A pair of binoculars sitting on a table.

Binoculars
Seeing Birds Closer

Binoculars are a birder's best friend. If you're coming to an MYBC event, we will have binoculars for you to use! So don't worry about buying your own pair, especially not at first. But eventually, as you get more interested in birding, you'll start to want a pair of your own so you can bird wherever and whenever you'd like.

There are a lot of options out there for binoculars. Below, we feature a couple pairs that we think are good for beginners (all between $50-200).

Binocular Recommendations For Young Birders

If you're set on buying your own pair of binoculars, we have some recommendations for you. For the binoculars featured below, you'll have options for magnification and objective lens diameters. For example, binoculars that magnify 8 times normal vision, and have an objective lens diameter of 42 millimeters, would read
"8 x 42". We recommend sticking to a magnification of 8, which is great for birding. If you're in your early-mid teens, we recommend getting binoculars that are 8 x 25 or 8 x 32. If you're in your in your mid teens and above, 8 x 42 might be a better choice. If you want to know more about objective lens diameter and whether to choose the bigger or smaller lens, scroll up and click on Binoculars 101.

All the binoculars featured below are waterproof, durable, and come with a case and neck strap to wear it comfortably outside. The links to the binoculars are just one way to buy these binoculars. Often different companies and websites will offer them for sale, and you can find excellent used pairs online for cheaper.

Celestron Outland X

8 x 25: ~$50
8 x 42: ~$85


Celetron Nature DX

8 x 32: ~$120
8 x 42: ~$150


Nikon PROSTAFF 7S

8 x 30: ~$190
8 x 42: ~$190

Note: While the 8 x 42 on this model is worth the investment, you can get the similar quality 8 x 42 Nikon PROSTAFF 3S at a much cheaper price.