification, but not too much where your field of view will be impaired. The field of view should be between 300-350 feet, with the higher end being for marine use. Furthermore, you may want to consider waterproof binoculars for marine use.

For bird watching and hunting, you will want a pair of “8 X 30” lenses. These should probably be waterproof because of the environments that these hobbies take place in. Furthermore, the field of view should be at least 350 feet. You may want to consider more powerful binoculars if you are looking at far away animals, or maybe even a spotting scope to compliment your field binoculars.

If you want to use them for golfing, either as a player or a spectator, a pair of “6 X 17” should suffice. In golf, you are looking at stationary objects that are not terribly far away, so you do not need very high powered lenses. A range finder may be useful if you are using them for golf in order to know the distance between you and the hole or other obstacles such as bunkers and bodies of water.

Stargazing presents a special set of circumstances, as you are usually looking at stationary objects, but they are very far away. To make it more complicated, the environment will have minimal light available. It is recommended that a pair of at least “10 X 40” binoculars are used for this purpose. You can afford higher magnifications because you will not be moving the binoculars much, and to make up for the diminished field of vision and darker images that this will present, you have the large lens diameter.

Take these recommendations with a grain of salt, as they are not one-size-fits-all. You will want to try different sizes in order to see which ones are the best ones for you and your hobby.

Next, we will delve more specifically into binocular makers and specific pairs of binoculars for every need and budget. First we will start with an overview of binocular manufacturers.

The Best Binocular Brands

Bushnell

Bushnell is a giant in imaging products in the United States, and it makes everything from high quality rifle scopes, microscopes, telescopes, and of course, binoculars. The company was founded in Japan by David P. Bushnell when it was occupied by Allied forces during WWII in 1948. Bushnell’s binoculars have won multiple awards for their quality, and most recently, the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10X42 binoculars were awarded binocular of the year by binoculars.com.

Zeiss

Zeiss is one of the oldest, most reputable optics and imaging companies in the world, and it makes very high quality binoculars. Not only does it deal in sporting optics like Bushnell, but it also makes optic devices for medical use and even space telescopes. It was founded in Germany in 1846, and it has become a leader in the industry since then. One of the most popular binoculars it has on the market right now are the Zeiss 10X42 Victory HT binoculars.

Nikon

Known for its digital cameras, Nikon also makes stellar binoculars. Nikon is now a huge company that was founded in Japan in 1917. It specializes in lenses, binoculars and other advanced imaging technology. Their best-selling binoculars have historically been from the Monarch line. Today, the 8X42 Monarch 5 take that distinction.

Steiner

Steiner has a rich history in the optics industry, and it has arguably one of the most advanced optics laboratories in the world. Every lens and pair of binoculars that Steiner produces is field tested extensively to ensure that it is a very high quality product. This German company prides itself in producing binoculars that will be serviceable for multiple lifetimes. You can be sure that if you buy Steiner binoculars like the Safari Ultrasharp 8X22, you will have a product that you are satisfied with for life.

Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list, and there are many more manufacturers that make outstanding binoculars. If you are in the market for a pair of high quality pair of binoculars, you should not limit yourself to these brands.

Next, we will focus on the best binoculars for specific uses.

Best Binoculars for Hunting

When hunting big game, binoculars are one of the most important pieces of gear you will need. They will allow you to scan for animals that are thousands of yards away, that you wouldn’t be able to see with your naked eye. This makes them an indispensable tool in the field. There are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing a pair of binoculars for hunting. First off, remember that you’ll often be looking for animals in low light conditions, so light transmission is crucial. Also, you’ll be lugging them around difficult terrain, so buy a quality pair that will be able to take a few bumps without any major problems. 10×42 is the most common size of binoculars to carry while hunting, although you may want a larger pair if you are doing long range spotting.

With so many binoculars on the market, it can be difficult to discern which pair can be used best for hunting. Here are four pairs that are extremely highly rated and are worth checking out:

Nikon Monarch Best Hunting BinocularsNikon Monarch Binoculars

Nikon Monarch binoculars come in three sizes: 8X42, 10X42, and 12X42, so you have many choices at your disposal. The standard 10X42 have a 288 ft. field of view, and 18.4mm eye relief. Also, these binoculars are waterproof, fog proof, and have coated lenses. They weigh around 21.9 ounces.

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD

These are Bushnell’s most critically acclaimed binoculars, and it is no surprise that they are some of the best binoculars for hunting out there. They come in 4 sizes: 8X36, 8X42, 10X36, and 10X42. The 10X42 variety have a 340 ft. field of view, and 15.2 mm eye relief. Like the Nikon pair, Bushnell Legend Ultra binoculars are waterproof, fog proof and have coated lenses. They weigh in at 24.7 ounces.

Vortex Diamondback

Vortex Diamondback binoculars are of very high quality, and although the company is not as big as its competitors, it can deliver a great product. Diamondbacks come in 4 sizes: 8X28, 8X42, 10X42, and 12X50. The 10X42 pair have a 345 ft. field of view and 16 mm eye relief. These binoculars are waterproof, fog proof and have coated lenses. They weigh 24.4 ounces.

Vanguard Spirit ED

Vanguard’s Spirit ED binoculars are very worthy of mention in this section. They come in four sizes: 8X36, 8X42, 10X42, and 10X50. The 10X42 pair have a 314 ft. field of view and 16 mm eye relief. Like its counterparts in this section, these binoculars are waterproof, fog proof, and have coated lenses. They weigh a bit more than the other binoculars in this section at 29.8 ounces.

Best Binoculars for Birding

If birding is your hobby, the following are some binoculars that you should definitely consider purchasing in order to have the best viewing experience. Because birding is more about the picture quality and feel, picking a pair of binoculars without trying them first is very difficult. I have included some comments from users in order for you to get an idea of what it is like to use all of these binoculars.

Athlon Cronus 10×42

If your main priority is high quality glass and you don’t want to spend a fortune, the Cronus might be the perfect fit for you. High quality glass and ESP Dielectric coating give these binoculars excellent clarity and light transmission, making them perfect for bird watchers who want to see every detail.

Zeiss Victory Best Birding BinocularsZeiss Victory THT 8X42

These binoculars are considered top-of-the-line, and this is noticeable in the price tag. They feel great in the hands and have great clarity and eye relief. They are widely considered some of the best binoculars that money can buy.

Zeiss Victory TFL 8X32

These are a smaller version of the THT binoculars, but they still have all of the benefits of a top-of-the-line pair of binoculars. If you can afford these, you cannot go wrong with them. Zeiss also has midrange priced binoculars, Zeiss Conquest HD, which are of excellent quality and a great alternative to the Victory line.

