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Best Marine Binoculars – I See You Looking At Me

  • Updated: November 28, 2019
Best Marine Binoculars |Man Looking Through Binoculars

I spy, with my little eye. An ICEBERG coming toward me! Don’t make a Titanic mistake. Choose the best marine binoculars for the job.

On the water, it is imperative to have good visibility of your surroundings and other vessels, markers, and obstacles.

Movement on the water is far quicker than one may think. For your safety and the safety of others make sure you have the best binoculars to see danger, and have time to react.

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Best Marine Binoculars - (Comparison Table)

Best Overall
Steiner 2037 Military-Marine 10x25 Binoculars
Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars – Outdoor and Birding Binocular – Fully Multi-coated with BaK-4 Prisms – Rubber Armored – Fog & Waterproof Binoculars – Top Pick Optics
Steiner Navigator Pro C Binocular, 7x30
Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Porro Prism Binocular, 8 x 42-mm, Black
Best Budget
Aomekie Marine Binoculars Night Vision for Adults, 7X50 Military Binoculars Waterproof Fogproof with Compass Rangefinder BAK4 Prism Lens for Navigation Boating Fishing Water Sports Hunting (Army Blue)
Brand & Model
Steiner Military-Marine Binoculars
Celestron – Nature DX 8x4
Steiner Navigator Pro 7×30
Bushnell H2O
Aomekie 7X50
Weight
1000g (35.3 oz)
623g (22.2 oz)
567g (20 oz)
1048g (37 oz)
964g (34 oz)
Magnification Level
10 x 50
8 x 42
7 x 50
7 x 50
7 x 50
Field of View
92m (302 feet)
914.4m (1000 yards)
123 m (369 ft) at 1000 m (1000 yards)
114 m (367) ft at 1000 m (1000 yards)
119m (390ft)
Lens Size
50mm (1.96 in)
42mm (1.65 in)
30mm (1.18 in)
42mm (1.65 in)
50mm (1.96 in)
Best Overall
Steiner 2037 Military-Marine 10x25 Binoculars
Brand & Model
Steiner Military-Marine Binoculars
Weight
1000g (35.3 oz)
Magnification Level
10 x 50
Field of View
92m (302 feet)
Lens Size
50mm (1.96 in)
Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars – Outdoor and Birding Binocular – Fully Multi-coated with BaK-4 Prisms – Rubber Armored – Fog & Waterproof Binoculars – Top Pick Optics
Brand & Model
Celestron – Nature DX 8x4
Weight
623g (22.2 oz)
Magnification Level
8 x 42
Field of View
914.4m (1000 yards)
Lens Size
42mm (1.65 in)
Steiner Navigator Pro C Binocular, 7x30
Brand & Model
Steiner Navigator Pro 7×30
Weight
567g (20 oz)
Magnification Level
7 x 50
Field of View
123 m (369 ft) at 1000 m (1000 yards)
Lens Size
30mm (1.18 in)
Bushnell H2O Waterproof/Fogproof Porro Prism Binocular, 8 x 42-mm, Black
Brand & Model
Bushnell H2O
Weight
1048g (37 oz)
Magnification Level
7 x 50
Field of View
114 m (367) ft at 1000 m (1000 yards)
Lens Size
42mm (1.65 in)
Best Budget
Aomekie Marine Binoculars Night Vision for Adults, 7X50 Military Binoculars Waterproof Fogproof with Compass Rangefinder BAK4 Prism Lens for Navigation Boating Fishing Water Sports Hunting (Army Blue)
Brand & Model
Aomekie 7X50
Weight
964g (34 oz)
Magnification Level
7 x 50
Field of View
119m (390ft)
Lens Size
50mm (1.96 in)

Top Marine Binoculars

Best Marine Binoculars Overall

Steiner Military-Marine Binoculars

The Steiner patent nano protection ensures that the lenses of these binoculars are totally waterproof and the 50mm (1.96 in) objective lens offers an amazing field of view

As you may expect with these top of the line binoculars the 7 x 50 optics are truly stunning and offer crisp image quality.

As the name suggests the magnification is 10 times and offers a wide field of view. Even at 914.4m (1000 yards), the field of view is 92m (302 feet).

The Steiner binoculars support those who ware glasses with full adjustable eyecups. For those who don’t need glasses, the cups are designed to leave no gap between the user and the lens.

  • Weight: 1000g (35.3 oz)
  • Magnification Level: 10 x 50
  • Field of View: 92m (302 feet) at 914.4m (1000 yards)
  • Bullet Point: 50mm (1.96 in)

What we like

  • Exceptionally durable
  • Waterproof up to a depth of 10 meters (16 feet)
  • Wide field of view, even at full magnification
  • Optics are resistant to glare
  • Awesome autofocus and performs well in low light conditions.

What we don't like

  • Fairly heavy
  • At the higher end of the price scale
  • They are also quite large

Best Binoculars For Beginners

Celestron – Nature DX

Celestron has designed the Nature DX for users that are looking for a full-featured but affordable pair of binoculars.

