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Best Binoculars For Long Range 2018

(Last Updated On: July 14, 2018)

If you are an avid bird watcher or if you are a hunter then a long range binocular is a necessity because in either of these sports or countless others you just can’t get too close to the target or you will end up with a ruined experience. So we have compiled some of the best binoculars for long range below in this publication so you can make an easy choice to you perfect binocular.

Getting a binocular in the market conditions of today is a tough task since there are too many binoculars in the market and each one of the manufacturer claims that their binocular is the best. This situation not only confuses the customer but also creates a sceptical environment so you end up with the wrong binocular or a binocular that is just way too much for yourself.

When looking for a long range binocular there is a chance that you will end up spending too much money because the long range binoculars are typically associated with high price tag. Even though it is true but there are some hidden gems in the market as well that cost less which we have mentioned below in this publication do check them out.

If you decide to look for a long range binocular on your own then there are few things that you should keep in mind that will allow you to make a smarter decision. What are those things? Let’s get into that first.

Magnification

The first thing that you should look for in a long range binocular is the magnification. If you end up with a binocular with low magnification level then you have clearly made a wrong choice. There are binoculars in the market which have at the very least 8x magnification level and they can be very good performing binoculars but they don’t serve the purpose of a long range binocular. So in a long range binocular you need at least 15x magnification and above.

Lens

The second thing that you should look in a long range binocular is the lens diameter. Now lens diameter is very important in a binocular because the diameter will determine how much light will get through to the binocular. The smaller the diameter of the lens, the less light that will pass through and that is a big no if you are looking to use the binocular in low light conditions. Aim for at least 42mm diameter on the binocular lens. If you are going for high magnification level then the lens diameter typically will increase with it.

Build Quality

The next thing that you should consider in a binocular is the build quality of the binocular. This is important because you will be using the binocular outdoors and there are chances that your binocular can fall out of your hands so it is necessary that your binocular has a strong outer casing and good quality construction. Then there is waterproofing and fog proofing, this is necessary because you don’t want your ongoing leisure activity to come to a halt due to unsuitable weather conditions for your binocular. If your binocular is waterproof and it is fog proof then you will be able to use it in wet weather conditions and fog proofing will make sure that no moist enters the binocular or cause condensation from the inside that will obstruct your view.

Now let’s start with the binoculars we have on here for long range.

Best Binoculars For Long Range (Comparison)

BinocularWeightMagnification 
Celestron Echelon Binocular4.05 lbs20xCheck Price
Vortex Optics Kaibab HD Binocular (Editor's Choice)2.71 lbs18xCheck Price
Nikon 8252 ACULON A211 Binocular2.11 lbs10x - 22xCheck Price
Bushnell Legacy WP Binocular2.13 lbs10x - 22xCheck Price

 

Celestron Echelon Binocular

The first binocular we have on here for long range viewing is the Echelon binocular produced by Celestron.Best Binoculars For Long Range Celestron is a reliable manufacturer that specializes in producing good quality optical instruments from telescopes to binoculars on a budget and Celestron has been doing it for years now. The binocular we have on here is a long range binocular that is budget friendly as well. This binocular has high ratings. So how it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Let’s start with the design of the Echelon binocular and it has high quality construction to begin with. The Echelon binocular features a non slip grip to hold on to the binocular securely and conveniently. The chassis of this binocular is made from aluminium making it very strong and the rubber armour casing on this binocular makes it durable and gives it the ability to withstand bumps and falls. The Echelon binocular features folding eyecup design. This binocular is waterproof and fog proof as well so you can use the binocular in any weather condition without having to worry.

When it comes to features the Echelon binocular has lens diameter of 70mm which is huge when it comes to binoculars. The magnification level of this binocular maxes out at 20x. This is made possible with the help of Bak-4 prism glass on board the binocular. The angular field of view of this binocular is 3o while the linear field of view on this binocular is 157ft/1000yd. The diameter of the exit pupil on this binocular is 3.5mm. The closest distance you can focus on with this binocular is 328.1ft. The Echelon binocular features individual eye focus system and it is tripod adaptable.

When it comes to performance the Echelon binocular’s lens takes over the stage with excellent low light results due to the large diameter. The image produced by this binocular is clear, bright and detailed. The magnification level of 20x works well for long range but you will need to use it on a tripod to get a stable picture at that point.

There are couple of things that bothered us about this binocular. The first one being the weight, it is a heavy binocular and second is the individual focus system which is irritating when you have to adjust the focus independently.

ProsCons
Non Slip GripHeavy
20x Magnification Power
Good Low Light Performance

Conclusion

If you are looking for a really large lens diameter and long range capability in a binocular with a limited budget then Echelon binocular by Celestron is a good option for you.

 

 

 

Vortex Optics Kaibab HD Binocular – (Editor’s Choice)

The next long range binocular we have on here is the Kaibab HD binocular produced by Vortex Optics.Best Binoculars For Long Range Vortex Optics is a reliable name when it comes to production of high quality binoculars. The binocular in question here presents a perfect balance of long range functionality and high performance and it is our recommendation as well even though it has high price tag. The ratings of this binocular are high. How it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Starting with the design of the Kaibab HD binocular and straight away it is a binocular with high quality construction. The armour casing on the Kaibab HD binocular is non slip which allows the user to hold on to the binocular securely without the risk of binocular slipping out of hands. The focus wheel on this binocular is slow turning which allows for a precise zooming in functionality. The eyecups of the Kaibab HD binocular are designed to twist up and exterior of the lenses on this binocular are coated with ultra hard coating which protects them from oil, dirt and scratches. The Kaibab HD binocular is waterproof and fog proof allowing the users to use this binocular in any weather condition.

