Canon 10x20 Image Stabiliser BinocularsCanon 10x20 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
Canon 10x20 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
10x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingLens shift Image Stabilizer2m closest focusLightweight at only 430g

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£589.00
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Canon 8x20 Image Stabiliser BinocularsCanon 8x20 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
Canon 8x20 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
8x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingLens shift Image Stabilizer2m closest focusLightweight at only 420g

in stock Limited Stock

£499.00

Canon 10x30 Image Stabiliser II BinocularsCanon 10x30 Image Stabiliser II Binoculars
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Canon 10x30 Image Stabiliser II Binoculars
£20.00 Discount One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 105m /1000mWeight 600g

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£499.00 £479.00
Canon 10x32 Image Stabiliser BinocularsCanon 10x32 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
Canon 10x32 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
10x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 105m /1000mWeight 780g

in stock Limited Stock

£1,399.00

Canon 10x42L Image Stabilising Water-Proof Binoculars
£200.00 Discount 10x MagnificationL-Series quality - the very finest in precision opticsA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 114m /1000mWeight 1030g

in stock Good Stock

£1,799.00 £1,599.00
Canon 12x32 Image Stabiliser BinocularsCanon 12x32 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
Canon 12x32 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
One year UK Warranty12x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 87m /1000mWeight 780g

in stock Good Stock

£1,249.00

Canon 12x36 Image Stabiliser III BinocularsCanon 12x36 Image Stabiliser III Binoculars
Canon 12x36 Image Stabiliser III Binoculars
12x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 87.5m /1000mWeight: 660g

in stock Good Stock

£759.00
Canon 14x32 Image Stabiliser BinocularsCanon 14x32 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
Canon 14x32 Image Stabiliser Binoculars
14x MagnificationSuper Spectra Coatings for excellent high resolution viewingA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 75m /1000mWeight 775g

in stock Limited Stock

£1,500.00

Canon 15x50 Image Stabiliser, Waterproof BinocularsCanon 15x50 Image Stabiliser, Waterproof Binoculars
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Canon 15x50 Image Stabiliser, Waterproof Binoculars
£70.00 Discount One year UK Warranty15x MagnificationUD element to reduce chromatic lens aberrationsA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 79m /1000mWeight 1180g

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£1,289.00 £1,219.00
Canon 18x50 Image Stabiliser, Waterproof BinocularsCanon 18x50 Image Stabiliser, Waterproof Binoculars
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Canon 18x50 Image Stabiliser, Waterproof Binoculars
£60.00 Discount One year UK Warranty18x MagnificationUD element to reduce chromatic lens aberrationsA super steady view with the powerful optical Image Stabilizer Field of view of 65m /1000mWeight 1180g

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£1,459.00 £1,399.00

Celestron LandScout 8x40 Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron LandScout 8x40 Porro Prism Binoculars
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Celestron LandScout 8x40 Porro Prism Binoculars
£5.00 Discount Durable, waterproof aluminium body | BAK-4 prisms | Multi-coated opticsEnd of line - available while stocks last

unavailable Sold out, Please contact us or see below for a possible alternative

£64.90 £59.90
Celestron Nature DX 10x32 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Nature DX 10x32 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron Nature DX 10x32 Roof Prism Binoculars
10x MagnificationPhase and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms for vivid, true-to-life colorsED objective lenses provide superior images Field of view of 109m /1000mWeight 499g

