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Choosing Binoculars Guide

Looking for binoculars to take along on your next adventure? Choosing the right ones doesn’t need to be such a complicated task. Most manufacturers showcase dozens of (similar) binocular models, making the decision even harder for the consumer.

Here at Avalon Optics we think differently. Our professional level binoculars come in only three unique versions: 8×32 (compact), 10×42 (mid size) and 20×50 (full size).

If you love to travel, watch birds and nature or simply enjoy the view from home then binoculars are a fantastic companion. Follow our quick guide below to learn more about binoculars and work out which model is best for you:

 

 

What Do the Numbers Mean?

If you’ve been shopping around for binoculars you’ve probably noticed that every model name is always followed by two numbers. The first number is their magnification (or zoom/power) and the second number is the diameter of their lenses. For example, 10×42 binoculars will have 10x magnification and 42 mm lenses.

 

What is the Ideal Magnification?

Some people assume that higher magnification means better binoculars. In reality this is hardly the case. When using binoculars, every slight shake of your hands is also magnified as much as the image is. To prevent image shakiness, it is recommended to use binoculars with either 8x or 10x magnification. You will then be able to enjoy a crisp, stable image and see your subjects in excellent detail from both near and far.

 

What is the Best Lens Size?

Binoculars with larger lenses (42mm) can gather more light and therefore produce brighter images. They work better in low light settings such as dawn, dusk, fog, rain etc. Compact binoculars (32mm) have smaller lenses which gather less light. They are much lighter and portable and therefore suitable for hiking, mobile use or when you need to travel light.

 

How to Decide Between Image Quality and Price?

With Avalon binoculars you won’t need to! We don’t produce any low or mid-range binoculars. All our products feature fully multicoated HD lenses, compact lightweight designs, 100% waterproofing and fog-proofing and the highest quality images. We offer professional level binoculars, previously only available to avid bird watchers and hunters, at about half the price.

 

 

Best Binoculars for Gift / Bird Watching / Safari / Hunting / All-Around Use

Avalon 10x42 Pro HD Binoculars

We recommend: Avalon 10×42 Pro HD Binoculars.

Why? This is our best selling model, designed to be the ultimate bird watching and multi-use binoculars. Avalon 10×42 Pro HD are mid-sized yet very lightweight (19.4 ounces / 550 grams) which means you can use them either at home or outdoors. They feature outstanding quality optics for a very affordable price. They are 100% waterproof and produce exceptionally sharp images even in low light settings. The strong 10x magnification, comfortable design and smooth focusing work extremely well for bird watching, nature or wildlife viewing, hunting, sea viewing, plane spotting or nearly any other use. They suit any type of viewer, from a beginner to an avid binoculars user. With twist-up eyecups and a long eye relief they are also the best choice for someone who wears glasses. Beautifully packaged, the Avalon 10×42 Pro HD binoculars also make for a fantastic birthday or Christmas gift.

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Best Binoculars for Hiking / Sports Viewing / Ship or Boat / Horse Races

Avalon 8x32 Mini HD Binoculars

We recommend: Avalon 8×32 Mini HD Binoculars.

Why? The Avalon 8×32 Mini HD Binoculars are our more compact, lightweight model (14.6 ounces / 416 grams). They are designed for traveling and mobile use. Despite their smaller size, these binoculars feature fully multicoated Avalon HD optics and produce sharp, highly defined images. Incorporating 32 mm objective lenses, they are superior to nearly any compact model on the market today. 100% waterproof and fog-proof, they can be used in any environment, including onboard a boat or cruise ship. Their 8x magnification and extra wide field of view make them ideal for following moving subjects (useful for bird watching, sports viewing or looking at wildlife).

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Best Binoculars for Star Gazing / Plane Spotting / Long Distance (3-20 miles)

Avalon 20x50 Outpost Binoculars

We recommend: Avalon 20×50 Outpost Binoculars.

