Swarovski 10x25 CL Black Binoculars with Mountain Case
Swarovski 10x25 CL Black Binoculars with Mountain Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight10 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 5.6 degrees350gSecure Mountain CaseBlack Nylon Neck Strap

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Swarovski 10x25 CL Black Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Swarovski 10x25 CL Black Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight10 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 5.6 degrees350gSecure Wild Nature CaseComplementary Paracord Neck Strap

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Swarovski 10x25 CL Green Binoculars with Mountain Case
Swarovski 10x25 CL Green Binoculars with Mountain Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight10 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 5.6 degrees350gSecure Mountain CaseBlack Nylon Neck Strap

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£680.00
Swarovski 10x25 CL Green Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Swarovski 10x25 CL Green Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight10 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 5.6 degrees350gSecure Wild Nature CaseComplementary Paracord Neck Strap

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£680.00

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Swarovski 10x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green with Wild Nature Pack
Swarovski 10x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green with Wild Nature Pack
10x MagnificationCompact & lightweight design (500g)Minimum focusing distance 3mNew Low Price

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Swarovski 10x32 NL Pure Binoculars, Burnt OrangeSwarovski 10x32 NL Pure Binoculars, Burnt Orange

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Swarovski 10x42 NL Pure BinocularsSwarovski 10x42 NL Pure Binoculars
Swarovski 10x42 NL Pure Binoculars
10x magnificationFluorite-Containing HD Glass ElementsSWAROBRIGHT, SWAROTOP, SWARODUR CoatingsWeight: 850g

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Swarovski 10x42 TA Binoculars, Green
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Swarovski 12x42 NL Pure BinocularsSwarovski 12x42 NL Pure Binoculars
Swarovski 12x42 NL Pure Binoculars
12x magnificationFluorite-Containing HD Glass ElementsSWAROBRIGHT, SWAROTOP, SWARODUR CoatingsWeight: 840g

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Swarovski 8x25 CL Black Binoculars with Mountain Case
Swarovski 8x25 CL Black Binoculars with Mountain Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight8 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 6.8 degrees350gSecure Mountain CaseBlack Nylon Neck Strap

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£650.00
Swarovski 8x25 CL Black Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Swarovski 8x25 CL Black Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight8 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 6.8 degrees350gSecure Wild Nature CaseComplementary Paracord Neck Strap

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£650.00

Swarovski 8x25 CL Green Binoculars with Mountain Case
Swarovski 8x25 CL Green Binoculars with Mountain Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight8 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 6.8 degrees350gSecure Mountain CaseBlack Nylon Neck Strap

No stock on site. Please allow 20 days for delivery

£650.00
Swarovski 8x25 CL Green Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Swarovski 8x25 CL Green Binoculars with Wild Nature Case
Put Bird-power in your pocket with the new Swarovski CL Pocket binocularsCompact and lightweight8 x magnification25mm objective lens88% light transmissionField of view 6.8 degrees350gSecure Wild Nature CaseComplementary Paracord Neck Strap

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Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green with Wild Nature Pack
Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green with Wild Nature Pack
8x MagnificationCompact & lightweight design, just 490gMinimum focusing distance 3mNew Low Price

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Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Nomad Binoculars
Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Nomad Binoculars
8x MagnificationLeather armouring and titanium partsMinimum focusing distance 3mNew Low Price

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Swarovski 8x32 NL Pure Binoculars, Burnt OrangeSwarovski 8x32 NL Pure Binoculars, Burnt Orange

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Swarovski 8x42 NL Pure BinocularsSwarovski 8x42 NL Pure Binoculars
Swarovski 8x42 NL Pure Binoculars
Fluorite-Containing HD Glass ElementsSWAROBRIGHT, SWAROTOP, SWARODUR CoatingsUltra-Wide 69 Viewing AngleWeight: 840g

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Swarovski 8x42 TA Binoculars, Green
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Swarovski Forehead Rest for NL Pure Binoculars
Swarovski Forehead Rest for NL Pure Binoculars
Swarovski Forehead Rest for NL Pure Binoculars Designed exclusively for their Pure line of binoculars, the Swarovski FRP Forehead Rest provides a third point of contact on your face (the eyepieces being the other two) to greatly improve stability and reduce distracting vibration when you're hand-holding your optic. Exclusively Fits the NL Pure Binoculars Push-Fit Installation - No Tools Required Reduces...