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£108.90

Celestron Nature DX 10x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
£19.00 Discount One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationPhase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolutionClose focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects. Field of view of 101m /1000mWeight 629g

in stock Good Stock

£129.00 £110.00
Celestron Nature DX 12X56 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Nature DX 12X56 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron Nature DX 12X56 Roof Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty12x MagnificationPhase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolutionClose focus of 9.8 feet for viewing nearby subjects Field of view of 96m /1000mWeight 1028g

in stock Low Stock - more due this week

£179.00

Celestron Nature DX 8x32 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Nature DX 8x32 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron Nature DX 8x32 Roof Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty8x MagnificationPhase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolution.Fully multi-coated optics provide brighter images by increasing light transmission through the entire optical path.Close focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects.Weight 510g

in stock Low Stock - more due this week

£99.00
Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Nature DX 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
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Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
£10.00 Discount One year UK Warranty8x MagnificationPhase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolution.Fully multi-coated optics provide brighter images by increasing lightClose focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects.Weight 629g

in stock Limited Stock

£129.00 £119.00

Demo model available at 10% Discount
Celestron Nature DX ED 10x42mm BinocularsCelestron Nature DX ED 10x42mm Binoculars
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Celestron Nature DX ED 10x42mm Binoculars
£20.00 Discount Demo model available at 10% discountUse code DEMO10 when you check outOne year UK Warranty10x MagnificationED objective lenses provide superior images virtually free of chromatic aberration with accurate color reproductionClose focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects. Field of view of 103m /1000mWeight 709g

in stock Good Stock

£219.00 £199.00
Celestron Nature DX ED 10x50mm BinocularsCelestron Nature DX ED 10x50mm Binoculars
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Celestron Nature DX ED 10x50mm Binoculars
£10.00 Discount One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationED objective lenses provide superior images virtually free of chromatic aberration with accurate color reproductionEyeglass friendly - generous eye relief and sturdy, twist-up eyecups with multiple stops Field of view of 103m /1000mWeight 806g

in stock Limited Stock

£249.00 £239.00

Celestron Nature DX ED 12x50mm BinocularsCelestron Nature DX ED 12x50mm Binoculars
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Celestron Nature DX ED 12x50mm Binoculars
£10.00 Discount One year UK Warranty12x MagnificationED objective lenses provide superior images virtually free of chromatic aberration with accurate color reproductionEyeglass friendly - generous eye relief and sturdy, twist-up eyecups with multiple stopsClose focus of 6.5 feet for viewing nearby subjects.Weight 806g

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£249.00 £239.00
Celestron Nature DX ED 8x42mm BinocularsCelestron Nature DX ED 8x42mm Binoculars
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Celestron Nature DX ED 8x42mm Binoculars
£20.00 Discount One year UK Warranty8x MagnificationExtra-Low Dispersion (ED) objective lenses provide high resolution, high contrast images that are virtually free of optical defects like chromatic aberration (color fringing)Phase coated BaK-4 prisms produce vivid, true-to-life colors6.5' close focusWeight 705g

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£219.00 £199.00

Celestron Outland X 10x25 Compact Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Outland X 10x25 Compact Roof Prism Binoculars
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Celestron Outland X 10x25 Compact Roof Prism Binoculars
£5.00 Discount 10x MagnificationMulti-Coated OpticsWaterproof and Fogproof Field of view of 110m /1000mWeight 312g

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£59.00 £54.00
Celestron Outland X 10x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
£10.00 Discount One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationPolycarbonate body provides a lightweight, durable frame that will last a lifetime and handle use in the fieldEyeglass friendly with generous eye relief and sturdy, twist-up eyecups with multiple stops Field of view of 98m /1000mWeight 618g

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£99.00 £89.00

Celestron Outland X 10x50 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Outland X 10x50 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron Outland X 10x50 Roof Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationDesigned to meet the needs of every outdoor enthusiast?aterproof, nitrogen-purged and rubber armoredLarge 50mm objective lenses with tremendous light gathering capability Field of view of 96m /1000mWeight 768g

in stock Limited Stock

£129.00
Celestron Outland X 8x25 Compact Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Outland X 8x25 Compact Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron Outland X 8x25 Compact Roof Prism Binoculars
8x MagnificationMulti-Coated OpticsWaterproof and FogproofProtective Rubber CoveringWeight 296g

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£49.00

Celestron Outland X 8x42 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron Outland X 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron Outland X 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
8x MagnificationMulti-Coated OpticsWaterproof and FogproofProtective Rubber CoveringWeight 624g

