23 Best 12×50  binoculars | Reviews and Buying Guide:

The 12×50 segment is also called the list of “all-rounders”. Well, that’s certainly me who says that but the thing with these binoculars is that they are pretty much of everything. They could serve you as casuals, hunting binos, spectating, and pretty much stargazing too.

In short, the 12×50 segment has such a vast difference in price and spec sheet, that you might even need to rethink before locking upon your target product. We have relieved you from that pressure via our Buying Guide in the end too. So let’s check ‘em one by one.

Swarovski EL
9.9/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of the exit pupil
  • SWAROBRIGHT mirror coatings on Schmidt Pechan prisms allow up to 90% optimum light inlet
  • SWARO-TOP, SWARODUR, and SWAROCLEAN technologies upon the glass
  • Open bridge model and Magnesium alloy build with tough matte armor
  • Thumb indents and a large central focus knob with diopter adjustments to it.
  • 5.7 degrees of AOV and an Apparent FOV of 63 degrees
  • Close focus starts at 2.5 meters
  • Around 2.2 pounds weight
  • 19 mm of eye relief
  • Purchase includes: Straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes

 

Our Verdict:

The Swarovski EL features around 10 units of magnification alongside 50 mm of objectives labeling the exit pupil to around 4.2 units.

The build features a double hinge modification – An open-bridge model and a Magnesium alloy build with tough matte armor. The interiors are lined with Schmidt-Pechan prisms that feature SWAROBRIGHT mirror coatings on them. The binos feature proprietary SWAROTOP, SWARODUR, and SWAROCLEAN technologies upon the glass, meant for bright and color representation along with dirt repellence. The baseline features thumb indents and a large central focus-knob with diopter adjustments to it.

The visual specifications include 6.6 degrees of Angular Field of View, an apparent field of view of 63 degrees along with a Close focus distance of around 2.8 meters. It also features a Linear field of view of around 328 ft/1000 yds. Plus the bino features 20 mm of eye relief aided via twist-up eyecups.

The bino itself weighs around 2.2 pounds and the purchase includes Neck straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes.

 

 

Things We Like:
  • Rubber-housing with matte armor

  • Proprietary SWAROVISION, SWARODUR, and SWAROCLEAN technologies

  • Fine buttery knob and diopter

  • Amazing visual caliber

Areas of Improvement:
  • Too pricy

  • Customer care issues

  • Manufacture defects and issues with straps and eyepiece

Celestron DX ED
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives with absolute Waterproof and fog-proofing
  • 5 units of the exit-pupil
  • ED Glass and AOV of 5.3 degrees
  • Open bridge configuration and Eco-Glass Coatings
  • Linear FOV 280ft/1000 yds
  • Phase corrected and dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms
  • An interpupillary distance of 56-73 mm
  • Close Focus Distance of 9.8 ft
  • 15 mm of eye relief and twist-up eyecups
  • Tripod adjustable and right eye diopter
  • Around 1.7 pounds
  • Purchase includes Neck straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes

 

 

Our Verdict:

The Celestron Granite features around 12 units of magnification alongside 50 mm of Objectives which offers an exit pupil of 5 units. It features an ED Glass that offers ultimate precision to the imagery.

The build features an Open bridge configuration with a dual-hinge model and the lenses feature Eco Glass Coatings. The interiors are lined up with phase-corrected and dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms and are made O ring sealed-Waterproof and Nitrogen purged-fog-proof.

The visual specifications include an angle of view of 5.3 degrees and a Linear Field of View of 280 ft/1000 yds. It features a Close Focus Distance of 9.8 ft and an interpupillary distance of 56-73 mm. The bino features around 15 mm of eye relief and twist-Up eyecups to support it.

The build is tripod adjustable with a rear focus knob and right eye diopter. The bino weighs around 1.7 pounds and the purchase includes Neck straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes.

 

Things We Like:
  • Amazing visual precision

  • Ocular guards

  • Easy-grip and fine build

  • Comes with accessories and a warranty

Areas Of Improvement:
  • Manufacture defects/ Packaging defects

  • Essentials aren’t of high quality but the bino is!

 

Vortex Optics Diamondback HD Binoculars 12x50
9.9/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 mm of  exit-pupil
  • HD optics and ArmorTek coatings
  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated roof prisms
  • Shockproof rugged armor Magnesium build
  • Agonized fog proof and O ring seal waterproofing
  • Adjustable eyecups and Central Focus Dial and Right Eye Diopter
  • AOV of 5.2 degrees & Linear FOV of 271 ft/1000 yds
  • The interpupillary distance is 60-75 mm and 6 ft of close focus distance
  • Tripod Adaptability,1.8 pounds weight and 14 mm of eye relief
  • Purchase includes; Straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes

Our Verdict:

The Vortex Optics Diamondback HD features 12 units of magnification alongside 50 mm of FMC objectives eventually ending to 4.2 mm of the exit pupil.

The build itself is a single hinge Closed bridge configuration that holds a prominent focus knob to the rear center of the hinge. The visuals are hosted via High Definition optics and ArmorTek coatings- to fend off adversities. The bino interiors are lined with phase-corrected and dielectric coated roof prisms. The exteriors are made shockproof with rugged armor upon a Magnesium build. The interiors are ensured to be Argon purged fog proof and O-ring sealed waterproof.

The bino features visual specifications like an Angular field of view of around 5.2 degrees and an Interpupillary distance of 60-75 mm. The bino also features a Linear FOV of 271 ft/1000 yds and 6 ft of close focus distance. The apparatus is tripod adaptable and hosts adjustable eyecups that offer around 14 mm of eye relief and a right eye Diopter that work absolutely buttery smooth.

The body weighs around 1.8 pounds and the purchase includes Neck straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes.

All the Vortex products are provided with a lifetime warranty against damages or working failures.