When it comes to features the Kaibab HD binocular features a lens diameter of 56mm which is big and big enough to allow the maximum light to pass through the binocular. The magnification on this binocular goes up till 18x. When it comes to linear field of view, the Kaibab HD binocular covers 194ft/1000yd. The exit pupil diameter of this binocular is 3.1mm. The closest distance you can use this binocular to focus on is 23ft. The eye relief distance on this binocular is 16.4mm The lens of the Kaibab HD binocular is XR multi coated for high quality image results. The Kaibab HD features a HD glass and is tripod adaptable. The Kaibab HD binocular also features locking dioptre as well.

When it comes to performance the Kaibab HD binocular produces a clear, bright and color depth image. The magnification on this binocular works excellently with a very long range. The build quality of this binocular is very good and can be used for hunting or any type of extreme outdoor activity. The Kaibab HD binocular works great in low light condition as well. There have been no reported issues regarding this binocular’s performance or quality.

ProsCons
Slow Precise Focus WheelNone That We Could Find
Works Well In Low Light Conditions
HD Glass

Conclusion

If you are looking for a complete binocular with long range and you don’t have a budget restraint then Kaibab HD binocular by Vortex Optics is a very good option for you.

 

 

 

Nikon 8252 ACULON A211 Binocular

The next binocular we have on here with long range is the ACULON A211 binocular produced by Nikon.Best Binoculars For Long Range Nikon is a renowned brand that specializes in production of high quality cameras that are among the best in the world so they do know how to work with optics. The binocular in question here is a binocular with long range and it is a budget friendly long range binocular as well. So how it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Let’s start with the design of the ACULON A211 binocular and it is an easy to use binocular with high quality construction. The ACULON A211 binocular has a durable rubber armour coating that protects it from bumps and falls. The non slip grip of this binocular allows the users to hold the binocular in a secure and comfortable manner. This binocular features an easy to reach zoom knob for quick and easy focus on the target. The ACULON A211 binocular features a turn & slide rubber eyecup design. The ACULON A211 binocular can be used in any weather condition due to it’s waterproof and fog proof capabilities.

When it comes to features the ACULON A211 binocular has objective lens with diameter of 50mm which is suitable for long range performance. The magnification of this binocular ranges between 10x and 22x. The angular field of view on the ACULON A211 binocular is 3.8o while the apparent field of view is 36.7o. The linear field of view on ACULON A211 is 199ft/1000yd. The diameter of the exit pupil on the ACULON A211 is 2.3mm to 5mm depending on the magnification level. The ACULON A211 binocular features BaK-4 prism with an eye relief of 8.6mm. This binocular has a central focus system as opposed to individual focus system.

When it comes to performance the ACULON A211 binocular produces a clear and bright image. The magnification on this binocular is very good for long range viewing. The large lens diameter on this binocular allows this binocular to operate very well under low light conditions. The build quality and the design of this binocular is excellent.

The ACULON A211 binocular is not very suitable for use for people who wear glasses due to less eye relief distance.

ProsCons
Durable Armour CoatingNot Suitable For Individuals Who Wear Glasses (Short Eye Relief)
Quick & Easy Focus
Budget Friendly

Conclusion

If you are looking for a budget friendly binocular that has a very good long range then ACULON A211 binocular by Nikon is a good option for you.

 

 

Bushnell Legacy WP Binocular

The last binocular we have on here with long range is the Legacy WP binocular manufactured by Bushnell.Best Binoculars For Long Range Bushnell is a reliable name when it comes to production of high quality binoculars. The binocular in question here is a budget friendly binocular with long range functionality and it bears the reliable Bushnell name. This binocular has high ratings. How it fared in our review? Let’s find out.

Starting with the design of the Legacy WP binocular and it is a binocular that has a solid build quality. High quality material has been used to manufacture this binocular and it is easy to use as well. The rubber armour grip on this binocular absorbs shock very well and increases the overall durability of the binocular. The Legacy WP binocular has a good focus control which leads to quick focusing on this binocular. This binocular provides a secure grip to it’s users and it features a fold down eyecup design. The Legacy WP binocular can be used in any weather condition as it is both waterproof and fog proof.

When it comes to features the Legacy WP binocular has lens diameter of 50mm and magnification level ranges between 10x and 22x. The Legacy WP features Bak-4 prism and fully multi coated lens for better image quality. The linear field of view on this binocular is 199ft/126ft/1000yd and the exit pupil diameter on this binocular is 5mm/2.3mm depending on the magnification. The closest distance this binocular can focus on is 20.6ft. The eye relief distance of this binocular is 14mm. The Legacy WP binocular has a central focus system on board.

When it comes to performance the Legacy WP binocular produces images that are very bright and clear. The binocular works perfectly in low light conditions if you are looking to use it for hunting. The build quality of the binocular is very good and the magnification works excellently for long range results. There have been no reported issues regarding this binocular’s performance or quality.

ProsCons
Secure GripNone That We Could Find
Quick Focus
Budget Friendly
Tripod Adaptable

Conclusion

If you are looking for a complete binocular with low price tag that will work well for long range viewing then Legacy WP binocular by Bushnell is the best option.

 

Conclusion

The binoculars we have on here for long range are among the best in the market. If they have any reported issues regarding their performance or build quality they have been mentioned here in this publication. We hope you find this publication useful. Let us know what you think about these binoculars in the comments below.

 

 

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