Tasco Binoculars Review

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Tasco Introduction
Established in 1954 by George Rosenfeld, Tasco was originally known as the Tanross Supply Company and rather than an optics company, they initially supplied hardware and fishing tackle to the American market.

It was only later once they moved into the binocular and eyepiece markets that the Tasco brand was was introduced.

Tasco now have offices in the US, Canada as well as suppliers in Europe and as well as binoculars, they now also produce spotting scopes, monoculars, telescopes, rifle scopes, sights as well as related accessories.

Tasco Binocular & Monocular Ranges

Tasco mainly focus on the budget end of the market, supplying affordable mid and entry level binoculars and monoculars suitable for general use, birding, wildlife observation as well as marine uses:

 

Tasco Essentials Binoculars (Roof)

Tasco Essentials 8x42 BinocularsAs the name suggests, the Essentials range from Tasco is a very low cost, entry level series that contains a very wide selection of models.

The roof prism sub-set contains about 15 individual models, with very small 21mm, compact 25mm, mid-sized 32mm and standard 42mm options in a variety of magnifications ranging from 4x, right up to a very powerful 16x.

Main Features

  • Fully Coated Optical Systems
  • Weather Resistant
  • Roof Prisms
  • Central Focus Wheel
  • Double Hinge Design On Compacts

Tasco Essentials 4x30 BinocularsTasco Essentials 4x30 Binoculars
For me one of the most interesting models in the series is the 4x30 Tasco Essentials binocular that has an incredibly wide 600ft field of view at 1000 yards!

Costing around $10, this lightweight, 30mm binocular with its wide view, very low 4x power, interpupillary adjustment of between 55 to 73mm and extremely low price level will make an ideal first time binocular for children as well as for adults with particularly unsteady hands.

Models & Specifications

From small hiker friendly Tasco mini binoculars, to compacts to high power, long range models, the roof Prism section of the Tasco Essentials series contains a very wide selection of configurations to suit most outdoor uses:

Model FOV Eye Relief Min Focus Weight Dim(in)
8x21 383.ft   30ft 5.8oz  
10x25 288ft   30ft 8.4oz 3.6 x 4.4 x 1.8"
12x25 241ft     8.4oz  
4x30 600ft 14mm 9ft 6oz 4.2 x 3.5 x 1.5"
10x32 260ft 10mm 29.5ft 11oz 5.5 x 5"
12x32 240ft 10mm 30ft 11oz 7 x 3.9 x 2.6"
16x32 183ft 9mm 30ft 12.4ox 7 x 3.9 x 2.6"
8x42 309ft 16mm 30ft 25.7oz 8 x 6 x 2.9"
10x42 185ft 16mm 30ft 25.7oz 8 x 6 x 2.9"

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Prices of these cheap Tasco binoculars range from under $10 for the 4x30 model, to about $18 /£/€ for the 21mm compacts up to around $60 /£/€ for the full sized Tasco 10x42 binoculars:

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Tasco Essentials Binoculars (Porro)

Tasco Essentials 8x56 BinocularsAs well as their roof prism models, Tasco also produce a number of Porro prism models within their Essentials range. I have decided to separate them as apart from their price point, they are quite different.

For the most part, I think that these models offer wiser and better choice at this budget level as the simpler Porro prism design will almost certainly offer a better optical performance.

For more on why I say this, take a look at this article: Cheap Binoculars, Is a Roof or Porro Prism Best?

Main Features

  • Fully Coated Optics
  • BK-7 Porro Prisms
  • Polycarbonate Chassis
  • Central Focus Wheel
  • Right-eye diopters
  • Fold-down Rubber Eyecups
  • Some models are Tripod mountable

Tasco Essentials 10x25 BinocularsTasco Essentials 10x25 Binoculars (Porro)
Whilst these may not be quite as small as the roof prism version, I think the simpler porro prism version of these 10x25 Tasco compact binoculars is for most users a wiser option, the main reasons for which I explain in the link above, but they also have a wider field of view and a closer minium focus distance.

For more on this and in particular how well a budget compact porro prism binocular can actually perform, take a moment to read my review of the similar configured Vortex Vanquish 10x26 Binoculars. Costing under $100, I think these offer the best performance to price ratio of just about any budget level compact that I have ever used.

Models & Specifications

From the compact 25mm compact to large 63mm models, the Porro prism selection of the Tasco Essentials series is almost as diverse as the roof prism ones. As a point of interest, the also make a couple of zoom binoculars, a compact 25mm option with a variable magnification of between 8x and 24x and the large Tasco Essentials 10-30x50 zoom binocular:

Model FOV Eye Relief Min Focus Weight Dim(in)
8-24x25 zoom 130-190ft   20-23ft 10.22oz  
10x25 320ft   18ft 8.4oz 3.6 x 4.4 x 1.8"
7x35 470   17ft 21.5oz  
7x50 360ft   15ft 27oz  
10-30x50 zoom 64-192ft   25-45ft 26.4oz  
10x50 367ft   18ft 27oz  
12x50 262ft   18ft 27oz  
8x56 315ft   40ft 33.8oz  
9x63 280ft   40ft 36oz  

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Prices of the Porro prism Tasco binoculars range from around $30 /£/€ to $60 depending on the model you select:

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Tasco Off Shore Binoculars

Tasco Off Shore 10x42 BinocularsAs these are currently the only binoculars that Tasco make that are o-ring sealed and thus waterproof, they decided to call them their "Off Shore" series, but to be honest unless you are going to be on very smooth waters, none of the four models within this series make ideal binoculars for marine use.