 

Things We Like:
  • Amazing visual caliber

  • Lightweight and rugged configuration

  • Amazing build quality

  • Locking mechanism eyecups

  • Amazing tech support and customer service

Areas of Improvement:
  • Color fringing issues

  • Manufacture/Packaging defects

 

Vortex Optics Razor HD
9.9/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of magnification
  • 50 mm of XR Plus FMC objectives
  • 4.2 mm of exit-pupil
  • UHD Optical system and Plasmatech coatings application
  • Closed bridged single hinge configuration with Magnesium build and rubber armor
  • ArmorTek & UltraTech technologies
  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated roof prisms
  • 288 ft/1000 yds of Linear FOV and AOV 5.5 degrees
  • 6.6. ft of close focus distance and Interpupillary distance of 56-76 mm
  • 2.3 pounds of weight and Tripod Adaptability
  • 17 mm of eye relief
  • Purchase includes Straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes

 

Our Verdict:

The Vortex Optics Razor UHD features around 12 units of magnification alongside 50 mm of XR Plus fully multicoated objectives that eventually offer around 4.2 mm of exit-pupil. The bino features an Ultra High Definition Optical system with the application of plasma tech coatings. The build features a closed bridged single hinge configuration with bottlenecked Magnesium build and smooth rubber armor for the perfect possible grip. The lens features ArmorTek  UltraTech coatings upon them for durable eternal protection.

The bridge hosts Central Focus Wheel to the rear center and a diopter adjustment on the right eye. The interiors feature phase-corrected and Dielectric coated roof prisms that offer wholesome visual specifications like 288 ft/1000 yds of Linear field of view, an angular field of view of 5.5 degrees, and around 6.6. ft of close focus distance alongside an interpupillary distance range of 56-76 mm. The build is Tripod adaptable.

The bino weighs around 2.3 pounds and the eyepiece features 17 mm of eye relief offered by Twist Up and Down Eyecups. Also, the purchase includes Neck straps, harness, a carry case, tripod adapter, ocular guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Outstanding imagery and precision

  • ArmorTek coatings upon lenses

  • Ultra High Definition Optical system with fine Plasmatech coatings

  • Includes Vortex Lifetime Warranty

Areas of Improvement:
  • Issues with the eyecups

  • Manufacture/ Packaging defects

 

Nikon 8249 ACULON A211
9.7/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of magnification
  • 50 units of FMC objetcives
  • 4.2 mm of  exit-pupil
  • Aspherical Multicoated Eco-Glass Lens
  • Durable rubber armor
  • Closed hinge Porro prisms design
  • 5.2 degrees of AOV
  • Apparent AOV of 57.2 degrees
  • Linear FOV of 272 ft.1000 yds
  • 26.2 ft of Close focus Distance
  • 11.5mm of eye relief & Turn and Slide rubber eyecups
  • 2 pounds of weight

Our Verdict:

The NIKON Aculon A211 features around 12 units of magnification alongside 50 units of objectives provided with an aspherical Multicoated Eco-Glass lens. The setup offers around 4.2 mm of exit-pupil.

The build features a closed hinge bridged Porro prisms design with a super durable rubber armor covering encasing the aluminum body.

The bino hosts visual specifications like 5.2 degrees of angular field of view, an apparent field of view of  57.2 degrees, and a Linear Field of View of 272 ft/1000 yds. Amazing visuals with sharp focus adjustments. Other specifications include 26.2 ft of Close focus Distance and precise interpupillary distance adjustments.

The body hosts 11.5mm of eye relief for visual ease aided via turn and Slide rubber eyecups.

The bino weighs around 2 pounds in total.

 

Things We Like:
  • Aspherical multicoated lens

  • Amazing visual potential

  • Color precision

  • The most affordable pair on the list

Areas of Improvement:
  • Single hinge configuration –not strong enough outdoor binos

  • Manufacture defects/ Packaging defects

  • Definitely not trendy

 

Bushnell Power-View 2
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of magnification
  • 50 units of MC objective
  • 4 mm of Exit Pupil and Sharp Low Light Visuals
  • Central focus knob with BK7 Porro prisms and Open hinged configuration
  • Lacks PC3 coatings, Waterproofing, and Lockable diopter
  • 24 ft of Close Focus distance
  • Linear FOV of 265ft/1000 yds
  • Durable and Lightweight Aluminium Body with smooth rubberized armor
  • Almost 1.77 pounds weight and Twist-Up eyecups upon eyepieces
  • Tripod adaptability

 

Our Verdict:

The Bushnell Powerview 2 features around 12 units of magnification alongside 50 units of multicoated objectives that eventually offer around  4 mm of Exit Pupil.

The build features a single hinge configuration with a central focus knob with BK7 Porro prisms that host Sharp Low Light Visuals. The build features a durable and Lightweight Aluminium Body with smooth rubberized armor to protect against adversities. Nowadays, these single-hinged models are avoided as far as possible as the build can’t sustain much outdoor usage with rough and tough tasks like hunting and excursions.

The bino however lacks PC3 coatings, Waterproofing, and a Lockable diopter to it which is pretty relatable if you tally the spec sheet with the pricing. The bino features mediocre visual specs like 24 ft of Close Focus distance and a Linear field of view of around 265ft/1000 yds.

The bino features a central focus wheel and the eyepiece sold down eyecups to sustain the eye relief. The apparatus is Tripod adaptable and weighs around 1.77 pounds.

The purchase is inclusive of Neck straps, a carry case, ocular guards, rain guards, harness, and wipes,

Things We Like:
  • Amazing clarity

  • Ergonomic design

  • Metal housing with matte rubber armor

Areas of Improvement:
  • Lacks PC3 coatings, Waterproofing, and Lockable diopter

  • Single hinge configuration is not strong enough

 

Nikon PROSTAFF-5
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC Objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Roof prisms closed configuration with Waterproof and Fogproofing
  • 4.7 degrees of AOV and 52.4 degrees of Apparent FOV
  • 246 ft / 1000 yds of Linear FOV and 16.4 ft of Close Focus Distance
  • Central Focus System featuring Smooth Central Focus knob
  • Nitrogen-filled fog proof and O ring-sealed waterproof
  • Polycarbonate body with Lightweight Design
  • Turn and Slide eyecups with 15.5 mm of eye relief
  • 1.75 pounds of weight

Our Verdict:

The Nikon PROSTAFF 5 binos feature around 12 units of Magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives that eventually offer around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The build itself is a roof prism closed bridge configuration with O ring sealed Waterproof and Nitrogenated Fogproofing with a Polycarbonate body and Lightweight Design. The rear of the bridge hosts a Central Focus System. The interiors are made Nitrogen filled fog proof and O ring sealed waterproof.

