Our Editors’ Favorite Binoculars Are on Sale for Black Friday

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If you're interested in Black Friday binoculars deals, you've come to the right place. Get reviews of our favorite birding binoculars that are on sale.

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If you’re shopping for a Black Friday deal on binoculars, you’re in luck! There are great prices right now on the binoculars that the Birds & Blooms editors use and recommend for birding. No matter what level of birdwatching experience you have, from beginner to advanced, there’s a pair of binoculars on sale that is right for you! For more tips on how to buy binoculars, check out our birding binoculars guide.

Nikon Aculon A211 8×42 Binoculars

nikon aculon black friday binocularsVia Merchant

Deal: $69.99 (from $89.95)

When I joined the Birds & Blooms team as a digital editor, I was a beginning birdwatcher. I picked up an affordable pair of Nikon aculon binoculars to use in my yard and a field guide to help me identify more birds. I still use these Nikons every day checking out the birds at my feeders, and I’ve taken them out birdwatching dozens of times. They’re a perfect choice for new birders, especially at this low Black Friday price.

These Nikons are very easy to focus and use, even if you’ve never used binoculars before. They offer a wide field of view and clear, bright images, even in the early morning and evening hours. My husband has even used them at night to look at stars, planets and the moon. I can also attest to their durability—my daughter once tossed them off of our second-story deck and they were not damaged. One caveat—these are not waterproof, so leave them at home on rainy days and boat rides.

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Vanguard Endeavor ED II 8×42 Binoculars

vanguard binocularsVia Merchant

Deal: $305 (was $324)

Birds & Blooms content director Kirsten Schrader recently loaned me two different pairs of binoculars that she recommends to test out. Her favorite pair, the Vanguard Endeavor ED II 8×42 binoculars are on sale on Amazon.com right now, so don’t miss out!

Once I started using these at a nearby wildlife conservation area, I could see why Kirsten likes these so much. With a (very) slight adjustment of the center focus wheel, I can go back and forth between looking at birds close up and at far distances. This is so important because birds are constantly on the move. I could clearly see a flock of dark-eyed juncos beside me in low shrubs and downy and hairy woodpeckers in tall oak trees. The view is crisp and brightly illuminated in both sunny and shady areas. Colors look vibrant and accurate through the ED glass. The barrels feel good in my hands, with pebbled leather, an open bridge, and indents for my thumbs. The neck strap is wide and padded for comfort.

One more key feature—you can lock the diopter ring in place to accommodate differences in your eyes and help them focus together properly. This is important for me, as I have different prescriptions in my left and right eyes.

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Bonus Black Friday Binoculars Deal

If you are looking for higher magnification for birding, B&H Photo Video has an amazing price on the Vanguard Endeavor ED II 10×42 binoculars right now! Though I have not tested the 10×42 model, I am very interested, because I would love to be able to see the field marks on tiny finches, flycatchers and warblers in greater detail.

Price: $289

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Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars

Celestron Nature DX BinocularsVIA Merchant

Deal: $138.89 (was $149)

The Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binoculars are a very solid choice for casual/weekend birders and nature explorers. Kirsten Schrader told me these are the binoculars that her mother uses for birdwatching. I highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for a high quality, easy-to-use pair of optics under $150. While looking at birds outside my window, I initially preferred this pair over the Vanguards. That’s because the field of view is larger (388 feet vs 377 feet). For me, a larger field of view makes it easier to find the bird faster (all those tree branches look alike, I swear!)

These binoculars feel thick, sturdy, durable and are comfortable to hold. The Celestrons are also lightweight (a few ounces less than the Vanguards), which can make a big difference if they’re hanging around your neck on a long hike. I’m considering picking up a pair to keep in my husband’s car, so I’ll always have them handy when we travel. Objective lens caps, rainguard, neck strap, carrying case, lens cloth, and the instruction manual are all included. Two features I would like to see improved: a padded neck strap and a locking diopter ring.

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Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Binoculars

vortex viper binocularsVia Cabelas.com

Deal: $299 (from $499)

Vortex is a highly regarded optics company that is based in Wisconsin. The Viper HD is their midrange binoculars level. This is the best Black Friday binoculars deal we’ve seen advertised so far, with a discount of $200 at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop.

You may want to step up to 10x magnification if you want to see birds in greater detail, or if you’re looking at ducks or shorebirds at a distance out on the water. Do keep in mind that the field of view and brightness will be slightly lower than 8×42 binoculars. These Vortex Viper HDs also have an exceptional close focus distance of 5 feet, if you are interested in viewing wildflowers or butterflies. Vortex stands behind their products with a lifetime guarantee, promising that they will repair or replace your binoculars if anything happens to them.

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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.