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Best Binoculars

High Durability

Great value astronomy binoculars from a popular and trusted brand.

Multi-coated optics. Suitable for viewing in daylight and low-light situations. Includes tripod mount. Rubberized and ergonomically designed.

Quite large and heavy. A small percentage have a problem with focus.

Most Portable

With powerful magnification in an extremely compact size, these binoculars are perfect travel companions.

A lightweight, easy-to-carry product with sharp image quality. Features 12x magnification. Eyecups are adjustable for improved comfort. Field of view is wide for the size.

The optics are not multicoated, so some light may be lost through the lenses.

Durable & Rugged

A mid-sized pair of binoculars for a mid-range price that is built for stashing in a bag and hitting the trails.

Crisp images. Easy to focus. Lightweight and fairly compact, so they are easy to carry. Nice for birdwatching. Includes carrying case, lens cap, eyepiece, rain guard, neck strap, cleaning cloth, and manual.

Manufacturer claims of these binoculars being waterproof are questionable. Some durability concerns.

Most Versatile

Superb all-rounders from a company whose reputation for quality lenses is legendary.

Exceptional optics have hydrophobic (water-shedding) lenses. Lightweight, waterproof casing is reinforced with fiberglass. Ideal for all wildlife viewing. They look great, too.

None, though they are more expensive than many.

Mid-Tier Option

A solid and versatile pick that does everything well without added bulk.

Great value for money. Ultra wide viewing angle. Fully weatherproof with rubber armor material and water-repellent coating. Solid optical quality due to extra-low dispersion glass and fully multi-coated optics.

Some complaints about loose end caps and eye caps.