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Choosing Spectator Binoculars: A Buying Guide

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Finding the right binocular for a special occasion or event can be quite a challenge. Spectator binoculars are best for sporting events, concerts, travel, and nearly any other activity that would be enhanced by a better view. Designed to move with you, these specs are some of the most practical binoculars and will create an extremely crisp and clear image in nearly any setting. Spectator binoculars tend to follow relatively straight-forward design, so you can focus on the show rather than making optical adjustments at the most important moments.

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A well-designed and built binocular is critical for spectators, regardless of price range or use. Stick to the high-end brand names to get an idea of what's out there and acquaint yourself with the important specifications so you know what to expect from your selected price range. Start with a few brands to compare like Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski, Vortex, and Leupold. These well-known binocs are great, but we fully endorse any brand represented on our spectator binoculars page.


Compare objective lens sizes, field of view, weight, and eye relief, especially if you wear glasses. Our spectator binocular top picks feature ideal combinations of these traits designed to boost views and reduce eye fatigue. When choosing spectator binoculars, look for sizes in the range of 8x42, 10x42, 10x50, and compact wide-angle units depending on the size and weight you prefer.

Spectator-Specific Specifications


Spectator binoculars generally come in three sizes: compact, mid size, or full size. All are lightweight and can easily fit in a pocket, purse, or case attached to your belt or neck strap. Outdoor events in broad daylight make good use for all three sizes of binoculars. Compact and midsize binoculars with smaller exit pupils and objective lenses will gather and transmit enough light to provide a crisp image, where full-size binoculars will provide the most light, but may result in eye fatigue a little faster on a bright day.


A wider field of view is important when attending a concert or sporting event and will allow you to see the entire stage or field. Many spectator binoculars offer the latest enhancements in the industry such as: ED glass, phase-corrected prisms, and the lightest ergonomic housings in both porro prism and roof prism binoculars.


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