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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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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! Here's how to get kids excited about birding.

Buy It: $16 at

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SkyGenius 10x50 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. Check out the best birding gadgets and gear you never knew you needed.

Buy It: $45 on Amazon

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Occer 12x25 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 eyecaps offer comfort while you're wearing glasses or sunglasses. They're also waterproof and coated in nonslip rubber for stability. If you love camping out in nature, check out the best camping gadgets found on Amazon.

Buy It: $44 on Amazon

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Adorrgon 12x42 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. Interested in bird photography? Learn how to take bird photos like a pro.

Buy It: $50 at Amazon

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Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars

For professional performance and sharp viewing of rare 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.

Buy It: $140 at Amazon


Lori Vanover
Lori Vanover is the senior digital editor for Birds & Blooms. She enjoys growing vegetables in containers and raised beds and watching for birds in her backyard.