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These mid-priced binoculars are ideal for the a bird watcher just starting out. You will find both 8x and 10x magnification binoculars amongst this selection but many birders, particularly novices, will find 8x the best choice.

The image stability of a 8x binocular is better than a 10x binocular as hand movement is not magnified as much. If you prefer to use a tripod then a 10x binocular will be fine. As 8x binoculars have a lower magnification they have a wider field of view meaning it's easier to spot that elusive bird.

If you wear glasses you may find 8x magnification binoculars more comfortable as they have more eye relief.

The binoculars below are from reputable brands including Bushnell, Olympus, Celestron and Pentax and free delivery is available on many orders.

Read our guide to choosing binoculars for more details about picking a pair with the best magnification and objective for bird watching.

You can see a much wider range of binoculars starting from as little as £16.99 here.
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Olympus 7x35 DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus 7x35 DPS I Binoculars have one of the widest fields of view in their class making them ideal for tracking fast moving subjects such as birds in flight or deer on the move. These traditionally designed binoculars are finished in a sure-grip rubber coating and feature high quality aspherical lenses with anti-reflective coating for a bright clear image with minimal distortion. Read more ...

Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binoculars
The Celestron Outland X 8x42 Binoculars combine the highest quality precision optics with advanced ergonomics to deliver optimum performance under the harshest outdoor conditions. The Outland series have been designed to meet the needs of every outdoor enthusiast. Read more ...

Pentax 8x21 UCF R Binoculars
The Pentax 8x21 UCF R Binoculars are pocket sized binoculars that can go any where with you. Offering a versitile 8x magnification and excellent BaK4 prisms you can be sure of a closer view where ever you go. Read more ...

Olympus Nature 8x40 DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus Nature 8x40 DPS I Binoculars have one of the widest fields of view in their class making them ideal for tracking fast moving subjects such as birds in flight or deer on the move. The built-in dioptric correction adjusts to individual eyesight and the large centre-focus knob is close to hand for fast and easy focusing. These binoculars feature high quality aspherical lenses for a bright clear image with minimal distortion. Read more ...

Pentax 10x21 UCF R Binoculars
The Pentax 10x21 UCF R Binoculars are pocket sized binoculars that can go any where with you. Offering a versitile 8x magnification and excellent BaK4 prisms you can be sure of a closer view where ever you go. Read more ...

Celestron Outland X 10x42 Binoculars
The Celestron Outland X 10x42 Binoculars combine the highest quality precision optics with advanced ergonomics to deliver optimum performance under the harshest outdoor conditions. The Outland series have been designed to meet the needs of every outdoor enthusiast. Read more ...

Olympus 10x50 DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus 10x50 DPS I Binoculars have one of the widest fields of view in their class making them ideal for tracking fast moving subjects such as birds in flight or deer on the move. The built-in dioptric correction adjusts to individual eyesight and the large centre-focus knob is close the hand for fast and easy focusing. These traditionally designed binoculars are finished in a sure-grip rubber coating and feature high quality aspherical lenses with anti-reflective coating for a bright clear image with minimal distortion. Read more ...

Olympus 8-16x40 Zoom DPS I Binoculars
The Olympus 8-16x40 DPS I Zoom binoculars offer the user a range of magnifications from 8x, ideal for spotting and tracking the subject, through to 16x, to show the finer details. The durable construction and sure-grip rubber coating make these full size binoculars a winner for nature watching. The anti-reflective lens coating reduces flare and ensures the images you see are bright and full of contrast. Read more ...

Olympus 8x25 WP II Binoculars - Forest Green
Designed for the sports fan, the Olympus 8x25 WP II waterproof binoculars are a great addition to your kit enabling you to get closer to the action whether you are on the terraces cheering on your team or at trackside following the action. The waterproof design means that these binoculars are equally at home on land or sea and the convenient focusing means you won't miss a thing. Read more ...

Pentax 10x25 UCF XII Binoculars
The Pentax 10x25 UCF XII Binoculars feature an ergonomic design that means you'll feel no fatigue even after long use. Their 25mm objective lenses offer first-class imaging capabilities, and their particularly short minimum focusing distances of under two meters and their multi-coated lens elements guarantee you clear and high-contrast imaging. Read more ...

