Discover the Best Binoculars for Hunting

What's the Best Binoculars for Hunting?If you enjoy the outdoors, in particular any hunting activities, then I’m sure you would like to know what are the best binoculars for hunting.

No matter what you hunt, it might be rabbit, deer or ducks (or even binoducks…haha), you should know what to look for when searching for a new pair of binoculars.

We want to make the choice easier for you, so we hope the information we’ve gathered below will help you in your decision.

The Top Selling Hunting Binoculars You Should Know About

With so many different types of binoculars and their many features to analyze, where do you start?

Well we decided to make two separate groups of binoculars which are the Top Seller range  and the High-End range.

We did this because the type of hunting binoculars you want is strongly driven by the type of hunter you might be.  So we analyzed the two groups of binoculars and think we’ve found the best four from each group.

  1. Nikon Monarch ATB 10×42 Binoculars
  2. Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10×42 Binoculars
  3. Vortex Diamondback 10×42 Binoculars
  4. Vanguard Sprit ED 10×42 Binoculars

Top

Sellers

  • Model
  • Sizes
  • Field of View (ft)
  • Eye Relief (mm)
  • Twilight Factor
  • Waterproof
  • Fog Proof
  • ED Glass
  • Weight (Oz.)
  • Exit Pupil (mm)

Nikon Monarch


10x42
  • Nikon 7295 Monarch ATB 10x42
  • 8x42, 10x42, 12x42,
  • 288ft
  • 18.4
  • 20.5
  • 21.9
  • 4.2

Bushnell Legend

10x42
  • Bushnell Legend Ultra HD
  • 8x36, 8x42, 10x36, 10x42
  • 340ft
  • 15.2
  • 20.49
  • 24.7
  • 4.2

Vortex Diamondback

10x42
  • Vortex 10x42mm Diamondback
  • 8x28, 8x42, 10x42, 12x50
  • 345ft
  • 16
  • 20.4
  • 24.4
  • 4.2

Vanguard Spirit ED

10x42
  • Vanguard Spirit ED
  • 8x36, 8x42, 10x42, 10x50
  • 314ft
  • 16
  • 20.5
  • 29.8
  • 4.2

At the end of our analysis, we believe the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x 42mm Binocs should be highly considered when you’re making your choice.

There are external factors you should consider outside of the features mentioned in the above table.  Mainly we always highly advise you to read through the product reviews on Amazon.

The Professional Hunting Binoculars For Hardcore Hunters

There are many binocs which fall into this bracket, so we selected the 4 binocs below to cover a larger range. I’m sure the quality and features packed into these binocs I’m sure will impress you.

The combination of adding electronics into binocs seems to be where the industry is heading and the technology is really cool, if you can afford it.

  1. Minox HG 10×43 Binoculars
  2. Leica Geovid HD-B Rangefinder 10×42 Binoculars
  3. Swarovski Optik EL Swarovision 10×42 Binoculars
  4. Vortex Optics Viper HD 10×42 Binoculars

Top

Quality

  • Model
  • Sizes
  • Field of View (ft.)
  • Eye Relief (mm)
  • Twilight Factor
  • Waterproof
  • Fog Proof
  • ED Glass
  • Weight (Oz.)
  • Exit Pupil (mm)
  • Rangefinder

Minox
HG BR

10x43
  • Minox HG BR 62189
  • 8x33, 8x43, 8.5x52, 10x52, 8x56
  • 342ft
  • 16.5
  • 20.7
  • 22.9
  • 4.3

Leica
Geovid

10x42
  • Leica Geovid Rangefinder
  • 8x42, 10x42
  • 375ft
  • 20
  • 20.5
  • 34.7
  • 4.2

Swarovski
Optik

10x42
  • Swarovski Optik EL Swarovision
  • 12x50, 10x50, 10x42, 8.5x42, 10x32, 8x32
  • 336ft
  • 20
  • 20.5
  • 29.6
  • 4.2

Vortex
Optics

10x42
  • Vortex Optics Viper HD
  • 6x32, 8x32, 8x42, 10x42, 10x50, 15x50
  • 319ft
  • 16.5
  • 20.4
  • 24.6
  • 4.2

If you’ve got the cash to spend, have a serious look at the LEICA Geovid HD-B 10×42 Laser Rangefinder Binoculars (40049) as Leica has really stepped up the game.