Why? The Avalon 20×50 Outpost Binoculars are our most powerful model. Featuring 20x magnification they were designed for extra long distance viewing. If you are looking at whales, ships, boats or planes from over 2-3 miles away then these are a great choice. Their full size 50mm objective lenses produce brighter images making these binoculars suitable for star gazing and viewing at dawn or dusk.

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Best All-Around Monocular

Avalon 10x42 WP Monocular

We recommend: Avalon 10×42 WP Monocular.

Why? The Avalon 10×42 WP Monocular is a compact size, lightweight monocular (11.2 ounces / 320 grams). It is suitable for any kind of viewing, from 10 feet and up to 2-3 miles. It magnifies images at 10x times your normal eyesight which means you can really see your subject in excellent detail. A central focus wheel allows you to smoothly control the magnification. The fully multicoated optics produce sharp, highly defined images. The Avalon 10×42 WP Monocular is also 100% waterproof and fog-proof. It allows for easy viewing and is designed to be used single-handed.

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Stronger, Further, Better: Avalon Spotting Scope

Avalon 10x42 WP Monocular

We recommend: Avalon 80mm Venture HD Spotting Scope + Avalon Universal PRO Tripod.

Why? If your home has beautiful water views, countryside, beach or landscape then this is the best setup to truly enjoy them. While most telescopes are only designed for astronomy use, the Avalon 80mm Venture HD Spotting Scope offers much more than that. It is an extremely powerful multi-use scope. Ideal for observing the beach, ocean, moon and stars, nature watch, scenery, hunting or wildlife observation. Featuring sharp, high quality optics it is our best selling spotting scope for long distance viewing. For optimal performance we recommend pairing it with the Avalon Universal PRO Tripod.

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Avalon 10x42 PRO HD Binoculars Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars feature professional level optics and beautiful packaging. They are designed to impress. 
 
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Avalon 8x32 Mini HD Binoculars Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars feature professional level optics and beautiful packaging. They are designed to impress. 
 
Avalon 10x42 WP Monocular Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon monocular features professional level optics and beautiful packaging. It is designed to impress. 
 
10x Magnification

Need a Closer Look?

Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars magnify at 10x times your normal eyesight. This is the ideal and most common magnification used in binoculars. View your subjects up close, in excellent detail, while avoiding any image shakiness or the need for a tripod. 
 

Need a Closer Look?

Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars magnify at 10x times your normal eyesight. This is the ideal and most common magnification used in binoculars. View your subjects up close, in excellent detail, while avoiding any image shakiness or the need for a tripod. 
 

Razor Sharp Images, Every Time

Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars are fully multicoated on all glass-to-air surfaces. This allows for the highest level of light intake and results in brighter, crystal clear and razor sharp images. 
 

Razor Sharp Images, Every Time

Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars are fully multicoated on all glass-to-air surfaces. This allows for the highest level of light intake and results in brighter, crystal clear and razor sharp images. 
 

Always in Focus

Avalon binoculars are easy to use. The central focus wheel allows you to quickly focus on subjects, either near or far. The single eye diopter can be set to adjust for differences between your right and left eye. It only needs to be set once for every user. 
 

Always in Focus

Avalon binoculars are easy to use. The central focus wheel allows you to quickly focus on subjects, either near or far. The single eye diopter can be set to adjust for differences between your right and left eye. It only needs to be set once for every user. 
 

High Performance, Rain or Shine

Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars are 100% waterproof and fog-proof. Internally purged with Nitrogen gas they are guaranteed to never fog up in extreme temperatures. The 42mm objective lenses produce clear bright images even when used in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, dawn or dusk. 
 

High Performance, Rain or Shine

Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars are 100% waterproof and fog-proof. Internally purged with Nitrogen gas they are guaranteed to never fog up in extreme temperatures. The 42mm objective lenses produce clear bright images even when used in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, dawn or dusk. 
 

Glass On, Glass Off

With a long 15mm eye relief and adjustable twist-up eyecups, Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars can be used by any viewer. Pickup a pair of Avalon binoculars and experience enhanced magnified views, either with or without glasses. 
 

