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GPO PASSION HD 8X42 – Used

£600.00
GPO Passion HD 8x42 Binocular - Used in excellent condition. Lens are scratch free. Only marks are small on the bridge of the binocular - see picture.Comes in original box with hard shell case, strap and lens caps

Hilkinson 10×42 Natureline ED Binoculars

£229.95
The Hilkinson Natureline ED range of binoculars features high quality ED glass and a lightweight polycarbonate body, offering amazing image clarity. Supplied with case, neoprene strap, rainguard and a 5 year warranty. Its waterproof construction with nitrogen gas filling makes these models fog-free when subjected to wet weather and sudden temperature changes.

Hilkinson 8×32 Natureline ED Binoculars

£209.95
The Hilkinson Natureline ED range features high quality ED glass and a lightweight polycarbonate body, offering amazing image clarity. Supplied with case, neoprene strap, rainguard and a 5 year warranty. Its waterproof construction with nitrogen gas filling makes these models fog-free when subjected to wet weather and sudden temperature changes.

Hilkinson 8×42 Natureline ED Binoculars

£219.95
The Hilkinson Natureline ED range features high quality ED glass and a lightweight polycarbonate body, offering amazing image clarity. Supplied with case, neoprene strap, rainguard and a 5 year warranty. Its waterproof construction with nitrogen gas filling makes these models fog-free when subjected to wet weather and sudden temperature changes.

Hilkinson 8×42 Natureline ED Binoculars – Ex Display

Original price was: £219.95.Current price is: £159.95.
The Hilkinson Natureline ED range features high quality ED glass and a lightweight polycarbonate body, offering amazing image clarity. Supplied with case, neoprene strap, rainguard and a 5 year warranty. Its waterproof construction with nitrogen gas filling makes these models fog-free when subjected to wet weather and sudden temperature changes.These are ex display in excellent condition but no box.

KOWA 10X25 SV II Binoculars

Original price was: £119.00.Current price is: £109.00.
The Kowa SV II 10x25 binocular - all lenses and prisms are fully multi-coated providing superior optical performance particularly at this small size. A lightweight fully waterproof and nitrogen filled body protects against the elements. Ultra compact and lightweight, these pocket sized binoculars are the perfect travel companion and for for those wishing to travel light. Binoculars you can take anywhere. The ergonomic, stylish design makes these binoculars not only look great but they are also extremely comfortable to operate and easy to use. Twist up eye-cups and easy dioptre adjustment makes tailoring the binocular to your own individual requirements a quick and simple task.

KOWA 6X30 YFII Porro Prism Binoculars

Original price was: £149.00.Current price is: £125.00.
Cost effective with superior optical performance.

KOWA 8X25 SV II Binoculars

Original price was: £109.00.Current price is: £99.00.
The Kowa SV II 8x25 binocular - all lenses and prisms are fully multi-coated providing superior optical performance particularly at this small size. A lightweight fully waterproof and nitrogen filled body protects against the elements. Ultra compact and lightweight, these pocket sized binoculars are the perfect travel companion and for for those wishing to travel light. Binoculars you can take anywhere. The ergonomic, stylish design makes these binoculars not only look great but they are also extremely comfortable to operate and easy to use. Twist up eye-cups and easy dioptre adjustment makes tailoring the binocular to your own individual requirements a quick and simple task.

KOWA 8X30 YFII Porro Prism Binoculars

Original price was: £169.00.Current price is: £135.00.
Cost effective with superior optical performance.

Kowa SV II 10×32 Binoculars

Original price was: £259.00.Current price is: £219.00.

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Kowa SV II 10×42 Binoculars

Original price was: £279.00.Current price is: £229.00.

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Kowa SV II 10×50 Binoculars

Original price was: £349.00.Current price is: £298.00.
The Kowa SV II Roof prism binoculars infuse over 60 years of heritage in optical design and manufacture and boast superb features such as Kowa Repelling (KR) lens coatings and 100% waterproofing. The SV Series represents the perfect balance between optimal performance and lightweight construction, with one of its most striking attributes being aesthetic beauty and ease of use.

Kowa SV II 12×50 Binoculars

Original price was: £359.00.Current price is: £318.00.

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Kowa SV II 8×32 Binoculars

Original price was: £249.00.Current price is: £198.00.

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Kowa SV II 8×42 Binoculars

Original price was: £269.00.Current price is: £224.00.

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Leica Ultravid 10×50 HD Binoculars + Free Rick Young Harness

Original price was: £2,300.00.Current price is: £1,999.00.

RESISTANT BY NATURE

Great performers in all situations

The timeless elegant design hides and protects what’s inside: precise mechanisms and the finest optics. The Ultravid HD-Plus binoculars are reliable companions that have been tested under the toughest conditions.With every Leica Full size binocular purchased we will give you a free Rick Young Ultra-light binocular harness worth £29.95!!

Leica Ultravid 12×50 HD Binoculars + Free Rick Young Harness

£1,999.00

RESISTANT BY NATURE

Great performers in all situations

The timeless elegant design hides and protects what’s inside: precise mechanisms and the finest optics. The Ultravid HD-Plus binoculars are reliable companions that have been tested under the toughest conditions.With every Leica Full size binocular purchased we will give you a free Rick Young Ultra-light binocular harness worth £29.95!!

Leica Ultravid 8×42 HD Plus – Used

£825.00
Leica Ultravid 8x42 HD Plus in fair condition. Lenses have light scratches but these can not be seen when looking through - does note effect the imageComes with case, strap and rainguard

Leica Ultravid 8×50 HD Binoculars + Free Rick Young Harness

Original price was: £2,250.00.Current price is: £1,949.00.
 

