The best binoculars are often considered an important part of any astronomer’s inventory. They offer great night sky views and are often a cost-effective alternative to the best telescopes as well – and that’s reason enough to check out these binoculars deals below. Of course, everything below isn’t just suited to getting those night sky views, so if you’re looking for binoculars to view land-based objects and/or something to enhance your views in low-light conditions – you’ll find a binocular deal to suit you.Some of the stand-out binoculars deals below include Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars (now $20 off), Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 Zoom (now $146.95) and the Nikon 18×70 Astroluxe-XL (now over $450 off). Some models are cheaper than that so there’s binoculars deals to suit everyone and every budget.
If you’re new to binoculars and you’re not too sure what to look out for, we recommend a Bak-4 glass Porro prism design, as well as opting for multi-coated optics. When it comes to magnifications, a pair that offer 8x or 10x is normally a good choice and you’ll get clear views of far away objects with those specs. However, if you’re wanting to check out the best binoculars deals on the market right now, read on below.
Today’s best binoculars deals
We’ve pulled together the best deals we can find right now and outlined them here. We always compare prices to the RRP or the average retail cost, so you can rest assured that the below are genuine deals.
6x, 7x and lower magnifications
Magnifications this low are generally aimed at kids. That’s not to dismiss them, though, as these binoculars still give little ones the chance to get excited about everything from bird watching to stargazing, without tiring out their arms with the weight of heavy lenses. And as long as the diameter of the objective lens is fairly decent (we recommend 30mm as a minimum) then the binoculars should still let in plenty of light, so kids can get a clear view of the night sky.
There are a few pairs we’ve included in this section: the Celestron Cometron 7×50, which are actually our top pick for kids, alongside the super-rugged National Geographic 6×21 Children’s binos and the Vixen SG 2.1×42. This latter pair are designed for wide-field observation and offer an incredible stereoscopic depth. Below, you’ll find the best offers on all of these, depending on availability in your area.
Most people will tell you that 10×50 is the ideal magnification to aperture ratio for stargazing binoculars. While this is generally a good rule to follow, we actually think that some of the best binoculars for stargazing fall into the 8×42 category. These are the Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42 binoculars – top in our list of best binoculars overall – which have a wider field of view than 10×50 models and also boast a crisp, clear view of objects.
Also below – depending on availability – you’ll see the Opticron Adventurer T WP 8×42, Nikon Prostaff 3S 8×42 and Celestron Nature DX 8×32. All of these models are ideal for kids who are interested in stargazing and would prefer a slightly higher magnification than those found in the models above.
You’re likely to find most of the best binoculars for stargazing in this section with 10x magnifications. These binos are all powerful enough for you to scope out night sky objects but compact enough for you to carry around without much trouble. They’re often a great cost-effective alternative to investing in a top telescope.
If they’re available in your local area, you should see the best prices for the following models below: the Canon 10x42L IS WP and Olympus 10×25 WP II (both excellent for budding young astronomers) along with the Opticron Adventurer II WP 10×50, the Vortex 10×50 Crossfire HD, the Nikon 10×50 Aculon A211 and the Celestron UpClose G2 10×50.
At this size, the binoculars are almost akin to a small portable telescope, as the 12x magnification lets you focus on deep sky objects like the Andromeda Galaxy. You might want to start thinking about using a tripod if you’re opting for models in this category, as they’re heavier and less compact than their counterparts with lower magnification – so it’s much trickier to hold these binoculars steady.
Here you’ll find all the best binoculars deals for the Celestron SkyMaster 12×60, the Nikon Action EX 12×50 and the Celestron Nature DX 12×56. This all depends on stock availability though.
At this size, there’s no maybe about it: you’re going to need a tripod. You’ll also probably have to pay out a little more for the higher magnification – but it’s well worth it if you’re a serious stargazer, as binoculars of this type will reveal everything from the detailed surface of the moon to the brightest deep sky objects.
Below, you’ll find a coupleof our favorite models, according to stock in your area: the Meade Instruments 15×70 Astro and the superb Celestron SkyMaster 15×70.
The final models in our round-up of binoculars for sale offer 25x magnification. It’s not quite the same as those offered by the best telescopes around, but it’s still very impressive. With this magnification, you’ll just about be able perceive Jupiter’s atmospheric belts in the field of view.
There’s only one model in this category that we’ve included below: the Celestron SkyMaster 25×100. These binoculars aren’t cheap, but the optics are brilliant, offering clear crisp views with great clarity and contrast.
Originally published at www.space.com