Glass On, Glass Off

With a long 15mm eye relief and adjustable twist-up eyecups, Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars can be used by any viewer. Pickup a pair of Avalon binoculars and experience enhanced magnified views, either with or without glasses. 
 

Need a Closer Look?

Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars magnify at 8x times your normal eyesight. This is the ideal magnification for following moving subjects. Their wide field of view makes them a perfect choice for bird watching, safari or following sporting events. The 8x power is also suitable for use onboard a ship or boat without experiencing image shakiness. 
 

Razor Sharp Images, Every Time

Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars are fully multicoated on all glass-to-air surfaces. This allows for the highest level of light intake and results in brighter, crystal clear and razor sharp images. 
 

High Performance, Rain or Shine

Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars are 100% waterproof and fog-proof. Internally purged with Nitrogen gas they are guaranteed to never fog up in extreme temperatures. The 32mm objective lenses produce clear bright images even when used in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, dawn or dusk. 
 

Glass On, Glass Off

With a long 15mm eye relief and adjustable twist-up eyecups, Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars can be used by any viewer. Pickup a pair of Avalon binoculars and experience enhanced magnified views, either with or without glasses. 
 

Need a Closer Look?

Avalon 10x42 WP monocular magnifies at 10x times your normal eyesight. This is the ideal and most common magnification used in monoculars. View your subjects up close, in excellent detail, while avoiding any image shakiness or the need for a tripod. 
 

Razor Sharp Images, Every Time

Avalon 10x42 WP monocular is fully multicoated on all glass-to-air surfaces. This allows for the highest level of light intake and results in brighter, crystal clear and razor sharp images. 
 

High Performance, Rain or Shine

Avalon 10x42 WP monocular is 100% waterproof and fog-proof. Internally purged with Nitrogen gas it is guaranteed to never fog up in extreme temperatures. The 42mm objective lens produces clear bright images even when used in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, dawn or dusk. 
 

Glass On, Glass Off

With a long 14mm eye relief and an adjustable twist-down eyecup, Avalon 10x42 WP monocular can be used by any viewer. Pickup your Avalon monocular and experience enhanced magnified views, either with or without glasses. 
 

About This Offer

 
 20% Savings 
 
This product is discounted today and offered at 20% less than its normal retail price. 
 
 Lifetime warranty 
 
This product includes a lifetime VIP warranty. If it proves to be defective in material or workmanship, we will simply replace it.  
 
 90-Days money back guarantee 
 
If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, for any reason, simply send it back to us in its original packaging within 90 days for a full refund or replacement. 
 

About This Offer

 
 20% Savings 
 
This product is discounted today and offered at 20% less than its normal retail price. 
 
 Lifetime warranty 
 
This product includes a lifetime VIP warranty. If it proves to be defective in material or workmanship, we will simply replace it.  
 
 90-Days money back guarantee 
 
If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, for any reason, simply send it back to us in its original packaging within 90 days for a full refund or replacement. 
 

About This Offer

 
 20% Savings 
 
This product is discounted today and offered at 20% less than its normal retail price. 
 
 Lifetime warranty 
 
This product includes a lifetime VIP warranty. If it proves to be defective in material or workmanship, we will simply replace it.  
 
 90-Days money back guarantee 
 
If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, for any reason, simply send it back to us in its original packaging within 90 days for a full refund or replacement. 
 

About This Offer

 
 20% Savings 
 
This product is discounted today and offered at 20% less than its normal retail price. 
 
 Lifetime warranty 
 
This product includes a lifetime VIP warranty. If it proves to be defective in material or workmanship, we will simply replace it.  
 
 90-Days money back guarantee 
 
If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, for any reason, simply send it back to us in its original packaging within 90 days for a full refund or replacement. 
 

World's Lightest PRO Binoculars

Say goodbye to bulky old binoculars. Avalon 10x42 PRO HD, weighing at only 550 grams, are the world’s lightest professional level binoculars. The perfect choice for birdwatching, safari, sports viewing, hunting or travel. 
 

