Reviews of the Best Binoculars of 2020

A binocular is an indispensable tool on almost any nature trip. Be it hunting or hiking, or bird watching, binoculars will be used almost any time you need to see something far away. The binoculars are bought for various reasons, and different models have different purposes. More powerful devices have stronger magnification and are used for stargazing or observing wildlife far away. Powerful binoculars also have a use at sea, where they can be used to watch ships or land far away. However, the less powerful models have a niche too – bird watching and theater observation.

Many models are built to resist abuse and damage. Some are waterproofed, while others are additionally filled with nitrogen gas, that prevents fogging up.

Binoculars are made by many different brands, and while some are well known for making quality products, others are new to the market and have not yet made a name. It is sometimes hard to decide, which brands and models are best, so we have compiled the five best binoculars in one list. All are worth their price, and all do their job well.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Waterproof
#1
Bushnell H2O Waterproof
9.9
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Nikon 8252 ACULON A211
9.7
/
10
Customer's Choice
#3
Celestron 71008 SkyMaster
9.5
/
10
LARGEST MAGNIFICATION
#4
Gosky 10x42
9.5
/
10
COMPACT AND POWERFUL
#5
Vortex Optics Crossfire HD
9.1
/
10
LIGHTEST MODEL
Bushnell H2O Waterproof
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model has a large 4.2 millimeter exit pupil, which guarantees a quality image. The binocular gives a field of view 102 meters wide from 1 kilometer.

The optics are all made of premium glass and give a very good image with true colors. The entire model is waterproof and sealed with rubber O-rings. The insides are filled with nitrogen gas, which allows a fog-free environment.

The binocular gives tenfold magnification, and can focus down to 4 meters. The eye relief is 1.7 cm.

The central focusing knob is very easy to adjust, and it is possible to focus the binocular very precisely. The armored rubber outside is very easy to grip and will prevent slipping. Also it cushions any impacts.

The device arrives with a lifetime warranty.

Pros:

  • Tough, waterproof, rubberized body
  • Quality glass inside – very colorful image with no distortion
  • Well calibrated and focuses well

Cons:

  • Low light level – not good for night watching

Nikon 8252 ACULON A211
#2
Customer's Choice
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

These binoculars were designed to be very light and ergonomic, and their body is made of a lightweight material with a good gripping surface. Nonetheless, the high magnifying power makes them heavier.

The rubber eyecups are easy to adjust, and they make it possible to use the binoculars for a long time without straining or getting uncomfortable.

The glass is covered with multicoating, which allows more light through and makes the image much brighter and more visible in the dark.

The distance between the eyes is adjustable – it can be changed from 56 to 72 mm. the minimum focus distance for these binoculars is 15 meters. The field of view is 66 meters from a distance of 1 kilometer.

Pros:

  • Very powerful, up to 22 x magnification
  • The coating lets a lot of light get through the glass
  • Very tough, robust and durable build

Cons:

  • Pretty heavy, even with the extra-light materials

Celestron 71008 SkyMaster
#3
LARGEST MAGNIFICATION
Editor’s Rating:
9.5
/
10

This model offers a scale of 25x, and with its 70 mm lens you can get a bright image, even with the narrow field of view. The field of view is only 47 meters wide at a distance of 1000 meters. The multiple layers of coating make this binocular even better at transmitting light.

The body is covered in a thick rubber coating that makes it almost impossible for the binocular to slip out of your hand.

The minimum focus distance is 75 feet, which makes the binocular more suited for observing stars or watching something far away.

The large distance between the eye and the lens makes this model good for people that wear glasses.

Pros:

  • Very crisp and clean image, with no blurring or distortion.
  • Great magnification, excellent for watching stars or planets
  • Amazingly low price for this level of quality and magnification

Cons:

  • The tripod mount feels flimsy and is hard to hold steady

Gosky 10x42
#4
COMPACT AND POWERFUL
Editor’s Rating:
9.5
/
10

The model offers 10-x magnification, and is well fit for many different activities, including hiking and wildlife observation. This is a very universal magnification, and with the 42 mm lens you can get enough light for night observations. The coatings are also good – green film on the objective and blue on the eyepiece.

The entire model weighs only 1.5 pounds,

The model is covered with thick, armored rubber, so it is able to stop most kinds of damage. The binocular can be used with a variety of smartphones, including Iphones and Samsung. The model is shipped with a mount, carrying case and cleaning cloths.

The model comes with a lifetime warranty.

Pros:

  • Very good price
  • Can be used with smartphones from most brands
  • Comparably light for the level of magnification

Cons:

  • The phone attachment is hard to set up

Vortex Optics Crossfire HD
#5
LIGHTEST MODEL
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

These weigh only 3 ounces, making them one of the lightest. They offer 8x magnification and give a bright image with true colors. The light transmission is also pretty good, making them able at night observation.

The lenses are all multi-coated, and the prisms are optimized for a smaller size. All this makes the model very small and portable, also increasing its durability.

The eyecups can be adjusted to compensate for eyeglasses. The central focusing wheel affects both the barrels at once. The right eyepiece has a diopter that allows for compensation.

The inside of the binocular is filled with nitrogen gas and is waterproofed with O-rings. This makes it possible to use the model without fogging, even in very cold environments. The binoculars can be used with a tripod mount.

The non-slipping rubber cover is able to resist impact and provides a comfortable grip.

Pros:

  • Very light – with a weight of 3 ounces it beats other models by far
  • Very crisp and sharp image, with no blurring or distortion
  • Quality glass – the model is one of the best in this area

Cons:

  • Pretty hard to adjust to the right focus, but once you do, it is excellent