For 4 centuries, binoculars have helped to see distant objects closer and clearer. The main advantage of binoculars is stereoscopic vision. The thing is that the human brain, looking at an object with two eyes, sees a 10-40% deeper and more voluminous image, and the field of view expands by 20%.
The following types of binoculars are most widely used:
First of all, when choosing binoculars, you should pay attention to the most important thing — the magnification and diameter of optical glasses. These characteristics are so important that in the name of any model of binoculars, in addition to the name of the brand and line, the parameters of the lenses are also indicated. For example, Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 can be deciphered as follows: Celestron is a brand, SkyMaster is a line, 15×70 is a 15x zoom power with a lens diameter of 70 mm.
Many people have the assumption that the higher the magnification, the better and more powerful the binoculars, but this is not so. The power is determined by the accuracy of the alignment, the quality of optical glasses, prisms and eyepieces. Standard binoculars are made using one of the two most popular technologies: Porro or Roof.
Today, there are models on sale that can determine the range or height of the observed object using a rangefinder, many manufacturers build in a compass, make the case shockproof and sealed. It is easy to get confused in such an assortment, so we have created a rating of the best powerful binoculars, according to reviews and popularity.
TOP 10 best powerful binoculars
10 Barska Floatmaster 10×30 WP
Barska Floatmaster 10×30 WP
On binoculars from Barska, the diopter power can be adjusted on each eyepiece individually in the range from +5 to -5. Anti-reflection glasses BK7, capable of bringing the object closer to 10 times, contribute to the stabilization of the image, aligning its contrast. The field of view in this model is equal to 87 m at a distance of 1 km. There is very little shading around the edges, but the depth of the image does not suffer from this.
The eyepiece, prism and lens are on the same axis, due to which the manufacturer managed to keep the lightness and compactness of the binoculars. The problem of lens fogging from the inside has been solved, gas-filled technology is used to eliminate this problem. Fans of boat trips and fishing will appreciate the complete tightness of the binoculars and its ability not to sink when immersed in water, it will always stay afloat. And with the help of a ribbed focus adjustment drum, you can quickly “switch” from one object to another.
9 Veber Classic BPC 30×60 VR
Veber Classic BPC 30×60 VR
The BPC 30×60 VR model is the most powerful in the Classic line, the binoculars have the longest zoom distance (30x zoom). The aperture does not blur the edges due to the small viewing width of 31 m at a distance of 1000 m. Such a narrow field of view makes the Veber Classic BPC 30×60 VR an excellent option for observing objects as far away as possible, especially the minimum distance at which the binoculars focus — 13 m.
Powerful aperture suppresses glare, allowing you to see the picture in detail at any time of the day or night. The aluminum body is rubberized, so in hot weather, when hands can sweat, it will eliminate the chance of the binoculars slipping out. By the way, in the reviews they write that the model is quite sensitive to shocks, which can upset the alignment of the lenses, as a result, the image will double. The binoculars come with a case for storing them, a strap, covers to protect the glasses and a cloth for cleaning them.
8 Celestron SkyMaster 15×70
Celestron SkyMaster 15×70
Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 boasts not only high demand, but also accurate, most natural color reproduction due to the symbiosis of the BAK-4 prism with the Porro optical system and filigree alignment. The binoculars guarantee a 15x zoom and a field of view of 70 m at a distance of 1 km. At the same time, the minimum distance with which you can work is 13 m. This model provides not only central focusing, but also the adjustment of the focus of the right lens to the difference between the eyes.
Since the axes of the objectives are spaced more than the axes of the eyepieces, the deepest possible image is created. Powerful laminated anti-reflective glass reduces reflective light loss. The reviews often mention the weight, namely 1.4 kg, and the dimensions of the binoculars, recommending the use of a tripod, especially since the Celestron SkyMaster 15 × 70 binoculars have an adaptive connector. A waterproof and shock-resistant case will be a nice addition.
7 Delta Optical Sailor 8×42
Delta Optical Sailor 8×42
The sealed 8x marine binoculars use a Porro-type circuit that produces a deep image with a pronounced 3D effect. To increase light transmission, the optics have a multi-layer antireflection coating. At 1000 m, the field of view is 123 m. The binoculars can be adjusted to any user, since the interpupillary distance and diopter power are adjustable. The lenses do not tire the eyes at all.
Shock-absorbing, shock-absorbing housing protects optical glasses from misalignment. Central focusing, simultaneous for both lenses, responds to objects at a distance of at least 6 m. The binoculars are filled with nitrogen, which prevents the formation of internal inter-lens condensation, which often happens with sudden changes in temperature. Lenses are cleverly hidden 1.2 cm deep from the ends of the case, this will eliminate unnecessary contact with dirt and protect during rain in order to maintain maximum visibility.