World's Lightest PRO Binoculars

Say goodbye to bulky old binoculars. Avalon 10x42 PRO HD, weighing at only 550 grams, are the world’s lightest professional level binoculars. The perfect choice for birdwatching, safari, sports viewing, hunting or travel. 
 

Small Size, Big Performance

Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars weigh only 416 grams and fit in your jacket pocket, handbag or glove compartment. Small in size yet big on performance, they are ideal for hiking, birdwatching, boating, events or concerts. 
 

Nothing is Left Behind

There is nothing more annoying than loosing small accessories. Avalon 10x42 PRO HD have their lens covers connected to the binoculars, so you never forget or loose them. They can also be removed from the binoculars and easily inserted back in again if needed. 
 

Nothing is Left Behind

There is nothing more annoying than loosing small accessories. Avalon 10x42 PRO HD have their lens covers connected to the binoculars, so you never forget or loose them. They can also be removed from the binoculars and easily inserted back in again if needed. 
 

Nothing is Left Behind

There is nothing more annoying than loosing small accessories. Avalon 8x32 Mini HD have their lens covers connected to the binoculars, so you never forget or loose them. They can also be removed from the binoculars and easily inserted back in again if needed. 
 

Nothing is Left Behind

There is nothing more annoying than loosing small accessories. Avalon 10x42 WP monocular has its lens cover connected to the monocular, so you never forget or loose it. It can also be removed from the monocular and easily inserted back in again if needed. 
 
Avalon 10x42 PRO HD Binoculars Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon 10x42 PRO HD binoculars feature professional level optics and beautiful packaging. They are designed to impress. 
 
Avalon 8x32 Mini HD Binoculars Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon 8x32 Mini HD binoculars feature professional level optics and beautiful packaging. They are designed to impress. 
 
Avalon 10x42 WP Monocular Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon monocular features professional level optics and beautiful packaging. It is designed to impress. 
 
8x Magnification
Avalon 8x42 Titan ED Binoculars Case

The Complete Package

Planning your next adventure or just looking for a special gift? Avalon Titan ED binoculars feature professional level optics and beautiful packaging. They are designed to impress. 
 

Need a Closer Look?

Avalon 8x42 Titan ED binoculars magnify at 8x times your normal eyesight. This is the ideal and most common magnification used in binoculars. View your subjects up close, in excellent detail, while avoiding any image shakiness or the need for a tripod. 
 

Razor Sharp Images, Every Time

Avalon Titan ED binoculars are fully multicoated on all glass-to-air surfaces. This allows for the highest level of light intake and results in brighter, crystal clear and razor sharp images. 
 

High Performance, Rain or Shine

Avalon Titan ED binoculars are 100% waterproof and fog-proof. Internally purged with Nitrogen gas they are guaranteed to never fog up in extreme temperatures. The 42mm objective lenses produce clear bright images even when used in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, dawn or dusk. 
 

Glass On, Glass Off

With a long 18mm eye relief and adjustable twist-up eyecups, Avalon Titan ED binoculars can be used by any viewer. Pickup a pair of Avalon binoculars and experience enhanced magnified views, either with or without glasses. 
 

Open Bridge Design

Avalon Titan ED binoculars boost a new open bridge design. Perfectly balanced they are the ideal choice for birdwatching, safari, sports viewing, hunting or travel. 
 

Nothing is Left Behind

There is nothing more annoying than loosing small accessories. Avalon Titan ED have their lens covers connected to the binoculars, so you never forget or loose them. They can also be removed from the binoculars and easily inserted back in again if needed. 
 

Need a Closer Look?

Avalon 10x42 Titan ED binoculars magnify at 10x times your normal eyesight. This is the ideal and most common magnification used in binoculars. View your subjects up close, in excellent detail, while avoiding any image shakiness or the need for a tripod. 
 
10x Magnification