Binoculars & Spotting Scopes

Optics sales are via appointment.
Please call 780-439-7333 to book a time.
We specialize in Nikon,  Vortex,  Swarovski, and Zeiss binoculars.
Many models are special order only. 50% deposit required.
We price match in-stock Canadian online and brick-n-mortar stores (including S/H) for customers picking up in person.
Start the process of picking the best binoculars for your needs & budget by reviewing our BUYING TIPS, then scroll down for our BUYING GUIDE with pricing showcasing our best sellers.
Tips for choosing the best binoculars for your needs & budget:

The first number (eg. 8x) is the magnification power. As the magnification increases the size of the subject (eg. bird) increases. 10x power magnification helps you see a subject that is further away.

The second number (eg. 42) is a measurement (in mm) of the diameter of the objective glass (aka the front piece opposite your eyes). As the size of the objective piece increases, the binoculars will gather more light which is better in dimmer conditions.

The most common choice for birding is 8×42.

Why not just get a pair of super high power binoculars with huge objective lens?

Like anything in physics, there are trade-offs. As magnification increases, the field of view becomes narrower, leading to difficulty in image stabilization making it harder to follow little birds in flight. Also, as the magnification increases, the binoculars will gather less light and the field becomes darker, making it harder to distinguish colours.

As for the objective size, as it increases the binoculars will tend to get heavy and harder to hand hold. (Glass is actually quite heavy). The cost also tends to climb significantly with larger objectives.

All of this means that 8×42 is usually the optimum for bird watching. But…. there’s always a “but”.
Going to 10x power is fine too and is somewhat better for longer distance birds like shorebirds.
Larger objectives can be good for use in low light, so long as they don’t get too heavy.

Objectives of 21 or 25 are considered “Compact” and good for small hands, perfect for travel and concerts/events, but quality glass is again expensive.

*A special note on the Pentax Papilio II 8.5 x 21: This optic has a close focus of 0.5m, making it perfect for botanists & bug lovers.

The approach we usually suggest is to start by testing an 8×42 in your budget, and then adjust size and magnification (if need be) to best suit your specific needs. We will be more than happy to walk you through all the choices so that you get the BEST optic for YOU.

Our BUYING GUIDE showcases our best sellers. (Best viewed on desktop; sort the columns by size, brand, magnification, or price.)
Please note, many models are special order only. Models not listed, including Swarovski & Zeiss, are also available for special order.
CompactBushnell PowerView Compact82124.99
CompactPentaxPapilio II8.521149.99
CompactPentaxAD WP Compact825159.99
CompactPentaxAD WP Compact1025169.99
CompactZeiss Terra ED825529.99
LitePentaxAD WP836199.99
LiteNikonProstaff 7s830259.99
LiteVortexDiamondBack HD832299.00
LiteZeissTerra ED832629.99
LiteNikonMonarch M7830669.99
StandardBushnell H2O Waterproof 842139.99
StandardNikonProstaff 3s842179.99
StandardNikonProstaff 7s842269.99
StandardVortexDiamondBack HD842359.00
StandardNikon Monarch M5842459.99
StandardVortexViper HD842689.00
StandardNikon Monarch M7842699.99
StandardZeissTerra ED842699.99
MidVortexDiamondBack HD1032319.00
FullNikonProstaff 3s1042189.99
FullNikonProstaff 7s1042284.99
FullVortexDiamondBack HD1042369.00
FullNikon Monarch M51042479.99
FullVortexViper HD1042699.00
FullNikon Monarch M71042729.99
FullZeissTerra ED1042749.99