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5 Top-Rated Binoculars for Every Kind of Birdwatcher

Jump-start your new birdwatching hobby with binoculars that are perfect for the whole family!

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SkyGenius 10×50 Binoculars

These binoculars are a quality, affordable choice if you’re just getting started with outdoor activities such as birding and wildlife watching. They’re durable and easy-to-focus, with 10x power magnification and a large field of vision to help you see more clearly. $40 on Amazon.

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Occer 12×25 Compact Binoculars

These lightweight binoculars offer 12x magnification and are small enough to hold in one hand, making them a good choice for birders of all ages. Adjustable eye caps offer comfort while you’re wearing glasses or sunglasses. They’re also waterproof, coated in nonslip rubber for stability. $33 on Amazon.

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LET’S GO! Binoculars for Kids

Adult-sized binoculars are tricky for kids to focus and heavy to hold. These are durable, coated with soft-rubber and compact for little hands. Young birders will love having their own pair of binoculars to take along on nature hikes—and each child can pick their favorite color! $16 at Here’s how to get kids excited about birding.

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Adorrgon 12×42 Binoculars

If you plan to be an early bird and look for new species before sunrise, give these lightweight binoculars a try. They deliver clear vision even in low-light conditions. You’ll also get a carrying case, eyepiece lens protection covers, a cleaning cloth and a neck strap. $39 on Amazon.

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Vortex Optics Diamondback 10×42 Binoculars

For professional performance and sharp viewing of colorful warblers during spring migration, upgrade to these high-definition binoculars. They deliver top quality resolution, sharp focus and clear colors, so you’ll be able to identify more birds. $229 on Amazon.

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Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois. Lori enjoys growing vegetables and flowers for pollinators in her backyard gardens. She also is an avid bird-watcher.