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Avalon Optics > Choosing Binoculars Guide

Choosing Binoculars Guide

Not everyone is an expert on binoculars. But choosing the right ones doesn’t need to be such a complicated task. At Avalon Optics we believe that the easiest way to choose binoculars is to simply know where they will be utilised the most. Follow our quick guide below to work out which model is best for you:


Best for General Viewing / Bird Watching / Hunting / All-Around Use / Gift

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 (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 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 for Travel / Safari / Cruise Ships / Marine / Sports Viewing / 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 (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, safari, sports viewing or looking at wildlife).

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Best for Star Gazing / Whale Watching / 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 (320 grams). It is suitable for any kind of viewing, from 15 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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What Do the Numbers Mean?

Binoculars and monoculars are represented by two numbers. The first number is their magnification (or their 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.

Avalon binoculars come in three unique versions: 8×32 (compact), 10×42 (mid size) and 20×50 (full size). These three models are designed to provide the perfect balance between good magnification, sharp images and a compact, lightweight product. Follow the guide above to see which model will work best for you.