Adventure today seems to have escalated from mere moral pleasure to adrenaline rush only. For those among us who’re more than just speed thrill chasers, party animals and extravagant roadies; pleasure lies in simple pursuits of life. Bird Watching and Star-Gazing comes in those categories; and having a perfect pair of Binoculars becomes more than necessary to escape from the chaos, every once in a while. Rooftop evening, staring at the Super Moon incidence or for that matter; out on a Camping Trip, strolling in the meadows, searching for those Birds; these are the activities that titillate more intellectual pursuits, morally satisfying and simple yet rich. The sheer experience of being able to see that which is hidden from common sight and not easily traceable, is so exhilarating and mesmerising that you’d fall for it in an instant.

Carson TD-042 3D Series Specs
Magnification:
10x
Lens Diameter:
42mm
Rating:
4.8 Star Rating
Vortex Viper HD Binocular
Magnification:
8x
Lens Diameter:
42mm
Rating:
4.8 Star Rating
Pentax 8.5x21 U Series Papilio 2
Magnification:
8.5x
Lens Diameter:
21mm
Rating:
4.7 Star Rating
Nikon ProStaff 7S ATB
Magnification:
8x
Lens Diameter:
42mm
Rating:
4.9 Star Rating
Wingspan Optics Wide Views HD
Magnification:
8x
Lens Diameter:
42mm
Rating:
4.6 Star Rating
Celestron 71332 Nature DX
Magnification:
8x
Lens Diameter:
42mm
Rating:
4.6 Star Rating
Steiner AZ830 Binocular
Magnification:
8x
Lens Diameter:
30mm
Rating:
4.7 Star Rating
Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization II
Magnification:
10x
Lens Diameter:
30mm
Rating:
4.6 Star Rating
Zeiss Terra ED Water Proof Prism
Magnification:
8x
Lens Diameter:
42mm
Rating:
4.6 Star Rating
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Compact
Magnification:
10x
Lens Diameter:
25mm
Rating:
4.5 Star Rating

Binoculars: Which one to Choose?

So, Binoculars as we were saying; become the necessary commodity of these serene pleasures and thus having a quality product at hand always enhances the experience by a factor of ten. Turns out, there are at least a 25 different variants of Binoculars, but not all of them are for leisure or personal use. No one would want a Sea Level indicator in their binoculars unless they’re willing to trek Everest some day. Obviously you wouldn’t want to to pick the wrong kind for a different purpose, besides the specializations that go into any equipment need information and research. So, before joining that club and meeting enthusiasts and passionistas of same cadre, you’ll need to have basic information. Thus, we’ll see over here the list of all the Variants of Binoculars that could be of use to you in any daily scenario or even under special circumstances which do not involve any tactical usage.

Pick your Pair: Binocular Variants

Binoculars variants are based on functionality not features and compared to the popular belief, its the operation that influences the magnification extent not otherwise. There are technical classifications of Binoculars based on their origin and technical mechanism but we won’t go deep into that part. Let’s find you a binocular that suits your requirements…

  1. Marine Binoculars: Generally Water Proof (obviously!!) these Binoculars are majorly for Sailing and Boating purposes, to watch over the clear horizon for navigation. They generally have armoured body and by armoured we don’t mean that they are bulletproof, it means that they are non-sonorous (bang! When they hit something), they go silent when you drop them mistakenly. Features include additional Sea level meter and Compass.
  2. Travel Binoculars: True Compact Binoculars, not that great with aperture and other dynamics. For general sightseeing, no sophistication, low magnification but very sturdy and handy. They generally come with Roof Prism Design, and the emphasis is on Objective lens more than the ocular lens. This means the main focus is on enhancing the clarity at low cost.
  3. Birdwatching Binoculars: These one come with superior light transmission (some of the largest Objective Lenses!) and equally respectable Optical lenses. These come with high magnification ranges and fog proof lenses. However people like to chose these lenses for nominally high powers because the stabilization suffers with increase in lens magnification. For this reason, some them even come with additional Gyrational and Fluid Stabilizers.
  4. Astronomy Prism Binoculars: Larger in size and weight, powerful lenses and usually in need of additional equipment like, tripods, eye pieces, dew shields and planispheres. These come in the ranges of x80 magnification and are perfect retreats for hobby of StarGazing.

Pioneers of the Field: Best Binoculars’ Brands

It’s always hard to find a binocular online, because you’ve tested the binocular in person. But with binoculars there’s one thing that you can be certain of; that the specifications are parameters enough for selecting your piece. What you see is what you get with Binoculars, there’s nothing such as interface or aesthetics to confirm in person. Thus we have famous brands, and people who offer their experience in trust of users; which makes Binoculars an easy commodity to buy online.

