Best Binoculars: See Far and Clear on Your Adventure

Enhance your vision on the go with these high-quality binoculars

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PUBLISHED ON October 23, 2019

Binoculars are used by bird watchers, explorers, and hikers to get a better view of what lies ahead. But how can you be sure you bought the right pair? There are several options to choose from, and all improve your vision. However, not all binoculars are equal. Many come with enhanced functions, such as variable zoom distance, night vision, and a compass. Here are the best binoculars to consider before heading off on your next adventure.

  • Best Overall
    Gosky Roof Prism Binoculars
    Powerful long-distance binoculars with a large field of view and 10 x 42 ratio, they are made out of durable and long-lasting rubber to withstand the weather and drops.
    They include multi-layer green coated lenses, a smartphone mount to see the image on your screen, protective case, cleaning cloth, and a non-slip grip.
    They are a bit heavy, on the large size, the carrying pouch feels flimsy, and the cellphone mount can be a hassle.
  • Best Value
    Aurosports Folding High Powered Binoculars
    A lightweight pair of binoculars that feature a clear wide-angle viewing distance of 1,000 yards with a 10 x 25 ratio
    They are waterproof, feature multi-coated lenses for improving vision, and have a hyper-durable anti-slip grip.
    The night vision only works in low light not pitch darkness, and they are small and may not expand far enough to be comfortable for all eyes.
  • Honorable Mention
    SkyGenius Powerful Binoculars
    Designed with 10 times magnification with a 10 x 50 ratio that allows you to see up to 1,000 yards away. They come with aspherical lenses with a multi-layer coating for a brighter view.
    The binoculars are developed out of tough non-slip rubber for improved shock absorption to give you a firmer grip, and they feature a diopter system that adjusts the imbalance of your eyes. The smooth and large center focus knob makes them simple to operate and easy to focus.
    They are not designed to be waterproof, are not for night vision, and the neck strap can be a hassle.

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  • Always use a shoulder or neck strap when using binoculars to avoid accidentally dropping them.
  • Zooming in all the way may give you a blurry image. To avoid this, you can zoom in all the way and slowly zoom out until the image is no longer blurry.
  • To prevent any damage to the lenses while walking with the binoculars you should leave the lens covers on. This will also prevent dust and dirt from building up behind the glass.
  • To clean the lenses, use a soft cloth to wipe away any smears or smudges. If they do not come with a microfiber cloth you can use a soft towel.
  • For a better image and sturdier vision, consider placing the binoculars on a tripod.


Q: What do the numbers mean on binoculars?

A: Numbers like 10 x 50 register how far and wide the lenses will see. The first number is the power of the lens and dictates how much they will magnify an object. The second number represents the diameter of the lens in millimeters. Together they are used to calculate what is known as the exit ratio. The larger the number, the brighter the image will be.

Q: How do I determine the exit ratio on a pair of binoculars?

A: You take the two numbers and divide them together to get the exit ratio or exit pupil. For instance, using the ratio above, you would take 50 and divide it by 10 to get 5.0.

Q: Can I use binoculars with glasses?

A: Yes, as long as the eyecups are large enough. You should still be able to see through smaller eyecups, but they may not be as comfortable. If you wear glasses, you should get a pair of binoculars with a wider field of view and comfortable rubber eyecups. You may also be able to attach different cups to the binoculars for a better view.

Final Thoughts

For one of the best pairs of binoculars with a wide field of vision and an excellent exit ratio, check out the Gosky Roof Prism Binoculars

Check out the Aurosports Folding High Powered Binoculars for a less expensive pair with a comfortable grip and long-distance view.