The bino features visual specifications like 4.7 degrees of angular field of view , 52.4 degrees of Apparent field of view, and 246 ft / 1000 yds of Linear Field of View. It offers around  16.4 ft of Close Focus Distance adjusted via the Smooth Central Focus knob.

The eyepiece features turn and Slide eyecups with 15.5 mm of eye relief. The binos weigh around 1.75 pounds the purchase is inclusive of a carry case, Neck straps, harness, ocular guards, and wipes.

 

 

Things We Like:
  • Lightweight Polycarbonate chassis

  • Good for casual usage

  • Mediocre specs suit the price range

Areas of Improvement:
  • Image clarity

  • Manufacture/Packaging defects

  • Non trendy

Carson VP HD
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Fog proof and Waterproof
  • O ring seal Waterproof and Nitrogen purged fogproof
  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms
  • Close focus of 6.6 ft and AOV of 4.6 degrees
  • Interpupillary adjustment of 55-73 mm
  • Closed bridge single hinge configuration
  • Wide FOV of 55.1 degrees
  • Linear FOV of 241 ft/1000 yds
  • 18.2 mm of eye relief with twist-Up eyecups

Our Verdict:

The bino features around 12 units of magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives along with 4.2 units of Exit Pupil. The build features a Closed bridge single hinge configuration where the interiors are made O ring seal Waterproof and Nitrogen purged fogproof. The interiors are lined up with phase-corrected and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms for amazing precision and clarity.

The bino features visual specifications like an angle of view of 4.6 degrees and a wide field of view of 55.1 degrees alongside a Linear FOV of 241 ft/1000 yds. The hinge offers an Interpupillary adjustment of 55-73 mm range. The central focus dial adjusts Close focus at as close as 6.6 ft.

The eyepiece features 18.2 mm of eye relief with twist Up eyecups. The bino itself weighs around 1.90 pounds and the body is tripod adaptable.

The purchase is inclusive of a carrying case, Neck straps, harness, ocular guards, and wipes. It also features a limited lifetime warranty on its every product.

 

 

Things We Like:
  • Strong closed bridge configuration

  • Amazing eye relief for specsys

  • Comes with inclusive and is tripod fittable

  • Phase corrected dielectric coated roof prisms

Areas of Improvement:
  • Manufacture/Packaging defects

  • Knobs and diopters might have issues

  • Poor colour intrepretation

Athlon Optics Midas G2 12x50 UHD
9.7/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of Advanced  FMC objetcives
  • UHD –ED glass
  • ESP Dielectric Coatings
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • XPL coatings
  • Magnesium built with rubber armor
  • AOV of 5.4 degrees
  • Close Focus Distance of 11.5 ft
  • Linear FOV 281 ft/1000 yds
  • Interpupillary distance if 59-74 mm
  • Eye relief of around 15 mm and around 2 pounds of weight

Our Verdict:

The Athlon Optics Midas G2 features around 12 units of Magnification alongside 50 mm of Advanced fully multicoated objectives featuring the Ultra High Definition, Extra-Low Dispersion glass eventually featuring around  4.2 units of exit-pupil.

The building model is somewhat similar to the Vortex Razor with the single hinge closed bridge configuration and the adjustable diopter towards the rear center. The build features a magnesium build with rubber armor covering the bottleneck model where the interiors are provided with ESP Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms. The lenses are provided with XPL coatings that offer around 99% of the promising light inlet.

The bino features visual specifications like an angle of view of 5.4 degrees,  a Close Focus Distance of 11.5 ft, a Linear Field of View of 281 ft/1000 yds, and an interpupillary distance of around 59-74 mm.

It also offers an eye relief of around 15 mm and the apparatus weighs around 2 pounds. The purchase is inclusive of a carry case, Neck straps, harness, ocular guards, and wipes.

 

Things We Like:
  • Advanced fully multicoated objectives

  • Ultra High Definition objectives

  • Extra Low dispersion glass and BaK4 roof prisms

  • Amazing visual caliber and up to 99% of light inlet

Areas of Improvement:
  • Packaging/ Manufacture defects

  • Kinda heavy

Leupold BX-4 Pro HD
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • HD Lens with Elite Optical System
  • Open Bridge Roof Prisms design
  • Diamond coat-2 armor and AOV of 5.7 degrees
  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated prisms
  • Linear FOV of 283 ft/1000 yds and AOV of 5.7 degrees
  • Eye relief of 18.8 mm
  • Close Focus Distance of 10 ft and Interpupillary distance of 58-74 mm
  • Weighs around 1.5 pounds

Our Verdict:

The Leupold BX-4 Pro features about 12 units of Magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives that eventually provide around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil provided by the High Definition Lens and Elite Optical System.

The build is an open Bridge Roof Prisms design with the interiors lined up with phase-corrected and dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms. The BaK4 roof prisms and fully multicoated objectives provide a super crisp visual experience to the viewers for sure. The exteriors of the lenses are coated with diamond coat 2 armor- an ion-assisted lens coating that ensures high light transmissibility and Guard Ion coatings for waterproofing of the lens.

The bino features visual specifications like a Linear Field of View of 283 ft/1000 yds, an angle of view of around 5.7 degrees, a Close Focus Distance of around 10 ft adjusted with the central Focus Knob, and an Interpupillary distance of 58-74 mm-adjusted via the hinge adjustments.