Nikon 8x25 Sportstar EX - Black
Nikon 8x25 Sportstar EX Black. Compact and high-performance, the Sportstar EX 8x25 binoculars come with push-down rubber eyepieces that are great for long sessions of observation. What's more they also have fitted precision lenses and glass prisms. Read more ...

Olympus Urban 8x25 PC I Binoculars
The Olympus Urban 8x25 PC I Binoculars with their multi-coated lenses ensure clear view of city-scapes and allow you to spot the stunning aspects of urban sceneries. Their small size and lightweight build make them extremely portable, while the sleek design also makes them very stylish. Read more ...

Bushnell Trophy XLT 10x28 Binoculars
The Bushnell Trophy XLT Binoculars feature world-class optics with heightened durability with light transmission, clarity and ruggedness as top priorities. Fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms work together to deliver ultra-bright, razor-sharp images through the most critical periods of game movement. Read more ...

Pentax 8x40 XCF Binoculars
The Pentax 8x40 XCF Binoculars are porro-prism binoculars all featuring fast objective lens diameters of 40mm. Their multi-coated optical elements offer exceptional optical performance and a fashion-able black-finish body encased in a full-body rubber housing means excellent viewing comfort protection form dirt and bumps. Read more ...

Pentax 10x50 XCF Binoculars
The Pentax 10x50 XCF Binoculars are porro-prism binoculars all featuring fast objective lens diameters of 50mm. Their multi-coated optical elements offer exceptional optical performance and a fashion-able black-finish body encased in a full-body rubber housing means excellent viewing comfort protection form dirt and bumps. Read more ...

Pentax 8-16x21 UCF Zoom II Binoculars
The Pentax 8-16x21 UCF Zoom II is a multifunctional wizard! In one compact and lightweight binocular you have the power to observe with 8 to 16x magnification by simply turning the central wheel. Add to this the aspherical lens elements for the edge-to-edge sharpness, BaK4 prisms and fully multi-coated lenses to enhance brightness and contrast, and voila, you have the perfect travel companion who won’t let you miss a thing! Read more ...

Opticron Oregon LE WP 8x42 Binoculars
Entry level roof prism binoculars with 8x magnification. Provides good all-round optical performance with the assurance of nitrogen waterproofing and a thick rubber armoured coating with 'sandblast' finish. Read more ...

Barr & Stroud 10X42 Sahara FMC Binoculars
The Barr & Stroud Sahara 10x42 is a rugged go anywhere binocular. This is a compact roof prism design that makes an ideal all round performer with good light gathering ability. The binocular focuses down to just 2m making it ideal for naturalists and birdwatchers alike. The binocular delivers a powerful 10x magnification. Read more ...

Sunagor 25-110x30 Compact Super Zoom Binoculars
The extremely powerful Sunagor 25-110x30 Compact Super Zoom Binoculars measure just 9cm x 15cm. They incorporate latest optical technology with multi-coated optics and a dioptre adjustment to suit your own eyesight. There are also fold -down rubber eye-cups to suit spectacle wearers and these binoculars can even be directly attached to any tripod if desired. Read more ...

Pentax 8x25 UCF WP Binoculars
The Pentax 8x25 UCF WP Binoculars features a compact, water-resistant housing that is JIS class 6 certified. Not only are they durable but they're also rubberised, so they'll prove the ideal of vacation and trip companion - even in bad weather. Read more ...

Nikon 8x25 Travelite EX Binoculars
The Travelite EX series are lightweight and compact enough to take anywhere; the perfect companion for concerts, holidays and birdwatching. Thanks to the robust design of the Travelite EX range they are also ideal for rugged outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and trekking. Read more ...

Opticron Oregon LE WP 10x42 Binoculars
An entry level roof prism binocular available in 8x or 10x magnifications. Both models provide good all-round optical performance with the assurance of nitrogen waterproofing and a thick rubber armoured coating with 'sandblast' finish. Read more ...

Nikon 10x25 Sportstar EX Binoculars - Black
Nikon 10x25 Sportstar EX Black. Small and leightweight binoculars. Multilayer-coated lenses deliver superior light transmission for bright, clear images with well-balanced colour. Ultra Wide Field of View offers a better look at your world and the Water resistant design goes where you go. Read more ...