Nikon

Nikon has a specialized range of Sporting equipment wherein the variants in Monoculars and BInoculars and Viewing Scopes are segregated from each other in Design, Technology, Manufacturing and Accessories. The only company to make Bi-Layered lenses for its complete product range irrespective of price range or any other specialization, which makes the binoculars safe from haze, fog, dust and scratches. Nikon having an Industry Wide Experience with Ocular products is undoubtedly trusted among users for the same.

Ricoh Imaging

The Japanese in this way surely have an upper hand in sophistication of the Imaging Business. Ricoh is a widely trusted name in the field of Photography, Ornithologists, Industrial Inspection etc. and has already got enough market outreach to meet any other brand in the market. Ricoh uses its expertise in lens manufacturing, integration with patented lens coating technology (not the dual side coating unlike Nikon, but the technology used in the process of coating) and Design Expertise of years to provide you with the best possible solutions for your Ocular Interets. The Pentax Brand of Ricoh Imaging Ltd. is the uber-famous Model Series in Binocular ranges all over.

Vortex Optics

Vortex is the brand that’s used by people of profession, users which have a necessity to use the devices in their trade. We’re talking about Military, Forces, Law Enforcement Departments and Rangers; Vortex has held a long lasting trust among these population groups for personal usage. This does not means that this brand is something that’s trusted by Defence Professionals but not the Government; it has got its hands all over Government Consignments of Binoculars and other Optical Accessories. You’d see this name in Military Expos and Movie trailers (if you’re that big movie buff!). Robust, Armoured, Functional and Water Proof Binoculars at their best.

Carson Optical

If there’s anyone who uses 3D printing and CNC Prototyping of their Binoculars in this trade, its Carson Optical. Most of the other companies just make 3D CAD Models  for their products and take it straight to production after approvals (which doesn’t means that their’s is a faulty product line) but Carson goes one step ahead. With 25 years of experience and a strong team of not only optometrist and ophthalmologists it’s got engineers and designers working closely for excellence of each product and thus most of the West Coast knows Carson more than Nikon.

Wingspan Optics

Wingspan Optics is dedicated to majorly one thing, Bird Watchers and their pleasure. This is the company that fully acknowledges that anyone not into the hobby of Bird Watching is missing in on something. Wingspan has got features optimized into their binoculars specifically for the pleasure of  Bird Watching and Compact usage only. This is the company that provides you Binocular and other Optical Solutions at just the price. So no more feeling bad about picking a hobby that requires specialized equipment, because these guys care about your wallets as well.

Our picks for Best Ocular Devices for Leisure

Now that we know which companies provide you the Best Binoculars for Adventures of yours, we’ll provide you the best picks from all the options that we tested to get this information. Each one of the products that we’re now going to tell you about had to pass tests of Ergonomics, Image Quality, Durability, Price and Functions (total 12 different tests in 3 different conditions); which makes us say; that you can rest assured if you want to straight away click and lead on to buying the Binocular, don’t be bashful, go ahead and enjoy!

Carson TD-042 3D Series Specs

Dual Side Phase Coated Prisms is the premier feature of this Binocular, the 3D Glass is eventually this Glass Coating Technology only. It has Armour Coating to make it more smooth for usage and resilient to blows and hits. The ergonomics is something that has been specificaly taken care for in this model, with thumb grooves just in correct texture to maintain grip. The Eye Relief of 16mm and O ring material to support a soothing eye interaction, makes this perfect for Long and Continuous usage. Coms with FogProof and without Fog Proof Coating on glasses, and is also Waterproof for 30 minutes under 10 feet of water. True to its Brand name, functional and specialized tool of Bird Watching, Hunting, Travelling and Medium Adventure Sports.

Vortex Viper HD Proof Prism Binocular

Its a Roof Prism Binocular which means that it’s as compact in appearance or usage as they come. Being a trusted brand for Armed Personnel, the ruggedness of this Device is beyond compare. Nitrogen Purged and Argon Purged parts make it the most sturdy and durable device in the league. It comes with adjustable eyecups, which means; you can adjust your eyes with ease into the optical lens. It's Tripod adaptable which makes it a perfect Star Gazing Astronomy Device as well. Because of its good Magnification and clear colour fidelity, cosmic exploring can be done with this device to some extent. Reviews are loaded for this one in terms of a hunting equipment and Travel Accessory. Just a little pricey but equally compensated by the quality of device.