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£99.00
Celestron Skymaster 12x 60 Porro Prism binocularsCelestron Skymaster 12x 60 Porro Prism binoculars
Celestron Skymaster 12x 60 Porro Prism binoculars
One year UK Warranty12x MagnificationSuitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewingLarge 60 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light conditionsMulti-Coated optics for sharp, clear viewsWeight 1111g

No stock. Waiting for update on availability from Celestron UK

£79.00

Celestron Skymaster 15x70 Porro Prism binocularsCelestron Skymaster 15x70 Porro Prism binoculars
Celestron Skymaster 15x70 Porro Prism binoculars
One year UK Warranty70mm objective lens15x magnificationLong eye relief for spectacle wearersDeluxe padded caseMulti-coated opticsBAK-4 prismsTripod mount

in stock Good Stock

£89.00
Celestron Skymaster 20x80 Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron Skymaster 20x80 Porro Prism Binoculars
Celestron Skymaster 20x80 Porro Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty20x magnification porro prism binocularGiant 80 mm objective lens for maximum image brightnessSuitable for terrestrial or astronomical viewingIntegrated tripod adapter rod for ultra-stable tripod mounting

in stock Good Stock

£139.00

Celestron Skymaster 25x100 Porro Prism binocularsCelestron Skymaster 25x100 Porro Prism binoculars
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Celestron Skymaster 25x100 Porro Prism binoculars
£30.00 Discount One year UK WarrantyRubber coveredBAK-4 PrismsMulti-coated opticsAdjustable tripod mount

in stock Good Stock

£349.00 £319.00
Celestron Skymaster 25x70 Porro Prism binocularsCelestron Skymaster 25x70 Porro Prism binoculars
Celestron Skymaster 25x70 Porro Prism binoculars
One year UK WarrantyRubber coveredMulti-coated lensesLong eye reliefSupplied with Tripod mount, caps, strap and case

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£99.00

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Celestron Skymaster Pro 15x70 Porro Prism binocularsCelestron Skymaster Pro 15x70 Porro Prism binoculars
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Celestron Skymaster Pro 15x70 Porro Prism binoculars
£10.00 May Saving One year UK WarrantyHigh quality observation binoculars70mm objective lens, 15x magnificationField of view just 77m at 1km17mm Long eye relief for spectacle wearersDeluxe padded caseBAK-4 prisms and XLT Multi-coated ED glassNitrogen purged for superior weather resistance1.9kg - Tripod mount included

in stock Good Stock

£169.00 £159.00
Celestron Skymaster Pro 20x80 Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron Skymaster Pro 20x80 Porro Prism Binoculars
Celestron Skymaster Pro 20x80 Porro Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty High quality observation binoculars Extra-low Dispersion glass for increased sharpness Multi-coated to minimise reflections Nitrogen purged for superior weather resistance  

in stock Good Stock

£229.00

Celestron TrailSeeker 10x32 ED BinocularsCelestron TrailSeeker 10x32 ED Binoculars
Celestron TrailSeeker 10x32 ED Binoculars
  10x Magnification Phase and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms for vivid, true-to-life colors Multi-coated optics increase light transmission resulting in brighter and sharper images with high contrast levels Field of view of 109m /1000m Weight 499g    

in stock Limited Stock

£249.00
Celestron Trailseeker 10x42 ED Binoculars
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Celestron Trailseeker 10x42 ED Binoculars
£10.00 Discount One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationED objective lenses provide superior images virtually free of chromatic aberration with accurate color reproductionPhase and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms for vivid, true-to-life colors Field of view of 103m /1000mWeight 666g

in stock Good Stock

£299.00 £289.00

Celestron TrailSeeker 10x42 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron TrailSeeker 10x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron TrailSeeker 10x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationBaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings6.5' Close Focus Field of view of 113m /1000mWeight 635g

