Barska Binoculars

Barska 10x42 Storm EX Binocular

About Barska
Established fairly recently in 1994, Barska have quickly established themselves as a leading sport optics company with a strong brand especially within the optics industry. Barska have their corporate offices in La Verne, California, European offices in Brussels, Belgium and warehouses and distribution centers in La Verne as well as in Shanghai, China.

Barska manufacture precision sport optics that includes riflescopes, spotting scopes, telescopes and binoculars. Barska use the latest optical technology in all their products and have binoculars for most outdoor uses including birdwatching, wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, stargazing, concerts, marine and sporting events. Many of their products, especially their binoculars are aimed at the cheaper end of the market, but in recent times they have started producing optical devices of much higher quality, which is evident in the Barska 10x42 & 8x42 Storm EX Binoculars.

Where are Barska Binoculars Made?

This is a question I am quite frequently asked. Barska is a truly global company and produces a very large selection of optical products. In terms of binoculars, there is a vast range in price and quality.

At the top of the list are instruments like the 100mm Barska WP Encounter Jumbo Binocular Telescope costing about $1400, whilst at the other end of the scale, the 8x21mm Barska Style Compact Binoculars cost as little as $14!

I have had some difficulty in finding definite answers to this question, but I assume that like the vast majority of manufacturers, Barska will get their cheaper models made in Asia (most probably China), whilst I imagine that the more expensive Barska binoculars will be made in Europe and America.

Are Barska Binoculars Any Good?

Another question that people will often ask is how good are Barska binoculars? As with where they are made, the answer to the question if Barska binoculars are good is... It Depends!:

Their top end Jumbo, Encounter and Cosmos binoculars for Astronomy are considered to some of the very best. Whilst many of their really cheap compacts are to put it politely… not the best and here some would go as far as ask are Barska binoculars bad?

However, once you leave out the very cheapest options and get to their low cost, mid and high-end offerings, I would say that in general Barska produces a number of really good quality binoculars at really competitive prices within their respective price point.

The Barska Binocular Range

Barska offer a very wide range of binoculars from the Naturescape, Storm, Storm EX and Blackhawk binoculars aimed at General Use, Wildlife and Birdwatching. To a variety of Marine binoculars that includes the Deep Sea and Floatmaster ranges. Hunters are also well catered for with their Huntmaster and Atlantic Binoculars. They also offer a wide range of compact binoculars in both Porro and Roof prism designs as well as Zoom binoculars, Opera Glasses and even their Point 'n View, digital camera binoculars.

Popular Barska Ranges:


BarskaBarska Storm EX Binoculars

The Barska Storm EX roof prism binoculars are probably modeled on the far more expensive Swarovski El Binoculars and have a compact open bridge design, that are very comfortable to hold. They are available in two configurations: Barska 8x42 and 10x42 Storm EX binoculars making them ideal for both wildlife observation ad birding as well as good all rounders.

They feature high quality BaK-4 fully multi-coated optics that deliver an excellent quality bright crisp images with high contrast and clarity. The locking twist-up eyepieces, diopter adjustment and large center focus knob let you personalize the binoculars to your own viewing requirements.

The binoculars are protected by a rubber armor covering with a their textured accents for a firm grip. The Barska Storm EX binocular is 100% waterproof and fogproof on top of this they are covered and protected by Barska's Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Sizes Available:

  • Storm EX 10x42 binoculars
  • Storm EX 8x42 binoculars

Price Range
Depending on the model, they have list prices of over $300, yet they are currently available for between $90 and $110 which I would say makes these mid priced binoculars, packed with features excellent value for money:

Barska 12x50 Blackhawk BinocularsBarska Blackhawk Binoculars

The waterproof Blackhawk binoculars are probably Barska's most popular binoculars. With a tough exterior, these 100% waterproof and fogproof binoculars are designed to perform well in all weather conditions.

In the Blackhawk series there are a wide variety of binoculars: From compact to full-size models as well as ones finished in Mossy Oak camouflage. All come with quality BAK-4 prisms and either fully multi-coated or coated optics. Other features include long eye relief, separate diopter adjustments, rubber armor covering, twist-up eyecups and all Barska Blackhawk binoculars are protected with their Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Sizes Available:

  • Blackhawk 12x50 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 10x42 Binoculars in both Mossy Oak and standard green finishes
  • Blackhawk 8x42 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 8x32 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 12x25 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 10x25 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 8x25 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 10x25 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 9x63 Binoculars
  • Blackhawk 8x56 Binoculars

Price Range
Depending on the model, they range in price from about $60 and $150 (£40 and £180):

Barska 10x42 Atlantic Binoculars in Mossy Oak FinishBarska Atlantic Binoculars

The Atlantic series from Barska consist of tough good value binoculars (and one monocular) that are versatile enough for most outdoor nature enthusiasts, but are also aimed to be good enough meet the demands of the hunter. All Atlantic binoculars have been designed with durability in mind and feature a solid construction and rubber armor covering for a secure non-slip grip. Internally you get quality BAK-4 prisms and fully coated optics deliver superior optical performance. They are O-ring sealed sealed making them 100% waterproof and Dry nitrogen-purged making them fogproof and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Sizes Available:

  • Atlantic 12x50 Binoculars in both Mossy Oak and standard green finishes
  • Atlantic 10x42 Binoculars in both Mossy Oak and standard green finishes
  • Atlantic 8x32 Binoculars
  • Atlantic 10x25 Binoculars in both Camo and standard green finishes
  • Atlantic 10x25 Monoculars

Price Range
Depending on the model, they range in price from about $30 and $130 and in the UK on Amazon from about £40 to £180:

Barska 12-25x80 Gladiator Zoom BinocularsBarska Galdiator Binoculars

The Gladiator range consists of a selection of Barska zoom binoculars, with a wide variable magnification range that allows you to target in on an object and then zoom in and magnify it to get a closer look for more detail. Barska say are perfect for long distance land or celestial (sky) viewing.

