Line of Sight Binoculars
Low Light Binoculars
It’s going to get to a point in the evening when most binoculars just aren’t going to give you what you need. Maybe you’re a hunter or a naturalist who wants to see the dawn and dusk animal activity. Perhaps you’re out on our boat on an early morning fishing trip. Or maybe you’re heading home later than normal. Either way you’re going to want to have maximum view of your surroundings as the light begins to fail. This is when your low light binoculars come into their own. Now I should say here that we’re not looking at night vision binoculars. You’ll be able to find out more about them in an article heading this way soon
Compact binoculars are unlikely to be on the list of contenders this time. Full-size binoculars will capture much more light and so are going to perform better in a low-light situation. They also have the advantage of providing steadier images. Though you’re going to have to balance out the weight and size if you’re going to be on the move. In fact we recommend looking for one with a tripod fixing point. This way you can mount the binoculars and reduce aches and pains.
It’s likely that you’re going to be looking at 7x or 8x magnification along with 50mm or 56mm objective lens. This combinations means that you’re going to see lots of details despite the low light. You’re also still get a relatively light set of binoculars. Other things to look out for are the quality of the optic coating. These are going to give you a much better rate of light transmission. If weight ins’t a big issue for you, then we also recommend looking for a Porro prism binocular. This provides amazingly bright images but it does add to the weight.
Our Choice of Low Light Binoculars
Our Top Pick - The Sky Genius 10 x50
So what makes these our top pick for low light binoculars? Well when we looked at the spec, we were pretty amazed at what you get for the price.
First off they have full 10 x magnification. This is coupled with a 50mm wide angled lense which even in low light is going to give you clear, crisp images. Added to this it has multiple layer Aspherical lenses which are just going to enhance that already clear image. The visual angle is quoted as being 367ft which is 1,000 yards. That’s going to be good enough for any fast moving subject. So bird watching, safaris, hunting, all ticks in those boxes.
Great functionality is all well and good but it has to be easy to use. The last thing you want to be doing is fiddling around with buttons and wheels. To focus the Sky Genius, simply adjust the right eye cup and centre wheel.
And then there’s the design, which is rubberised and has an abrasion resistant finish. That rubberisation is going to absorb the shock just in case they get knocked around. You know these are then still going to look good years later. And that applies even if you’re outside in all conditions because these are waterproof and fog-proof. All that moisture, dust, and debris which comes in day to day use is going to be prevented from getting inside the binoculars telescope.
Finally the big one, what do others think of them? Well on Amazon, there are just under a thousand reviews. In a time when you can’t please all the people all the time, they manage to achieve a pretty impressive 4.6/5!