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The Binocular Advisor

Binocular Picks
for Every Price Range

by Michael and Diane Porter

Diane PorterMichael PorterBelow are our personal choices for the best binoculars, from the least expensive to the ultimate high end optics.

Feel free to give us a call at 800-779-7256. You can also order online at the Birdwatching Dot Com Store.

UNDER $200

$49

Eagle Optics Energy

Eagle Optics Energy

Tiny and light. In choice of colors. A great binocular for kids, groups and schools, and for theater and sports events. Free US shipping.

Read our review!

Under $100

Eagle Optics Shrike

Eagle Optics Shrike

The least expensive waterproof, good-quality binocular you can get. Lots of schools order these. Free US shipping.

Read our review!

$129 - $149

Papilio Binocular

Pentax Papilio

Focuses down to 18 inches! Great for butterflies, as well as birds. Free US shipping.

Read our review!

$176

Alpen Wings Binocular

Alpen Wings Compact

Tiny thing weighs only 8 oz. and fits in your pocket. Great for travel.

Read our review!

UNDER $350

$219

Diamondback

Vortex Diamondback 8x42

Outstanding value. Wide field of view. Unconditional warranty. Free US shipping.

See our review.

$349.99

Vanguard Endeavor ED

Vanguard Endeavor ED

We rated it a best buy in mid-priced binoculars. We love the 8x42 and the 10x42. Free US shipping.

Read our review.

$299.99

Eagle Optics Ranger

Eagle Optics Ranger

Full size 8x42, but light weight. Nice and sharp. Unconditional warranty from the manufacturer. Free US shipping.

$399.99

Zeiss Terra

Zeiss Terra

A lovely 8x42, light weight and sharp, from the incomparable Zeiss company.

UNDER $900

$297 - $327

Vanguard Endeavor ED

Nikon Monarch 5

An even better Monarch is the new Monarch 5, from the trusted name of Nikon. Free US shipping.

Read our review.

$589

Vortex Viper

Vortex Viper HD 8x42

We love this binocular! Excellent optical quality. moderate price. Free US shipping.

Read our review.

$699 - $849

Leica Compact Ultravid

Leica Ultravid Compact

Leica's optically superb tiny compact works with glasses. One of the best compact binoculars. Free US shipping.

Read our review.

$799 - $849

Swarovski CL Pocket

Swarovski CL Pocket

First pocket binocular that performs like a mid-sized. I (Diane) now carry one in place of my regular full-size binocular.
Free US shipping.

See our review.

HIGH-END ECONOMICALS

New!
Swaro Companion
$929 - $999

Swarovski CL Companion

Swarovski CL Companion

Swarovski's new, lower priced binocular. Extremely compact, it's great for travel. Free US shipping.

Available in 8x30 and 10x30.

New!
Leica Trinovid 42mm
$1449 - 1499

Leica Trinovid

Leica Trinovid 42

Virtually the same optical quality as the Leica Ultravid. Free US shipping.

In 8x42 and 10x42.
Read our review.

New!
Zeiss Conquest HD
$930 - $1000

Zeiss Conquest HD

Zeiss Conquest HD

Full-sized, German-made Zeiss binocular for under $1000. A best buy. Free US shipping.

Comes in 8x42 and 10x42.

Alpen Rainier HD ED
$1115

Alpen Rainier HD ED

Alpen Rainier

Alpen's top-of-the-line binocular. HD (high-definition) ED (Extra-low Dispersion Glass) delivers great clarity.

Also comes in 10x42. ($1157)

BEST OF THE BEST

$1139 - $1149

Vortex Razor HD

Vortex Razor HD

We tested the Vortex Razors against the most expensive binoculars and found them very close in optical quality. Open-bridge design is comfortable and easy to hold in one hand.
Free US shipping
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$2099 - $2699

Swarovision

Swarovision EL

Unsurpassed optical quality. Open-bridge design is comfortable to use, easy to hold in one hand.
Free US shipping.

Read our review!

$2250 - 2300

Zeiss Victory HT

Zeiss Victory HT

Zeiss says these are the brightest premium binoculars in the world, with up to more than 95% light transmission.
Free US shipping.

$1899 - 2249

Leica Ultravid

Leica Ultravid

Leica is known for its brightness and resolution. We especially like the 8x42 model.
Free US shipping.

Read our review!

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