The bino Weighs around 1.5 pounds and the eyepiece feature an eye relief of around 18.8 mm adjusted via the twist Up eyecups. The purchase is inclusive of a carrying case, neck-straps, ocular guards, harnesses, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Open bridge configuration with more grip space

  • Elite Optical system

  • Phase corrected and dielectric coated prisms

  • Diamond coat 2 armor upon the chassis with Guard Ion coatings

  • Lightweight design

Areas of Improvement:
  • Some color fringing issues

  • Manufacture defects/ Packaging defects

USOGOOD 12x50
9.7/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Single Hinged Close bridged configuration
  • The ABS Plastic body
  • 374 ft/1000 yds of Linear FOV
  • 2.5 meters of Close Focus System
  • Around 95.8% of light transmission via Phase coated BaK4 roof prisms
  • 15.7 mm of eye relief
  • 58-72 mm of Interpupillary Distance
  • Around 1 pound of weight

Our Verdict:

The USOGOOD 12X50 features around 12 units of Magnification with 50 mm of objectives along with 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The Single Hinged Close bridged configuration features an Acronitrile Butadiene Styrene Plastic body- a common 3D printing polymer with elevated cover surfaces that ensure easy holding. The build encases phase-coated BaK4 roof prisms that ensure around 95.8% of light transmission.

The bino features visual specifications like around 374 ft/1000 yds of Linear field of View, 2.5 meters of Close Focus System, and around 58-72 mm of Interpupillary Distance adjusted by the hinge. The close focus is adjusted via a rear central Focus adjust knob.

The bino features 15.7 mm of eye relief aided via Twist Up eyecups. The right eyepiece hosts an adjustable diopter.

The bino weighs around 1 pound and the purchase is inclusive of a carry case, Neck straps, bino harness, ocular guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • A single hinged closed-bridge configuration

  • Phase coated BaK4 roof prisms with around 95% light inlet

  • Good eye relief of 15.6 mm

  • Amazing visual specifications

  • Lightweight build

Areas of Improvement:
  • Manufacture/ Packaging defects
Simmons Pro Sport
9.6/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • BaK4 roof prisms
  • Closed Bridge Configuration with rubber armor and Waterproof and Fogproof
  • Central Focus Dial and Right Eye diopter adjustment
  • 5.8 ft of Close Focus Distance and AOV of  4.9 degrees
  • Linear FOV of 255 ft/1000 yds
  • 1.76 pounds of weight and Tripod adaptability
  • 16 mm of eye relief

 

Our Verdict:

The Simmons Pro Sport features 12 units of Magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives which eventually provides around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The Closed Bridge Configuration with rugged rubber armor encases BaK4 roof prisms. the interiors are made Waterproof via  O ring sealings and Fogproof via Nitrogen purging. The rubber case is provided with grooves and indents to the outer surface. The bridge has a rear central focus knob and Right Eye diopter adjustment towards the eyepiece.

The bino features visual specifications like 5.8 ft of Close Focus Distance maintained by the hinge and an angular view of 4.9 degrees alongside a Linear Field of View of 255 ft/1000 yds. The specs aren’t like somewhat chartbuster but can’t blame the image quality here.

Likewise, the pair weighs around 1.76 pounds and the apparatus is tripod-mountable. The eyepiece hosts 16 mm of comfortable eye relief managed with twist-up rubberized eyecups.

The purchase is also inclusive of Neck straps, a carry case, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Amazing rugged build

  • Handy build model for outdoor usage

  • Good for casual usage

Areas of Improvement:
  • Heavy and issues with the knob

  • Slight chromatic aberration

  • Slightly low focus caliber

  • Widely placed eyepieces

Bushnell Engage ED
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • EXO Barrier lens
  • ED prime glass
  • BaK4 dielectric coated roof prisms with PC-3 phase coatings
  • IPX7 Waterproof and Fogproofing encased with Non-Slip Grip Pattern armor
  • Twist Up eyecups and 18 mm of eye relief
  • 273 ft/1000 yds of Linear FOV
  • Close Focus Distance of 8ft
  • 1.9 pounds weight
  • Ironclad warranty lasting 20 years

Our Verdict:

The Bushnell Engage DX hosts 12 units of magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives EXO Barrier lens, which eventually offers around 4.2 units of exit-pupil.

The lenses feature an Extra-Low Dispersion Prime glass build which guarantees its brilliance in color representation.

The build itself is a Close bridged configuration provided with Nitrogenated fog proofing and O ring sealed IPX7 Waterproof, with non-Slip Grip Pattern rubber armor. The interiors are provided with BaK4 dielectric coated roof prisms featuring PC-3 phase coatings. The bino features visual specifications like a Close Focus Distance of 8ft adjusted via the rear focus knob and around 273 ft/1000 yds of Linear field of view.

The bino weighs around 1.9 pounds. The eyepiece is provided with 18 mm of eye relief aided via twist Up eyecups.

The purchase features Bushnell’s exclusive Ironclad warranty lasting around 20 years. The purchase includes a carry case, harness, Neck straps, ocular guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • ED glass

  • Non-slip rubber armor

  • Closed bridge configuration and strong build

  • Good pricing

Areas of Improvement:
  • In adjustable eyecups, rather big

  • Slight internal reflections

Vortex Optics Viper HD
9.9/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Single-hinged closed bridge configuration
  • Composite build material with rubber armor
  • 5.5 degrees of AOV and 56-75 mm of Interpupillary Distance
  • 16 mm of eye relief and twist-up eyecups
  • 8 ft of Close Focus Distance and 288 ft/1000 yds of Linear FOV
  • Thumb indents, Central bridge Focus knob, and right eye diopter
  • 1.8 pounds of weight

 

Our Verdict:

The Vortex Optics Viper features around 12 units of Magnification and  50 mm of objectives along with around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The Single hinged closed bridge configuration features a Composite build material with rubber armor and indents that host a rear central focus knob and right eye diopter. The image precision is balanced with dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms built.

It features visual specifications like 56-75 mm of Interpupillary Distance adjusted via the hinge and around 8 ft of Close Focus Distance adjusted via the Focus Knob, around 288 ft/1000 yds of Linear field of view.