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Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 Binoculars, GreenSwarovski CL Pocket 8x25 Binoculars, Green
Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 Binoculars, Green
8x MagnificationHighly reflective SWAROBRIGHT prism coating optimizes color representation and contrast357' field of view at 1000 yardsScratch-resistant SWARODUR coatings protect exterior lens surfacesWeight: 345gEnd of line - available while stocks last

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Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, AnthraciteSwarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Anthracite
Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Anthracite
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Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green
Swarovski 8x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green
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Swarovski 10x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Anthracite
Swarovski 10x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Anthracite
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Swarovski 10x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green
Swarovski 10x30 CL Companion Binoculars, Green
10x magnificationShortest focusing distance: 3 mImpact-, dust- and water-proof.Features Swarovski's Swarobright technologyWeight: 500gSave £100 when you buy a case and strap kitEnd of line - available while stocks last

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Swarovski EL Field Pro 8x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Sand Brown
Swarovski EL Field Pro 8x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Sand Brown
Compact and lightweightSWAROVISION optical technology10 year warrantyWeight: 595gNew, re-styled model for 2015 with improved strap fixing

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Swarovski EL Field Pro 8x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Swarovski EL Field Pro 8x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Fluorite Glass Objective LensesP-Coated Phase-Corrected Roof PrismsWide-Angle Viewing: 61Complete SWAROVISION Optical CoatingsWeight: 595g

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Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
10x magnificationField of view m/1000m) 120Minimum focusing distance: 1.9mWeight: 595g

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Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Sand Brown
Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x32 Swarovision Binoculars, Sand Brown
10x magnificationField of view m/1000m) 120Minimum focusing distance: 1.9mWeight: 595g

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Swarovski EL Field Pro 8.5x42 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Swarovski EL Field Pro 8.5x42 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
8.5x42 magnificationOutstanding edge-to-edge sharpnessThe 4.9-mm exit pupils also produce bright images in poor lightMinimum focusing distance: 3.3mWeight: 835g

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Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x42 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x42 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
10x magnificationSWAROVISION optical technologyMinimum Focus Distance 3.3mWeight: 835g

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£1,625.00

Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x50 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Swarovski EL Field Pro 10x50 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
10x magnificationField of view m/1000m) 115Minimum focusing distance: 2.8mWeight: 999g

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£2,156.00
Swarovski EL Field Pro 12x50 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
Swarovski EL Field Pro 12x50 Swarovision Binoculars, Green
12x magnificationFluorite Glass Objective LensesLarge 4.2mm Exit PupilNitrogen Filled, Water and FogproofWeight 999

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Swarovski 7x42 Porro Prism Binoculars
Swarovski 7x42 Porro Prism Binoculars
Extremely light, but very robust light-alloy housingPorro prismWatertightContrast rich, three-dimensional imagesWeight: 680g

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Swarovski 7x42 GA Porro Prism Binoculars
Swarovski 7x42 GA Porro Prism Binoculars
Extremely light, but very robust light-alloy housingLarge field of view through a 6-lens, wide-angle eyepieceRubber armouring for waterproofing, shock absorption and noise reductionContrast rich, three-dimensional imagesWeight: 760g

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Swarovski 10x40 W GA Porro Prism Binoculars
Swarovski 10x40 W GA Porro Prism Binoculars
10x magnificationContrast rich, three-dimensional imagePorro prismWeight: 790g

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Swarovski SLC 8x56 WB Binoculars
Swarovski SLC 8x56 WB Binoculars
High Brightness-lens with HD-opticsRobust rubber armour, fully waterproofSwaroclean coatingWeight: 1225g

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Swarovski SLC 10x56 WB Binoculars
Swarovski SLC 10x56 WB Binoculars
10x magnificationHigh Brightness-lens with HD-opticsSwaroclean coatingWeight: 1195g

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Swarovski SLC 15x56 WB Binoculars
Swarovski SLC 15x56 WB Binoculars
15x magnificationHigh Brightness-lens with HD-opticsSwaroclean coatingWeight: 1200g

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Vortex Crossfire HD 10x42 BinocularsVortex Crossfire HD 10x42 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 10x42 Binoculars
Multicoated 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

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Vortex Crossfire HD 10x50 BinocularsVortex Crossfire HD 10x50 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 10x50 Binoculars
Multicoated 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

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Vortex Crossfire HD 12x50 Binoculars
Vortex Crossfire HD 12x50 Binoculars
Multicoated 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

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Vortex Crossfire HD 8x42 BinocularsVortex Crossfire HD 8x42 Binoculars
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Multicoated 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

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Vortex Diamondback 2016 10x28 BinocularsVortex Diamondback 2016 10x28 Binoculars
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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.