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What's the best binoculars?

From the ardent birder to the even more ardent sports fan, the purchase of binoculars (or binos to the indoctrinated) can enhance your viewing pleasure. For the voyeur of any kind, this is a purchase that can run from ten dollars to over $1,000. It is important to know what you need before you buy binoculars too imprecise for your task or way too precise and, therefore, unnecessarily expensive.

For some good advice on binoculars, you can't beat a "birder". Their binocular use includes all climates — hot, cold, wet, dry — and all times of the day from sunrise to sunset and beyond. A birder requires the best binoculars to get an up close and personal view of a bird's particulars, often when the bird is in flight or hopping from limb to limb.

There is no such thing as the perfect binoculars, but there is more than likely a best binocular for your particular application. Before you start shopping, think about how and who will be using the binoculars.

  • How portable do they need to be?
  • How much abuse they will receive?
  • How many active users they will have?

    Then figure in budget. There is a significant difference in quality between a $20 and a $200 pair of binoculars. However, the difference between $200 and $2,000 binoculars may not be discernable to you. The high priced pair may offer quality in areas that are not important to you.

  • Popular Products
    Manufacturer/Model
    1. Bushnell Powerview 12x25 Compact
    2. Nikon Action 8x40
    3. Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization
    4. Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70
    5. Olympus Outback 8x21 RC1
    6. Nikon Eagleview 8-24x25
    7. Nikon 7430 Monarch 8x42mm
    8. Bushnell Powerview 8x21 Compact Folding
    9. Nikon 7216 Action 8x40mm
    10. Tasco Essentials 8x21mm
    11. Carson Hawk Kid's
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