Leica are the pioneers of the commercial rangfinder and they’ve combined their ABC technology into these binocs.

Not only do these binocs have the longest range finding capabilities in their class at 2000yrds, but you can also use a micro-SD card in the battery compartment (waterproof of course) and upload your own, exact ballistics information, totally custom and specific to the setup your using.  They’re also been awarded “Innovation Of The Year”, at binoculars.com

What To Look For When Choosing Your Best Binoculars For Hunting

In most cases, prey will be most active at sunrise and sunset. In order to view game at these crucial times, you will need hunting binoculars which feature excellent performance in dim conditions.

By selecting binoculars which feature objective lens specifications of 42mm to 50mm, you’ll enjoy excellent performance during optimal hunting times.

Magnification

Magnification should also be a key consideration. By looking for binoculars with 10x magnification, you’ll get the level of detail that you really need. Don’t go any higher than this, as binoculars with higher levels of magnification may make it harder to stabilize images.

Binoculars Magnification

If you’re the sort of hunter who varies terrain frequently, you’ll find that choosing 10x is wise, as this level of magnification is considered to offer “all-around” advantages in a range of outdoor environments. However, higher magnification levels, such as 14x to 19x, may work well for those who hunt primarily in dense forest regions.

Field of View

You may also wish to select binocs which feature a wider field of view, which is measured in terms of feet per 1000 yards. In general, magnifications of 8x to 12x will provide an adequate field of view for hunting purposes.

Binoculars Field of View

Multi Coated Lenses

It will be smart to select hunting binoculars which feature multi-coated lenses, as these promote superior contrast, as well as premium brightness and clarity.

Durable Case

To stand the test of time (and to perform in even the harshest weather conditions), hunting binoculars must be extremely durable. Therefore, seeking out binocs which are crafted with water-proofed components and fog-proofed lenses will make it easier to enjoy long-lasting performance, no matter the weather.

Size & Weight

Lastly, consider how large you’d like your hunting binoculars to be. Sometimes, choosing the right size is as easy as looking at your own hands. In other words, if your hands are small, you may be more comfortable with compact designs. If you have bigger hands, you’ll find that larger-scale devices are a perfect fit.

Different sizes of hunting binoculars are available, and these have different weights. Seeking out lightweight designs will allow you to enjoy more comfort as you hunt.

Eye Relief

If you wear glasses then eye relief will be an important factor for you.  If the eye relief is to short and you wear glasses, you may only see the center of the image in the binocs.  Having a long eye relief means you’ll see the entire image.  Essentially when binoculars are made, they each have an ideal distance your eye should be from the eyepiece.

Binoculars Eye Relief

Twilight Factor

The twilight factor is worth considering when purchasing binocs for hunting purposes.  The twilight factor is the calculation to determine how binoculars perform in dim light.  Although its good to consider the twilight factor, you should not only rely on this when researching the image quality of binoculars.

In the old days the twilight factor may have been more important, but with the high quality lens coatings available today, the twilight factor may not be as important.

Exit Pupil

The exit pupil is the small circle of light you see when looking through the binoculars eye pieces while holding the binoculars away from your face.

The simple equation to calculate the exit pupil for your binoculars is: Exit pupil = Lens diameter ÷ magnification.

For example, if your binoculars are of size 8×42, meaning the lens diameter is 42mm and the binoculars produce 8 x magnification compared to the naked eye.  Then the exit pupil calculation would be 42 ÷ 8 = 5.3mm.

The exit pupil value indicates the brightness level of the image you’re viewing through the binoculars.

ED Glass

Extra-low Dispersion or ED glass comes in vary qualities dependent on how and what is used during lens manufacturing.

ED glass was developed to reduce the difference in light wavelength know as chromatic aberration.  If you look through a lens with chromatic aberration you may notice a ‘fuzzy’ affect around the border of your viewing subject, this is known as color fringing.

Binoculars ED Glass

ED glass may also be know as HD glass, essentially you will want this high quality lens when viewing wildlife.

Now that you know the basics, you’ll be ready to find the best hunting binoculars.