Viking Optical Binoculars

Viking Osprey 8x42 Binoculars

About Viking Optical
Started by Richard Bonnet back in 1986, Viking Optical has more than 35 years experience within the optics industry and is now one of the foremost independent optical importers and distributors in the UK. 

In 1996,Viking successfully tendered an exclusive optical partnership with the RSPB and 25 years later, this partnership is still flourishing.

As well as binoculars, Viking Optical also offers a wide range of other optical devices and related accessories that includes spotting scopes, monoculars, tripods, binocular tripod adapters, straps, optical cleaning kits, straps and more.

The Viking Binocular Range

From high end, full sized instruments suitable for professionals, down to inexpensive compacts ideal for travel, Viking has a good selection of roof prism binoculars aimed mainly towards the wildlife observation and birding niches:

Viking Binocular Families:

  • Viking Osprey ED Binoculars - High-end, Pro Level
  • Peregrine ED Binoculars
  • Merlin ED Binoculars
  • Kestrel ED Binoculars
  • Viking Navigo Binoculars
  • Kestrel Compact
  • Azura
  • Otter
  • Viking Traveller - Low cost compacts
  • Viking Badger Binoculars - Low cost ,entry level binoculars

Viking Osprey ED Binoculars

Viking Osprey 8x42 BinocularsThe Osprey is currently Viking Optical's flagship series and is available in either an 8x42 or 10x42 configuration.

Main features and highlights include a fully water and fogproof (nitrogen filled) magnesium chassis, metal focus wheel and twist up eye cups, a fully multi-coated optical system that incorporates field flattener lenses in the eyepieces and ED glass elements in the 42mm objectives.

Both the 10x42 and 8x42 Viking Osprey binoculars use the Schmidt-Pechan design of roof prisms to correct the inverted image. These are made from BaK-4 glass and have dielectric mirror coatings as well as phase correction coatings applied to them.

Models Available:

Price Range & Where to Buy:
They have a RRP of between £499 and £529 (depending on the model), which means they sit right at the junction between what here on BBR is classed as being either a Mid-to-High Level (300 - 500) or a High End (500 - 1200) instrument. Also just as a quick word to mention that I have found that Viking binoculars are only readily available in the UK and thus is you are in a country like the US or Canada, you may wish to look at other comparable products like the Hawke Frontier 8x42 ED X or the GPO Passion ED 8x42 binoculars instead.


Where to Buy Viking Binoculars, Monoculars & Scopes:


Tested & Reviewed Viking Binoculars

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Viking Osprey 8x42 Binoculars Review

Magnesium Chassis, Metal Components, Field Flattening Lenses, Extra Low Dispersion Glass, Phase Corrected, Dielectric Coated Prisms...

With most of the features and components that you would expect from a high-end binocular, these Vixen Osprey binoculars are priced at a level that places them amongst many of the top mid-level binoculars which is impressive.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 85%
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

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Viking Optical Contact Details

Tel. 01986 875315
Email: sales[at]

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