The Binoculars Buying Guide for 2016

When Buying Binoculars, Who Has The Time To Research All The Specifications?

At, we want to make it easier to purchase the right binoculars to fit your needs. Product details for a very popular brand of binoculars are explained.  These features represent the most common specifications provided when buying binoculars.

binoculars buying guide


When buying binoculars, keep in mind that the heavier the binocular, the harder it is to hold them steady or carry for long periods of time.


There are a range of sizes when buying binoculars, varying from mini, compact, mid-size, full-size, big and even giant binoculars.

Eye Relief:

The actual distance images are projected from eyepiece to eye, and measured in millimeters. As power increases eye relief decreases.  Low eye relief under 10mm requires that you to get very close to the eyepiece.  High eye relief (typically more than 15mm) for larger distances and is an important feature for eyeglass wearers buying binoculars. Allow at least 15mm for glasses.


Waterproof binoculars are specially sealed with rubber “0” rings and purged with nitrogen (injected through the seal). This keeps out water and moisture as well and also dust and sand. When moving from a cool to warmer environment (air conditioning to outdoors), the inside lenses will fog, just like eyeglasses without waterproofing.  This is a must have expense when buying binoculars.


Magnification is the power and is the first number in a binocular name. This number represents the number of times closer an object appears than viewed with the naked eye. For example, objects observed through 8×40 binoculars will appear 8 times as large.  The larger the magnification, the more details can be seen.

Objective Lens Diameter:

The binocular’s objective lens forms the light gathering power of a binocular and is the second number in a binocular name.  It represents the diameter of the lens at the end opposite the eyepieces and is measured in millimeters. As the objective lens increases, the size, weight and usually brightness of the binocular increases.

Field Of View:

The width of the image you see while looking through a pair of binoculars.  The number is represented as feet per 1000 yards.  More surroundings can be seen with a wider field of view.

But there is a trade-off, when buying binoculars.  The more you can see, the more your ability to distinguish details will lessen.

Exit Pupil:

The amount of light rays coming from the binocular to your eye.  Exit pupil diameter is estimated by dividing objective lens by the magnification.  The larger the exit pupil, the more efficiently the binoculars will work in dim light and the better the resolution.

Focus Type:

The focus type is the focusing systems used in binoculars.

Center Focus                         – Uses a centrally located focusing mechanism

Individual Eyepiece Focus  – Each eyepiece must be adjusted separately

Close Focusing Distance:

The minimum distance from an object before you can bring that object into focus.

Prism Type:

Prisms sort out the image so it reaches the eye in proper orientation.  There are 2 primary prism types:

Roof Prism  – straight profile, eyepieces in line with objective lenses.

Porro Prism – eyepieces set closer together than the objective lenses.

When buying binoculars, understanding basic terminology will make your shopping experience less confusing!

Things to look into when buying your next Bushnell binoculars

If you are looking for a really good pair of Bushnell binoculars, you won’t find them cheap. But you can save some money if you get them wholesale. You will get good pairs of binoculars at wholesale rates on the Internet. You will find the sellers on the Internet congenial enough to help you in selecting binoculars (my personal favourite is the Bushnell Legend Ultra Hd 10×42 Binoculars).

You may quiz them on the quality of the binoculars, their packaging and their special features. It is true that these online wholesale binoculars are significantly cheaper than the binoculars you pick from the stores. In addition, you can also negotiate for prices, especially if you plan on buying some accessories too.

bushnell legend ultra hd binocularsFor a few hundred, you can find the binoculars that you are looking for, but there are binoculars available that are up to thousands are dollars in price too. That is why you should begin with a budget in mind. If your budget is low, don’t waste time looking at the high-end binoculars.

At the same time, you must know what’s lacking in the cheap binoculars. In these, mostly the field of vision is narrow and the lenses are not of the highest quality. However, you must know that the binoculars that cost thousands of dollars are the best in quality, so much so that some manufacturers (like Zeiss) will not mind giving a lifetime guarantee on these lenses.

You will also get features like image stabilization and high quality views along with them.

The binoculars number that is printed on them is of extreme importance. This is written in the form of two numbers with an x in between. The first number indicates the magnification of the lens and the second number is the diameter of the lens in mm. If a binocular number is 10 x 32, it means it can enlarge objects 10 times to their size and its lens is 32 mm in diameter. Do not be under the impression that a bigger lens means better images. But you will definitely get a larger view with a bigger lens.

Nowadays, Bushnell binoculars are being manufactured with all kinds of bells and whistles. There are binoculars for navigational purposes that have compasses and waterproof casings that are light in weight. You also have binoculars with digital cameras built into them (or is it the other way round?) These binoculars are becoming fast popular all over the world. Binoculars with range finders have been devised for hunting purposes. These also have stabilizations that makes them possible for use even when you are on the move.

You can get a pair of binoculars that have lenses with protective coating on them. These make them more durable. They also enhance the image by improving the contrast.

When you are buying binoculars online, you can most times deal with the manufacturer directly if you have certain queries. You can ask them about possible trial periods too, where you can return the binoculars after some time if you do not like them and get your money back. Another kind of information you must find out if about warranty.