The bino weighs around 1.8 pounds and the eyepiece hosts around 16 mm of eye relief balanced via the twist-Up eyecups. The purchase is inclusive of a carry case, Neck straps, harness, ocular guards, and wipes.

 

Things We Like:
  • Dielectric coated roof prisms

  • Composite build material

  • Amazing visual specifications

  • Bright image representation

  • Amazing build

Areas of Improvement:
  • Manufacture/ Packaging defects

  • Slight less color inlet

Vortex Optics Crossfire HD
9.9/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil with HD Optical system
  • Closed bridge configuration with rugged rubberized construction
  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms
  • Linear FOV of 273 ft/1000 yds
  • AOV of 5.2 degrees and 6ft of Close Focus Distance
  • 60-76 mm of Interpupillary distance
  • Nitrogen purged fog proof and O ring seal waterproof
  • Central Focus Knob and Right eye diopter
  • 1.84 pounds of weight

Our Verdict:

The Vortex Optics crossfire features around 12 units of magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives alongside 4.2 units of Exit Pupil balanced via a High Dispersion Optical system.

The build is a closed bridge configuration with rugged rubberized construction and phase-corrected and dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms that provide amazing imagery precision. The interiors are made of Nitrogen purged fog proof and O ring seal waterproof for a perfect outdoor utility.

The bino hosts amazing visual specifications like a Linear Field of View of 273 ft/1000 yds, an angular view of 5.2 degrees, around 6ft of Close Focus Distance adjusted via the central Focus knob, and the hinge adjustments featuring around 60-76 mm of adjustable Interpupillary range.

The bridge hosts a Central Focus Knob and a right eye diopter for visual adjustments which work super smooth.

The bino weighs around 1.84 pounds and the purchase is inclusive of a carry case, Neck Straps, harness, rain guards, Ocular guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • High Definition Optical System

  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated roof prisms

  • Amazing visual specifications

  • Finely adjustable eyecups

Areas of Improvement:
  • Issues with the build quality

  • Lacks image precision

Maven B6 ED
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of objectives
  • ED glass and 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Magnesium frame with rubber housing and IPX7 waterproofing
  • Dielectric corrected and phase-coated Wide angled Schmidt Pechan roof prisms
  • 94.5% of light transmission
  • Linear FOV of 289 ft /1000 yds and 7.5 ft of near focus
  • 17.5 mm of eye relief with Twist Up eyecups
  • Around 2 pounds
  • Tripod Adaptability

 

Our Verdict:

The Maven B6 features around 12 units of magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives which feature an Extra-low Dispersion build. The build is made IPX7 waterproof and fog-proof via Nitrogen Purging. The setup offers an exit pupil of around 4.2 mm.

The build material is a Magnesium frame with rubber housing with dual-band silver and gold color upon the granite housing. The build encases Dielectric corrected and phase-coated Wide angled Schmidt Pechan roof prisms with amazing light transmissibility of around 94.5%.

The bino features amazing visual specifications like a Linear Field of View of 289 ft /1000 yds and a 7.5 ft of near focus adjusted via the Central Focus Dial.

The eyepiece features 17.5 mm of eye relief provided with the twist Up eyecups. The bino itself weighs around 2 pounds and the setup is Tripod Adaptable. The purchase is inclusive of a carry case, neck-straps, harness, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Stout build with external protection

  • Great value for the price

  • Outstanding Low Light performance

  • Around 95 % of light inlet

Areas of Improvement:
  • Rather open objectives

  • Manufacture defects

 

Celestron DX ED
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil with ED glass
  • AOV of 4.8 degrees
  • Linear FOV of 252 ft/1000 yds
  • Phase corrected and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms
  • 8.2 ft of close focus distance and 63-74 mm of Interpupillary distance
  • Nitrogen-filled Fogproofing and O ring-sealed Waterproofing
  • Closed bridge Single hinge configuration with Polycarbonate housing
  • 24.5 units Twilight Factor
  • Twist Up eyecups Eye relief of 14.3 mm

Our Verdict:

The Celestron DX ED features around 12 units of magnification alongside 50 mm of objectives, which offer a setup of around 4.2 mm of exit-pupil.  The bins feature an Extra-low Dispersion glass for amazing visual acuity and precision.

The Closed bridge Single hinge configuration features a stout Polycarbonate housing that encases phase-corrected and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms. The interiors feature Nitrogen filled Fogproofing and O ring sealed Waterproofing for absolute outside performance.

The visual specifications include an angle of view of 4.8 degrees, a Linear Field of View of 252 ft/1000 yds, around 8.2 ft of close focus distance, and an adjustable  63-74 mm range of Interpupillary distance. The Close focus distance is adjusted via the central Focus Knob whereas the interpupillary distance is adjusted with the help of an adjustable hinge. Plus the build offers around 24.5 units of Twilight Factor.

The eyepiece features Twist Up eyecups with an Eye relief of around 14.3 mm and the purchase is inclusive of Neck straps, a carry case, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

 

Things We Like:
  • ED glass

  • Weather resistance

  • BaK4 roof prisms

  • Durable armor

  • Rather affordable and amazing customer support

Areas of Improvement:
  • Compromised build specs esp. with the eyecups

  • Lacks image precision

Nikon 7246 Action 12x50 EX Extreme All-Terrain Binocular, black
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives with Lead and Arsenic-free Eco-Glass
  • BaK4 Porro prisms designed with Anti Reflectory Multicoated optics
  • Nitrogen-filled fog proof and O ring-sealed Waterproof
  • Wide 6 degrees of AOV and 4.2 mm of Exit Pupil
  • 60 degrees of Apparent FOV
  • 288 ft/1000 yds of Linear FOV
  • Right eye diopter with central Focus Knob
  • Twist Up Click Stop Eyecups features 16.1mm of eye relief
  • 2.3 pounds of weight

 

Our Verdict:

The Nikon extreme features around 12 units of Magnification and 50 mm of Anti Reflectory fully multicoated objectives with Lead and Arsenic-free Eco Glass. The setup features an exit pupil of around 4.2 mm.