Nikon Monarch 7

These are ¼ of the price of binoculars like the Zeiss Victory, but they deliver exceptional quality and image. The Monarch line has been very popular among birders for years, and it continues to deliver.

Leica Trinovid

The Trinovid line has been around for a long time, and experienced birders will likely recognize it. The new Trinovid line offers exceptional quality and a bright, clear image.

Best Compact Binoculars

If you are looking for compact binoculars that you can take with you comfortably everywhere, here is a list that will give you an idea of where to start looking. The following are widely considered some of the best compact binoculars on the market.

Swarovski CL Pocket 8X25 Binoculars

These are very high quality compact binoculars that fold up easily and can fit in your pocket. Furthermore, they are waterproof and fog proof. They are made by Swarovski, so you know you are getting some of the best binoculars on the market with these.

Vanguard Orros 10X25 Binoculars

These binoculars feel great in your hands, as they have a very lightweight rubberized body. The shape is very compact, and they can fold down to store anywhere. Furthermore, these binoculars are very affordable.

Nikon 8-24X25 EagleView Zoom CF

These binoculars are unique in that they have a zoom button that lets you go from 8X to 24X at the push of a button. This may not be very attractive to some binocular buyers, but another draw to these are that they are affordable and still provide great image quality.

Pentax 9X28 DCF LV Binoculars

Unlike many compact counterparts, these binoculars offer a 9X magnification without sacrificing too much field of view. They are waterproof and fog proof, and while they are mid-priced binoculars, they offer exceptional optical quality. They also have a great design and feel great in your hands.

Best Astronomy and Stargazing Binoculars

Many stargazers and astronomers prefer to use binoculars instead of telescopes to look at the stars. If you want to get into stargazing, or are already an avid stargazer and are looking for binoculars, the following are a few binoculars that are definitely worth your consideration.

Celestron Echelon 20X70 Binoculars

Since you are stargazing, you want a higher magnification along with a bigger lens. These are very high quality binoculars that are tripod adaptable in order to allow for long stargazing periods. They are not too heavy that you cannot pick them up and use them with your hands for added flexibility.

Celestron 15X70 SkyMaster Binoculars

These offer exceptional performance and come at a great price for viewing the night sky. The lenses are multicoated, which makes your image of the stars much clearer. Aside from stargazing, these have other great uses including bird watching as well.

Best Binoculars for Safaris

If you enjoy viewing wildlife, specifically wildlife on safaris, there are a few binoculars that you should research and test before looking at any others. Consider these as you embark on your safari trip.

Celestron Granite 9X33 Binoculars

These binoculars have a wide field of view, which is excellent for safaris. Since they are 9X, you get a little more detail of the object you are looking at. The lenses are very high quality, and with these you will get a very crisp image.

Swarovski EL W B Traveler 8X32

These are top-of-the-line midsized binoculars that offer impeccable optical quality. They are optimal for taking on safaris, and their open bridge design makes them comfortable to hold with one hand. Furthermore, they offer a digital camera adapter so that you can take high quality photos through them. Swarovski produces some of the best imaging products in the world, and this is no exception.

Best Binoculars for Kids

When engaging children in nature activities, the right set of binoculars can go a long way towards getting them excited about their surroundings. Certain binocular features are more important than others when it comes to children’s binoculars, such as the maximum magnification level. The recommended maximum is 8x, as this gives children a wide enough view to keep their eyes on the interesting sight even if their hands are shaky. Additionally, the size and weight of the binoculars are important as well, as a binocular that is too bulky may be difficult for children to hold on to. With these factors in mind, consider both of the following highly rated binoculars for kids:

Bresser 6×21 Junior Compact Binoculars

With a colorful casing guaranteed to catch your child’s eye, the Bresser 6×21 is a compact binocular with a maximum 6x magnification that is perfect first binocular for children of any age. The state-of-the-art optical system delivers clear images, while the rubber armored body is built to endure all types of damage. Affordably priced, the Bresser 6×21 also comes with a five year guarantee.

Opticron Discovery WP PC 8×32 Binoculars

Built for the older child, the Opticron Discovery is both compact and lightweight enough to deliver comfort regardless of how long the nature walk lasts. An 8x optical system also delivers clear images from a distance, while the affordable prices guarantees a great return on the investment. With a durable design built to last through years of wear and tear, the Opticron Discovery remains one of the best children’s binoculars on the market.

Best Binoculars with Built in Camera

For the professional photographer or birdwatcher, a quality sighting through a pair of binoculars is only worthwhile if the image can be captured. Luckily, modern technology has intersected with current demands to yield a new generation of binoculars with built in cameras. Some of the best digital camera binoculars on the market today are both inexpensive and easy-to-setup. Learn more about two of the industry leaders below:

Vivitar 10×25 DigiCam Binoculars

Though the slightly heavy design may seem inconvenient at first, the Vivitar Digicam Binoculars are well worth the effort with a 640X480 resolution on the attached camera. Add to that the 16 megabytes of internal storage and these camera binoculars become perfect for both long and short sightseeing events, from sports games to nature walks and more. Designed for comfort and precision, the Vivitar 10×25 carries a long battery life as well to ensure long-term use on almost any outing.

Bushnell 8×30 3.1MP Instant Replay Digital Camera Binoculars

With the widest selection of digital camera binoculars, Bushnell boasts an impressive catalogue. However, one of the standouts remains the 8×30 Instant Replay Camera Binoculars. As if taking crystal clear pictures of the best sights wasn’t enough, this Bushnell binocular also allows users to record video with up to 3.1 megapixel resolution, higher than other comparably priced binoculars in the industry.

Best Rangefinder Binoculars

Open ranges can be a thing of beauty all on their own. However, there are few ranges that cannot be enhanced by a great pair of rangefinder binoculars. Regardless of the type of rangefinder binoculars you plan on purchasing (golf, hunting, digital, etc.), the goal is to improve aim while also allowing for a wide field of view regardless of the terrain. Learn more about two of the best rangefinder binoculars on the market below:

Leica Geovid HD-B Binocular

Though pricier than other brands of binoculars, the reward is well worth the cost as the Leica Geovid is one of the most accurate rangefinder binoculars on the market. Featuring state-of-the-art optics and a field of view exceeding 1,000 yards, these industry-leading Leica binoculars offer everything from automatic adjustments of the visual settings to an ergonomic design that ensures comfort regardless of how long they are held.