No stock. Waiting for update on availability from Celestron UK

£239.00
Celestron TrailSeeker 8x32 ED BinocularsCelestron TrailSeeker 8x32 ED Binoculars
Celestron TrailSeeker 8x32 ED Binoculars
BBR Awards 2021 Winner, 'Best Binoculars under £300'   8x Magnification ED objective lenses provide superior images virtually free of chromatic aberration with accurate color reproduction, increased resolution and contrast Phase and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms for vivid, true-to-life colors Wide field of view and 6.5' close focus Weight 499g    

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£249.00

Celestron Trailseeker 8x42 ED Binoculars
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Celestron Trailseeker 8x42 ED Binoculars
£10.00 Discount BBR 'Best Binoculars under £300' 2021One year UK Warranty8x MagnificationED objective lenses provide superior images virtually free of chromatic aberration with accurate color reproductionPhase and dielectric coated BaK-4 prisms for vivid, true-to-life colors Field of view of 142m /1000mWeight 666g

in stock Limited Stock

£299.00 £289.00
Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron TrailSeeker 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 Roof Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty8x MagnificationBaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings6.5' Close Focus Field of view of 142m /1000mWeight 655g

No stock. Some expected week ending 21st May

£199.00

Celestron Ultima 10x42mm Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron Ultima 10x42mm Porro Prism Binoculars
Celestron Ultima 10x42mm Porro Prism Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyClassic PorroPrism binoculars put the viewing lenses further apart for an enhanced 3D viewBaK-4prisms and fully multi-coated optics deliver maximum light transmissionErgonomic body with synthetic rubber armour for a non-slip gripOptional Tripod adaptor

in stock Limited Stock

£139.90
Celestron Ultima 10x50mm Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron Ultima 10x50mm Porro Prism Binoculars
Celestron Ultima 10x50mm Porro Prism Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyClassic PorroPrism binoculars put the viewing lenses further apart for an enhanced 3D viewBaK-4prisms and fully multi-coated optics deliver maximum light transmissionErgonomic body with synthetic rubber armour for a non-slip gripOptional Tripod adaptor

No stock. Waiting for update on availability from Celestron UK

£149.00

Celestron Ultima 8x32mm Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron Ultima 8x32mm Porro Prism Binoculars
Celestron Ultima 8x32mm Porro Prism Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyClassic PorroPrism binoculars put the viewing lenses further apart for an enhanced 3D viewBaK-4prisms and fully multi-coated optics deliver maximum light transmissionErgonomic body with synthetic rubber armour for a non-slip gripOptional Tripod adaptor

No stock. Waiting for update on availability from Celestron UK

£129.90
Celestron Ultima 8x42mm Porro Prism BinocularsCelestron Ultima 8x42mm Porro Prism Binoculars
Celestron Ultima 8x42mm Porro Prism Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyClassic PorroPrism binoculars put the viewing lenses further apart for an enhanced 3D viewBaK-4prisms and fully multi-coated optics deliver maximum light transmissionErgonomic body with synthetic rubber armour for a non-slip gripOptional Tripod adaptor

No stock. Waiting for update on availability from Celestron UK

£139.90

Celestron UpClose G2 10x25 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron UpClose G2 10x25 Roof Prism Binoculars
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Celestron UpClose G2 10x25 Roof Prism Binoculars
£2.10 Discount One year UK Warranty10x MagnificationHigh quality binoculars at an affordable / economical priceMulti-coated optics increase light transmission resulting in brighter and sharper images with high contrast levelsWater resistantWeight 312g

in stock Good Stock

£25.00 £22.90
Celestron UpClose G2 8x21 Roof Prism BinocularsCelestron UpClose G2 8x21 Roof Prism Binoculars
Celestron UpClose G2 8x21 Roof Prism Binoculars
One year UK Warranty8x MagnificationStylish rubber covered aluminum body to protect from rough handlingErgonomic thumb indents and finger ridges for extra non-slip comfort and ease of useWater resistantWeight 227g

in stock Good Stock

£25.00

Vortex Crossfire HD 10x42 BinocularsVortex Crossfire HD 10x42 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 10x42 Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyMulticoated HD glass lens elements and prisms delivering amazing resolution, colour fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission for the priceNitrogen purged and rubber armoured for the Great British outdoorsSupplied with Eyepiece Rainguard, tethered objective lens covers and Glasspack Case & harnessVortex Unlimited Lifetime WarrantyClose Focus to 6 ft / 1.83mWeight 653gmTripod mountable with optional adapter