These binoculars are fully waterproof and feature a wide field of view914.4m (1000 yards). The body of this unit is made from highly durable polycarbonate as is typical with binoculars of this quality. It is encased in thin and very hard rubber for extra protection and grip.

These binoculars don’t have an autofocus feature, but the manual dial is easy to move when needed, whilst keeping its position when desired.

The optics are fantastic, offering highly reflective prism coating as well as a phase correction coating that makes the image extra crisp, and improves visibility in poor light.

  • Weight: 623g (22.2 oz)
  • Magnification Level:  8 x 42
  • Field of View: 118m (388 feet) at 914.4m (1000 yards)
  • Bullet Point: 42mm (1.65 in)

What we like

  • Able to focus on objects as close as 6.5 feet away.
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Light and durable body
  • Wide field of view

What we don't like

  • No Auto Focus

Best Compact Marine Binoculars

Navigator Pro 7×30

Steiner has come up with an amazingly light, small, yet feature-packed set of binoculars. Image stabilization, electronic compass with 7 x 50 magnification, in a pair of bino’s that can fit easily into a pocket.

Steiner has included their autofocus technology along with CAT optics. This means that images are crisp, sharp and always in focus in bright or dim light.

This compact unit also boasts a range finder! This is especially useful when identifying hazards or waypoints. This feature is not absolutely accurate and does need some mental arithmetic. Take the known height of an object you are looking at

E.g. a lighthouse (150 feet high) and appears to be 15 points in the range finder. So you divide the height of the lighthouse by the points (150 / 10) and get 10. This means the lighthouse is 100000 feet from your current position.

  • Weight: 567g (20 oz)
  • Magnification Level:  7 x 50
  • Field of View: 123 m (369 ft) at 1000 m (1000 yards)
  • Bullet Point: 30mm (1.18 in)

What we like

  • Has a built in compass and range finder!
  • Small, light and compact design
  • Fully waterproof and fog resistant
  • Autofocus is a BIG plus.

What we don't like

  • On the pricier side of the market
  • No phase correction coating
  • Does not have image stabalization
  • The lens size is on the small side

Best Value Marine Binoculars

Bushnell H2O

Weighing in at 37oz the Bushnell H20 is a little on the heavy side, but its image clarity and field of view more than makeup for the extra weight. Bushnell have been in the business for more than 60 years and have put all their experience into this unit.

These bino's are fully waterproof, fog resistant and have been treated to resist the corrosive effects of saltwater…

The optics are coated to prevent glare, whilst still allowing enough light in to provide good visibility in low light conditions.

The rubber housing protects these binoculars against accidental drops and provides a degree of buoyancy if they fall into the water.

  • Weight: 1048g (37 oz)
  • Magnification Level:  7 x 50
  • Field of View: 114 m (367) ft at 1000 m (1000 yards)
  • Bullet Point: 42mm (1.65 in)

What we like

  • BaK-4 prisms with multi coating for glare and better image quality
  • Easy twist focus weel
  • Waterproof and fog resistant
  • Durable, and stands up well to harsh weather

What we don't like

  • On the heavy side

Best Budget Marine Binoculars

Aomekie 7 x 50

These binoculars are great if you operate in a busy environment where accidents could result in your binos hitting the water. Yes, they can float”

As you would expect this unit is fully waterproof with anti-fog technology and has a magnification of 7 x 50, with 119m (390 ft) field of view at 914.4m (1000 yards)

At the lower end of the price scale, you may expect the image quality to be lacking, but surprisingly this is not the case. The lenses are coated to increase quality both in bright and low light and have the added compass and range finder features too.

  • Weight: 964g (34 oz)
  • Magnification Level:  7 x 50
  • Field of View: 914.4m (1000 yards)
  • Bullet Point: 50mm (1.96 in)

What we like

  • They float!
  • A good field of view
  • Compas and range finder built-in.

What we don't like

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Buyer's Guide for Marine Binoculars

Choosing the right magnification level

Most people think that the greater the magnification a pair of binoculars have, the better they are. In actual fact, this is not necessarily the case.

Unless your binoculars are mounted on a tripod, or other stable platforms, every jiggle of your hands will be magnified in proportion to your binoculars magnification.

Choosing a magnification level between 7x and 10 x is a good range. This will ensure that even if your platform is not stable your image will remain crisp and in focus.

Lens size

This is one of the rare cases where bigger is actually better. Larger lenses allow more light in and as such increase the sharpness and clarity of the image. This is especially important in marine environments where you have to contend with fog, rain, dawn, and dusk.

If you choose a compact pair of binoculars, this will limit the lens size and have a significant impact on the image quality you can expect in trying conditions, so make sure the space saving advantage is worth the trade off.

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Hey, I'm Brad - the founder and editor of Watercraft Watch. My love for boating is what prompted me to start WatercraftWatch.com – helping people find the right equipment and supplies so they can enjoy their time on the water. I hope you find the articles on the site useful, and share in my love for boating.

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