With the Winter months approaching, it can feel more difficult to find opportunities to participate in birdwatching. The nights begin to get darker much earlier on and these low-light conditions reduce the overall visibility. This can certainly make it difficult to make time for birdwatching. However, there are many binoculars out there that are suitable for use during these Winter months. The design features that they offer will help you negate these dark Winter nights.

There are a number of factors that are worth considering when looking for binoculars for the Winter season. This will vary from the quality of optics that they offer to the overall durability. Whilst these are always important to consider, this becomes far more prevalent during the Winter season. We have put this guide together to help you make the right choice. Finding the best binoculars for the Winter has never been easier.

 

Magnification and Objective Lens

 

The importance of the binocular's optical magnification and size always remain a top priority when choosing the right pair. However, this becomes especially important during the Winter months. This is largely due to the binoculars having to perform well in low-light conditions which can be tricky. Finding binoculars which will perform to a high standard during these dark days is essential.

Due to these requirements, opting for binoculars which offer a large objective diameter is important. A larger objective diameter will allow for an increase in the light transmission within the binoculars. Therefore, this will create an image which is as bright as possible - even in these low-light conditions. Binoculars that offer an objective lens size of 42mm are perfect for increasing this light transmission.

It is also important to consider the magnification power that these binoculars offer. This can come down to personal preference and it really depends on which one you are most comfortable with. However, I tend to recommend binoculars with an 8x magnification. This is far more accessible than a 10x magnification zoom and makes tracking objects much easier. For more information on this, check out our complete guide to binocular magnification.

 

Image Quality 

 

Choosing binoculars which provide images which are bright and clear is always an important factor. Design features such as the type of glass and the prism shape will impact the overall image quality. Understanding how each design features impacts this is vital for making the right choice. Whilst the more expensive models deliver the best results, you will still find quality in the entry-level models.

The highest performing binoculars introduce design features such as Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass. For example, the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars deliver the best possible results. The inclusion of this ED glass helps to create a flawless image by removing any colour fringing from the image. This ensures that the image is the highest possible quality when viewing this through the binoculars. The use of ED glass has become increasingly more popular - though it is typically only available on high-end models.

Viking Peregrine ED 8x42 Binoculars

In addition to the ED glass, binoculars like the Viking Peregrine ED also benefit from BAK-4 prisms. These prisms contribute to how clear and defined the image will appear through the binoculars. This is especially important during the Winter season due to the low-light conditions that you will face. This is also available on high-end models such as the Viking Kestrel ED binoculars which continue to be incredibly popular.

In comparison to this, models such as the Viking Badger binoculars will still deliver great results. However, this range does not include design features such as the ED glass. This makes these binoculars far less effective and produce a lower quality image. Despite this, binoculars such as the Viking Badger are a fantastic option to achieve great quality at a cost-effective price. Both the Viking and Celestron brands incorporate multi-coated lenses into their binoculars. This helps to increase how bright and defined images will appear; even in low-light conditions. This ensures that both options are a fantastic choice for use during the Winter season.

 

Build Design and Size

 

The overall build quality and size of the binoculars is the next point to consider. Both the Viking and Celestron binoculars provide a compact and lightweight build design. This makes them easy to carry around and prevents any strain during long-term use. However, despite their compact design, these binoculars offer fantastic levels of durability.

For example, the Celestron Nature DX provides a rubber-armour build design to offer some protection to the binoculars. The rubber-armour design ensures that the binoculars are waterproof. This allows them to be effective in any environment. Furthermore, this rubber design makes the binoculars far easier to hold - even when wet. This is a fantastic feature to have when braving the Winter conditions. This rubber-armour design is available on the vast majority of binoculars available.

Celestron Nature DX 8x32 Binoculars

 

When using binoculars during the Winter season, you will want to ensure that they offer protection from fogging. The binoculars become very difficult to use when the lenses begin to fog up. Choosing binoculars which contain nitrogen in the lenses is the best way to prevent this. This feature is available in binoculars across a wide range of price points.

The Viking Badger binoculars are a fantastic example of an affordable option which offers this feature. This provides a model which is affordable and offers great protection during the Winter season. Furthermore, the use of this nitrogen helps to keep the lenses clean by preventing the build up of dirt. This ensures that the binoculars remain clean and ensures that the binoculars maintain the high image quality.

When deciding on which binoculars are best for Winter, it is important to consider the overall functionality that they offer. Features such as the focusing wheel need to operate smoothly for easy adjustments. This is especially important when wearing gloves as this can make this harder to adjust. Thankfully, these binoculars all provide a focusing wheel which is smooth and easy to operate - no matter the conditions.

Both the Celestron and Viking binoculars offer incredibly flexible focusing functions which are quick to adjust. This provides the user with the optimal focusing range and this will remain locked in. In addition to this, many binoculars within these two ranges offer twist-down eyecups for further comfort. These twist-down eyecups operate smoothly and provide the perfect position for your eyes. This is perfect for long-term use of the binoculars.

 

Conclusion

 

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right binoculars for Winter. Ensuring that the binoculars perform to a high standard during the low-light conditions is essential. Binoculars such as the Viking Peregrine ED and Viking Kestrel ED binoculars provide the best possible results. However, many entry-level and mid-level binoculars will still offer fantastic results.

Choosing binoculars which offer protection against the elements is vital. The inclusion of the rubber-armour coating on the binoculars ensures that they remain waterproof. This also provides extra grip on the binoculars even in wet conditions. Perfect for use in any environment during the Winter months.

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