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Binoculars are useful for bird watching because they help you to identify different species of birds, observe their behaviour, and enjoy their beauty. There are many types and models of binoculars available, but some factors to consider when choosing binoculars for bird watching are:

The best binoculars for bird watching depend on your personal preferences, budget, and birding habits. You may want to try different models before buying one, and you can do this easily at Sussex Birdwatching and get helpful advice from us.


Holding Binoculars Correctly.

The Wrong Way:

99% of people when handed a pair of binoculars would hold them in the obvious way, as shown in the picture. Simply by placing their hands on the sides. Of course it works, but it's not that steady and in long term use will lead to fatigue more quickly.

The Right Way:

This picture shows an alternative method. The first fingers and thumbs rest against the face of the observer. This gives much more support and the binoculars are less prone to wobble, especially important with high magnifications models. In addition some of the load is kept off the arms in this stance, making it easier to hold the binoculars for extended periods.

The only downside with this method is that the focus is harder to set. We normally hold them the "wrong" way to adjust the focus then change position. After all, you don't need to adjust the focus more than once per session.

The wrong way to hold binoculars!

The right way to hold binoculars.

The wrong way! Unstable due to lack of support.

The right way. Steady observation and good support.


The following is only a small selection of our large range.


. best binoculars for birdwatching    Click here for the full range of Celestron Binoculars.

one of the best binoculars for birdwatching


Celestron Nature DX 8x 42mm ED

Celestron Nature DX 10x 42mm ED

In Stock: £199.99 each


Celestron Outland 8x 25mm £ 49.99

Celestron Outland 8x 42mm £ 99.99



Visionary Freebird 10x42 Binoculars

Now In Stock!

The Visionary Freebird ED is a mid-size compact rubber armoured roof prism binocular with a specification packed with high end optical and design features.
Fully multicoated optics with high definition BAK4, Naturephase™ and dielectric coated prisms for exceptional colour rendition, image brightness with razor sharpness.
Coupled with ED (extra low dispersion) glass to minimise chromatic aberration, improving edge definition and contrast.

8×42mm £ 309.99
10x42mm £ 319.99


Visionary Wetland Series Binoculars

New: Visionary Wetland Plus Series Binoculars

High quality waterproof DCF binoculars. 
The WETLAND series are one of the best binoculars for bird watching and nature viewing.

Rubber armored and fully waterproof, Wetland binoculars are quite at home in the tough outdoors.

High grade roof prisms, coated lenses for great clarity and colour.

All models feature twist eyecups

8x 25mm £ 79.99
10x 25mm £ 84.99
8x 32mm     £ 99.99
10x 32mm £ 109.99
8x 42mm    £ 119.99
10x 42mm  £ 129.99

Ostara Elinor 2 Series Binoculars

Ostara Elinor 2 Series Binoculars

The Ostara Elinor range of binoculars offers improved performance over the original, award winning Elinor. Featuring higher quality optics with improved definition. Utilizing the latest surface coatings to provide efficient light transmission, enhancing brightness and clarity. BAK-4 fully multi-coated, high definition optics, waterproof and fog resistant

High grade roof prisms, coated lenses for great clarity and colour.

All models feature twist eyecups, wide comfort neck straps and carry case, as well as tethered lens caps.



8x 42mm  In Stock £ 189.99
7x 50mm    In Stock £ 199.99

 Barr and Stroud Binoculars

Barr and Stroud ED Range


Barr and Stroud. Skyline Range

8x 42mm  In Stock £ 87.95
10x 42mm  In Stock £ 87.99
7x 50mm  Marine  In Stock £ 124.95

Barr and Stroud Binoculars for all your Birdwatching needs.

Series 4 ED 8x 42mm In Stock £ 229.95
Series 4 ED 10x 42mm In Stock £ 229.95
Savannah 8x 56mm ED In Stock

Savannah 12x 56mm ED In Stock

£ 294.95

£ 299.99



Visionary Nature Scout 2


Visionary Nature Scout 2

High quality, excellent value for money, Very bright, featuring BAK4 prisms, fully coated lenses, rubber amour body.


8x 42mm   £ 59.99

10x 42mm 

  £ 69.99

Barr and Stroud Binoculars

There are too many Barr and Stroud Binoculars to list here, click HERE for the full range. Any not in stock can be ordered.


Helios binoculars at Sussex Astronomy CentreWe keep this range in stock


Sky at Night Best Buy Binoculars

  Helios at Sussex Astronomy Centre    Binoculars

Wide angle, high resolution, waterproof, perfect for bird watching and nature study.

Nature-sport plus 8x 40mm In Stock £ 125.00  

Nature-sport plus 10x 50mm  In Stock

£ 135.00  
Nature-sport plus 7x 50mm £ 139.00  

The use of ED glass greatly reduces a visual defect known as chromatic aberration. This is essentially the colour fringing that appears when looking through a pair of binoculars which can distort the true image. Binoculars which use ED glass (see below) are able to stop this from happening.

Mistral WP6 ED 8x 42mm To Order £189.95
Mistral WP6 ED 10x 42mm To Order £194.95

Please note this is just a small selection from our vast range. Call in to find out more.


Astronomical Binoculars by Celestron

Celestron Astronomical Binoculars

Celestron’s SkyMaster Series of large aperture binoculars are a phenomenal value for high performance binoculars ideal for astronomical viewing or for terrestrial (land) use - especially over long distances. Each SkyMaster model features high quality BAK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast. Celestron has designed and engineered the larger SkyMaster models to meet the special demands of extended astronomical or terrestrial viewing sessions.

For maximum stability and secure optical alignment, the 80mm and 100mm SkyMaster models feature enhanced structural reinforcement to the main binocular body. As an additional convenience, the 80mm and 100mm SkyMaster models also include an integral super rigid photo tripod adapter. The SkyMaster Series binoculars are built to provide years of magnificent views of the world around you and the heavens above.

Click HERE to download the SkyMaster data sheet.



15x 70mm   £ 129.99

25x 70mm   £ 139.99

20x 80mm  £ 189.99

25x 100mm   £ 419.99

15x 70mm Pro. Range £ 219.99

20x 80mm Pro. Range £ 299.99


  Celestron SkyMaster Astronomical Binoculars



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