To help you get the most out of your hiking and stargazing adventures, Live Science has gathered the best Black Friday binoculars deals for 2021. You can get a great discount on binoculars for all kinds of activities, from birdwatching with your child to focusing on vistas during a mountain hike to zooming in on the moon’s craters and other celestial highlights.
Right now, for both stargazing and terrestrial viewing, these high-quality Celestron binoculars are selling for 30% or more off at Amazon: Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 binoculars and the SkyGenius 10×50 Binoculars for nature- and sky-watching are selling for 32% off at Amazon. Amazon and other retailers are marking down prices on loads of binoculars for this Black Friday.
Some features to look out for when searching Black Friday binoculars deals for 2021: While some binoculars are ready for the road — they come with a tough rubber coating and are water-resistant — others are meant for a lighter touch. Fog-proof binoculars have a special mechanism (they fill with nitrogen) so that when you move from cold to warm or back, you can still have a clear view. Foldable eyecups, straps and carrying cases can also make your binocular-wielding adventures more comfortable.
The Nikon – ACULON A211 8×42 binoculars are a great choice for someone who is interested in using their binoculars for everything from moon-gazing to a night at the opera or a rock concert. For Black Friday, Best Buy is selling the binoculars for $69.99, or $20 off the regular price.
Today’s best Black Friday binoculars deals
How to choose your binoculars
Haven’t decided which pair of binoculars is right for you? Here are some things to consider: How do you plan to use the binoculars: bird and nature watching, or skywatching? Some binoculars are made for being out in nature when the sun is bright, for instance, or perhaps a rugged, shock-resistant coating is in order for a heavy-duty adventure. After you have that figured out, as well as your budget, here’s what to look for when scanning the stores for the best binoculars deals:
Magnification and lens size: The two numbers that describe binoculars refer to the magnification (first number) and lens diameter. For instance, a set of 10 x 52 binoculars are equipped with 10x magnification and 52 millimeter lenses. Both 8x and 10x magnification are considered optimal to prevent shaking and show a stable image nearby and far away. Lens size determines the amount of light let in. In low-light settings, you might want binoculars with lenses that are larger than 42 mm.
Field of view: The FOV indicates how wide an image can be seen through a binoculars’ lenses. The wider the FOV, the easier it will be to find what you’re looking for. However, there are trade-offs. The higher the magnification, the lower the FOV. According to Bushnell, companies measure FOV in feet at 1,000 yards, or the field of view you’d have if you were to measure it from 1,000 yards away.
Size/shape: Depending on where you plan to lug your binoculars, the physical size and weight can matter. Big and bulky might be fine for one adventurer, while another is interested in pocket-friendly binoculars that still feature powerful optics.
If you’re ready for an outdoor adventure, keep checking back for more Black Friday deals on binoculars for 2021.