Binoculars and Telescopes

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With a sleek and lightweight design, plus superb clarity, these binoculars are great for wildlife enthusiasts

Ryan Krogh
May 20, 2013

The Nikon Monarch 8x42 is the best buy for glassing birds, fireworks, or the people in the building across the street

Michael Zhao/The Wirecutter
Jul 5, 2012

The performance gap between mid-tier and high-end optics is closing. Here are our favorite pairs of binocs to see you through any situation, including the Leupold Hawthorne 7x42, with its roof-prism design to cut size and weight, and the Bushnell Legend Ultra-HD, which are impressively bright and sharp—especially in low light.

Ryan Krogh
Jun 1, 2012

I’m looking for new binoculars for hiking and climbing. I want some optical power, but they can't be too big or heavy. What do you suggest?

Doug Gantenbein
May 3, 2012

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Leupold BX-3 Mojave 10x42 binoculars.

Ryan Krogh
Jun 6, 2011