The build is a single hinge configuration with  BaK4 Porro prisms design where the interiors are made Nitrogen filled fog proof and O ring sealed Waterproof. The build material is a Polycarbonate body with a single hinge configuration.

The bino itself features a Wide 60 degrees of angle of View, around 60 degrees of Apparent Field of View, and a Linear Field of View of  288 ft/1000 yds. The rear of the hinge has a central Focus Knob that adjusts the close focus distance.

The eyepiece features a right eye diopter for diopter adjustments and twists Up Click Stop Eyecups that feature 16.1mm of eye relief. The bino weighs around 2.3 pounds. The product is inclusive of Neck straps,a carry case, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Anti-reflective objectives

  • Amazing visual specifications

  • Light polycarbonate body

  • Provided with extras like neck-straps, harnesses, carry case, and wipes

  • Great for casual viewing experience

Areas of Improvement:
  • Poor distant viewing

  • Manufacture defects/ Packaging defects

Leupold BX-1 McKenzie HD
9.7/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Waterproof- O ring sealing and Nitrogen purged Fogproof
  • Aluminum built with rubber housing
  • Close-hinged BaK4 roof prisms design
  • Closed bridge, single hinge configuration with a rear central focus knob
  • A right-eye diopter adjustment
  • Twilight Light Management System
  • 13.7 mm of eye relief and Linear FOV of 242 ft
  • 1.78 pounds of weight
  • Leupold Lifetime Warranty

Our Verdict:

The LEUPOLD BX-1 McKenzie features 12 units of magnification and 50 mm of objectives alongside 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The build features a Closed bridge and single hinge configuration with a rear central focus knob and Waterproof- O ring seal and Fogproofing via Nitrogen purging. The housing features an Aluminium build with rubber armor and encases a BaK4 roof prisms design. The bino features Advanced Optical System for absolute clarity and precision to the visuals.

The bino features visual specifications like a twilight Light Management System, a Linear Field of View of 242 ft/1000 yds, and interpupillary distance adjustment via hinge adjust and the central focus knob adjusts the Close Focus Distance.

The eyepiece features 13.7 mm of eye relief and Twist-Up eyecups and right eye diopter adjustments. The bino has 1.78 pounds of weight and the purchase is inclusive of Neck straps, harnesses, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

The purchase comes with Leupold Lifetime Warranty upon any purchase.

Things We Like:
  • Fully multicoated objectives

  • BaK4 roof prisms build

  • Twilight Light Management System

  • Absolute Shockproof build

  • Smooth adjustments

Areas of Improvement:
  • Issues with fog proofing

  • Lacks image precision

Maven C3 ED 12x50
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • ED glass and Scratch Resistant coatings
  • AOV of 4.8 degrees and Apparent FOV of 57 degrees
  • 89% of light transmission with Schmidt Pechan roof prism
  • 8.2 ft of close Focus distance
  • 251 ft./1000 yds of Linear FOV
  • Central Focus Dial and Right eye diopter
  • Waterproof and fog-proof model
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 15 mm of eye relief with twist Up eyecups and right eye diopter

Our Verdict:

The Maven C3 features 12 units of Magnification with 50 mm of objectives which eventually offers an  Exit Pupil of 4.2 units. The lenses feature Extra-Low Dispersion glass for extreme visual precision and color variance.

The build features a closed bridge configuration with a Polymer build and scratch-resistant coatings. The interiors are made Waterproof and fog-proof via O ring sealings and Nitrogen purging. The dielectric coated 89% of light transmission. The build is a closed bridge configuration and Polymer housing with scratch-resistant coatings that encases the Schmidt Pechan roof prism.

The visual specifications include an angular view of 4.8 degrees and an apparent field of view of 57 degrees. It also hosts around 8.2 ft of close Focus distance adjusted via the Focus knob to the rear center of the bridge. It also features around 251 ft./1000 yds of Linear Field of View.

The eyepiece features a 15 mm of eye relief balanced with the twist Up eyecups and a right eye diopter adjustment. The bino has a Lifetime warranty on its purchase and the box includes a neck strap, a carry case, harness, rain guards, ocular guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Amazing Low light performance

  • Unconditional lifetime warranty

  • Edge to Edge clarity

  • Extra-Low Dispersion glass

Areas Of Improvement:
  • Manufacture defects. Packaging defects

  • Rather narrow FOV

Celestron 71376
9.7/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • O ring seal Waterproofing and Nitrogen Fogproofing
  • BaK4 roof prisms and Eco-friendly Lead and Arsenic-free glass
  • 5.3 degrees of AOV and 24.5 units of Twilight factor
  • Close Focus Distance of 9.8 ft and Interpupillary Distance of 56-73 mm
  • Phase coated and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms
  • Eye relief of 15 mm with Twist Up eyecups
  • Inclusive of a carry case, Neck Straps, harness, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.
  • 1.73 pounds of weight
  • Tripod Adaptability

Our Verdict:

The Celestron Granite features around 12 units of Magnification and 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives that eventually offer around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The bino features a double hinge Open bridge configuration with an O ring seal Waterproofing and Nitrogen Fogproofing. The interiors are lined with Phase coated and Dielectric coated BaK4 roof prisms and Eco-friendly Lead – Arsenic-free glass as objectives.

The bino features visual specifications like 5.3 degrees of angle of View, 24.5 units of Twilight factor, and a Close Focus Distance of 9.8 ft adjusted via the Central Focus knob. The hinge has an Adjustable Interpupillary Distance of 56-73 mm.

The bino features an eye relief of 15 mm and twist-Up eyecups The purchase is inclusive of a carry case, Neck Straps, harness, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

The bino weighs around 1.73 pounds and is tripod adaptable too.