6 Praktica Marine Charter 7×50
Praktica Marine Charter 7×50
Powerful low-dispersion optical glass of the Praktica Marine Charter 7×50 binoculars – VAK-4 – minimally scatters light beams, creating a clear visibility of the object without shading at the edges. Due to the moderate magnification power (7 times magnification), a wide viewing angle opens — 118 m. Apochromat eliminates almost completely imperfections in contrast and brightness caused by light dispersion due to the multilayer antireflection coating. The minimum distance at which the binoculars focus is 6 m.
Like all Praktica Marine Charter 7×50 marine binoculars, in addition to tightness and nitrogen filling, the model has a noticeable body color to always have it in sight, even if you drop it under water. Testing showed that at a depth of 1 m, for half an hour, the binoculars do not suffer at all. It is worth taking into account that on the forums about this model they respond extremely positively.
5 Nikon Aculon A211 16×50
Nikon Aculon A211 16×50
This model brings objects up to 16x closer with powerful anti-reflection coated aspherical lenses made of high-quality lead-free laminated glass, allowing you to see a clear image without distortion, regardless of the light level. The 50mm objective lens and Porro prisms offer a 73m field of view at a 1km range, providing a bright, rich image in your eyepieces.
The swiveling and retractable eyecups in this model are rubberized, and this guarantees comfortable use during many hours of use. The distance between the pupils is adjustable in the range of 56-72 mm. In the reviews, they complain only about the narrow range of diopter settings — only -2 / +2. Nikon Aculon A211 16×50 is certified by RosTest and has a 10-year warranty, so you can always return the binoculars to a branded service center.
4 Levenhuk Nelson 8×30
Levenhuk Nelson 8×30
Levenhuk Lifetime Warranty marine binoculars offer 8x zoom with a 30mm lens diameter and a field of view of as much as 139m at a distance of 1km. Powerful multi-coated Bak-4 optics deliver detailed images in your binocular eyepieces. In reviews, beginners often discuss the sharpness that is induced on each lens individually, which often causes difficulties for inexperienced users.
Levenhuk Nelson 8×30 is not only impermeable to water and dew, it also does not sink, always remaining on the surface. Interpupillary distance varies in a fairly wide range — 56-76 mm. A compass has been added, illuminated at night with LEDs powered by 2 LR44 batteries. A rangefinder has also been introduced, which will help determine the height or distance of the observed object; provided that you know one of the two indicators, the device will calculate the other.
3 Bushnell 10×42 H2O Roof
Bushnell 10×42 H2O Roof
Marine binoculars from the American company Bushnell have optics with 10x magnification, while at a distance of 1000 m there will be 102 meters in the field of view, and this is an excellent indicator for the 10×42 form factor. Roof prism and BaK-4 multi-coated lenses guarantee the brightest picture without straining the user’s eyes. The central focus responds at a distance of 3.6 m. The binoculars are not afraid of temperature changes, as they are filled with nitrogen so that condensation does not form inside.
It is also worth mentioning the technology implemented in this model — RainGuard HD. Now you can observe objects even in the rain. As befits a marine binocular, it is not afraid of water, because the Bushnell 10×42 H2O Roof is reliably sealed by sealing rings. The body is designed so that the binoculars fit comfortably in the hand, even with gloves, ribbed contours prevent it from slipping. This optical device weighs only 708 g.
2 Barska Battalions 7×50 WP/RT/Floating
Barska Battalion 7×50 WP/RT/Floating
Marine binoculars with an integrated distance or altitude range finder are equipped with a BaK-4 glass Porro prism. The minimum distance at which the Barska Battalion 7×50 WP/RT/Floating focuses is 6 m. The 50 mm lenses, with the possibility of 7x magnification, provide an ideal image with a field of view of 132 m at a distance of 1 km. It is convenient to use the binoculars with glasses due to eye relief up to 23 mm.
Focusing is individual for each eyepiece, which, according to reviews, may cause difficulties for beginners. The binoculars weigh 1.1 kg, which is a relatively small weight, however, for maximum convenience, the reinforced body was made rubberized, and there are relief protrusions in the girth area. It is equally important that the binoculars are completely sealed, they do not sink in water, remaining afloat. Barska Battalion 7×50 WP/RT/Floating is a bargain at a reasonable price.
1 Steiner Navigator Pro 7×30
Steiner Navigator Pro 7×30
The eyepieces of the Steiner Navigator Pro 7×30 marine binoculars give you a wide panorama rich in color. The thing is that in this model, the field of view per 1 km is 120 meters, while the edges are not blurred or darkened. A prism that reflects 99% of ambient light and professional HD-grade optical lenses ensure optimal contrast and light correction. There is a rangefinder and an accurate compass with a stabilizer and backlight, which does not require constant adjustment due to the magnetic field electric sensor.
The most convenient thing about binoculars, based on reviews, is the autofocus system. So, if the user has normal vision, then the regulators can be set to «0», but if, for example, one eye sees worse than the other, then the diopter power is adjusted on each lens individually — an excellent move for transmitting the clearest picture to people with imperfect vision. The binoculars weigh only 560 g.