Best Binoculars Under $100 This Christmas

by Dev Duff on October 18, 2013

Although I’m not a binoculars crazy person who would like to buy any good looking binocular but right from my childhood, I always wanted to keep a pair with me so that I could do some bird watching or watch my favorite game in the sports arena. Recently, I bought a “Celestron Skymaster 15×70” but glad I bought the Tripod adapter with it, the thing is a BEAST! Its range is super and I can even see many stars I hadn’t seen before. But it is a really heavy binocular. Oh well, this article is not about galaxy viewing binoculars but about handy binoculars under $100 that you can hold in your hands for hours without breaking your limbs. Here is a list of the best that I found at Amazon!

Binoculars Under $100

Bushnell Falcon 7x35 Binoculars
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Bushnell Falcon 7×35 Binoculars

Manufacturer: Bushnell
List Price: $51.00

One of the most famous binoculars below $100. Ratings above 4.5 out of 5. 7X magnification, auto focusing porro prism. 35-Millimeter lens diameter, 21-Ounce weight. 20-Feet close focusing distance. 12-Millimeter eye relief, five-millimeter exit pupil. 420-Feet field of view at 1000 yards.

Bushnell Falcon 10x50
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Bushnell Falcon 10×50 Wide Angle Binoculars (Black)

Manufacturer: Bushnell
List Price: $54.95

Boasts durable design and rubberized, abrasion-resistant finish. Porro prism and coated lenses provide sharp viewing. 10X magnification, 50-Millimeter lens diameter, and auto focusing Porro prism. 25-Feet close focusing distance, 27-Ounce weight. 9-Millimeter eye relief and 5-Millimeter exit pupil, 300-Feet field of view at 1000 yards.

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70
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Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter

Manufacturer: Celestron
List Price: $65.95

Multi-coated optics. Large aperture perfect for low light conditions and stargazing. Tripod adapter. 13 mm (0.51 in) long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers. Diopter adjustment for fine focusing.

Tasco Essentials 10x50 Binocular
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Tasco Essentials 10×50 Binocular

Manufacturer: Tasco
List Price: $30.84

Zip-focus binocular with 10x magnification and 50mm objective lens. Porro-prism design; 367-foot field of view @ 1,000 yards. Fully multicoated lenses optimize clarity and brightness. Rugged, weather-resistant housing coated with rubber armor. Tripod-adaptable; fold-down eyecups; weighs 26.4 ounces.

Bushnell Powerview 8x25 Porro Binocular
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Bushnell Powerview 8×25 Porro Binocular

Manufacturer: Bushnell
List Price: $56.95

8x magnification, 25-millimeter objective binoculars with porro prism system. BaK-7 prisms and multi-coated optics for superior resolution and image clarity. Rugged, shock-absorbing, non-slip rubber armor; InstaFocus system. Wide-angled view, compact-sized binoculars.

BARSKA 10x25 Compact Waterproof Binocular
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BARSKA 10×25 Compact Waterproof Binocular (Yellow)

Manufacturer: Barska
List Price: $59.99

10×25 Compact Waterproof binoculars. BK 7 prism with blue lenses. Stylish yellow and black rubber body. Compact, light weight, and easy to carry.

Pentax 62217 UCF II 8-16x21 Zoom Binocular
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Pentax 62217 UCF II 8-16×21 Zoom Binocular

Manufacturer: Pentax
List Price: $84.57

Central fingertip control includes focus ,locking diopter, and zoom control. Revolutionary dual-axis, single body housing with synchronized eye-piece adjustment. Fast and easy center focusing.

Coleman 10x25 Binoculars
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Coleman 10×25 Binoculars

Manufacturer: Coleman
List Price: $19.99

10x fully-coated lens. Objective diameter of 25mm. 96m /1000m field of view. 6.3 relative brightness. Neck strap and carry case with belt attachment.

