Best Affordable Hunting Binoculars Reviewed: A Complete Buying Guide

Best hunting binoculars review (hunters with a Track Tekoa Binocular)

If you have a hobby of hunting or watching birds, then you might need a binocular which helps you view clearer and better. Although a hunting binocular is a single optical instrument, there might be a lot of definitions available for it depending on the purpose of its use. In this article, we are going to discuss the best affordable hunting binoculars. As affordability is a vague term and it can vary people to people, here we categorize all our picks into three price groups for your convenience -  top hunting binoculars below 50$, top hunting binoculars below 100$ and top hunting binoculars below 200$

From the very beginning, a binocular has been the most favorite instruments to men for hunting. Because of the much more growing popularity of the binoculars for hunting many, more companies are getting interested in manufacturing them and honestly speaking, not all of them are good for you. So, I am here to help you finding the best binoculars from the market within your tight budget.

At the end part, you'll find a detailed Buying Guide, which'll assist you to select the perfect binocular for your hunting adventure. 

List of Top 7 Best Affordable Hunting Binoculars

Best hunting binoculars below 50$ 


Key features


1 Binoculars Adorrgon (12x42) 

  • Cheapest
  • 16.5mm BAK4 Prism
  • 367ft/1000yds wide field of view
  • Lightweight (1.10 lbs)
  • Easy to use


2 SkyGenius (10x 50)

  • 5mm exit pupil
  • 367ft/1000yds arge field of view
  • Large images
  • Easy focus
  • Decent eye relief


Best hunting binoculars below 100$ 


Key features


3 Celestron – Nature DX (10x42) 

  • Multi-coated lenses
  • Phase-coated BaK-4 prisms
  • Bright images in low-light
  • 304ft@1000yds field of view
  • Waterproof and Fog-proof
  • Comfortable eyecups


4 Adasion Binoculars (12x 42)

  • 18mm Large Eyepieces
  • Large 16.5mm BAK4 Prism Lenses
  • Bright images in low-light
  • Lightweight (1.25lb)
  • 367ft/1000yds large field of view
  • Smartphone compatible


Best hunting binoculars below 200$ 


Key features


5 Vortex Optics Crossfire HD (12x50) 

  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Roof prism
  • Bright images in low-light
  • 273ft@1000yds field of view
  • Waterproof and Fog-proof
  • Comfortable eyecups
  • Almost no blurry edge
  • Close range 6ft
  • Compact and durable
  • Life time warranty 


6 Nikon Prostaff 3s (10x 42)

  • Bright images in low-light condition
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • High-reflectivity silver-alloy mirror coatings
  • User-friendly eyecups
  • Eyeglass-friendly
  • Extremely lightweight (575gm)
  • Waterproof and fog proof
  • 367ft@1000yds field of view
  • Relative brightness 17.6
  • Sturdy
  • Close focusing distance 9.8 ft


7 Nikon 8252 Aculon A211 


  • Fully multi coated Eco-Glass Lenses
  • Very powerful 10-22x zoom
  • Bright images in low light
  • Minimum close distance 49.2ft 
  • 166ft@1000meters field of view
  • Easy to reach zoom control knob
  • Exit pupil is 2.3 - 5 mm
  • Turn-and-Slide
  • Multi-Click Rubber Eyecups


Best hunting binoculars below 50$ 

Finding the best binoculars for hunting at this price range (below 50$) is difficult - you'll have to compromise some qualities. However, if the objective is to find cheap hunting binoculars for rough use which is also dispensable without sacrificing the image quality too much then, according to our analysis,  you can go for either Adarrgon 12x42 Powerful Binoculars or SkyGenius 10 x 50 Binoculars. Both of them are quiet nice in terms of image power and image quality. Now, let's see what the offer-

1 of 7 Adarrgon 12x42 Powerful Binoculars for Adult Review

Our pick below 50$

12x42 Powerful Binoculars for Adult


# Cheapest     #16.5mm BAK4 Prism   #367ft/1000yds wide field of view      

#Lightweight (1.10 lbs)     #Easy to use

Adrragon 12x42 is the cheapest and lightest hunting binocular of our list. In spite of its affordable price, The Adabinoculars0011 offers a number of features that can serve your hunting purposes well. It can provide clear, sharp and large images at 12x magnification with its 42mm objective lens and 18mm large eyepiece.

Also, its 367ft/1000yds wide field of view is perfect for covering a wide horizon to spot any approaching closer target easily. Adrragon has a large 16.5mm BAK4 Prism which promises to ensure comparatively brighter images in low light conditions than its other competitor of the same price group.

