Top 10 Binoculars Under $100

by Dev Duff on September 30, 2012

Best Binoculars

Binoculars can be a lot of fun! While binoculars are fun, they can be very useful too in our daily lives. There are a number of reasons why people buy them. Some people buy them for birdwatching, some buy it for hunting, some buy them for watching things that are far away and some buy them for just looking in the sky at night times. There are some fantastic binoculars that you can use for watching stars and nearby galaxies too. If you are looking for some fun binoculars, here are the top 10 binoculars available under $100.

If anyone is not aware of the technical aspects of these binoculars, let me give some information about that. The numbers such as 15×70 means that a binocular offers 15x magnification and 70mm objective diameter. The magnification is measured at a scale of 1 which is the actual size of the object. In this case, the binocular can scale up the size of the object to 15 times. The objective is the optical element that gathers light from the object being observed and focuses the light rays to produce a real image. The diameter of the objective lens determines how much light can be gathered to form an image. This number directly affects performance. When magnification and quality is equal, the larger the second binocular number, the brighter the image as well as the sharper the image. 70mm is a fairly good objective diameter in this case. Also note, when we compare a 15×70 with a 15×60, the 15×70 is a better binocular and will produce better, brighter images when viewed through it.

Best Binoculars under $100

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 is one of the best binoculars available under $100. If you are looking for a giant binocular which is not too costly and also allows you not only view far distant places but also allows you to do things like stargazing. Celestron are well known for high power binoculars that can also be used for viewing in the space just like a telescope and the price is well under control. Although the makers say that it is lightweight and you can view with hands but a tripod stand will be very useful for viewing for long hours. This is my choice binocular and I have ordered one from Amazon. I will soon write a detailed review for this amazing product. Please note, a tripod adapter is included with these binoculars. The weight of this binocular is slightly above the average, it weighs 6 pounds.

Bushnell PowerView 20×50 is another wonderful binocular that comes below $100. With a magnification as strong as 20x and objective diameter 50mm, these are ideal for viewing far away distances. Also, these are compact, and unlike the Celestron Skymaster, you can carry these with you anywhere. Can’t say these are the lightest but still, these are half as bulky as the Celestron. Going to an auditorium or a sports complex? Take these with you and you will enjoy watching your favorite band play or your favorite team play upfront so close that you will feel you are playing with them on the stage/field. These binoculars are ideal for birdwatching, stargazing and viewing far away distances. The weight is ideal, it weighs just 2.5 pounds.

Bushnell Falcon 10×50 offers a 10x zoom and 50mm objective diameter lens which is perfect for viewing far distances. Whether you are in the field or in an arena, these binoculars are very handy. Whether it is spectator sports, nature study, hunting, fishing, birding, or stargazing, a pair of this product will simply add loads of fun. These binoculars are among the lightest in terms of weight when compared to the pairs with similar features. The light weight and the insta-focus make them very easy to use. These binos weigh just 2.2 pounds.

Bushnell Perma Focus 10×50 is another great binocular pair from Bushnell. If you hate those binoculars that have to be focused each time you wish to see something far away, these binoculars are a blessing. These are for those people who hate the focusing feature. There is nothing to do in case of these binos because they adjust the focus automatically. All you have to do is put them on and you can simply begin enjoying them. However, one drawback is that these binoculars may not work very well for close viewing. They work better at 25 feet or farther viewing. These are strong and sturdy, so there is lesser chance of breaking something in case of these binoculars. The weight of this pair is 204 pounds.

Nikon Action Binocular 12×50 is again for viewing very far away distances. A slightly more on the price, this pair offers 12x magnification and 50mm objective diameter lens that allows enough light to pass through for a clearer viewing. This pair offers a much clearer viewing and the focus is extremely sharp. It is also pretty decent for stargazing and watching heavenly bodies in the clear sky. The weight of the pair is around 3 pounds which is the average weight. This pair has the right balance of view, sharpness and brightness.

Nikon Action Binocular 10×50 is what we can say, the little brother of the above mentioned binoculars. The only difference is the magnification capability. Nicko Action 12×50 offers magnification of 12x and this one offers a magnification of 10x. This is why this pair is a little cheaper. However, there is hardly any noticeable difference between the two pairs.

Bushnell Natureview 8×40 are the Porro Prism binoculars. Porro prism binoculars are named after Italian optician Ignazio Porro. Such binoculars have added benefits of giving a better sensation of the depth of viewing. Also, the size of the binocular gets reduced which makes it easy to handle and carry it along. These binos are sturdy, easy to use and focus. The images are clear and bright. The price of these binos is well under $100 if bought from Amazon. The weight is just 2.2 pounds which is pretty good for viewing for hours without tiring your hands.

Nikon Action Binocular 8×40 is from the same family that we’ve discussed above. The Nikon Action 8×40 is the youngest of all but has spectacular aspects that makes it well worth considering in this list of best binoculars under $100. This pair has enhanced and ergonomic styling and a lower price structure. If you are looking for a wide-view binocular set, this is the one you should stick with. The weight of this pair is just 2.2 pounds.

Bushnell-Bushnell Powerview 12×25 is one of the best binoculars that you will LOVE carrying with you out there. These are the roof-prism binocular with 12x magnification and 25mm objective diameter. The roof-prism are narrower and compact than other types. However, one drawback is that other types such as porro prism will always provide more brighter viewing with the same level of magnification. However, the Bushnell Powerview 12×25 has many advantages such as light weight, easy to carry, easy to hold, etc. Another great feature is that these binos do not need any re-collimation unlike porro prism binoculars that need constant re-collimation. The weight is just half a pound (8.8 ounces). That’s the lightest pair of binoculars you can have at price well under $100.

Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof binoculars are the best for people who wish to use these binoculars without the worry of getting them wet. Also, people who live in foggy areas, would love a pair of these binos. Although there are much light weight binos available but they are too expensive and this one is well under $100. These binoculars offer a 8x magnification and 42mm objective diameter. The weight of this pair is below 1 pound which is well below the average weight. These binos have excellent reviews from current and old customers at Amazon.


All of these binoculars are pretty nice and offer wonderful viewing options. You just need to ask yourself, why do you want a pair of binoculars? What is your purpose? Do you wish to see objects a couple of hundred feet away or do you wish to see heavenly objects in the space? These top 10 binoculars are hand-picked from hundreds of binoculars under $100. Go ahead, give a look at these binoculars and make your selection, tell us which one do you own or intend to own. We’d love to hear back from you and would love to read your thoughts about the above mentioned binos.

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