Zeiss Victory RF Binocular

Fluoride glass is one of the secrets to the Zeiss Victory’s premium imagery, ensuring that every sight seen through these lens is of the best quality possible. A 45 millimeter objective lens adds to sight quality while the field of view remains one of the best in its class. Though slightly heavier than other comparable binoculars, the Zeiss Victory makes up for it with convenient button placement for added comfort.

The Best Binoculars for the Money

After all of the binoculars that have been listed so far, you may be wondering, “Which ones provide me with the best value?” The following binoculars are widely thought to give buyers the best bang for the buck.

Swarovski CL Pocket 8X25 Binoculars

Although they may seem pricey, these binoculars are cheap compared to the other $1200+ priced binoculars that Swarovski offers. Furthermore, they are better than almost anything else on the market.

Hawke Sapphire ED 8X42 Binoculars

These binoculars have amazing specs, they are waterproof and fog proof, and they have a lightweight body made of magnesium. Add to this the unparalleled optical quality that they offer and you will realize that the price is a great bargain.

Upland Optics Perception HD 10×42 Binoculars

These are some of the best binoculars out there at any price point, and they are under $300 dollars! They offer exceptional optics, water repellant lens coating, a light weight chassis, and unparalleled image quality.

Celestron Nature DX 8X42 Binoculars

These will appeal to those on a tight budget, but also to those looking for a great value and optical quality. These are fully sealed waterproof and fog proof binoculars that deliver a great image, and the price will make you very happy.

Best Binoculars for Under $100

If you are on a very tight budget and can only spend $100 or less, you should not worry. The following binoculars will offer great quality for their price.

Nikon 8245 Aculon Binoculars

These binoculars are so good that you may find some vendors selling them for $200 due to demand, but if you look in the right place, mainly online, you can find them for under $100 dollars. They provide a quick central focus system and a 420 foot field of view. One downside to these is that they are not waterproof.

Celestron 20X80 Skymaster Binoculars

By this time you should realize that Celestron makes great quality products at a great price. These are great for stargazing and many other uses, and they have a water-resistant, not waterproof body.

Best Binoculars for Under $200

If you have a little more to spend, these are some binoculars you should consider that are under $200 dollars.

Vanguard 10X42 Spirit XF Binoculars

These binoculars offer a wide field of view, multi coated lenses, and high quality images. If you are a causal binocular user, you simply cannot go wrong with these.

Hawk Nature-Trek 8X42 Binoculars

If you want high quality, low weight binoculars, then you have found them. These are fully waterproof and fog proof, and they provide a relatively good field of view and close focus. These are a great choice for the budget conscious buyer.

The Best Binoculars on the Market

If you want the best-of-the-best, and you are fortunate enough to have no price limitations on the binoculars that you are looking for, then the following is a list of the best binoculars that money can buy.

Upland Optics Perception HD 10×42 Binoculars

See description in the Best Value section.

Zeiss 10X42 Victory HT Binocular

These are often listed as the best binoculars that money can buy, period. They offer a viewing experience like no other binoculars, and you can see even the finest details of your object in dimming light. They are very robust, and offer a staggering 95% light transmission. If you want the best-of-the-best, then these are the binoculars for you.

Conclusion

The world of binoculars is huge, and it will take many years for the beginner to explore and learn. With time, you will be able to appreciate minor differences between binoculars, and you will develop a taste of your own. I hope that this guide will provide you with sufficient information to begin your exciting journey into the world of binoculars.

Binocular Review: Vortex Razor HD 10x42mm

Razor HD BinocularsVortex makes many popular sporting optics, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that their Razor HD 10×42 binoculars are a favorite for those with a budget around $1k. They are high-quality, lightweight binoculars with a crisp, bright image, and come with a VIP unconditional lifetime warranty. Read on to learn the specifics of these binoculars and prepare to be impressed!

Outer design:

Made in Japan, these binoculars have a true open-hinge design. This means that unlike open-hinge binoculars that have two connecting bridges that are very thin, the Vortex Razor HD 10×42 binoculars have just one thicker connecting bridge. However, this bridge connector is still much thinner than the bridge on standard roof prism binoculars, leaving more of the barrels exposed. This gives the extra security needed for one-handed holding.

Exterior

The magnesium chassis on these binoculars is much more durable and solid than the usual aluminum chassis, while the thin, dark green rubber covering will protect your binoculars from most minor impacts. The magnesium and rubber are both non-reflective, making them great for observing timid wildlife. The rubber has a sandpaper grit that is not as tactile as some binoculars’ covering, but is still non-slip, and the magnesium has a rough texture that is also non-slip. The parts of the binoculars not covered by the rubber are the bridge, a small inset on the inside of each barrel, and about one-third of the end of the barrels. While this helps lessen the load, if something metallic (such as a ring or keys) strikes the binoculars, it will make a ringing noise that may scare off some animals.

Under each barrel is a thumb indent, which encourages you to hold the binoculars in the proper position. If held in this fashion, the binoculars are well-balanced, which makes for a stiller, clearer image that is less strenuous on the eyes.

Objective Lens

The optical lens, which is a large 42 millimeters in diameter, is set about eight millimeters deep into the barrels. This helps prevent damage to the objective lenses when the lens caps are removed.

Weight

At 1.55 pounds, these binoculars are very lightweight, but remain solidly built and durable thanks to the magnesium chassis mentioned earlier.

Tripod Mounting

These binoculars are compatible with a tripod adaptor with one-fourth inch threading, allowing use on a tripod or car window mount. However, the adaptor is sold separately.

Twist-up eyecups

Made of metal and rubber, the eyecups are durable but comfortable. Forty millimeters in diameter, the eyecup is quite large, making fitting it on your eye sockets quite comfortable. In addition, the helicode mechanism of the eye cup is simple and very smooth to operate.

Eye Relief

The eye relief is a big plus for eye glass wearers at 17.5 millimeters.

Focusing

The focus Wheel diameter is thirteen millimeters, about standard for full-size binoculars. It has good resistance without being too loose and causing over-rotation. There is a decent reach distance, allowing you to turn the focus wheel while holding the binoculars in the standard position. (Based on an average man’s hand) The wheel is nicely grooved, protrudes from the binoculars a good distance, and is fairly large. This makes turning it easy even with thick gloves, such as you would wear in winter.