This binocular comes with a great deal of complimentary accessories i.e. Carrying Case, Eyepiece, Lens Protection Covers, Cleaning Cloth and a comfortable Neck Strap.

In short, this binocular for hunting offers everything that you can get from the best budget binoculars at a lesser price. In addition to that, it’s very lightweight (only 1.10lbs), makes it more comfortable to hang it around your neck for a long time. 

However, it has few shortcomings as well – like any other low cost binos it provides blurry images in the edges because of Chromatic aberration. Apart from this, another thing that I found a deal breaker for people who wear glasses, as this binocular doesn’t provide sufficient space to put glasses on the eyepiece comfortably. However, as this binocular offers smoother focus adjustability, you might not need to wear any glasses for a clear view.

Pros and Cons of Adarrgon Hunting Binoculars:


  • It’ the cheapest therefore the most affordable binocular of our list
  • Lightweight (1.10 lbs)
  • Can be used in a low light conditions
  • Powerful
  • Wide field of view
  • Focusing is easy


  • It’s not suitable for people who wears glasses
  • Blurry edge ( high Chromatic aberration)
  • lenses fog up easily
  • Not very clear at low light conditions

Why should you buy this hunting binocular?

I would recommend this binoculars to anyone who is looking for the best budget binoculars that provides good values as well. If you don’t wear any glasses then this binocular is the perfect choice for you!

2 of 7 SkyGenius 10x 50 Powerful Binoculars Review

Cheapest pick

10x 50 Powerful Binoculars


#5mm exit pupil           #367ft/1000yds large field of view
#Large images        #Easy focus         #Decent eye relief

The SkyGenius 10x50 has 10X zoom with a 50mm objective lens; therefore it has a 5mm exit pupil. If you knew what the term “exit pupil” means then you’ve already got that this binocular offers brighter images compare to our previous two picks as both of them has 4mm exit pupil. It means, though it’s less powerful then the Adarrgon and Adasion, it’s more useful for a low light condition.

However, from a binocular that cost below 50$, don’t expect it to provide a clear view like any expensive high quality optics in the dusk.
Apart from this, the SkyGenius provide a similar 367ft/1000yds large field of view that makes it suitable for hunting, birding and watching other moving targets.

Another thing that makes it perfect for outdoor use is its odorless rubber armor for shock-resistance and anti-slip grip makes it moisture-proof and wear-resistance.

Finally, this binocular has 50mm objective lens which makes it a bit bulky and heavy. However, considering its size, I would say, it’s rather lightweight. Another thing I should mention, it has corrective optical coating to minimize distortion, and therefore less Chromatic aberration. 

Pros and Cons of SkyGenius Hunting Binoculars:


  • Decent eye relief
  • Easy to focus
  • Wide field of view
  • Clear images
  • Suitable for people who use glasses


  • It’s a little bulkier and heavier than the other two picks below 100$
  • If not properly collimated it could provide double images
  • Not suitable for viewing a close object (within 30ft)
  • Not very durable

Why should you buy this hunting binoculars?

Well, if you’re still looking for an affordable hunting binoculars within your tight budget, then this one could be a great option for you. With a price below 50 bucks it offers a good value for your money. But, you should remember it’s only an entry level binocular that isn’t very suitable for a professional hunter.

Best Hunting binoculars below 100$ 

Chromatic aberration or blurry edge was a major problem in cheap binoculars for hunting, and we've already faced this issue in both of our affordable hunting binoculars below 50$. However, in this affordable price  range (50-100$), our selected binoculars don't suffer blurry edge problem much. Compare to the previous two, Celestron and Adasion offers clearer and brighter images.

3 of 7 Celestron – Nature DX 10x42 Binoculars Review

Our pick below 100$

Nature DX 10x42 Binoculars for Hunting


# Cheapest     #16.5mm BAK4 Prism   #367ft/1000yds wide field of view      

#Lightweight (1.10 lbs)     #Easy to use

At first, we thought, finding mid-level high quality hunting binoculars, that costs below 100$, would be impossible. But, when we encounter the Celestron – Nature DX 10x42 Binocular, we realized that we were wrong. This model of Celestron was previously cost a little more than a hundred bucks but now you can get it for a much lesser price from the markets.

The Celestron – Nature DX 10x42 Binoculars is a powerful binocular that offers clear, bright and high resolution images with its multi-coated lenses and phase-coated BaK-4 prisms. Even in low light conditions it can provide satisfactory images, but, if you made the mistake of comparing it with an expensive binocular, in terms of low light conditions, then you’ll be disappointed.

