Top 10 Binoculars [Buyer's Guide]
We put together a list of some of our top rated binoculars for your ease of use. Because there are hundreds of options of binoculars on the market it's easy to purchase a pair that offers too much or too little quality. While the US military spends thousands of dollars on some of the best binoculars around, they may not be what you need for your hunting trip. Conversely, a $100 pair of cheap binoculars may not offer the clarity you need for your intended use. So here are a few of our favorites.
Top 10 Binoculars [Buyer's Guide]
Leupold Rogue Compact Porro Prism
The Leupold Rogue Compact Porro Prism Binoculars are our top pick for everyday binoculars. These retail for just under $100 and still offer superior quality in clarity. In addition the 10 x 25mm (meaning 10 x magnification and a 25mm diameter lens) offers great low light quality and great magnification. At 12.9 ounces these won't weigh down your kit and they offer a compact solution.
The Burris 300293 is hands down one of the clearest binoculars on the market. While they are a little pricier than other options you certainly get what you pay for. The lenses are fully multi-coated for enhanced light transmission and reduced glare. The binos are 12 x 50mm which means they offer a better magnification than a lot of their competitors as well as a larger lens that will naturally let it better light. This is crucial when hunting. Reduced Glare Great magnification Great for use in low light
Vortex Viper HD
The Vortex Viper HD are expensive, but they are unbelievable when it comes to quality. These are 10 x 50mm meaning they have a great field of view. The Vipers are also coated with a compact rubber armored chasis which makes them super durable which is ideal for combat or hunting use. In addition these are argon purged and O-ring sealed making them extremely water resistant and able to stand up to the elements. Weather resistant Designed specifically for field use Possibly the best light transmission of any bino we’ve seen
Bushnell Power View 10 x 50mm
If you are looking for an inexpensive option for binoculars the Bushnell Power View 10 x 50mm are probably your best bet. These binoculars are around $60 and offer some great HD quality imagery. While they aren’t the most durable or the clearest option on the market, they are the best of the less expensive options. BK-7 Prism offers high definition viewing at an inexpensive price Real-tree camo pattern Best of the inexpensive options on the market
Steiner LRF 1700
The Steiner LRF 1700 are the most expensive option ($2,000), but they are also hands down the best option. The 1700 come with an integrated, highly accurate laser range finder that offers quick ranging of targets. Steiner has been a long-time supplier of binoculars to the US Military and all of their optics are built to the highest quality. These will offer incredible imaging from low light scenarios to bright days. In addition they come with incredible anti-glare coatings and a durable, weather-proof, body.
Steiner Marine 7x50 Binoculars
These binoculars are waterproof and shockproof with a 7x magnification and 50mm objective lens. Featuring a Sports-Autofocus system that puts everything into focus from 20 yards to infinity. BAK-4 prisms, fully multi coated optical surfaces, and 20mm of long eye relief. Light transmission peaks at over 90 percent for viewing in low-light conditions. The Steiner Marine Binoculars will run you about $320.00
Nikon 8252 ACULON A211 10-22x50 Zoom Binocular
ACULON A211 10-22x50 Zoom binoculars are designed to be as light as possible along with excellent ergonomics. These bins are extremely affordable and are a great value for the price for users who don't need the features of the more expensive options available.
Best Spotting Scope
Our choice for the best spotting scope is the Vortex 20-60 x 85mm Razor. If you are getting a spotting scope for the purposes of reading trace, this is one of the least expensive options out there that will still offer great clarity. While there are arguably better spotting scopes on the market, they will often be well over the Razor’s $1500 price tag. These have an ultra hard coated armatek exterior lens that helps it from getting scratched. They also have an XR anti-reflective coating which offers an extremely bright viewing platform. The variable power 20-60 magnification allows you to back out far enough to read trace and zoom in far enough to see round impact. Finally these are weather sealed for use in the elements.
Leupold Mark 4 12-40X60Mm Spotting Scope W/Mil Dot 53756
Leupold makes excellent quality spotting scopes that are used by military units and civilians alike. The Mark 4 Spotting Scope features a 3.2 to 1.0 degree field of view. They boast a 26.8 to 48.9 twilight factor rating and have a rugged Waterproof exterior. As with all Leupold products, the Mark 4 is backed by their limited lifetime warranty. You will pay around $1600 for this excellent spotting scope so potential buyers should consider if they need this quality of spotting scope before pulling the trigger on this purchase.
The Best Night Vision Binoculars
This is a tough one to gauge since night vision binoculars can range from $100-100,000 and the quality range of those binos can be just as different as the price. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive item take a look at the Solomark Night Vision Binoculars. These are around $360 and are arguably your best bang for the buck. These are great for hunting scenarios but wouldn’t be ideal for any type of military/police operations. The Solomarks can offer viewing up to 400m at night with infrared technology. In addition they have the ability to take 5pm photos or videos at day or night. This is great for location scouting/recon. In the dark these have 7 x magnification with a 2 x digital zoom.