In Focus

Five best pairs of binoculars

Focus on the natural wonders with these optical instruments

Best binoculars

Having a decent pair of binoculars to hand when exploring the great outdoors can help you focus on the natural wonders that surround you. 

Ideal for walkers, birdwatchers and stargazers alike, these optical instruments are the perfect accessory. Here we pick out five of the best pairs.

1

Olympus

Olympus RC II 8x21 

Olympus RC II 8x21 

If you just want an affordable pair of binoculars that you can slip into your pocket for walks, this compact Olympus pair is great. They focus well and the 8x magnification gives a good view.

2

Viking

Viking Peregrine 8x42 

Viking Peregrine 8x42 

The large 42mm lenses on this pair from the British brand Viking take in a lot of light on misty early mornings, making them great for birdwatching. They are well-balanced and not too heavy at 592g.

3

Bushnell

Bushnell Forge 15x56 

Bushnell Forge 15x56 

If you want to go for the top of the range, these weighty binoculars are very durable, waterproof and offer top visibility in any weather, thanks to coatings on the 56mm lenses. 

4

Celestron

Celestron SkyMaster 25x100 

Celestron SkyMaster 25x100 

For those wanting to stargaze without a telescope, these advanced binoculars with 100mm lenses will do the trick. A tripod will help keep them steady.

5

Nikon

Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 

Nikon Prostaff 3S 10x42 

A brilliant allround pair that is great value, these have many features found in premium models. They’re light, comfortable, and well sealed to keep moisture out.

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