This binocular also offers a wide 304ft field of view at 1000yds distance which is good enough to view a fast approaching target, therefore, a perfect optic for hunting.

As it’s filled with dry nitrogen gas and sealed, it is waterproof and fog resistant. We know - both features are crucial for hunting purposes, and unfortunately you can’t find this mandatory feature in any other low cost binocular of this price group.

Another problem that is very common in most low priced binocular is, they aren’t very concern with the eyecups therefore few of them are comfortable for glass users. Fortunately, the Celestron is very comfortable and eyeglass friendly. 

Pros and Cons of Celestron Hunting Binoculars:


  • Clear and crisp HD images
  • Satisfactory view in low light conditions
  • Wide field of view
  • Waterproof and fog-proof
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable eyecup
  • Eyeglass friendly
  • Tripod mountable


  • Has Little chromatic aberration (blurry edge)
  • Little heavy 

Why should you buy this hunting binoculars?

At this price range (below 100$), the Celestron – Nature DX 10x42 is the best budget binoculars, that offer the best value of your money. Therefore, if you’re not willing to spend more than 100$ then you can’t get a better hunting binoculars than this one.

4 of 7 Adasion 12x42 Binoculars for Adults

Also great

12x42 Binoculars for Hunting


#18mm Large Eyepieces      #Large 16.5mm BAK4 Prism Lenses
#Bright images in low-light       #Lightweight (1.25lb)
#367ft/1000yds large field of view        #Smartphone compatible

Adasion binoculars has a 12x magnification and 18mm Large Eyepieces, it’s very powerful and can provide clear and detail 12 times larger images than normal eyes can see.

Also, its large 16.5mm BAK4 Prism Lenses can capture more lights to ensure the maximum utilization of its 42mm objective lens. Therefore, this low cost binocular can produce bright view even in low light conditions.

Other features of the Adabinoculars0011 which make it perfect for hunting are - its lightweight (1.25lb) and has a wide field of view. With its 560g weight it’s easy to carry and as it can deliver 367ft/1000yds large field of view it’s very useful for hunting a moving animal. This binocular isn’t only designed to provide a long distance view but it’s also very compatible with different models of Smartphone and offers capturing long distance images of your game.

There’s no doubt that it’s a nice and useful binocular for its low price, but it has some drawbacks as well. For example, it has strong chromatic aberration - you’ll get a clear image if you only look through the middle of the objective lens; but, the outside portion of the center, the images distort a little compare to any expensive binoculars.

Another thing that may bother you is its eye box which seems very rigid – when you put your eyes exactly on a particular position you’ll get a clear image, otherwise you may not get the quality you prefer. 

Pros and Cons of Adasion Hunting Binoculars:


  • It’s powerful and can provide clear images in zooming condition
  • Provide large images compare to other same price binoculars
  • Provide satisfactory view in low light condition
  • Lightweight therefore easy to carry
  • It has a little water resistancy


  • Chromatic aberration is higher compare to expensive binoculars
  • Rigid eye box to have a clear image
  • Not very durable

Why should you buy this binoculars?

Don’t forget it’s an entry level binocular which cost not even a hundred bucks! That being said, Adabinoculars0011 a cheap, but a good binocular for hunting, especially because of its long distance clear view in low light conditions and also for its photo capturing feature, I think this bino offers a great value at this price range.

Best hunting binoculars below 200$ 

In this category of the best hunting binoculars, we’ve listed the top 3 best binoculars for hunting that you can get within 100-200$ range. Unlike our previous group, all of these 4 products provide much satisfactory image quality and comfort. Where most hunting binoculars below 100 bucks suffers chromatic aberration to some extent, these binoculars offers much clear and distortion-free quality views similar to any highly expensive products. Now, let’s see what we have in our list-

5 of 7 Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars For Hunting (12x50mm) Review

Our best pick below 200$

 HD Binoculars (12x50mm)

Vortex Optics Crossfire

#Multi-coated lenses        #Roof prism       #Bright images in low-light
#273ft@1000yds field of view        #Waterproof      #Fog-proof
#Close range 6ft    #Life time warranty

The Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars is the first product of this list, and we’re totally convinced that this one is the best budget binoculars for hunting that you can buy for less than 200$. This product offers a number of options, however, we prefer the 12x50mm version to review for a better comparison with our previous group – best hunting binoculars under 100$.

When we compare Vortex Crossfire 12x50mm with the Adasion 12x42 and Adrragon 12x42 we clearly identify the difference in the image quality. Though the low expensive two offers clear images, but compare to the vortex they seems a little blurry. Especially, I must mention, Vortex offers edge-to-edge crystal clear images without any chromatic aberration which was a major problem with the Adasion and Adrragon binoculars.