Tasco Essentials 7x35 Zip Binocular
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Tasco Essentials 7×35 Zip Binocular (Black)

Manufacturer: Tasco
List Price: $41.95

Versatile, all-purpose binoculars feature an impressive 500 ft. field-of-view. Rubber-armored housing absorbs shock and protects them from bumps and bruises. Zip focus system allows you to move through the entire focus range in less than a half-turn

Bushnell Powerview 7x35 Porro Bk-7
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Bushnell Powerview 7×35 Porro Bk-7 Prism Rubber Armored Binoculars

Manufacturer: Bushnell
List Price: $74.95

7x magnification, 35-millimeter objective binoculars with porro prism system. BaK-7 prisms and multi-coated optics for superior resolution and image clarity. Rugged, shock-absorbing, non-slip rubber armor; InstaFocus system
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Binoculars as gift ideas

These binoculars are hand-picked from 100s of products. You can buy these scopes as gift on the Christmas for your family members. Binoculars make for a wonderful gift idea for people of all ages. The above listed items are available for under $100 and these items carry hundreds of reviews which will help you to know what people think about these amazing binos.

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Jaques

very nice binoculars at great prices! this is a very good page. i’m looking for a bino for my kid, will be gifting it to him this Christmas. good recommendations!

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Dev Duff

Thanks Jaques, I’m glad you liked this page.

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GinaMom

nice binoculars and pretty cheap in comparison to many other I have seen! what does 7×35 10×50 and all these numbers mean? is this some sort of measuring system? can anyone explain what these numbers mean? thanks.

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Dev Duff

Hello Gina,

You are correct, those numbers are actually the magnification measurements. Binoculars are generally described by their magnification level. In case of 7×35, the first number 7x means that the object appears 7 times closer than what it appears to a normal human eye. Anything above 7x is a bit hard to use because of the shakes and tremors. Most experts recommend 7x because it is easier to focus.

The second number 35 is the diameter of the front objective lens in millimeters. The larger the diameter of the front objectives, the more light can enter the binoculars and be focused to your eyes. Which means, you can see better in the evening, night or the early morning when there isn’t too much light. However, the bigger the diameter, the heavier and bulky a binocular would be. So, you should select a binocular which is not too big/heavy to hold in your hands.

See in the above recommendations, the BARSKA and Coleman are 10×25. Which means, those binoculars will not only magnify the view 10x but also the front objective lens diameter is only 25. These binoculars will be easier to carry because they wouldn’t be too heavy. However, you will be sacrificing some light in this case. To understand what I mean to say, read below:

There’s something called Exit Pupil when it comes to binoculars. The exit pupil can be seen by holding the binoculars at arm’s length and looking through the eyepieces. The pencil of light you see is the exit pupil.

The magnification and the diameter of the objective lens determine the size of the exit pupil. The diameter of the exit pupil determines how much light is transmitted to your eye. Divide the diameter of the front objective lens (in millimeters) by the magnification of the binocular. For example, a 7×35 binocular. Divide 35 by 7 (35/7) and you get 5mm which is the diameter of the exit pupil. Now if we have 10×25 binoculars, and we divide 25 by 10, we get 2.5mm, the exit pupil in this case. A lot less light reaches your eye from compact binoculars than it does from standard size binoculars. Light is what you are sacrificing to get compact size and weight.

So, overall, I would highly recommend a 7×35 binocular because that’s what I consider an ideal binocular. Hope this information helps you understand what do the numbers on binoculars mean.

– Dev Duff.

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GinaMom

thank you Dev, thanks a lot for explaining the binocular numbers. i understand it all now and i think 7×35 will be the best. i have also checked their weights somewhere and i think it will be awesome! i’m buying the first one in the list for my son this Christmas, a perfect gifting idea. god bless you!

tour operators

Nice Binoculars Under $100 its so affordable.
This is a very useful website and I have found good information here and I really appreciate the efforts of the writer of this essay for sharing nice ideas. Thanks!

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