Diopter Adjustment

As you can with most good binoculars, you can focus one barrel separately from the other to compensate for differences in your eyes. On these binoculars, the diopter adjustment is located on the right side between the eye cup and the chassis. The nice thing about this adjustment wheel is that you can lock your setting in place, since you have to click the wheel toward the eye cup before turning it. Finally, unlike most diopter wheels, which are made of plastic, this wheel is metal with fine grooves cut into it.

Weather-Proofing

The Vortex Razor HD 10×42 binoculars are all-weather binoculars, being one-hundred percent air and water proof. This also prevents any dust or debris from entering the system. The interior is “argon purged,” which means all the air has been removed and replaced with argon, preventing fogging. As these binoculars are moisture-free, they won’t corrode, extending their life dramatically.

Glass

Apochromatic (APO) Optical System

When light travels through a single simple lens, the distance at which each wavelength comes into perfect focus varies, causing chromatic and spherical aberrations. This results in you seeing soft images and color fringing along the edges of high-contrast images. To minimize chromatic and spherical aberrations, designers of binoculars have created compound lenses, which are a combination of several simple lenses of varying optical properties and focal lengths. The most common type of compound lens is the achromatic lens, which can bring into focus two wavelengths, usually red and blue. However, these binoculars have an apochromatic lens, which means it has three elements and, because it brings the light of three frequencies together to a common focus, it corrects chromatic and spherical aberrations better. The drawback of apochromatic lenses, though, is their weight. The Vortex Razor HD binoculars, however, balance the weight of an apochromatic lens with a magnesium chassis, making the binoculars actually lighter than many binoculars on the market.

ED and HD glass

ED (extra-low density) glass is used in the design of these binoculars’ lens because it has the potential to improve image sharpness and reduce color fringing. HD (high density) glass is also used in the design of the apochromatic lens, since it is easier to manipulate and thus they are able to better focus the wavelengths to improve the color fidelity and resolution of the image even more.

Lens Coatings

More than one layer of Vortex’s proprietary XR anti-reflective lens coating has been added to each lens surface that is open to the air. This greatly increases light transmittance, which results in a much brighter image. This is very important when the ambient light is not so great, as in dense woods or at dawn or dusk.

Vortex has also added Armor Tech coating to the exterior lenses. This very hard coating resists scratches and repels dirt, making the lenses less likely to need cleaning and much easier to clean when they do need it.

Roof Prism and Coatings

While Vortex does not say what kind of prisms they use, the best guess from the quality of other parts of the binoculars is that they are using a good quality BAK-4 glass.

The first coating on the prisms is a phase correction coating. This is needed because roof prisms cause “phase shift,” which leads to a reduction in sharpness. Phase correction coating helps by preserving light in the right color phases. Thus, you get a better contrasting image with color enhancement and sharper resolution.

The next coating is the dielectric multi-layer Prism Coating. What is this and why is it needed, you might ask. The downside to roof prisms is that the first prism in the system has one surface without total internal reflection, causing the loss of some light. It is very important, then, to raise the reflectiveness of this surface. To do this, Vortex has added multiple layers of Dielectric coatings. This creates a Dielectric mirror, which is able to transmit 99% of light, creating a sharper, clearer image.

Optical Performance

Field of View (FOV)

The width of the image you can see at 1000 yards is 362 feet or 6.9 degrees. This is certainly above average and very nice, but it’s not top-notch performance.

Near Focus

The closest distance at which you can focus these Vortex Razor HD 10×42 binoculars is six feet, an excellent distance for full-sized binoculars. This near focus is great for observing butterflies and birds that land nearby, as well as other close objects.

Quality of Image

Compared to other binoculars of similar design, the Vortex Razor HD 10×42 binoculars have a higher level of brightness when the level of ambient light is low. Not much of a difference can be seen when the light is strong, however. This high light transmittance is very important for observing wildlife in dense woods or forests and when the sun is low on the horizon.

Image Contrast and Color Reproduction

When focused properly as you should expect, the image is very sharp. In fact, if you could zoom your naked eyes in, it would look like the image in these binoculars. The color hues are natural, not like the false hues of some inferior binoculars.

Chromatic Aberrations

When viewing light or white images in front of dark backgrounds, which is where color fringing is easiest to spot, there is no apparent fringing. This is where the apochromatic lens and ED glass really shine, as other binoculars without ED glass and with an achromatic lens have a lot of color fringing

Image Softening

On poor quality binoculars, the edges of the viewed image are often softened quite a bit. With these Vortex Razor HD 10×42 binoculars, you don’t get that image softness nearly as much. In fact, it is so minimal that you must really look to see any softening around the edges. This sharpness of image makes the binoculars an excellent device.

Overall, the image is one of the best ones seen on a pair of binoculars of this type. It is crisp and clear, bright and with natural color hues, as well as being without chromatic aberrations or image softness. You’re sure to love the image seen through these binoculars!

In the Box

A few other things come with the Vortex Razor HD 10×42 binoculars: a Rain guard, Tethered Objective Lens Covers, a Comfort Neck Strap, and a Deluxe Padded Carry Case.

Rain guard

The eyepiece cover, or rain guard, fits perfectly over the eyepiece, allowing for no accidental removal. It also has a flexible connector that flexes or compresses according to your interpupilary setting.

Objective Lens Covers

The caps for the objective lenses fit well and so should not fall off accidentally. However, should they fall off, they are tethered to the barrels by a rubber loop which also keeps them out of the way when you are using the binoculars. If you don’t like them dangling down, you can also detach the objective lens covers and stow them away somewhere safe like the carry case.

Neck Strap

These binoculars come with a very comfortable padded neck strap that is also shaped to fit better around your neck and shoulders. Vortex also connected the neck strap to the nylon strap with loop connectors, allowing the neck part of the strap to remain undisturbed when you lift the binoculars to your eyes.

Carrying Case

The carrying case for these binoculars is fairly well-padded, and the binoculars fit snugly without being too tight for easy access. Accessing the binoculars in their case is easy with a quick-release buckle and strap. There is also a mesh pocket on the inside of the lid for storing a few personal possessions such as an ID, a hunting license, and/or a lens cleaning cloth.

There is a separate unpadded neck strap that comes with the carrying case, but it can be attached or removed. If removed, the padded neck strap of the binoculars can be threaded through to be used instead. You can also carry the binoculars on your belt via a few loops on the back of the case.

While not as luxurious as some binocular cases, this carrying case does the job and has easy access to the binoculars.

The overall performance of these binoculars is exceptional. They have a crisp and clear image, are easy to focus and adjust, and have some extra details that add up to greatness, such as the neck strap’s comfortability and the tripod or car window mount possibility.