With its highly optimized glass elements and multi-coated lenses, it offers mind-blowing color-fidelity, reflection-free images and increased light transmission. In case of low light viewing, this binocular is simply surprising – of course in a positive way!

In addition to them, Vortex Crossfire uses Roof-Prism design; therefore, despite its reasonable low price it’s very compact and durable. Also, it has adjustable eyecups, adjustable diopter, and adjustable center focus wheel which ensure a good fit, easy focus, and comfortable view even for the users with eyeglasses.

Another advantage of Vortex Crosfire binocular is, it has Nitrogen purging and O-ring seals which make it water and fog resistant – a must have feature for hunting binoculars to use it in extreme weather conditions i.e. fog, snow or rain. And, as it is tripod adaptable long time use wouldn’t be an issue for the hunters.

It comes with a nice GlassPak Binocular Harness for storing and protecting the binocular and a comfortable padded neck strap. 

Pros and Cons of Vortex Optics Crossfire Hunting Binoculars:


  • Crystal clear edge-to-edge HD image quality
  • Provide incredibly bright images even in low light condition
  • Powerful zoom with large and detail images
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Almost no chromatic aberration (blurry edge)
  • Lifetime warranty 


  • It’s a little longer
  • Little hard to focus for its over sensitivity
  • Not very suitable for narrow face

Why should you buy this binoculars for hunting?

Among all the products that we’ve analyzed to find out the best hunting binoculars, I think, considering the price-value ratio, the Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars is the best budget hunting binoculars. Do you need any more reason to buy this product?

6 of 7 Nikon Prostaff 3s Binocular (10x42mm) Review

Also great

 HD Binoculars for Hunting (10x42mm)

Nikon Prostaff 3s

# Multi-coated lenses      #User-friendly eyecups
# Eyeglass-friendly       #Extremely lightweight (575gm)
# Water and fog proof       #367ft@1000yds field of view
#Relative brightness 17.6       #Close focusing distance 9.8 ft

It’s impossible to make list of best binoculars for hunting without mentioning one or two Nikon product in it. So, did us in our list. Nikon Prostaff 3s 10x42 is the first Nikon product which is a great binocular, and in spite of its incredible price, it can compete even with the most expensive binoculars especially in terms of clear view.

It posses powerful 10x zoom and 42mm objective lenses, offers crystal clear bright images even in low light condition. Nikon Prostaff 3s 10x42 can produce exceptionally bright image not only for its 4.2 exit pupil but also for its multicoated lenses and High-reflectivity silver-alloy mirror coatings.

Apart from this, it has user-friendly turn-and-slide rubber multi-click eyecups which make it suitable for all types of users including eyeglass users.

For hunting, binoculars should be sturdy, compact and lightweight so that they can be carried easily and can withstand heavy uses. Fortunately, Nikon Prostaff 3s 10x42 features all this qualities as its weigh only 575gm in a compact body with rubber armouring ensures longevity and easy handling of this optics. Also, being waterproof and fog-proof it’s perfect for using in extreme weather conditions.

Finding a target with this binocular is easy for its wide field of view (367ft@1000yds) in zooming situation. And, we all know that It’s another must have feature for hunting binoculars.

Pros and Cons of Vortex Optics Crossfire Binoculars:


  • Bright and clear images
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Sturdy and strongly built
  • Wide field of view
  • Waterproof and fog-proof
  • Shock resistant
    Easy to adjust and focus


  • Poorly designed lens caps with low quality

Why should you buy this binoculars?

If for any reason you can’t find or don’t want the Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars then you can choose the Nikon Prostaff 3s 10x42. But, that doesn’t mean it’s any less of Vortex Optics Crossfire HD Binoculars. You can choose either one of them happily.

7 of 7 Nikon 8252 Aculon A211 10-22x50 Zoom Binocular (Black) Review

Our most powerful pick

 A211 10-22x50 Zoom Binocular (Black)

Nikon 8252 Aculon

#10-22x zoom    #Minimum close distance 49.2ft
# 166ft@1000meters field of view      #Easy to reach zoom control knob

The Nikon 8252 Aculon A211 10-22x50 Zoom Binocular (Black) is the most powerful but affordable hunting binocular of our list. With its 10-22x Zoom you can have a very clear view of a distant animal without any problem at all. It offers the best view up to 16x – bright and clear images even in low light condition for its multicoated eco glass lenses. However, after that (18x-22x zoom) the images become a little dark due to its 2.3mm exit pupil, but this wouldn’t be a deal breaker.

This binocular is specially built for distant view as it has a distant minimum view which is 49.2 feet / 15 meter. At its maximum zoom it offers a nice workable field of view (166ft@1000meters) compare to its other competitor of the same price group.

The Nikon8252 Aculon has a beautiful ergonomics design ensures easy to reach zoom control knob, comfortable rubber eyecups, non slip grip, and relatively lightweight.

Nikon is a big name in optic industry because of their uncompromised quality, and here they’ve proved that again in this relatively low cost product.

Only drawbacks in this pair of binoculars that I found – it’s little bulky and heavy (around 3lb), and it doesn’t offer any tripod mount with it, which you’ll have to buy separately. Other than these, it’s a wonderful binocular perfect for rough use in any hunting adventure. 

Pros and Cons of Nikon 8252 Aculon Binoculars:


  • Extremely powerful binocular
  • Offers great clarity even in maximum zoom
  • Works great in low light condition
  • Sturdy
  • Nice ergonomics design


  • Little bulky and heavy
  • Little chromatic aberration at maximum zoom
  • Distant minimum focus

Why should you buy this binoculars?

If you’re looking for affordable and powerful pair of binoculars for long distance view then you can go for this binocular.

Buying Guide: How to select the best affordable Hunting Binoculars

best affordable hunting binoculars

As I mentioned earlier, it’s no easy task for anyone to find the real good binoculars for hunting at a low price, especially if the buyers are beginners. In this section, we’ve provided some important guidelines to get you through such difficult situation and help you to buy the best binoculars for hunting within your affordability.

Structure & Construction

Both structure and construction are important for the durability of the products such as binoculars. The binoculars available on the market mostly don’t have very good construction and design. For this reason, you have to look for the durable ones in the affordable range.


In case of the best binoculars for hunting, the magnification is another important feature also. Therefore, you might keep in mind this feature while looking for a relatively cheap binocular. That's because cheap ones usually offer a very less magnification and trust me if you go for the cheaper ones without thinking of the magnification then after a few days you are going to slap on your back for that. So, don't purchase such item that ends up useless after a few days.

Close focus distance

The close focus distance of binoculars is a very important measurement; it determines how close you can view an object through the binoculars. It may be stated in either feet or meters in the specification. As the close focus distance is also sometimes expressed as a 'minimum subject distance' (MSD), which can cause some confusions, especially in case of armature user.

This feature of a binocular is important because most binoculars will lose sharpness near the minimum focusing distance due to two reasons; the first is that the longer light path within the lenses causes a reduction of contrast and second, chromatic aberrations increase with decreasing f-number. 

In case of hunting binoculars, you'll mostly use it to view a distant object - your game, and, therefore a short close focus distance wouldn't be an issue for you. But, if you're planning to use it for bird watching also, then you should take this feature more seriously.

Field of View is Crucial

This feature is also important to you especially if you take your binoculars for hunting because it covers up the area. Nobody would want a cheap binocular in return of offering a less area of viewing. Always keep in mind that the better the viewing area, the higher level of hunting experience you get.

Eye Relief is Important for Glass Users

If you are a person who wears glasses, then this feature is more important for you than any others because it enables you to look in a binocular from a distance place without torturing you. For people who wear glasses it can be a great advantage, and without this, no other feature of hunting binoculars would be effective to them.


There are some other accessories that you will need obviously while hunting such as neck strap and eye cup. These are great options for you to have a better hunting experience. The neck strap will hold the binocular every time and keeps your hands free so that you can concentrate mainly on hunting and do other tasks with your hands. On the other hand, the eye cup offers you the best eye relief while hunting, therefore a must have quality of hunting binoculars.

Final Verdict

As mentioned earlier, affordability varies. Therefore, it's hard to fix a specific price group as affordable. However, considering general hunter's preference, we assume a hunting binocular below 200$ can be considered affordable. And, after an elaborate market analysis we've come up with a list of 7 best affordable hunting binoculars and put them in three separate price groups. 

Among the 7 binoculars, Our top picks are - Adarrgon (12x42) below 50$, Celestron – Nature DX (10x42) below 100$, and Vortex Optics Crossfire HD (12x50) below 200$ price group.

We hope you've found this review helpful to find the most suitable binocular for your hunting.  


What is the difference between roof prism and porro prism?

Porro prism binoculars are large, simple designed and low cost; but, they offer clearer view compare to Roof Prism binoculars. Roof Prism binoculars, on the other hand, have a more complex setup - to put all pieces together into a compact small shape, therefore they are more expensive.

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