The Best Binoculars in 2019

24/04/2019 10:52 AM

Binoculars can be a deceptively tricky thing to purchase. They all do the same thing. Or do they? Our Binocular Buying Guide delved into the technical details with success and hopefully when used in unison with this overview of the best binoculars in 2019, you will be well versed in what to look for when buying binoculars. 

Why Are There So Many Different Models Available?

The Best Binoculars in 2019

Binoculars are used for one thing, magnifying a scene so you can see the contents clearer. So why are there so many different models available in various shapes and sizes? Which binocular magnification is better? Do I really need to increase my budget if they are intended as a gift that will not get regular use. All of these questions can best be answered by you defining what exactly the binoculars will be used for.

It may seem a tricky thing to answer at first but you must keep in mind, the best binoculars for astronomy are not going to be the same pair as the best small binoculars for travel.

Technical Details

We will be brief here, as this has already been covered in our previously mentioned buying guide but it is extremely useful to develop an understanding of the technical details of binoculars.

Firstly, most binoculars that we stock at Ted's camera stores will fall into two categories, porro or roof prism binoculars. Binoculars featuring a porro prism will generally provide you with a clearer and more detailed view but by their very nature, they are generally larger and heavier. Roof prism binoculars will usually be available in a more compact and travel-friendly package but the bid to match up to the performance of their porro prism competitors will usually result in a higher price.

The Best Binoculars in 2019

The next important piece of information for you to comprehend is the meaning of the numbers on binoculars. The first number refers to the magnification of the binoculars and the second number is related to the objective or front lens in millimetres. From this, we can gather that binoculars with a larger first number feature a longer magnification and are therefore the best binoculars for long distance viewing. A larger objective lens will mean the binoculars let in more light, which is useful for viewing in low-light situations - these are the best binoculars for stargazing and similar purposes.

Which Pair Of Binoculars Are Right For Me?

Now that we have got the technical details out of the way, it is time to start with the fun stuff, surveying our large collection of binoculars and fixing you up with the perfect pair to suit your needs.

Travel and Kid's Binoculars

If you have had a browse through our selection and decided that the larger binoculars with their bright objective lenses are simply not for you, we have some of the best rated compact binoculars available on our shelves. These compact binoculars will generally be in the 8x20, 8x25, 10x20 or 10x25 range. Due to their portability, items in this range are often the best binoculars for safari or hiking, due to the fact that you will be carrying loads of other items, so maximising your space is essential.

These compact offerings are also easy for smaller hands to handle which is why you will find them in the best children binoculars section of our website.

The Best Binoculars in 2019

Wildlife and Nature Viewing Binoculars

The best binoculars for birdwatching tend to fall in the 8x50 to 12x50 range, as the moderate magnification allows you to hold steady and avoid a blurry image, while the large objective lenses provide bright and detailed views, making it a little easier to distinguish small details. If you don't mind the size, binoculars with these specifications are very versatile, with the best binoculars for wildlife viewing and nature watching in general falling into the same category.

If your treks to the wilderness often take you to darkly-lit places or you want to keep perfectly still in order to get the best look at your subject, we urge you to consider a pair of image stabilised binoculars.

The Best Binoculars in 2019

Marine and Hunting Binoculars

If you are wondering how to choose binoculars for hunting, just think of the skills required to be a succesful hunter. You want to be able to see wildlife before they can see you, which will require more magnification - something with a minimum of 10x. You will also be wanting to use something a little rugged and suited to all-weather conditions, such as a waterproof pair with non-slip rubber armoring. These are the same qualities that you will be seeking when purchasing the best marine binoculars, although in this case the magnification will not have to be as long.

The best waterproof binoculars are sealed and nitrogen filled, allowing you to use them freely in inclement weather and by water sources without the fear of water or dust particles entering and damaging them beyond repair.

The Best Binoculars in 2019

Astronomy Binoculars

By now you are a pro, so you are probably starting to get the hang of what you are looking for in binoculars for stargazing. Depending on what exactly you want to see in the sky, the magnification can vary between standard and very long, while smaller objective lenses are not much good when looking at the night sky, you need to go big.


Many people reach for telescopes when inspoecting the sky but there is a strong case to be made for binoculars, particularly if you are doing an overall view, as opposed to aiming for a specific landmark. Even a pair with a lower magnification will amaze you when you first hold them to your eyes, with their wide scoping views, clarity, and the stability provided by holding them tightly and steadily to your eyes.

The Best Binoculars in 2019


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