Zeiss Terra Series Binoculars Overview and Reviews

Zeiss TerraFor the outdoor enthusiast, nothing enhances the experience quite like an amazing pair of binoculars. If you’re looking for the best of the best, look no further than Zeiss. Zeiss has always been at the top of the list as far as quality is concerned. Nobody in the industry thought a quality, but also affordable binocular was possible, but Zeiss was determined to prove them wrong. Thus, the Terra ED was born. The Zeiss Terra ED binoculars are the ideal companion for any outdoor activity in any conditions.

These binoculars have a waterproof casing and will do its job even under the toughest of conditions. The ED in the Terra ED stands for Extra-low Dispersion: meaning a more high-end glass used in the binoculars that disperse the light wavelengths passing through the glass with more ease and at a better quality. The ED glass gives a sharp distinction between colors and significantly reduces chromatic aberration, which is the inability to bring different wavelengths of light into focus. Using ED glass in their binoculars, Zeiss guarantees a sharper image quality to the outdoor aficionado.

They are compact and light, easily fitting into one’s pockets. To make these binoculars lightweight without sacrificing sturdiness, Zeiss uses a glass-reinforced polyamide, meaning they can be lightweight, but also durable. To paint a better picture, natural polyamides include: silk and wool. Because of the use of this polyamide, owners can enjoy a long-lasting viewing experience without suffering any fatigue in their hands or arms.

Their optical specifications are better than most other binoculars. Because of optical precision and a hydrophobic multi-coating, these binoculars have a very versatile use and are a good instrument for any adventure around the globe. With just an easy flick of your index finger to focus, you’ll never miss a second with a smooth, fast focus. Zeiss guarantees great images with conventional colors. Depending on the model, the minimum object distance is 1.5m or 1.9m, making it able for you to observe objects up close precisely and impressively.

There are currently six Zeiss Terra ED models:

Terra ED Pocket 8×25:

These binoculars have an operating temperature range of -20 degrees to 63 degrees Celsius. They feature an 8x magnification and are also waterproof. The pocket 8×25 has a low weight of 310g and a wonderful folding design, making it extremely compact and easy to transport. They are available solely in “grey-black” and are best suited for travelling and general outdoor activities.

Terra ED Pocket 10×25:

This model is also waterproof, weighs 310g, and has a temperature range of -20 degrees to 63 degrees Celsius. They are also available solely in “grey-black” and are best suited for travelling and general outdoor activities. This model, however, features a 10x magnification.

Terra ED 8×32:

These binoculars are available solely in “cool grey” and have a compact size, weighing in at just 510g. They guarantee sharp images even when a subject moves quickly because of the precise focus mechanism. They fit well in your hand and feature an 8x magnification. The temperature range is -15 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius, and is also waterproof. These binoculars are best for nature observing and outdoor activities.

Terra ED 10×32:

You’ll get a 10x magnification, even in the smallest of details with this model. Much like the Terra ED 8×32, these binoculars have a low weight of 510g and a compact design, making it easy to fit in your hands. They are waterproof and have an accurate temperature range of -15 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius. Available solely in “cool grey”, they are best for nature observation and outdoor activities.

Terra ED 8×42:

This model and the Terra ED 10×42 are the heaviest of the bunch, weighing in at 695g. Even though it’s the heaviest of all the models, it is an all-around performer and still light and compact enough to travel anywhere with you. These binoculars feature an 8x magnification, are waterproof and have a working temperature range of -15 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius. This pair is virtually indestructible and has an attractive design, available in “deep blue”, “black” and “cool grey”. This model is best used for hunting, nature observation, and any outdoor activity.

Terra ED 10×42:

Much like the Terra ED 8×42, these binoculars weigh 695g, are waterproof and have a temperature range of -15 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius. They are available in “deep blue”, “black” and “cool grey”. This pair has an increased magnification of 10x, however. You’ll experience an extremely clear picture quality with its superior observation capability over long distances. These binoculars are best for hunting, nature observation and any outdoor activity.

If you’re looking for great quality binoculars at a price you can afford, look no further than the Zeiss Terra ED models. Sure to please, these binoculars will give you picture-perfect quality with a durability you can’t beat. Zeiss has delivered yet again with this amazing product, making the perfect outdoor device for any interest.

Critical Review: Bushnell Legend Ultra HD L Series Binoculars

Bushnell is the leader in sports optics categories, and is continuously exploring new technologies to maintain their dominant market share. The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD L Series binocular is where quality and style meets function and performance. The latest generation of Bushnell binocular incorporates many outstanding and unmatched features of today’s technology. You will definitely be the envy of your group with this industry leader. Let’s review some features of the L Series Legends.

The rugged construction of the L Series Legends contains precise mechanical details. An improved eyecup design combined with tethered objective lens covers assures accommodation for a diverse range of users. From the sports enthusiast to the tactical hunter, convenience and precision will be increased with the use of the fine click adjustments on the diopter rings.

The image you will view through the finest glass available will be stunningly sharp and bright. You can feel good about aiding in the preservation of the great outdoors knowing this binocular uses only lead free glass with fully multi-coated optics. Even in significantly poor conditions, Bushnell’s hydrophobic lens coating provides a clear view. Waterproof and fogproof, all Legends series sport a magnesium chassis which is lightweight yet extremely strong and also corrosion-resistant. This stylish binocular is available in tactical black or outdoor real tree finish.

In addition to these outstanding features, the L Series Legends goes above and beyond to provide higher color quality and a more detailed resolution. The addition of high density ED Prime Glass delivers amazing color resolution and high contrast while virtually eliminating color-fringing and chromatic aberration, or the distortion of color. The ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion fluorite glass enhances the best possible details, even in very low light conditions.

The diopter adjustment allows you to customize the viewfinder so that you can see a clear and focused image. On the L Series Legends, the diopter adjustment is lockable, further enhancing the ergonomics of this binocular. Also, this L Series Legend utilizes an anti-reflection coating process specially customized for each lens element in the optical path. Light maximization, transmission, and optimal brightness are the benefits of this process. The large center focus wheel enables ease of use and adjustment even when wearing gloves.

Yet another benefit of these binoculars gives you a bright, clear view by repelling water due to condensation, rain, sleet, snow and general moisture. The lenses warrant complete moisture protection due to the O-ring seals. Just like a fresh wax job on your car, water will bead up on this patented, water-repellent permanent rain-guard coating. The purging of dry nitrogen removes all internal moisture and makes this binocular fogproof. Bushnell’s patented Rainguard assures you will have the clearest view possible even in troubled weather due to the HD lens coating. The comfortable eyecups easily adjust up to accommodate those without eyeglasses, or down for those without.

