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Binoculars deals: Magnificent savings on Celestron, Nikon, Bushnell and more

Here's a look at the best binoculars deals.
Here's a look at the best binoculars deals. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

These binoculars deals are a great way to get closer to nature without disturbing the peace. Whether you’re looking for birds, whales, planets or stars, you can grab a perfect pair of binoculars for much less with these amazing binoculars deals.

At a casual glance, binoculars look all the same and in essence do the same thing. But every pair is unique, with particular features that suit them to one type of sightseeing. 

Some models, such as Nikon's 10x42 ProStaff 3S or ACULON A211 8x42, have wide fields of view, making them ideal for sightseeing trips in nature. Bushnell's Powerview 20x50 model has larger lenses that can achieve much higher magnifications; this makes them perfect for astronomy. Sometimes you might want less magnification too, such as those on the Celestron 8x42 Outland X, which are perfect for viewing wildlife from afar or on bumpy boat rides.

With all of the technical details involved in describing binocular lenses, even the best of us can feel a little confused. Thankfully, Live Science has gathered the best binoculars deals to enable you to find the perfect pair at the lowest price.

If you want to nature-watch with your kids, then check out our list of the best binoculars for kids as well. Or, you can alternatively keep them entertained with these deals on educational science kits for kids.  

Best binoculars deals

now $249.95 at Adorama

Celestron 20x80 SkyMaster Pro: was $414.95 now $249.95 at Adorama

If you’re serious about skywatching and in need of a set of binoculars, this could be the perfect deal. This set of skymaster pros has all the bells and whistles: The large 80 mm objective lenses make for excellent stargazing at night, while the detachable RSR rail means you can add a red dot finderscope. Also, the nitrogen-purging mechanism prevents any fogging. And the “pro" label indicates all lenses are multi-coated with what Celestron calls its "proprietary XLT coating technology.” Those coatings and the BaK-4 prisms increase light transmission to deliver super-clear, high-contrast views. 

, now $179.95 at optics4birding.com

Celestron SkyMaster 18-40x80 Zoom Binocular: was $258.95, now $179.95 at optics4birding.com
These incredible Celestron binoculars provide 8x magnification with 40 mm diameter lenses; the large objective diameter means you get a comfortable viewing aperture even at higher magnification levels. Tripod adaptor included and long eye relief makes viewing more comfortable to glasses-wearers.

, now $62.99 at B&H Photo

Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binocular: was $93.95, now $62.99 at B&H Photo
You can now get over $30 off the Outland X 8x42 Binoculars at Amazon. Multi-coated optics deliver high-contrast views and BaK-4 glass will enhance the color of your view. Waterproof and fogproof, with protective rubber covering.

, now $83.99 at Best Buy

Celestron Outland X 10x42 Binocular: was $87.95, now $83.99 at Best Buy
You can now get $7.50 off the Outland X 10x42 Binocular at Best Buy. Twist-up eyecups allow for quick eye relief adjustment for a comfortable observing experience, while multicoated optics offer excellent contrast and clarity.

now $106.95 at B&H Photo

Nikon 10x42 ProStaff 3S Binoculars: $136.95 now $106.95 at B&H Photo
Snag this high-powered set of binoculars for $30 off. The binoculars boast silver-alloy-coated roof prisms (those internal prisms that magnify and transmit light) and anti-reflection multicoated optics for clear, high-contrast and brightly colored views. Compared with the 7S series, this 3S Prostaff series has a wider field of view, meaning you can more easily watch moving objects like birds or anything else you're interested in. 

, now $39.99 at Amazon

SkyGenius 10 x 50 Binoculars: was $58.99, now $39.99 at Amazon
The SkyGenius binoculars are great for both entry-level skywatching and nature exploration. The rubber armor means the binoculars are shock-resistant; and the twistable eyepieces can be adjusted for a perfect fit. Right now, the binoculars are 32% off at Amazon. 

Celestron 8x32 TrailSeeker Binoculars

Celestron TrailSeeker 8x32 Binocular: was $239.95, now $229.95 at B&H
The Celestron TrailSeeker 8x32 is $10 off at B&H. The binoculars are weatherproof if you get caught in the rain and are good for close and mid-range observations.

Celestron SkyMaster 25x100

Celestron SkyMaster 25x100 Binocular:was $629.95, now $359.95 at Adorama
Now an incredible 39% off, the SkyMaster 25x100 Binocular offers superb views of the night sky. Offering maximum brightness even in low-light conditions and at a long-range, this binocular is great for terrestrial and astronomical sights. Comes with carry case. 

, now $147.98 at Amazon

Vortex Optics Diamondback HD Binoculars - was $239, now $147.98 at Amazon
Save $50 off these Vortex HD binoculars with 8x magnification and 32mm objective lenses. They're optimized with select glass elements to deliver exceptional resolution, and are waterproof and fogproof.

, now $89.99 at B&H

Bushnell Powerview 20x50 Binoculars - was $99.99, now $89.99 at B&H

Bushnell offers great optics for a competitive price and the Powerview 20x50 are of no exception. Now at an even more competitive price with a further $10 off, the InstaFocus system inside the binocular's body offers a great view when locking onto wildlife subjects.

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 deals on binoculars for 2021.

Jeanna Bryner

Jeanna is the editor-in-chief of Live Science. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a graduate science journalism degree from New York University. She has worked as a biologist in Florida, where she monitored wetlands and did field surveys for endangered species. She also received an ocean sciences journalism fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.