The purchase comes with a carry case, neck-straps, harness, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Fully multicoated optics

  • Metallic focus knob

  • Eco-friendly Lead and Arsenic-free Eco-glass

Areas of Improvement:
  • Issues with the build quality and lens caps

  • Lacks in clarity

Pentax 65794 12x50
9.8/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of FMC  objectives
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • BaK4 Porro prisms design
  • Interpupillary Distance of 58-71 mm and 98 ft/1000 yds Linear FOV
  • Single Hinge bridge model, splashproof build with rubber armor
  • Close Focus Distance of 9 meters
  • The light intensity of 17.4 units and AOV of 5.6 units
  • Nitrogen-Filled Fogproofing and Waterproofing
  • 24.5 units of Twilight Factor
  • Around 1.98 pounds

Our Verdict:

The Pentax-XCF features around 12 units of magnification with 50 mm of objectives that offer around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

The bino features a single hinge bridge model with a rubber-armored splash-proof build that encases a BaK4-Porro prisms design. The interiors feature a Nitrogen purged Fogproofing and O ring sealed Waterproofing to it.

The bino features visual specifications like; an adjustable Interpupillary Distance of 58-71 mm provided by the hinge alongside a 98 ft/1000 yds of Linear FOV, a light intensity of 17.4 units, around 24.5 units of Twilight Factor, an Angle of view of around 5.6 units and a Close Focus Distance of around 9 meters adjusted via the Central Focus Knob.

The bino weighs around 1.98 pounds and the package is inclusive of a carry case, Neck straps, harness, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Fully Multicoated objectives

  • Ruber armor for outdoor usage

  • BaK4 roof prisms and rubber armor

  • Precise central focus knob

Areas of Improvement:
  • Color fringing and chromatic aberration

  • Manufacture defects and Packaging defects

 

Sig Sauer Zulu7
9.7/10 Our Score

Notable Specs:

  • 12 units of Magnification
  • 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives
  • HDX optical design
  • 4.2 units of Exit Pupil
  • Lightweight Magnesium Alloy with rugged configuration
  • IPX7 Waterproofing and Fogproof
  • 56-75 mm of interpupillary distance and 5.2 ft of AOV
  • Schmidtpechan roof prisms inside the Polymer Frame chassis
  • Lens Armor, LenSheild and SpectraCoats
  • 16.6 mm of eye relief with multiposition Twist Up eyecups
  • 2 pounds of weight
  • Tripod Mountable

Our Verdict:

The SIG SAUER ZULU7 HDX features 12 units of magnification with a 50 mm of fully multicoated objectives with an HDX optical design. This magnifier setup offers around 4.2 units of Exit Pupil.

hinge Lightweight Magnesium Alloy with rugged configuration which also holds IPX7 Waterproofing and Fogproof, aided with the O ring sealings and Nitrogen purging. The build encases the Schmidt-pechan roof prisms and proprietary Lens Armor, LenSheild and SpectraCoats upon the lenses for fending pff dirt and top-class imagery.

The bino features visual specifications like an angular field of view of around 5.2 ft, and an adjustable 56-75 mm interpupillary distance via hinge adjustments.

The eyepiece features 16.6 mm of eye relief with multiposition Twist Up eyecups and the apparatus weighs around 2 pounds.

The apparatus itself is Tripod Mountable and the purchase comes with a carry case. tripod adapter, Neck-straps, harness, ocular guards, rain guards, and wipes.

Things We Like:
  • Open bridged single hinge configuration

  • Proprietary Lenssheild, Spectracoat, and Lens armor upon the objectives

  • Amazing visual clarity and precision

Areas of Improvement:
  • Pricier for what they offer

  • Manufacture defects

Our Final Thoughts:

So there you have it! The best of the 12×50 category were found to be pretty varied both with specs and pricing. Some feature elegant Spectracoats, SWAROVISION tech, Terracoats, and so on whereas some struggle with providing the best specs because of the cost range. Some are good in build and some are quite questionable in build but outclass the rest in on-field performance. This might make things more complicated to get yourself the most ideal pair.

And that’s the reason our articles are always guided for our viewer’s provision. We present you the buying guide that would guide you to get yourself the best pair and make the smartest purchase out of ‘em all.

 

Buying Guide:

A budget purchase:

Out of all these binoculars, most of them are overalls. They could serve any purpose in general and are one of the most caressed options ever produced by the manufacturers.

The price range varies from as low as around 167 bucks and up to 3 grands. The range is quite vast yet the most expensive ones don’t require feature addressing. Where’s if you’re checking onto the intermediate range, there’s a pretty good chance for you to end up paying more than what you get.  The same features and build materials promised by the manufacturers might vary from the actual product.

So you better check on the reviews on the internet and our pros and cons segment too. We have done a lot of research on the products and their reviews from their fans and critics alike.

Objectives:

The 12×50 bins are the best low light performers where the indexing of 12×50 says it all. All of our products on the list feature 50 mm objectives with full multi-coatings upon the lenses and are also provided with top-notch protection coatings and anti-reflective coatings upon them.

The setup of 4.2 of exit pupil aids in an epic Low light performance caliber which might be surprisingly good on some of these, while some might seem average if you own a better pair prior to this purchase.

Some proprietary coatings like the SWAROBRIGHT, LOTU-TEC, and other proprietary coatings are preferable as they feature they have a good market response and a great on-field performance.

Ergonomics:

The most important thing that most heavy users wish for is modern ergonomics with a powerful and handy build.

There are a lot of features that make a bino ergonomic. Be it the chassis build material to check on weight, the matte grippy rubber coats, the rubberized and adjustable eyecups, ease with the usage of knobs and dials, compact design with tightened hinges, and all that, esp for a long time service without disruption.

The manufacturers prove their products to be ergonomic with the bottleneck designs, matte snug armors, tightened hinges with fine adjustability, lens covers, and fog proof or waterproof build up to different levels, union adjusts or differentiable adjusts and the eye rests and indents all over the body.

The ones to check on before buying include all these external features alongside the finesse weight distribution; both while gripping and a centralized tripod adjustment check spot for a proper balancing upon your tripod.

Amazing build and encasing:

Most of the binos in the market come with variances in plastic builds, commonly addresses as polymers with different gradings while premium binos mostly consist of Magnesium or aluminum chassis with rubber armor upon them.