The closest is the Off Shore Tasco 10x42 binoculars pictured on the right, but marine specific binocular tend to have lower 7x magnifications to help keep the view steady and open up the field of view which makes scanning wide open areas of water easier.

With their nitrogen gas filled interiors, these Tasco Off Shore binoculars are also fog proof which is good.

Another difference between these and the other binoculars in the Tasco stable is that rather than having single anti reflection coatings on all glass surfaces, these are described as being Multi-Coated. This implies that they have multiple layer coatings, but on only some of the glass surfaces and not all. Ideally you want your binoculars to be fully multi-coated and one of the most important features to look for when buying binoculars.

Main Features

  • Multi Coated Optics
  • O-ring sealed: Waterproof
  • Fogproof - Nitrogen filled
  • Roof & Porro Prism Models available
  • Twist-Up Eyecups on Roof Prism Models
  • Fold-Down Rubber Eyecups on Porro Prism Model
  • Right Eye Diopter Adjuster

Models & Specifications

There are four Tasco Focus Free binoculars available, three compact 25mm roof prism models and a standard sized Tasco 10x42 waterproof binoculars that use Porro Prisms:

Model Prism FOV Eye Relief Weight Dim(in)
8x25 Roof 362ft 13.5mm 10oz 4.3 x 4.1"
10x25 Roof 325ft 9.3mm 10oz 4.3 x 4.1"
12x25 Roof 273ft 6.8mm 10oz 4.3 x 4.1"
10x42 Porro 341ft 16mm 32oz 7.6 x 6.1"

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Tasco Off Shore binoculars range in price from $35 /£/€ to $60 depending on the model:

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Tasco Focus Free Binoculars

Tasco Focus Free 8x32 BinocularsAs the name implies, this small series from Tasco consists of three mid-sized models that are "always in focus" or focus free.

Sometimes rather confusingly and somewhat incorrectly referred to self focusing binoculars these instruments don't have a focus wheel and instead have a fixed focus with a really long depth of view that usually starts from about 40ft, right up to infinity.

This means that you don't have to make any focal adjustments at all, making them, more lightweight, easier to use and quicker to lock onto your subject. The downside is that these instruments usually have a really long minimum focus distance.

More expensive focus free binoculars will have a diopter adjuster on both eyepieces and so some adjustments to the focal distance can be made as well as ensuring that they will cater for users that have disparities in the vision between their left and right eyes. However these cheap Tasco binoculars do not have this feature.

Main Features

  • Fully Coated Optics
  • Focus Free
  • BK-7 Roof & Porro Prism Models available
  • Polycarbonate Chassis
  • Fold-Down Rubber Eyecups
  • Textured High-Grip Rubber Armoring

Tasco Focus Free 7x35 BinocularsTasco Focus Free 7x35 Binoculars
Of the three models available, the 7x35 Tasco Focus Free binocular stands out for me. The moderate 7x power means that you are presented with a very wide field of view and makes it easier to keep the image steady.

For these main reasons, and because you don't need to focus on nearby objects, focus free7x35 binoculars are often a common choice as marine binoculars. However as these are not waterproof, this may not be the ideal use for this pair!

Instead this pair, with it's wide view will probably better suit birders or wildlife observers who are on a very tight budget and wan an instrument that is really easy to just pick up and use and are not interested in nearby objects.

As a binocular for older kids, this may also make a good option for their lack of needing to make focus adjustments, wide view and low power will make it much easier for them to use.

Models & Specifications

There are currently three Tasco Focus Free binoculars, 8x25mm Tasco compact binoculars that uses a reverse reverse porro prism design and a couple of mid-sized binoculars: an 8x32 roof prism model and a 7x35mm porro prism instrument:

Model Prism FOV Eye Relief Weight Dim(in)
8x25 Reverse Porro 330ft 12mm 9.3oz 4.8 x 3.8"
8x32 Roof 383ft 12mm 14oz 4.9 x 4.6"
7x35 Porro 488ft 12mm 20oz 7 x 5.3"

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These budget instruments retail for around $40 /£/€:

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Tasco LogoTasco Contact Details:

Tasco USA
Address:
9200 Cody
Overland Park,
KS 66214-1734
Tel: 800 423 3537

Tasco Canada
140 Great Gulf Drive
Unit B Vaughan,
Ontario,
Canada
L4K 5W1
Tel: 800 361 5702

Tasco Europe
23, bis rue Edouard Nieuport
92150 Suresnes
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 41449480