Minox BV 10x25 Compact Binoculars
With full waterproofing to 3m, a sturdy aluminium body, twist up eyecups, large focus wheel and new-design rubber armouring. They focus down to 1.5m, weigh just 260g and measure just 109mm x 98mm x 39mm at their full extension. The right eye diopter can be adjusted to +/- 3dpt and both pairs have a 15.5mm eye relief. Read more ...

Olympus Urban 12x25 PC I Binoculars
The Olympus Urban 12x25 PC I Binoculars with their multi-coated lenses ensure clear view of city-scapes and allow you to spot the stunning aspects of urban sceneries. Their small size and lightweight build make them extremely portable, while the sleek design also makes them very stylish. Read more ...

Olympus Urban 10x25 PC I Binoculars
The lenses are multi coated for maximum image brightness and contrast and feature UV ray protection for care-free viewing. The large centre-focus knob can be used while wearing gloves and the built-in dioptric correction adjusts to individual eyesight, ensuring that the Olympus Urban 10x25 PC I Binoculars are suitable for anybody in every urban environment. Read more ...

Hutact 10 x 42 Bird Watching Binoculars
10x magnification, can reduce the hand shake during observation, effectively prevent eye fatigue, suitable for long time observation. Compact and simple focus by adjusting the right eye cup and center wheel. Product case is constructed of aluminum alloy inner shell, light and sturdy structure. Read more ...

Bushnell Trophy XLT 8x32 Binoculars
The Bushnell Trophy XLT Binoculars feature world-class optics with heightened durability with light transmission, clarity and ruggedness as top priorities. Fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms work together to deliver ultra-bright, razor-sharp images through the most critical periods of bird movement. Read more ...

Minox BV 8x25 Compact Binoculars
Compact binoculars offer an excellent light-weight compromise if you just want something to pack in a ruck sack, leave in the car glove box or for casual general observation. While they cannot offer the optical quality of a 'full-size' pair, they still perform very well in all but the poorest of light conditions. Read more ...

Olympus 8-16x25 PC I Zoom Binoculars
The Olympus 8-16x25 PC I Zoom Binoculars offer amazing versatility in a compact, lightweight and stylish package. Their zoom function offers magnifications from 8x to 16x, while the multi-coated 25mm objective lenses ensure the viewed image is clear and bright. The large focus centre-knob is positioned close to your fingertips at all times so you can make those fast, important adjustments when tracking a moving subject Read more ...

Bushnell Natureview Plus 10x42 Porro Prism Binoculars
The Bushnell Natureview binocular was specially designed for the birdwatcher and naturalist. The Natureview binocular features long eye relief, near close focusing, centre focus knob, fully coated optics, sure-grip rubber covering, a deluxe soft vinyl carrying case, and a neck strap. Read more ...

Bushnell H2O 8x42 Waterproof Roof Prism Binoculars
True waterproof construction and a rugged, non-slip rubber design makes the H2O™ series a simple choice for those whose lifestyle borders on the hyper side of active. O-ring sealed and nitrogen-purged for waterproof/fogproof protection in any season, both the fully and the multi-coated optics render bright, clear images. Take them with you - everywhere. Read more ...

Bushnell Natureview Plus 8x42 Porro Prism Binoculars
The Bushnell Natureview binocular was specially designed for the birdwatcher and naturalist. The Natureview binocular features long eye relief, near close focusing, centre focus knob, fully coated optics, sure-grip rubber covering, a deluxe soft vinyl carrying case and neck strap. Read more ...

Nikon Aculon A211 8x42 Binoculars - Black
The Nikon Aculon A211 Binocular range inherits the excellent performance of existing models to deliver a detailed view of your outdoor experiences. They are ideal for a broad spectrum of outdoor pursuits, such as birdwatching, nature observation and hiking. Read more ...

Wingspan Optics Spectator 8X32 Compact Binoculars For Bird Watching
Perfect compact binoculars for bird watching and ay other outdoor activity. Great lightweight and Pocket sized binoculars for bird watching, nature watching, star gazing or other outdoor activities enjoyed by adults or children. Read more ...




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