I really don’t mean that a polycarbonate build is that bad but it must come with a rubber armor irrespective of the build material. The reason is, that a tough metallic build suffers internally if dropped and the ones with plastic cases suffer either both externally and internally or withstand all the impact. This is a practical test that we have done on dropping the binos and the results were surprising indeed.

Anyways, always get the bins with the tight and tough rubber armor. By tough I mean they must give a kinda leathery feel while you hold them, otherwise, ‘em bearing rubber makes no sense at all!

Magnification:

 All the binos on our list feature 12 units of magnification. A higher magnification caliber doesn’t directly call for supremacy over the ones with a lower numerical. You have to care for the Angle of View and the Linear field of View that follows. Upon magnifying, the vision might blur out if the Linear field of View could not keep up and make you go mad! This is the problem with almost all the intermediate-level binos where extreme focus means disruption.

If you somehow got to know these issues with it even with balanced magnification and Viewing field, avoid the pair as far as possible.

Actual Field Of View and Apparent FOV:

The actual FOV or angle of view (AOV) means the diverging angular alignment of rays that are cast upon the objectives with your eyes. An angular view of 6 degrees is considered awesome and the ones above them are mind-blowing.

The apparent FOV is a visible filed viewing range of a bino, which has a higher value than the AOV  by around 12 times. In general, an apparent viewing angle of 60 degrees indicates beast performance.

Both indexes are used for a horizontal viewing range of a bino whereas the linear field of view indicates a straightforward viewing range of a bino. Both of these are indexed in degrees.

Linear FOV:

A Linear Field of View is the range across which you view through your bino. Suppose, a bino has a lower linear field of view and another has a higher linear field of view,  you get to see a more extended and precise view with the latter one.

Always go for the ones with more linear FOV. The best on our list have near 300 ft/1000 yds of the linear field of view.

Weight:

As an all-rounder, the 12×50 segment has got pretty much everything within the hood. The main thing to consider when your bino has its entirety is the ‘weight’.

Binos are meant to be held by hands and raised well to fit your socket via your hands. continuously raising your arms for viewing makes your arm go drowsy and if the pair is heavy, then good luck with holding it for a longer duration. It’s pretty tough to do this, and you might find it so disappointing that you change these for occasional usage and opt to buy a lighter pair for regular usage.

So, that was the explanation for why you don’t need two pairs as a casual viewer if you’re smart enough before buying your pair.

Eye relief:

Eye relief means the free space between the oculars and your eyes. This feature allows you to lock your sockets into the eyecups and watch through the cylinders. If you’re putting on spectacles, there’s a pretty high chance that your specs might scratch the oculars and you’d have to place them a bit far which won’t provide full viewing pleasure.

That’s the reason, modern binos never miss an adjustable silicon/rubber eyecups which could be adjusted as per your free space requirements for the eyes. Ideal eye relief is above 16 mm for specsys. A higher value than this is; of course acceptable.

Warranty and stuff:

Always check on the warranties and essentials provided with the product. Check for notations like, ‘the box contains’ or inclusive gears that’d be necessary for a fine usage of your pair.

Most of the binos have inclusions like the harness, Neck straps, wipes, and carry case. But, they might lack rain guards and ocular guards which should be ensured before the purchase.

 

FAQs:

What is a chromatic aberration in binoculars?

Chromatic aberration means failure to converge light on the same point which might create illusive images and cause the binos to deliver less precise images.

It happens when the manufacturers fail to balance the prismatic alignment with the objectives, the oculars, and variances offered by the focus adjustments and dioptric adjustments. Every inlet light ray is of varied spectra which eventually strikes the interiors of the prisms and it eventually forms the Image. If the prisms fail in such conversion with precision to every adjustment, elusive images form and also slight discoloration of the objects.

Why are binoculars so expensive?

Binoculars are much more than they might seem to you.

The things to consider during pricing the binos are the quality of build materials, the light distribution mechanism, and absolute image precision offered to it along with branding and essentials like warranties, customer services, and kit to offer with the purchase.

There are varieties of high-quality glasses used while constructing them like HD glasses, ED glasses, the Latest dust fending technologies, housing materials, and high-quality prisms which are made either in Germany or in some specialized factories only. All this setup makes binos expensive.

That’s the reason why binos are so expensive, but you’d find cheap binos below 300 bucks too. Check our reviews on such binos below 300 bucks and below 500 bucks.

Which is the best on the list?

The best on the list is of course the Swarovski EL along with Vortex optics crossfire, diamondback, razors, Leupold BX4s, and Maven series.

They won’t disappoint their buyers, but the price range of Swarovski’s pricing might cause you to hurt your lower back (kidney socket).

Can I use these binos for stargazing?

These 12x50s are actually all-rounders that could be used in casual viewing, stargazing, hunting, bowhunting, birding, excursions, and spectating.

Yes, you could use them for stargazing but that doesn’t mean that these are absolute stargazing binos. Their setup offers low light-viewing alongside premium specs objectives that might help a lot in watching the planets and stars but, can’t say that they could outperform other binos actually meant for the astronomical purpose.

Which manufacturers build the best quality binos?

It’s not actually defined that only one manufacturer builds the finest quality binos. There are a bunch out there that manufacture the finest quality binos. Most of the prisms inside the binos are provided by the same manufacturers, which makes the binos somewhat resembling in construction.

There are popular manufacturers who boast to be the best in this field like; the Swarovski’s, the Leica’s, the Leupold’s, the Bushnell’s, and Vortex. Not all of their products are up to the mark, but they have relative finesse in build, better customer service, precision in optical performance, and feature branded essentials too.

Why so much of good binoculars referred to on the internet are old models?

Yes, most of the binos on the internet boasted to be the best in class could be old model binos. Such vintage binos have built specifications like perfect visual precision, fine objectives, nice presence, and discipline on the field. But, they might lack a bit in their build technology and modern claims like; limits of waterproofing, fog proofing, coatings upon Objectives, phase coatings, dielectric correction, and modern build materials upon them. They might be off the trend but their visual caliber can’t be questioned for the price range. They still stand out in their price range segment.

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