The largest Gladiator Zoom binoculars, the 20-140x80 and 25-125x80 come with a built in tripod mounting post for added stability. Most models feature high quality prisms, multi-coated optics, large center focus knob and right eyepiece diopter adjustment. And all models models have a zoom thumb lever for making quick and smooth zoom adjustments as well as fold-down eyecups for viewing with or without glasses.

Sizes Available:

  • Gladiator 9-27x25 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 7-21x40 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 10-30x50 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 10-30x60 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 12-36x70 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 12-60x70 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 20-100x70 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 25-125x80 Zoom Binoculars
  • Gladiator 20-140x80 Zoom Binoculars

Price Range
Depending on the model, Barska Gladiator Zoom binoculars range in price from about $30 and $300 and in the UK on Amazon from about £50 to £250:

Barska 7x50 Deep Sea BinocularsBarska Deep Sea Binoculars

Marine binoculars, the Deep Sea Series from Barska is designed specifically for the boating and sailing enthusiast. The seven models in this series all have a 7x magnification which is the most popular for marine use because the slightly reduced magnification helps keep a steady image under rough water conditions. A few models also come with an internal rangefinder and directional compass for navigation. All Deep Sea models feature a rugged rubber armor covering that provides a sure and secure grip, failing this there is even a model in this series that floats. All are O-ring sealed for complete waterproof protection and Dry nitrogen-purged and sealed to prevent fogging, clouding and moisture damage.

Sizes Available:

  • 7x25 Deep Sea Binoculars
  • 7x32 Deep Sea Binoculars
  • 7x42 Deep Sea Binoculars
  • 7x50 Deep Sea Binoculars, includes a floating model (AB10798), one with a rangefinder and compass (AB10160) and one with a rangefinder and digital compass (AB10800).

Price Range
Depending on the model, Barska Deep Sea Marine binoculars range in price from about $50 and $200 and in the UK on Amazon from about £50 to £150:

Barska 8x32 5.0MP Digital Camera BinocularsBarska Camera Binoculars - Point 'N View Digital Binoculars

The Barska Point N View digital binoculars are an integration of a compact 8x32 roof prism binocular with a 5.0 Megapixel Digital Camera digital camera. Instead of packing a separate binocular and digital camera, they in theory give you the convenience of having both in one compact device and all you have to do is look through the binoculars and record the scene with the digital camera. Then back at home, you can download it to your PC and edit it with the included software available. On top of still photographs, you can also record video in this model.

The Barska digital binocular saves your images and Video to a SD Card Slot, has a 1.5" Color TFT Display and an 8x fixed optical Magnification and 4x Digital Zoom.

Price Range
With a list price of $500, they can now be found on Amazon for just over $200

Barska 10x42 Huntmaster BinocularsBarska Huntmaster Binoculars

The Huntmaster binocular is obviously aimed at the hunting binocular market, but also make excellent general wildlife observation and birding binoculars. They are available in two magnifications 8x and 10x, they are some of Barska's best quality binoculars. Features include a Phase Coated BAK-4 Prism, where a special optical coating is applied onto the BAK-4 prisms that corrects the phase shift in the light path, reducing internal glare and delivering enhanced contrast and high resolution of details. Phase correction is only really found on superior quality binoculars. For more you can read my article on Phase Correction in Binoculars.

Other highlights include: O-ring sealed for 100% waterproof protection as well as Dry nitrogen-purged and sealed to prevent fogging. Fully multi-coated optics to maximize light transmission for brighter images. BAK-4 prisms for crisp and clear images, long eye relief with twist-up eyecups and come with a deluxe carrying case and neckstrap and all with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Sizes Available:

  • Huntmaster 8x42 Binoculars
  • Huntmaster 10x42 Binoculars

Price Range
With list prices of around $250, they can now be found on Amazon for around $100, and considering they have phase-coated prisms, I think this makes them an excellent buy.

Barska 8x42 Naturescape BinocularsBarska Naturescape Binoculars

Designed for the wildlife observation and birdwatching, the Barska Naturescape binocular series consist of full size roof prism binoculars as well as compact roof and porro prism options.

The full size Naturescape's feature phase-coated and fully multi-coated optics with BAK-4 prisms for sharp that make for a good pair of binoculars and come with a deluxe carrying case and neckstrap. Phase correction is only really found on superior quality binoculars. For more you can read my article on Phase Correction in Binoculars.

If you are after a compact pair of Naturescape's, I would probably opt for the 8x26, 10x26 or 12x26 porro prism designs as the roof prisms only come with BK7 prisms suggesting cheaper binoculars.

Sizes Available:

  • 8x42 Naturescape Binoculars
  • 10x42 Naturescape Binoculars
  • 8x20 Naturescape Binoculars
  • 10x25 Naturescape Binoculars
  • 8x25 Naturescape Binoculars (Porro Prism)
  • 10x26 Naturescape Binoculars (Porro Prism)
  • 12x26 Naturescape Binoculars (Porro Prism)

Price Range
The full size Naturescape's have list prices of around $400, they can now be found on Amazon for around $150, which considering they have phase-coated prisms as well as many other quality features makes them an excellent buy. In the UK they are available from between £120 and £170, which again is pretty good value for money. Other models range in price from $30 to $60.


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