The L Series Legends contains Bak4 prisms, which is the name given in association with a well-known German optical glass manufacturer. Bak4 is used in most high-end optics due to its higher refractive index. This simply means that more light will pass through the prisms into the eyepieces. The middle of the field of view will be brighter but the edges of the field will not be diminished.

These Bushnell binoculars contain two strap lugs for an easy neck strap connection which contains a strap buckle that is adjustable to your preference. Always check the tightness and security of the strap before each use. Your new Bushnell L Series is designed to attach to a compatible binocular tripod adapter accessory. The Bushnell model 161001CM is one such adapter which will keep your binocular level and horizontal for stable and prolonged viewing.

Included with your binocular is a premium carry case, neck strap, enhanced objective covers, and lens cloth. The magnification is 10 x 42 MM. The field of view is 340 feet at 1000 yards, or 113 meters at 1000 meters. These lightweight binoculars weigh 23.5 ounces or 666 grams and measures 5.5 inches in length.

Bushnell has been the industry leader in excess of 65 years for high-performance optics, and is proud to offer a guarantee to ensure your complete satisfaction with a no questions asked lifetime warranty. Your product will be repaired or replaced and shipped back to you free of charge. A registration or warranty card is not even required for this warranty. Additionally, the warranty is transferable. Whether you use your Bushnell binocular for hunting, tactical, sporting, wildlife watching or just everyday spectating, Bushnell has you covered.

Your Bushnell binocular will provide many years of service providing you care for the equipment as you should for any quality device. Store the binocular in a cool, dry place, remove any debris, clean with a soft microfiber cloth and avoid or harsh chemicals. For quality of light, smoothness of focus, proper field curvature, mechanical quality, low edge distortion, crispness of focus, proper spherical and chromatic aberration, eyepiece quality, with the best size and fully illuminated field of view, Bushnell L Series Legends should be your ultimate choice in quality binoculars.

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD M Series Binoculars Critical Review

Binoculars are a great source of entertainment for anyone who likes to sightsee or bird watch. If you climb a mountain you can see further into the valley by looking through a good pair of binoculars. If you are bird watching, you will most likely need a pair to help you spot the bird that you hear. The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD M Series Binoculars are a great option for anyone who is looking for a full-feature observation experience. Let’s take a look at what makes it stand out from the rest.

Durable Build

This pair of binoculars is lightweight, which makes is very convenient to carry around when you are trekking through the forest. In fact, it only weighs in at about 26.5 ounces. It is also a compact unit that is easy to pack in your backpack until you reach your destination, as it is only 6.5 inches in length. It is constructed with a magnesium alloy chassis that is designed to be resistant to rust and corrosion, which means that if you get caught in a rain storm, the binoculars will not be damaged.

These binoculars feature an open bridge design that is perfect for storing your device in a compact manner. It also makes the unit easier to hold for extended periods of time. The exterior of the Legend M Series is also coated with a convenient non-slip coating to allow you to keep a firm grip on the device. If it does happen to make contact with the ground, the rubber exterior is designed to protect the device against impact damage.

The RainGuard HD lenses are coated with a repellent that is designed to bead water and moisture that finds itself in your viewing area. That means that it will also repel oils from your skin in the event that you accidently touch a lens. In addition to being water resistant, each lens is filled with nitrogen to make it fog proof as well. No matter what adverse weather conditions you run into, the image through these binoculars will still be crystal clear.

Optical Performance

This pair of binoculars features 42 millimeter objective lenses that offer a ten times magnification level that will help you zoom in on your target. The BAK4 roof prism system utilizes a highly reflective coating that is designed to enhance the overall quality of the image by enhancing the contrast and brightness levels that are available to you. In addition, to help create the best resolution, the fluorite glass of the lenses is designed with extra low dispersion to create a clear image.

The lens is also anti-reflective, so if you are looking into the morning sun to spot a bird, you will still be able to see clearly through the binoculars. It also helps to ensure that the color of the bird you see is the same through the lenses as it would be if it were spotted with the naked eye.

The Bushnell Legend M Series features a wide field of view to help you see more at once. In fact, you can see a 340 foot range at a distance of 1,000 yards. That means that you will have a 65 degree angle of view that will help to give you a fully immersive observing experience, which is a pretty large viewing area, especially when compared to some similar binoculars that are sold in the same price range.

Insofar as eye relief is concerned, this device has quite a long one; in fact, it is 22 millimeters long. That gives you more than enough room to comfortably wear glasses and still see clearly through the lens. In addition, the diameter of the exit pupil is 4.2 millimeters, which is a pretty decent size. That large exit pupil allows more light to enter the viewing area, which bathes the image in a beam of light that enhances the quality of what you are looking at.

Not everyone has the same eye shape, so the eye cups can be adjusted to give you a comfortable fit. Simply twist them to the desired level and click them into place for comfortable viewing. In addition, the diopter is designed with an easy to use thumb adjustment tab so that you can make minor changes while you are viewing.

Focusing quickly is imperative if you are going to catch a glimpse of the bird you just heard. To make this easier, a large focus wheel is located in the center of the device that is easy to maneuver with gloves on, and all of the focusing aspects of the Legend M Series can be locked in place to avoid accidental adjustments from occurring.

Additional Features

There is a tripod adaptor available for this unit if you prefer. Lens covers, a neck strap, and a carrying case are all included with the packaging to help prevent damage as well as a microfiber cloth to keep the lenses clean from dust and debris.

If you are looking for a great pair of binoculars that offer a great value to hunters and bird watchers alike, then the Bushnell Legend M Series may be a great option for you.

Zeiss Conquest 10×42 binoculars review

Made in Germany with the top-notch quality of Zeiss, the Conquest 10×42 binoculars are the best of the entry-level premium binoculars on the market. They are made using only the very best of construction materials and carry Zeiss’ reputation for long-term use, durability, and reliability. Should they ever break or need replacement, however, they are backed by a lifetime, transferable limited warranty and a five-year non-transferable repair policy that allows the owner to send the binoculars back for repair or replacement without service charge for the first five years after they register within sixty days of purchase. With the binoculars comes a premium carrying case with comfortable neck strap, lens covers, and a lens cleaning cloth. Many people have said that the lens covers don’t stay on very well, however if adjusted on the lenses properly, they stay put.

Exterior

The chassis of the Conquest binoculars is aluminum, which is lightweight and sturdy. It also resists corrosion. Over the aluminum is rubber armor with a soft, non-slip grip that is sure to please. The rubber also provides a non-reflective surface that is great for observing timid animals in their natural setting.

Tripod Mounting

The ability to mount these binoculars on a tripod is a major plus, as it allows you to steady the binoculars better than you could with just your hands. However, you have to get a Venofix tripod adaptor, sold separately, in order to mount them.

Twist-up Eye cup and Eye Relief

The rotating and lockable eyecups of these binoculars were designed to be usable by eyeglass-wearers and non-eyeglass-wearers alike. Adjustable according to the desire of the user, they are comfortable on the face, though some say the eyecup is not long enough. Zeiss solved this by offering a longer eyecup to anyone who feels they have a need for it. At 17mm, the eye relief is long enough for any eyeglass-wearer, without being cumbersome for non-eyeglass-wearers.

Focusing

The focus wheel protrudes naturally from the center of the binoculars and is large enough to easily find without having to look. Good for lefties or righties, the center wheel means you can adjust the focus with either index finger with ease, making zooming out to a more landscape view quick and smooth

Looking

Diopter Adjustment

Located by the right eye piece, the diopter adjustment wheel allows you to adjust the individual barrels separate from each other. Unfortunately, the wheel is only wide enough for one finger, so it’s not as easy to turn. Also, it doesn’t lock, meaning a slight bump can mess up your barrels’ focus.

Weight

Built for comfortability in the field, the Zeiss Conquest 10×42 binoculars weigh just 1.75 pounds. That’s certainly something you can easily hang around your neck all day while hunting, birdwatching, or doing most any outdoors activity, since it’s hard to imagine any outdoors activity where these binoculars wouldn’t be useful

Weather Proofing

The lenses that are exposed to the air are sealed with O-rings, preventing dirt, debris, and moisture from entering the binoculars. The interior is also nitrogen-purged, preventing fogging.

Optical System

The amazing clarity and sharp image of these binoculars partially derives from the dialect mirror coating. This mirror improves light transmittance and encourages an excellent field-of-view.

ED glass and HD lenses

The extra-low dispersion glasses and high-density lenses enhance resolution, color, and contrast, creating an image that is sharp and precise.

Lens Coatings

The lenses on these binoculars are fully multi-coated for all-weather use. They have a LotuTec water shedding outer coating, as well as being fully armored and waterproof.*means water rolls right off the This means that dirt and smudges are easily removed, and the chance of scratching is greatly reduced.

Roof Prism and Coatings

Zeiss binoculars are made with the very best of BAK-4 prisms.

The first coating on these prisms is a phase correction coating. Necessary because roof prisms cause phase shift, phase correction coating enhances resolution and contrast. This leads to a better, sharper image that is easy to distinguish from non-coated roof prisms.

The second coating, as mentioned earlier, is a dielectric multi-layer Prism Coating. Roof prisms have one side that is does not have total internal reflection, creating a light transmittance problem. Some roof prisms get a metallized mirror surface to help prevent this problem, but the best quality binoculars have a dielectric mirror, as it can transmit 99% of light. This creates a brighter, clearer image.

Field of View (FOV) and Near Focus

A field of view of 354 feet at 1000 yards allows you to get up close and personal with whatever you’re viewing, even if your target is a great distance away! On the other hand, the near focus of these binoculars is a close six and a half feet, creating the perfect image for viewing nearby wildlife, such as insects just a bit over two yards away and deer within hunting range of your tree stand.

Quality of Image

Image Tracking

If wildlife is your target, image tracking is a must-have for you. These binoculars’ sharp image tracking allows you to see an animal as it takes off or blurs past you, without the blur of course. This is especially useful for tracking and watching timid animals.

Image Contrast and Color Reproduction

These binoculars have one of the sharpest image contrasts on the market. They are certainly no exception to the golden rule of Zeiss products. They can pick out distant objects with strong contrast and a clear, precise image. The color reproduction is almost flawless, as well, and this means that from a great distance, you can see what species of bird you are viewing and whether it’s male or female.

Overall, you cannot go wrong with these Conquest 10×42 binoculars from Zeiss. They are a great entry-level premium pair that has all the quality and sharpness of the other Zeiss products. Lightweight and sturdy, they will not break easily, but a limited lifetime transferable warranty is there to back them up in case they do break.

Binoculars Review: Vortex Viper 10x42mm

Vortex ViperFeatures and Benefits of the Vortex Viper 10x42mm Binocular:

  • O-ring sealed: These binoculars are sealed with o-rings, ensuring that no moisture, dust, or debris gets into the housing, disrupting vision from the inside of the lenses. These seals keep the path of vision cleared at all times and allow for users to have these binoculars out even in the rainiest weather conditions.
  • Fog and waterproof: Argon gas purging makes these binoculars resistant to fog and waterproof. This allows users to be able to see clearly without the lenses fogging up in humidity or from body heat.
  • Coated lenses: These lenses are coated for increased light transmission, which allows for clearer vision, color accuracy, and for the lenses to be anti-reflective. Regardless of sun glare, users of these binoculars will see everything clearly and in realistic color. This is especially important for those using this pair of binoculars for pleasure reasons such as hiking or bird watching.
  • High density and extra low dispersion glass: These lenses are constructed with high density and extra low dispersion glass, meaning that all images seen will be high resolution. Users will be able to make out even the smallest details or movements in the distance. This feature benefits users who rely on accuracy and stealth, like hunters.
  • Tethered lens covers: Lens glass can be protected when binoculars are not in use with tethered lens covers. This allows users peace of mind when traveling and needing to transport binoculars in a bag or when leaving binoculars unattended. The lenses themselves are already scratch resistant, but the extra layer of protection is a nice bonus.
  • Lightweight: At only a little over 2 lbs., these binoculars are the lightest full-size pair currently on the market. This makes them easy to transport and wear comfortably around the neck with the included neck strap. It also makes them more comfortable to hold up and use for longer periods of time without arms growing weak or tired.
  • ArmorTeck coating: The exterior lenses on these binoculars are protected with an ArmorTeck coating, which makes them resistant to scratches and oil for clearer vision. This will prevent oily fingerprints from affecting the quality of vision through the lenses.
  • Rubber armor: The body of these binoculars is wrapped in a protective rubber coating. This makes them extremely durable and able to withstand significant shock or impact without any signs of damage. This rubber coating also gives the binoculars a non-slip grip so users are less likely to drop them, even in rainy or slippery conditions.
  • Adjustable eye-cups: The eye-cups on these binoculars are fully adjustable. This makes them comfortable for all users despite anatomy. It also makes use of this product easy for glasses wearers, so they don’t have to impair their own vision before use of this product..
  • Center focus wheel and a locking diopter: This pair of binoculars features an easy to use focus wheel directly in the center of both lenses. This allows for both sides to be focused at the same time. However, if users have different vision in each eye then the lenses can be focused separately, and the difference can be locked in place for their later convenience.
  • Tripod adaptable: These binoculars are tripod adaptable and can also be dashboard-mounted in a vehicle. This allows for convenient hands-free use and the ability to multitask.