No Stock in the UK. There are rumours of stock heading to the airport in California to be with us towards the end of May.

£179.00
Vortex Crossfire HD 10x50 BinocularsVortex Crossfire HD 10x50 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 10x50 Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyMulticoated HD glass lens elements and prisms delivering amazing resolution, colour fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission for the priceNitrogen purged and rubber armoured for the Great British outdoorsSupplied with Eyepiece Rainguard, tethered objective lens covers and Glasspack Case & harnessVortex Unlimited Lifetime WarrantyClose Focus to 6 ft / 1.83mWeight 862gmTripod mountable with optional adapter

No Stock in the UK. There are rumours of stock heading to the airport in California to be with us towards the end of May.

£189.00

Vortex Crossfire HD 12x50 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 12x50 Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyMulticoated HD glass lens elements and prisms delivering amazing resolution, colour fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission for the priceNitrogen purged and rubber armoured for the Great British outdoorsSupplied with Eyepiece Rainguard, tethered objective lens covers and Glasspack Case & harnessVortex Unlimited Lifetime WarrantyClose Focus to 6 ft / 1.83mWeight 836gmTripod mountable with optional adapter

No Stock in the UK. There are rumours of stock heading to the airport in California to be with us towards the end of May.

£199.00
Vortex Crossfire HD 8x42 BinocularsVortex Crossfire HD 8x42 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 8x42 Binoculars
One year UK WarrantyMulticoated HD glass lens elements and prisms delivering amazing resolution, colour fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and light transmission for the priceNitrogen purged and rubber armoured for the Great British outdoorsSupplied with Eyepiece Rainguard, tethered objective lens covers and Glasspack Case & harnessVortex Unlimited Lifetime WarrantyClose Focus to 6 ft / 1.83mWeight 675gmTripod mountable with optional adapter

No Stock in the UK. There are rumours of stock heading to the airport in California to be with us towards the end of May.

£169.00
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Binoculars

How do I choose a pair of binoculars? 

When choosing a pair of binoculars, bear in mind that the first number is the magnification and the second is the diameter of the front glass in millimetres. The first number divided into the second gives the light gathering power. Thus, a pair of 8x32 will be as bright as a pair of 10x40 but smaller and with less magnification.

8x40s (with a light factor of 5) are the classic choice for all-year-round birdwatching.  8x25s are considerably smaller & lighter and are perfectly good in bright conditions. As the size and magnification increase, eg to 10x ,12x, or even up to 20x, it is increasingly difficult to hold them steady without a support. 

Canon binoculars all have a battery-powered image stabiliser which makes a big difference if you are unable to use a tripod, monopod or a handy branch. For example, in a crowd or bumping around in the back of a reasonably uncomfortable Land Rover.

The best way to select a pair of binoculars is to call in and weigh up the price, weight, magnification, brightness and quality that suits you Sir.  Or madam.  We're here to help.

Here are our answers to some of the questions that people ask. Apparently.

 

What does 10x50 mean for binoculars? 

Every pair of binoculars has two numbers applied to it (in this case, 10x50). 10x indicates a ten times magnification.  Anything you look at will be ten time bigger than the naked eye.

The second figure is the width of the front glass (technically the diameter of the objective lens in millimetres) which gives an indication of the brightness.

