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Binoculars are basically two small telescopes aligned to give you stereo vision which is a whole lot more comfortable to the eyes and has the advantage of allowing better depth perception.

Similar to the way your eyes have to adjust between looking at something at a foot away distance versus off on the horizon, binoculars can only focus to their ultimate ability in a certain field. No binocular can look at the moon clearly and watch a fast moving sport, and see what the neighbors are up to! Any binocular can do a reasonable job at all distances and sizes of field, but each is optimized for a certain viewing pattern.

Picking the binocular that works best for you is much more than just picking the two numbers of the magnification - there are a number of factors, from the quality of the glass, to the manufacturer, to the eyepiece, to the field of view. The performance of an individual binocular depends on several factors among them the brightness, magnification power, prism quality and the coatings used in manufacture.

Each binocular manufacturer has a wide variety of models, styles, and viewing patterns that each is best for.

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Each binocular manufacturer has a wide variety of models, styles, and viewing patterns that each is best for.

The biggest binocular manufacturers are listed below:

Swarovski Binoculars

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Nikon Binoculars

Steiner Binoculars

Pentax Binoculars

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Zhumell Binoculars

Bushnell Binoculars

Celestron Binoculars

Tasco Binoculars


Vortex Kaibad 15x56 Roof Prism Binocular

Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Roof Prism Binocular

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My Vortex Diamondback Binoculars Survived Water Submersion

By Kay Benner

After watching mold grow inside a pair of my childhood 1970s era binoculars, I grew up being the type of person who babied my binoculars during fishing, camping and bird watching excursions. I was convinced that using optics with any type of moisture present meant disaster. I always feared taking chances by tempting fate with any accidental exposure to rain.

But that was then and this is 2013. The manufacturing technology of today's high-quality binoculars has truly become impressive.

Two years ago I started using my new Vortex Diamondback 8.5 x 50 binoculars for nature outings and sporting events and I soon realized they were better built and more reliable than any other brands I had previously owned. Most model lines of Vortex binoculars are purged with argon gas which provides outstanding waterproof protection.

This important feature gave me more confidence in my binoculars. Eventually, I found myself using them in the drizzling rain and taking them on boating trips without any problems.

When a Vortex Optics representative told me their binoculars are waterproof tested by submerging in water for several hours I was totally impressed and curious.

Are you curious too? Would you have the nerve to submerge your very own waterproof binoculars?

I decided to test the reliability of my Vortex Diamondback binoculars by submerging them in water - yes, on purpose.

If by chance things went wrong with my waterproof test and my favorite birding binoculars flooded, I could simply rely on the Vortex Unlimited Lifetime VIP Warranty to repair or replace them. If they passed the submersion test, then I could certainly stop worrying about using them in rainy conditions from this day forward and I would also have new bragging rights among my birding friends.

My waterproof test was not conducted or measured with any scientific equipment in a laboratory, but rather performed in an "everyday use/common sense" manner:

  1. I nervously removed both front objective rubber lens covers and the rubber eyepiece cover and submerged my binoculars into a small container of room temperature water.

  2. My self-imposed underwater testing time of 20 minutes was the longest 20 minutes I have experienced in quite a while.

  3. I took photographs to document my waterproof test.

  4. I did not dry off the binoculars after removing them from the water. I shook them a bit and placed them on a wire rack so air could get underneath.

  5. After 30 minutes I took them outside in bright sunlight for a closer inspection and a viewing test after wiping away a few dried water spots from the outer surface of the objective lenses.

  6. There was no visible water inside the tubes. The focusing knob and the diopter adjustment felt the same as before the test. As I scanned the trees all around me I realized the images were as sharp as ever.

  7. I left the binoculars in direct sunlight for 30 minutes to heat them so I could look for internal steaming just in case any moisture had found its way inside. None was visible at this time or after viewing again after an additional hour.

  8. The inner lip of the rubber eyecups was the last area to dry completely on their own without any wiping.

  9. It's now been several weeks since my waterproof test and my binoculars have performed perfectly as before. Each time I put them around my neck I remember how they survived their water submersion and I feel impressed and glad that I discovered Vortex binoculars. I now have the courage to use my bird watching binoculars in any type of rain conditions I might encounter while camping or watching live sports events.

  10. Life and outdoor fun doesn't only happen on perfect sunny days.

Kay Benner grew up in Texas exploring and photographing nature during countless hunting, fishing and camping trips. She became passionate about bird watching while studying wildlife biology and ornithology in college. During the last two decades Kay has enjoyed the privilege of viewing birds all across the U.S. and in several Central American countries and Western Europe. She is the owner of Kayela Web Sales, LLC and has years of experience advising customers shopping for photographic equipment and binoculars. Visit for Vortex binoculars and spotting scopes. Do you want to see a photo of the submerged binoculars? E-mail Kay at:

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