If you’re looking for the best deals on binoculars, you’ve come to the right place. This handy guide offers the best deals on binoculars on the market today, whatever your experience level or budget constraints.
The best binoculars are often considered an important part of any astronomer’s inventory. They offer a great view of the night sky and are often an inexpensive alternative to the best telescopes too – and that’s reason enough to check out these binocular deals below. Of course, everything below isn’t just for getting those night sky views. So if you’re looking for binoculars to see land-based objects and/or something to improve your vision in low light, there’s a binocular range for you.
Some of the standout binocular deals below include the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 binoculars (opens in new tab) (now $20 off), Nikon Aculon A211 10-22×50 zoom (opens in new tab) (now $146.95) and the Nikon 18×70 Astroluxe-XL (opens in new tab) (now over $450 off). Some models are cheaper, so there are deals on binoculars to suit everyone and every budget. We expect even lower prices on Amazon Prime Day next week.
If you are new to binoculars and unsure what to look 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 of 8x or 10x magnifications is usually a good choice, and you’ll get a clear view of distant objects with these specs. However, if you want to check out the best deals on binoculars on the market, read on below.
Today’s best binoculars deals
We’ve rounded up the best deals we can currently find and summarized them here. We always compare prices to MSRP or average retail cost, so you can be sure the deals below are real deals.
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6x, 7x and lower magnifications
Such low magnifications are generally aimed at children. Don’t let them dismiss that, though, because these binoculars still give little ones the power to get excited about everything from birdwatching to stargazing without tiring their arms from the weight of heavy lenses. And as long as the diameter of the lens is pretty decent (we recommend at least 30mm), the binoculars should still let in plenty of light for kids to get a clear view of the night sky.
There are a couple of pairs we’ve included in this section: the Celestron Cometron 7×50, which is actually our top pick for kids, alongside the super-tough National Geographic 6×21 kid’s scope, and the Vixen SG 2.1×42. This latter pair is designed for wide-field observation and offers incredible stereoscopic depth. Below you will find the best deals on all of these, based 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, we actually think some of the best binoculars for stargazing fall into the 8×42 category. These are the Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42 binoculars – at the top of our best binoculars list (opens in new tab) overall – which have a wider field of view than 10×50 models and also offer a sharp, clear view of objects.
You can also see below – depending on availability – the Opticron Adventurer T WP 8×42, the Nikon Prostaff 3S 8×42 and the Celestron Nature DX 8×32. All of these models are ideal for children who are interested in stargazing and prefer a slightly higher magnification than the above models.
In this section you will probably find most of the best binoculars for stargazing with 10x magnification. These binoculars are all powerful enough to capture objects in the night sky, yet compact enough to carry around without much hassle. They are often a great low cost alternative to investing in a top telescope.
If they are available in your area, you should see the best prices for the following models below: the Canon 10x42L IS WP and the 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 like a small handheld telescope as the 12x magnification allows you to focus on deep sky objects like the Andromeda galaxy (opens in new tab). You might want to consider using a tripod when opting for models in this category, as they are heavier and less compact than their lower magnification counterparts – making these binoculars much more difficult to hold steady (opens in new tab).
Here you will find the best binocular deals for the Celestron SkyMaster 12×60, the Nikon Action EX 12×50 and the Celestron Nature DX 12×56. However, this all depends on stock availability.
At this size, there’s no maybe: you need a tripod. You’ll probably have to spend a bit more for the higher magnification too – but it’s worth it if you’re a serious stargazer, because binoculars of this type will show everything from the detailed surface of the moon to the brightest deep sky objects.
Below are some of our favorite models based on stock near you: the Meade Instruments 15×70 Astro and the excellent Celestron SkyMaster 15×70.
The last models in our roundup of binoculars for sale offer 25x magnification. It’s not quite the same as the best telescopes (opens in new tab) around, but it’s still very impressive. At this magnification, you can just about discern Jupiter’s atmospheric belts in the field of view.
There is only one model in this category that we have listed below: the Celestron SkyMaster 25×100. These binoculars don’t come cheap, but the optics are brilliant, offering clear, crisp views with great clarity and contrast.