Drawbacks of Buying the Vortex Viper 10x42mm Binocular:

Every product on the market right now is going to have drawbacks. As far as the Vortex Binoculars are concerned the benefits far outweigh any negatives and make them more than just a worthwhile purchase.

  • Field of view: These binoculars are high quality in every possible way, but could possibly benefit from a wider field of view. While the one on this pair isn’t at all bad, other pairs on the market have a wider field of view that some users might prefer.

Who Should Buy the Vortex Viper 10x42mm Binocular:

The Vortex Viper Binoculars are among the best currently on the market, and would be a great purchase for anybody that needs a pair. They aren’t overly complicated to adjust and focus, making them easy for people new to binocular use to handle. The adjustable eye-cups allow this pair of binoculars to be used comfortably by people wearing glasses, so vision doesn’t have to be impaired. Additionally, they are lightweight, durable, and high performance, making them the obvious option for users who need a rugged pair of binoculars to take out onto a rougher terrain. They are great for birdwatchers, hikers, hunters, and anybody else who often finds themselves in the great outdoors. No matter what weather conditions a user will find themselves in, they can always rely on these binoculars. They are resistant to even the heaviest rain and can be effective even in low light conditions.

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular Review

Do you like to hunt, watch wildlife, or explore the great outdoors? If so, the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular was made with you in mind. Designed to help outdoor enthusiasts see the beauty of the world around them, these premium binos are ideal for birdwatching, hunting, traveling, or spending the day trackside and checking out all of the action.

Product Highlights:

The Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular features a top-notch rubber-coated magnesium chassis and the premium optics we’ve all come to expect from the Bushnell brand. It’s sleek and fashionable yet rugged and more than capable of providing superior performance in any situation or environment. It is a decent option in the crowded field of binoculars.

  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Lead-free glass
  • BaK-4 Roof Prisms
  • Water and fog-proof
  • Comfortable and easy to adjust eyecups
  • Open bridge design
  • Extra-wide 340-foot field of view
  • Carrying case, microfiber lens cloth, lens covers, and neck strap included

What Makes them So Special?

The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular delivers premium features specifically designed to ruggedly withstand the wear and tear of any outdoorsman. With Bak-4 phase corrected prisms and a fully multi-coated lens system with extra-wide band coatings, it produces extremely bright and crisp images with perfect color rendition. Thanks to its waterproof housing and Bushnell’s proprietary RainGuard HD technology as well, there’s no other bino out there as trail-ready as the Legend E-Series.

Still not convinced? Here’s a closer look at these features and all that the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular has to offer:

Waterproof Design

With these Bushnells around your neck, you’ll never be afraid to take your binoculars to the beach, river, or jungle ever again. Like all Bushnell Legends, these binos are O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for unhindered performance rain, snow, or shine.

RainGuard HD

In addition to its tried and tested waterproof housing, the Legend Ultra HD E-Series also features Bushnell’s patented RainGuard HD water-repellent coating for superior waterproof protection. Unlike other so-called “waterproof” binoculars, the RainGuard HD technology of the Legend Ultra HD E-Series causes the water to bead on the lenses, thus not affecting their sharpness or contrast. This makes the Legend truly unique.

Premium Lead-Free Optics

For ultimate brightness, incredibly sharp viewing, and the truest of colors, every air-to-glass surface of the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular features several layers of anti-reflective, ultra-wide band coatings. The result is a fully multi-coated optical system that delivers incredibly bright and sharp high-contrast images. To top it all off, this Bushnell features top-quality phase-coated BaK-4 prisms and lead-free glass lenses as well, making it eco-friendly and even more dynamic.

Durable Rubber-Coated Magnesium Body

As noted above, the rugged Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binocular has a noticeably lightweight magnesium chassis in a modern and super tough roof prism design. The impressive chassis is coated in rubber armor, providing you with the protection and comfort you need for regular outdoor use. The rubber-coated bino also features a textured grip and an oversized ridged focus knob, both of which add to its comfort and ease of use.

Comfortable and Easy-to-Adjust Eyecups

Proving they’ve truly thought of everything, the good folks at Bushnell also designed the Legend Ultra HD E-Series with twist-up eyecups that are surprisingly easy to adjust. With an eye relief of 17.2mm, the popular binocular is also very comfortable for your eyes as there’s plenty of room even for those wearing eyeglasses. Of course, there’s an adjustable diopter as well, allowing you to make on the fly vision adjustments for your left or right eye.

Lifetime Warranty

Thanks to Bushnell’s new and unheard of no questions asked lifetime warranty, you have absolutely nothing to worry about when you purchase these amazing binos. Whether they’ve been totally crushed, suffered minor accidental damage, or they’re defective in any way, Bushnell will replace or repair your Legend Ultra HDs for no additional charge. Simply send them your proof of purchase and you’ll have a new or repaired pair of binoculars in no time at all.

Dimensions & Specifications:

  • Weight – 23 ounces
  • 10x magnification
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • 42mm lens diameter
  • 17.2mm eye relief
  • 4.2mm exit pupil
  • Lead-free glass
  • BaK-4 roof prisms
  • Eight-foot closed focus
  • Water and fog proof
  • Tripod adapter included

Making the Decision

In an effort to provide you with years of crystal clear nature gazing, Bushnell’s Legend Ultra HD E-Series Binoculars are specifically designed with strength and performance in mind. Whether you like to hike, hunt, birdwatch, or partake in any number of other outdoor activities, these top-of-the-line binoculars won’t let you down.

With strong optics for super bright and clear images, a lightweight rubber-coated magnesium chassis, water and fog proof construction, and comfortable eyecups with plenty of relief, there’s arguably no better binocular on the market today.

So, if you’re a serious outdoor enthusiast in search of the best binocular in the business, look no further than the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD E-Series. Rugged yet refined and designed with performance in mind, these best-in-class binos won’t let you down.