RESISTANT BY NATURE

Great performers in all situations

The timeless elegant design hides and protects what’s inside: precise mechanisms and the finest optics. The Ultravid HD-Plus binoculars are reliable companions that have been tested under the toughest conditions.With every Leica Full size binocular purchased we will give you a free Rick Young Ultra-light binocular harness worth £29.95!!

Nikon M5 10×42 Binoculars

Original price was: £349.00.Current price is: £279.00.
Equipped with extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to correct chromatic aberration, the MONARCH M5 delivers a clear view with high resolution. Stylish and portable, the lightweight durable body is waterproof and comfortable to hold. The multilayer coating for all lenses and prisms means the images are brighter and more natural in colour, while the phase correction coating ensures high-contrast results.

Nikon M5 12×42 Binoculars

Original price was: £369.00.Current price is: £349.00.
Equipped with extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to correct chromatic aberration, the MONARCH M5 delivers a clear view with high resolution. Stylish and portable, the lightweight durable body is waterproof and comfortable to hold. The multilayer coating for all lenses and prisms means the images are brighter and more natural in colour, while the phase correction coating ensures high-contrast results.

Nikon M5 8×42 Binoculars

Original price was: £329.00.Current price is: £269.00.
Equipped with extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to correct chromatic aberration, the MONARCH M5 delivers a clear view with high resolution. Stylish and portable, the lightweight durable body is waterproof and comfortable to hold. The multilayer coating for all lenses and prisms means the images are brighter and more natural in colour, while the phase correction coating ensures high-contrast results.

Independent Suppliers of Leading Binoculars in the UK 

Whether you enjoy birding or wildlife observation, we stock a range of quality and industry-leading field glasses for sale.

Choose from our new, used or ex-demonstration models for the perfect brand, type, magnification, lens size and price. Offering quality, flexibility and affordability.

So you’re on the lookout for a pair of binoculars? Whether this is your first pair or perhaps you’re looking to upgrade, whatever your situation we’ve got a pair for you.

What do the numbers mean?

This is a very common question, and it isn’t as complicated as you might think. If you take an 8×32 pair of binoculars for example the 8x part of the number is how much what you see is magnified by. This means that everything is 8x larger or closer than with the naked eye.

The second part of the number, 32, is the size of the objective lens in mm (the large end that you point towards objects). The size of this lens will determine how much light can be captured, affecting your image brightness. The larger the lens the brighter the image although it is worth remembering that the larger the lens the larger and heavier the glass will be.

What is ED?

You will probably see ED and wonder what this is and why are these binoculars more expensive.

ED is the common abbreviation for Extra-low Dispersion glass. These are specially treated lenses with multiple layers of coating that reduce colour fringing by limiting the amount of white light that splits into constituent colours as it passes through the glass.

This results in a far crisper, clear image with minimal chromatic aberration (strange colours) around the image. It can be most easily understood by thinking about HD TV compared to standard.

Compact Vs Full Size 

This is a very good question and to answer what is best for you need to think about what you will be using it for, your budget and how much weight you are willing to carry. 

In simple terms, the best pair of binoculars are the ones that you will take out. What we mean by this is that you may think you need the best, brightest image that an 8×56 will give you but in reality, it’s far too heavy, so you end up leaving at home or in the car. You may need a far more pocket-friendly and lightweight compact (8×25 or 10×25).

Compact binoculars are great for somebody who doesn’t want a heavy or bulky pair but still wants a decent view of objects in the distance. Strictly speaking, the image isn’t as bright using compact binoculars due to the smaller objective lens, although this can be improved by choosing an option that has high-quality lenses or ED lenses. 

Full-size binoculars are best for somebody who wants the best possible image and isn’t worried too much about size and weight. 42mm and above are great for woodland use as they can make the most of the reduced light levels as most light is blocked out by the trees. These also work well when using the binoculars at dawn and dusk. 

The 32mm binoculars are a great middle option, as these are a little bigger than the compacts offering a brighter image but not as large as the 42mm models.

What’s the difference between a £100 and £2500 pair of binoculars if all the numbers are the same?

With most things in life, there is an element of you get what you pay for, and optics is no exception.

The general rule of thumb with all optics is as you pay more you are paying for higher quality glass and coatings which result in a sharper, crisper image.

Ultimately you don’t have to spend the top price to get a decent optic. What you must consider is how much you are going to use your binoculars and what are you going to use them for. 

If you are going to use them a handful of times a year it may not be necessary to spend hundreds or thousands of pounds on some binoculars when a decent entry-level pair would work best for you.

If you are a keen birder or someone who is going to use them almost daily, it may be beneficial to go for more premium binoculars as you would benefit from the extra performance that this offers you.

8x vs 10x Magnification 

You may be thinking, do I want an 8x or a 10x binocular? They are both great but there are some things to consider before making your choice.

8x are generally considered the best all-rounder. This is because they offer a great balance between magnification, field of view, brightness of the image and ease of holding steady. These are best suited to people who use field glasses in lower light conditions such as woodland or if you want a wider field of view as it is easier to spot and track objects.

10x will get you closer to the object giving you greater detail but this is at the expense of the field of view and brightness of the image. As you increase magnification, you narrow your field of view. You can think about this as taking a picture on your phone and zooming in. As you zoom in, the object you want to view becomes larger and in greater detail, however, the image as a whole becomes smaller and you lose the outside edge. Also, as you increase magnification, the image becomes darker. Higher magnifications are also harder to hold steady as your movements are also more magnified. The higher magnifications are best suited to viewing over a greater distance or for someone who needs the extra fine detail.

Here at Viking Optical Centres, we pride ourselves on our expertise and sterling customer service. You only have to read some of our reviews to see that we are passionate about providing quality optics to all.