Dividing the first number into the second produces a brightness factor.  So an 8x32 pair will be as bright as a 10x40 or 12x48 or 20x80. The 10x50 will be slightly brighter so are ideal for using in poor light where the weight is not a problem.  For example, leaning on the back of your chair looking at the stars.

 

What strength binoculars do I need?

The magnification, or strength, that you choose for your binoculars is dependent on what you’ll be using them for and how much weight you want to carry around. For general use, a magnification from 7x to 12x will be sufficient and as much as you can hold steady without shaking.  8x and 10x are the most popular for general use. 

Remember that the brightness of view depends on the width of the front glass divided by the magnification. All things being equal, as the magnification doubles the size and weight go up four times.

If you like to go for long walks on sunny days, a good compact pair will save you carrying around a lot of heavy glass that you don’t need.

On the other hand, if you like to sit on your balcony and watch the boats go buy or do a bit of star-gazing, the biggest pair possible on a good tripod will be just the thing.

 

What should I look for when buying binoculars?

Once you have decided on the size, there are a few features that may make a difference and could be worth paying a little more for.

The main difference with a more expensive pair is the quality of the optics.  The quality of the image depends on both the quality of the glass itself and the precision of the grinding. The search for perfection is an expensive business, involving exotic glasses and an obsession with precision grinding spanning several generations. A really top quality pair will quickly get you into four figures.

All the quality in the world will not help you if you can’t hold them steady. Make sure that you choose a pair that will attach to a tripod or have stabilisation – or be prepared to get your elbows muddy.

The mechanical quality is probably the next thing to check.  A smooth focusing action down to close distances will cost you more than a less ambitious construction.

If you wear spectacles, you will want to look out for binoculars with long eye relief which allows you to use them without having to take your specs off every time.

If you venture out in all weathers, or on small boat, you will need a gas-filled pair that will keep out the fog and moisture. You will also see big benefit from a stabilised pair.  Canon's 10 x 42 IS L pair are the ultimate.  They are built to the same standard, and with the same Image Stabilisation and weatherproof technologies, as Canon's professional DSLR lenses. Naturally, they come with a similar price tag.

 

Which binoculars are best for Stargazing / astronomy?

A big pair!

Stars are very small to the naked eye, so you will need a pair with high magnification which means a long instrument.  Stars are also not very bright so you will need good light gathering which demands a wide front lens. 

However, a good pair of 12x50 or even 20x80 binoculars may be ideal for general purpose observation as well as pointing upwards to the night sky for a clearer view of the Moon and the constellations.

Of course, as they get bigger they both cost and weigh a lot more so a tripod can be handy to give your arms a rest.

These Skymaster 15x70 Pros with ED Glass are excellent quality and provide a good compromise between size, cost and performance.They come with a tripod adaptor in the box as well as a carry case so you can comfortably take them to the seaside next time you go.  Maybe this year, maybe 2022.....

If you don't want to bother with a tripod, the Canon 12x36 IS pair are an excellent choice.  The Image Stabilisation will be just as useful if you also use them in a Land Rover or a boat.

Whichever you choose, don’t point them at the sun.

As your choice leads you to bigger and bigger sizes, you might consider saving half the cost and weight and choose a monocular, a spotting scope, or an astro-telescope instead. If you looking through just one eye sounds a bit squinty, how about a Swarovski scope with a binocular eyepiece?

 

Can I get waterproof binoculars?

Absolutely. In fact, as it’s likely that you’ll be outside for the majority of time whilst using your binoculars, it would be wise to opt for ‘waterproof’ or ‘weatherproof’ binoculars anyway. Waterproof binoculars are fully sealed and gas-filled. This prevents any dust, water or other particles from getting inside and damaging the unit. The Canon 18x50, Image Stabiliser, Waterproof Binoculars are a good option if you’re looking for a sharp and steady view in harsh conditions or even marine environments.

 

Which binoculars should I buy for birdwatching? 

