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In-depth Reviews of the Best Binoculars
My interest in binoculars and indeed in optics in general began whilst I was working as a safari guide (field guide) in South Africa, where as part of my job, I used bins almost every single day. The idea for The Best Binocular Reviews website came about from the frustration I felt whilst looking for a new pair for myself - It was really difficult to find any good information as well as unbiased and objective evaluations on the web about any of the models I was interested in.

Thus the aim of this site (BBR) is to help in some small way by providing useful information on binoculars and related optical products, as well as completely unbiased reviews on selected products and brands and offer tips and guides to those looking into buying a pair.

Gift Guide: Scopes, Accessories & Binoculars for Christmas 2018

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Best Binoculars 2018

Now into it's eighth year, the BBR Annual Awards is the main platform for me to bring to your attention the very best binoculars that I have reviewed on this site in a range of different categories over the last 365 days. Once again, I have been very fortunate to have tested some truly outstanding instruments and many of the top binoculars currently on the market which has meant that the competition to win an award this year has been tougher than ever.

Previous Years...

Also well worth keeping in mind and thus taking a look at are the best binoculars that I have tested in recent years past.

Remember optics are quite different to electronics in that the rate of development and technological advances occur much more slowly and thus what was a great binocular 5 or even 10 years ago (sometimes even more) is still going to be perfectly valid and compete with what is on the market today. The added bonus is that they are now usually listed in stores at substantially reduced prices.

BBR: 100% Real & Honest Reviews!
I often get asked why haven't you reviewed "x" binocular from "x" brand. The answer is that unlike many binocular review sites you find on the web that simply make their evaluations up having never used, touched or even seen the instrument in question.

I only review binoculars that I have actually used and tested. Therefore not only is it physically impossible for me to "review" as many as these other sites, but I am also at the mercy as to which brands are willing to send me their products to put under the spotlight.

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Astronomy Binoculars

Best Binoculars for Astronomy - Buyers Guide
Celestron Echelon 20x70 Astronomy Binoculars

This is the place to start if you are either undecided as to if binoculars are what you need for astronomy, if you are not sure what features you need to look for of if you want to browse and compare some of the top astronomy binoculars on the market.

Once you have read this guide, you can take a look at all my reviews and then explore in more detail all the other articles within the astro section.

Binoculars for Astronomy

Birdwatching Binoculars

The largest section on BBR, which I guess is understandable as birds & binoculars kind of go together like cheese and pickled onions!

I'd also say that whilst it is possible to enjoy birdwatching without them, binoculars along with your bird book are the most essential tools to any birder.

So no mater if you are a newbie birder, seasoned professional, if you like like backyard birding or going on birdwatching holidays. This section has all the advice, tips as well as many suggestions and reviews of the best quality binoculars for your particular needs and at your budget.

December 2018 - New Releases

Below are details of some of the latest releases of binoculars best brands:

Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD Binoculars now available in 42mm versions

As well as their large, high power 15x56 model designed for long range use, Leupold have recently announced that they will extend their BX-5 Santiam HD binocular series to include the more traditional 8x42 and 10x42 configurations, which will appeal to those who are looking for a more general use type of instrument. Impressive Features […]

Bushnell Engage Binoculars

A new series from the outdoor giants, the range of Bushnell Engage binoculars come in 8x42, 10x42, 10x50 and 12x50 configurations and I have to say they do look impressive when you take a close look at their main features and specifications: Body Features The fully water and fog proof chassis on all the Bushnell […]

BBR Reviews: Quality Not Quantity

I get quite a lot of people asking me why I have not reviewed a specific binocular. Not only is it impossible for me to review every set of binoculars on the market, but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing - for example I find that when I visit many websites that sell binoculars, I am often baffled by the sheer amount of binoculars all being described as the greatest on earth, or I am sometimes disappointed by the quality of binoculars being described as the ultimate binocular.

My aim is to provide you with the best reviews of some of the best binoculars from the best brands... not the most!

When deciding which binoculars to test, I try and select higher specification good quality binoculars as these are what I am mostly interested in and I feel it is pointless for me to spend days using, photographing, filming and then writing about a device that I know I would not recommend to anyone.

If I test a pair of optics that I think they are rubbish, I will say so. It is more likely that rather than being completely bad, they will have certain features that fall short of the mark in my opinion and I will highlight them in my write-up. I would also like to point out that I am in now way compensated or influenced by any manufacturer, distributor of supplier to provide a positive review and they are all my own and truthful opinions.

Recent Binocular Reviews December 2018

Below are a selection of my most recent full and in-depth evaluations:

Bresser 8 x 56 Pirsch ED Binoculars

These 56mm Pirsch ED Binoculars from the German Optics company Bresser offer a bright image with a superior low light performance...

Bresser 6 x 21 Children's Binoculars

Bright and colourful, these National Geographic binoculars are made by the German optics company Bresser specifically for younger children...

Levenhuk 15 x 70 Bruno Plus Binoculars

High magnification binoculars with large 70mm objectives designed with astronomy in mind, but also excellent for long-range terrestrial observation...

Snypex 10 x 32 Knight D-ED Binoculars

High performance, mid-size Snypex binoculars deliver greater image detail at longer ranges. Ideal for travel, safaris, hunting & general nature..

Vixen 2.1 x 42 SG Binoculars

With an extremely wide field of view & low power, these small Vixen binoculars offer a unique view of the stars & complete constellations...

GPO 8 x 42 Passion ED Binoculars

Offering extremely good value, these GPO binoculars combine an impressive list of components with specifications to match...

Luna Optics 6-30 x 50 LN-DB60-HD Night Vision Binoculars

High powered 6x-30x digital night vision binocular with full HD recording capabilities...

Levenhuk 20 x 80 Bruno Plus Binoculars

Very high powered binoculars with a large aperture primarily designed for astronomy, but also very effective for long range terrestrial observations..

Hawke 8 x 42 Frontier ED X Binoculars

When you factor in their price, the list of highlights on these mid-to-high end Hawke binoculars is truly impressive...

Helios 15 x 70 Stellar-II Binoculars

High powered binoculars designed with astronomy in mind, but which can also very effectively be used for long range terrestrial observation...

Kahles 8 x 42 Helia Binoculars

Designed in Austria, using quality optics and components these 8x42 Kahles binoculars have a number of features that set them apart from the crowd...

Luna Optics 6-30 x 50 LN-DM60-HD Night Vision Monoculars

More power, greater low light resolution & higher quality image & video capture than ever before, these Luna Optics NV Monoculars really impressed...

Best Monocular Reviews

Leica 8x20 Monovid MonocularA monocular is basically half a binocular and because of this there are a number of advantages to them, but on the flip side, also some drawbacks.

Looking at the positives, they are both smaller and cheaper. However as you are only using one eye with a monocular, you do get a less immersive experience when using one.

However for the right person and in the right situations, they can be a good choice, be that as an alternative, or an instrument that you use to compliment your binos.

In the guides below I take a look at some of the very best in a range of price points and ideal uses: