Line of Sight Binoculars

Best Binoculars Under $500

When you’re looking for something special, you want to be sure that it has all the features you want.  This is an investment purchase, so these binoculars need to be hard wearing and tough enough to cope with outdoors living and all weather conditions.  But you also want to have some fun with them for them to make things better.  So we’ve been searching for the very best in its field, the best binoculars under $500, the ones we would buy if we had the cash.

Need a reminder of what all those technical terms in the descriptions mean?  Take a look at our buying guide for helpful explanations. 

Nikon 7549 Monarch 7

Nikon 7549Great binoculars that have excellent clarity and are beautifully designed. These are the Nikon 7549 Monarch 7 10×42 Binoculars.  These binoculars have been designed to meet the needs of those who are serious about their outdoor pursuits.  

The binoculars provide amazing optical performance within a wide 67 degree field of view.  Then you get Nikon’s premium ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and proprietary lens and prism coatings. This means that the resolution and brightness  are going to be of levels you’ve just not experienced before. The fully multi-coated lenses give you clear vision even in less than ideal conditions. Then add in the phase-correction-coated prisms.  These enhance resolution and contrast even further providing true color rendition at any distance. 

The overall weight is 2.6 oz and you’re looking at 5.6 inch x 5.1inch dimensions.  

The Nikon 7549 Monarch 7 gets great reviews on sites such as Amazon.  This has to be a serious contender for the best binoculars under $500.

Nikon 7549 MONARCH 7 10x42 Binocular (Black) $413.04

Steiner 210 MM1050 Military-Marine 10x50 Tactical Binocular

Steiner MilitaryNext up is the Steiner 210 MM1050 Military-Marine 10×50 Tactical Binocular.

If you were looking for the qualities to take you into battle, the they pretty much sum up  these binoculars.  These have the amazing Steiner Sports-Auto-Focus™ system  so you’re going to get crisp, sharp images near and far without any need for you to be making constant adjustments. All you have to do is set the focus to your eyes once, and you’ll get a constant, clear view of objects from 20 yards to pretty much whatever distance you need.

The higher magnification make these perfect for  both open terrain and hilly country. We also think they’ll be a great choice for spotting game in low-light conditions.

The casing for these is a polycarbonate with NBR Long Life rubber armoring that withstands 11 Gs of impact.

These really are a life time purchase and you’re likely to then pass them on to your grandchildren still in perfect condition. 

Steiner 210 MM1050 Military-Marine 10x50 Tactical Binocular from $469.99

Athlon Optics Midas Roof Prism UHD Binoculars

These Athlon Optics Midas Roof Prism UHD Binoculars are well below our pricing bracket.. But. we know that when you look at the spec, you’ll see why they can compete for the best binoculars under $500 crown.


These come with ED glass. This means that it gives you an image with virtually no chromatic fringe and so a clearer and sharper image. They also have a ESP Dielectric coating which is a multi layer coating which reflects over 99% of the light providing a much more accurate color reproduction. 

Then we have on more acronym for you with  Advanced FMC (fully multi-coated) lenses bringing you optimum brightness. And importantly, they are argon purged meaning enhanced waterproofing and thermal stability.

Athlon Optics , Midas, Binocular, 8 x 42 ED Roof, from $249.98