Binoculars & Spotting Scopes

We specialize in Nikon,  Vortex,  Swarovski, and Zeiss binoculars, with many models standard in stock. Special orders (including spotting scopes) are available, deposit is required. We price match Canadian online and brick-motor stores (including S/H). ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Start the process of picking the best binoculars for your needs & budget by reviewing our BUYING GUIDE (best viewed on desktop or scroll left to right; sort the columns by size, budget, brand, magnification, etc.) & TIPS below.
….. Or give us a call at 780-439-7333. We’ll help narrow down your selection & set up an appointment for you to try a few models out. Please call to discuss spotting scopes.
SIZELEVELBUDGETBRANDMODELMODELMAGOBJWBGS PRICESTOCK
CompactIntroUnder $100BushnellPowerViewCompact821$24.95
CompactIntroUnder $100PentaxUP821$69.99
CompactIntroUnder $200Nikon SportStarEX825$124.95
CompactIntroUnder $200PentaxPapilioII8.521$139.95
CompactIntroUnder $200PentaxADWP Compact825$149.99
CompactIntroUnder $200PentaxADWP Compact1025$169.99
CompactBest Value$500-$1000ZeissTerraED825$529.99
CompactExpert$1000-$2000SwarovskiPocket825$1059.00S/O
CompactExpert$1000-$2000SwarovskiPocket1025$1099.00S/O
LiteIntro$100-$200VortexRaptor8.532$169.00
LiteIntro$200-$300NikonProstaff7s830$259.95
LiteIntro$200-$300VortexDiamond BackHD (NEW)832$289.00
LiteBest Value$500-$1000Nikon Monarch7830$529.95
LiteBest Value$500-$1000ZeissTerraED832$599.99
LiteExpert$1000-$2000SwarovskiCompanionCL830$1539.00
LiteExpert$1000-$2000Zeiss Conquest832$1399.99S/O
StandardIntro$100-$200NikonProstaff3s842$179.95
StandardIntro$200-$300NikonProstaff7s842$269.95
StandardBest Value$300-$500Nikon Monarch5842$399.95
StandardBest Value$300-$500VortexDiamond BackHD (NEW)842$339.00
StandardBest Value$500-$1000Nikon Monarch7842$669.95
StandardBest Value$500-$1000VortexViperHD842$689.00
StandardBest Value$500-$1000ZeissTerraED842$649.99
StandardExpert$1000-$2000Nikon MonarchHG842$1449.95S/O
StandardExpert$1000-$2000Vortex Razor842$1429.00S/O
StandardExpert$1000-$2000Zeiss Conquest842$1449.99S/O
StandardExpert$2000-$3000Swarovski EL8.542$2659.00B/O
StandardExpert$2000-$3000Vortex RazorUHD8.542$2149.00S/O
StandardExpert$3000 & UpSwarovski NLPure842$3649.00S/O
StandardExpert$3000 & UpZeiss VictorySF842$3899.99S/O
Mid-SizeIntro$100-$200VortexRaptor1032$169.00
Mid-SizeIntro$200-$300NikonProstaff7s1030$274.95S/O
Mid-SizeIntro$200-$300VortexDiamond BackHD (NEW)1032$299.00
Mid-SizeBest Value$500-$1000Nikon Monarch71030$549.95
Mid-SizeExpert$1000-$2000SwarovskiCompanionCL1030$1589.00
Mid-SizeExpert$1000-$2000Zeiss Conquest1032$1449.99S/O
Full-SizeIntro$100-$200NikonProstaff3s1042$189.95
Full-SizeIntro$200-$300Nikon Prostaff7s1042$284.95S/O
Full-SizeBest Value$300-$500Nikon Monarch51042$449.95
Full-SizeBest Value$300-$500VortexDiamond BackHD (NEW)1042$349.00
Full-SizeBest Value$500-$1000Nikon Monarch71042$699.95
Full-SizeBest Value$500-$1000VortexViperHD1042$699.00
Full-SizeBest Value$500-$1000ZeissTerraED1042$749.99
Full-SizeExpert$1000-$2000Nikon MonarchHG1042$1449.95S/O
Full-SizeExpert$1000-$2000Vortex Razor1042$1449.00S/O
Full-SizeExpert$1000-$2000Zeiss Conquest1042$1549.99S/O
Full-SizeExpert$1000-$2000Vortex FuryRange Finder1042$1599.00LAST ONE
Full-SizeExpert$2000-$3000Leica UltravidHD Plus1042$2599.00LAST ONE
Full-SizeExpert$2000-$3000Vortex RazorUHD1042$2199.00S/O
Full-SizeExpert$2000-$3000Swarovski EL1042$2699.00S/O
Full-SizeExpert$3000 & UpSwarovski NLPure1042$3729.00S/O
Full-SizeExpert$3000 & UpZeiss VictorySF1042$3999.99S/O
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 (“Standard” in the above table).

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.