These mid-priced binoculars are ideal for the a bird watcher just starting out. You will find both 8x and 10x magnification binoculars amongst this selection but many birders, particularly novices, will find 8x the best choice.
The image stability of a 8x binocular is better than a 10x binocular as hand movement is not magnified as much. If you prefer to use a tripod then a 10x binocular will be fine. As 8x binoculars have a lower magnification they have a wider field of view meaning it’s easier to spot that elusive bird.
If you wear glasses you may find 8x magnification binoculars more comfortable as they have more eye relief.
The binoculars below are from reputable brands including Bushnell, Olympus, Celestron and Pentax and free delivery is available on many orders.
Read our guide to choosing binoculars for more details about picking a pair with the best magnification and objective for bird watching.
You can see a much wider range of binoculars starting from as little as £16.99 here.
Made especially for nature observation, the DPS I series binoculars secure high image brightness, contrast and quality thanks to the anti-reflective lens coating. Large center-focus knobs enable fast and precise focusing. Their durable construction in combination with a sure-grip rubber coating provide for long-lasting enjoyment.
The Celestron Outland X 8×42 binoculars combine the highest quality precision optics with advanced ergonomics to deliver optimum performance under the harshest outdoor conditions. The Outland series have been designed to meet the needs of every outdoor enthusiast.
The optics are multi-coated to obtain high resolution and high contrast views. The rubber covered Outland X allows for rough and tough handling and the binoculars are waterproof and fogproof and are nitrogen purged for using in all-weather environments.
The Pentax 8×21 UCF R Binoculars are pocket sized binoculars that can go any where with you. Offering a versitile 8x magnification and excellent BaK4 prisms you can be sure of a closer view where ever you go.
Aspherical lens elements provide exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness and rubber armouring protects the binoculars against impacts and falls.
Compact and high-performance, the Nikon Sportstar EX 8×25 binoculars come with push-down rubber eyepieces that are great for long sessions of observation. What’s more they also have fitted precision lenses and glass prisms.
Wide field-of-view and close-focusing distance of only 2.5m. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups with multi-click system make it easy to position your eye at the correct eyepoint.
Celestron’s Nature DX 10×42 binoculars are the perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. A great first step into the world of serious sport optics, the views through Nature DX rival those of more expensive binoculars, at a price to fit your budget.
With phase-coated BaK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics, Nature DX reveals image detail you won’t find with other entry-level binoculars. The 10×42 model is a favorite among beginning and intermediate birders, since birds are easier to locate and follow in its wide field of view.
These binoculars have coated lenses to ensure high light transmission, brightness and fine image sharpness with natural colour rendition. They are versatile and ideal for bird watching, wildlife and nature observation or a camping trip with family and friends. Extreme ruggedness - the sturdy body with a robust coating makes these binoculars the perfect companion that defies the toughest conditions! Even at sea, in rain or fog the lenses remain razor sharp.
These binoculars provide high-resolution images with extremely accurate colour reproduction, thanks to Coated BAK-4 roof prisms. Multilayer coatings, which provide an even higher light transmittance across the entire visible light spectrum, are applied to all of the lens and prism surfaces that transmit light. This minimizes the loss of light due to reflection, thereby ensuring a more natural, clearer view.
Adventurer II WP roof prism binoculars offer the first-time and casual user of optics terrific quality and value for money. Suitable for all types of general and wildlife observation, the models deliver bright, clear images with full field of view for spectacle wearers. Nitrogen waterproof and finished in quality textured rubber armour, the binoculars are well balanced in the hand and incorporate BAK4 roof prisms and fully multi-coated lenses.
Whether you're a keen bird watcher, enjoy sightseeing or simply want to look at the world in more detail, the PRAKTICA Avro Binoculars will deliver crucial moments with ease. Their premium BAK-4 lenses, wide angular field of view and impressive close focus distance produces a high definition image even in the poorest of lighting conditions. Waterproof and nitrogen purged housing ensures you can enjoy natures wonders at the finest in the most extreme weather conditions.
The utmost on-the-water viewing companion, the popular Bushnell H2O binoculars feature a soft texture grip to keep them on board and in your hands in the most challenging conditions. With multicoated optics and 8x magnification, the 158042 are ideal for general use and give you sharp, detailed images. The BAK-4 roof prism design gives you high optical precision while you are out and about, offering you a quality viewing experience.
The Gosky 10X42 compact roof prism binocular, equipped with FMC green film lens and clear prism, 10X power and solid construction, is a good gadget which enable you to observe target in distant world with more true-to-life details. It brings the world closer and provides high-resolution images with extremely accurate colour reproduction. And bonus smartphone adapter allows you to capture and record beauty all around you!
The Pioneer series from Praktica bring together a lightweight but rugged design with superior optical quality to produce the ultimate in adventure binoculars. Small enough to fit easily into your pocket, but with full waterproofing and a tough rubber body, there isn’t an environment that they can’t handle.
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