If you’re looking to buy binoculars for birdwatching specifically, aim for a magnification in the lower range of 8x to 10x. You can achieve a much wider field of view when using binoculars with a lower magnification, which is ideal if you’re hoping to spot a fast-moving bird or animal. Binoculars with a lower magnification are also much easier to hold steady - a must unless you rest them on a support or choose a pair with image stabilisation.

 

Can you clean your binoculars?

Yes. Of course you can but, to help maintain the quality of your binoculars over time, our best advice would be to clean your binoculars as sparingly as possible. This will help prevent any unnecessary damage to the lens or coating from simply using the wrong cloth material or harsh chemicals. We would highly recommend using the Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit for the best results.  It is completely safe and includes; a microfibre cloth, grease and oil-dissolving cleaning solution, a lens brush and a dust blower.

 

Is Swarovski a good brand for binoculars and is it worth the money?

In the world of optics, Swarovski – without a doubt - are best known for their premium, high-precision products.  If you’re looking for a pair of binoculars that you know will maintain their quality and value over a long period of time, then we would highly recommend investing in a pair of Swarovski binoculars.  Several of us have had the thrill of visiting the factory in Austria and can vouch for the dedication and skill that goes into every pair. And we’d quite like to go again please.

How do image stabilising binoculars work?

Canon Image stabilising (IS) binoculars use the technology developed in the lenses for their famous EOS SLR range of cameras. A clever bit of electronics moves an internal lens element to compensate for the external movement, or shake, of the binoculars. So, it only works if when you turn the battery on. The 12x36 are the most popular pair under £1000 and make use of the stabilisation to give slightly more magnication than you would normally expect to be able to hold steady. The 10x42 are brighter, weatherproof and equally as popular.  Although relatively expensive, you could still buy 10,000 pairs for the price of Sir Ben Ainslee's boat.  The entire Canon range are good value if you are over the age of ten, looking for fine detail over any length of time and prefer not to either plant your elbows in the mud or walk around with a tripod. 

Are Compact binoculars any good?

Compact binoculars are very good, especially if you have small pockets.

8x20s or 10x26s are our most popular.

They lack the brightness of a larger pair but, with modern optics, this is not such a problem.  Indeed, the new, improved and only very slightly more expensive Steiner Blue Horizons are reactive in the same way as spectacle lenses to actually cut down the brightness.  They could be just the thing if you live on a yacht at Monaco or Bermuda, so good for people with very large pockets as well.

Of course, if you are off for a long mountain climb and not sure if it will still be foggy when you reach the summit, a compact pair in your pocket will be much better than the large pair that you left at home. If you want to go really compact, consider a monocular from Zeiss or Vortex.

 

Are monoculars better than binoculars?

I am guessing that the word binocular came into use when two spyglasses were joined together and the world was looking for a better, and shorter term than ‘two-telescopes-joined-together’ or 'bitelescope’.  Although, I have to say that twinocular has a nice ring to it.

If you have one blind eye, a monocular is very good for pointing in the general direction of something that you don’t wish to see. If you don’t go by the name of H Nelson (Lord), two oculars pointing in the same direction are better to look through than just one.

Two pointing in slightly different directions will give you a serious headache quite quickly and is not so good.  So, binoculars need to be built to a high standard to be comfortable over time.  For short glimpses and taking on a walk ‘just in case’ a monocular, half the size and weight, is ideal. The Vortex Solo range are very popular.  The 8x36 RT even has images in the eyepiece that you can line up to give a fair estimate of distance.

Which is better - a spotting scope or binoculars?

 For serious, long-range viewing, maintaining light gathering power at high magnifications involves a fair amount of glass that is both heavy and expensive. Making do with the view through just one eye has its advantages. Also, the stereo vision obtained from using both eyes diminishes with distance. A serious birder will mostly commonly be seen with a spotting scope, firmly attached to a tripod, ready to sling over one shoulder and move on to the next location.

Swarovski are the masters and their modular system is the pinnacle. In recent years, they have introduced the BTX binocular eyepiece so that you can pretty much have the best of both worlds.