Pentax 8.5x21 U Series Papilio 2

Value for money and true to the promise features are the key points of Pentax Papilio. With the best in Class Exit Pupil of 2.1mm, and completely multi coated parts it comes out as the best pick for Clearest and Sharpest Images. Each part of the whole body including the O-Ring and the Adjustment knobs are Multi-Coated to support the Anti Glare feature completely. The magnification of x8.5 zoom with 21mm Observation lens makes it an acute equipment of minute observation into details. The Style quotient of your Binos is also something that needs to be taken care of, if you’re travelling with them; and Pentax U Series’ Uni-Body design makes it functional and cool at the same time. Pick this Pair of Bino for affordability and design.

Nikon ProStaff 7S ATB Water Proof Binocular

If you’re a glass wearer (spectacle person), you’ll fall in love with this one. The Longest Eye Relief in the Compact Binocular Range helps for Glass Users to adjust their focal length with that of the glass very easily. The least weighty Binocular in the Market this one’s made of Fibreglass-reinforced Polycarbonate Resin. Waterproof at 3.3Ft for 15 minutes, this pair of binoculars is sure shot the least priced and most functional out of all the options that we’ve listed. The Field Flattener lens quality provide a wide range of field view even at higher magnifications (somewhere around 390 fts at 1000 yards). With the trusted name of Nikon, this binocular is a purely purchasable equipment for your personal and leisure use.

Wingspan Optics Wide Views HD 8x42 Professional Binoculars

Be ready to get dazzled, this one has the best in class wide angle field range making it the best Bird Watching Optical Instrument available. The close laser focus of 2m makes you feel closer to the nature more than ever. The Body is Nitrogen Purged and the Lenses multi-coated, the remaining features are just like any other Compact Bino, its the Wide Angle maximum which makes it the best pick at such an economic price. Best for Bird Watchers, Sailors and Hunters; could well be possibly used for Astronomy as well; pretty useful that way..!

 

 

Some Honorable mentions for being good enough but not that gret to list in the top 5 picks of ours. These are the ones which were tested but they failed at some point or the other but they certainly are reliable enough to be selected before any street corner vendor shop Binocular.

Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8x42 Model

Steiner AZ830 Binocular

Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization II Binoculars

Zeiss Terra ED Water Proof Prism Binocular

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Compact Binocular

What to look for in a Compact Binocular?

Wide Angle Range: The inly thing that matters is how clearer you can see when you’re viewing a very long range object. The closer you go the lesser you’re able to see in terms of View Expanse. It’s not the limitation of the Binocular, its physics, so choose wisely when picking your Long Range or Mid Range Compact Binoculars.

Purpose of Binocular: It could be Multi-Purpose, Don’t Worry: Binoculars are not equipments which can be used in multiple situations at ease, the very specifications and the sophistication of the trade that you’re picking with your pair, seriously depends on the Binocular specs. Check for range, make, waterproof characteristics, magnification extent and eye relief.

Additional Features: when buying a binocular, a lot of thought goes into what comes with it. And it should as well. Some Binoculars with limited Wide angle range come with Image Stabilizers for Bird Watching, some of them are waterproof beneath 5 feets of water as well, and some of them come with additional compass, gyroscope or for that matter sea level indicator as well. All features need to be checked like tripod compatibility or eyecup support.

Material Make: Some of these devices are made by argon purging, some of them are made by carbon fibre, you need to know your material make for the binocular. Armoured or not some of them are Paramagnetic and that makes them dangerous for Pacemaker users, so beware before you buy one. Similarly check for other Material specifications as well for better grip and reflective properties to aid in clear imaging.  

  • Magnification
  • Type of Prism Arrangement
  • Foldable or not
  • Price
  • Warranty

Of Course there are other factors as well but lets say the major ones have been explained and those would be enough for you to pick your choice from the numerous available in the market.

What Are you waiting for? Go grab one: A Pair of Binocular

That’s all we can tell you about Compact Binoculars but there are other ranges of Binoculars as well, such as mid range binoculars and high range binoculars. You can literally gaze upon those craters on the moon with some varieties of Binoculars, but they come with different specifications and at different price range. For the functional ones we’ve got the medium range ones which are used for frequent travels, nature trips and underwater explorations. You need to find your own interest into choosing any one hobby and certainly our this guide can help you find the best one to suit your need. The path to umpteen beautiful things that this nature has to offer can only be seen by getting close to it and what better could be than staying in your limits but just making you vision reach lengths unfathomable. Grab that Bino! Good Luck!