Founded in 1905, The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest non-profit environmental organizations in the world. It is named after the celebrated ornithologist John James Audubon, whose famous Birds Of America book first appeared in 1827. Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, with their main focus being on the birds that live in these ecosystems.
Being such a large and well-known organization among the “birding” and “birdwatching” communities, it is no surprise that Audubon offers a range of binoculars. Although they have a reputation of being entry-level binoculars, the Audubon line is very good for its pricing and well suited to both the amateur and seasoned ornithologist.
The line of Audubon binoculars covers everything needed by a nature lover, from mini binoculars for the weekend warrior to rugged premium models for the die hard “twitcher”. Although the range is fairly small with just over 10 models of binoculars to choose from, they do offer a good quality product with fair pricing. Whether you’re just a backyard bird watcher or a hardcore “chaser,” you can’t go wrong with the Audubon’s binocular selection.
AVAILABLE BINOCULARS SERIES
Audubon Porro Prism binoculars provide comfortable viewing all day long, and into dusk as well. They’re lightweight, compact, and easy to hold thanks to the durable rubber coating on the housing. The large focus wheel makes adjustment easy. The rubber eyecups offer two comfortable viewing possibilities—up to conform to the face and block out excess light, or down to accommodate eyeglasses.
The Audubon Porro Prism series binoculars are nitrogen-purged, making them waterproof and fog proof. Their airtight construction also helps to keep dust out, protecting the interior lenses. They offer a wide field of view, so they’re ideal for wildlife observation, or sporting events. These Porro Prism binoculars come with a soft carrying case, ocular and objective lens covers, and a woven neck strap, as well as Audubon’s limited lifetime warranty.See more
Audubon Equinox binoculars are a great alternative to higher priced roof-prism binoculars, yet they sacrifice none of the quality. They’re compact, lightweight, and comfortable to use with textured black armouring on the body providing a firm grip. On the underside are slight thumb grooves for ergonomic positioning. The binoculars are completely waterproof, and will even endure submersion.
Equinox binoculars provide bright views and sharp focus all the way to the edge of the field of vision. The BAK-4 prisms are fully phase-coated, delivering bright, true colours and excellent contrast. They’re better for long distance viewing than for close focus. Twist-and-lock, soft eyecups offer long eye relief, and comfortable viewing, even for eyeglass wearers. The large focus knob turns easily, making the adjustment a breeze, and the diopter adjustment is straightforward. Audubon Equinox binoculars come with a soft carrying case, ocular and objective lens covers, and a woven neck strap, as well as Audubon’s limited lifetime warranty.
Audubon Intrepid binoculars are a cost-effective alternative to more expensive binoculars, yet they provide the optimum quality the Audubon name is known for. The series contains both waterproof and non-waterproof models, but all models offer good optics for activities such as backyard birding and sporting events. The non-waterproof models are lightweight with heavy duty plastic shells, while the waterproof models are just slightly heavier because of the full black rubber armoring, which provides a secure grip and shock resistance.
The Intrepid series uses precision ground, multi-coated lenses along with high index BAK-4 prisms. Together, these features provide high resolution and absolute color fidelity. The pebbled surface of the large focusing knob makes it easy to grip and turn. Pliable rubber fold-down eyecups will either conform to the face for long-viewing comfort, or can be folded down to accommodate eyeglass wearers. Audubon Intrepid binoculars come with a soft carrying case, ocular and objective lens covers, and a woven neckstrap, and are covered by Audubon’s limited lifetime warranty.
Audubon Raptor binoculars offer clear images with sharp resolution, and a wider field of view than many other types of binoculars available. The wide field of view makes them a perfect choice for avid birdwatchers because it helps the viewer to find and follow moving birds. In addition, it allows the user to see all the action at sporting events. The lightweight body is durable, and covered with rubber armor for a sure grip.
The Raptor series binoculars are one hundred percent waterproof and fog proof thanks to nitrogen-purged barrels, making them ideal for use in inclement weather conditions. Multi-coated lenses and high index prisms provide high resolution and true color interpretation, even in low light conditions. Twist-and-lock eyecups offer comfortable viewing, even over long periods of time. Raptor binoculars come with a carrying case, rainguard, and wide comfort neckstrap, as well as Audubon’s limited lifetime warranty.
Audubon Vector binoculars are lightweight but sturdy, and feature precision ground, full-size, fully multi-coated BaK-4 optics. They are Nitrogen-purged, and not just waterproof, but submersible, making them a great choice for use during water sports like kayaking or boating. They’re also great for travel with their shock-resistant rubber armoring.
With their high quality optical coatings, Vector binoculars provide crisp, clear images in high and low light environments. They are a rugged, full-size roof prism model. They offer long, comfortable use without fatigue, even for eyeglass/sunglass wearers. Vector binoculars come with a carrying case, rainguard, and neckstrap, as well as Audubon’s limited lifetime warranty.
The newest addition the Alpen line is the Teton binoculars series. The Teton series combines the superior magnification system from the Rainier and the durable body design of the Apex, setting a new standard of quality and performance available at an affordable price. Teton binoculars offer the best value for your money.
Featuring multi-coated lenses for maximum brightness and clear viewing, Teton binoculars’ high quality lenses allow for high resolution and clarity. Waterproof and fogproof, they also have a soft rubber rain guard to protect the lenses from the elements. Large eye pieces give a full field view, and Teton models also offer twist lock eyecups and long eye relief. Along with a premium carrying case and quick release neck strap, Teton binoculars come with Alpen’s lifetime warranty.
POPULAR AUDUBON BINOCULARS
A popular model from Audubon is the 8X42 Vector binoculars. The compact lightweight model lists at $169.00 and has a watertight and dust-proof filled casing. This roof prism model features a rugged design for outdoor enthusiasts and comes with shockproof mounted optics for rugged use out in the field.
There are a number of ranges in Audubon product line up. If you’re a looking for a smaller pair of binoculars, they have the tiny Mini range and the lightweight Compact range. They also have the compact Vector range, which is both waterproof and fog proof. If you are considering a full size binocular, then you have Audubon’s premium Equinox HP, the robust Raptor series, and the affordable Intrepid lines. For outdoor adventure they also have an 8X42 Vector model, which is waterproof and fog proof like it’s Compact cousin.
Across the full line of Audubon binoculars you will find magnifications of 7X, 8X and 10X, with the smaller models tending to have lower magnification.
With a few choices in most ranges, the objective lenses on Audubon binoculars start at 18mm for the mini binoculars and range up to 42mm the larger models.
FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)
Dependent on which model of binocular you choose from Audubon, the field of view will fall between 262 – 488 ft. at 1000 yd. Like most binoculars the higher the magnification the narrower the field of view will be.
The range of Audubon binoculars aren’t extensive but they do carry enough to suit the most ardent of nature lovers. This includes compact models, models protected with rubberized coatings, and waterproof models. The binoculars come in both porro and roof prism types, and higher end models have coatings to prevent glare.
In the Audubon series also will also find a monocular and a 15-45X60mm spotting scope.
The great quality and reasonable pricing makes Audubon a great entry-level binocular for the keen amateur or for the seasoned wildlife spotter. With prices listed from $39 to $599.95, these binoculars make a great buy.
There is a limited lifetime warranty, to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the original owner on all Audubon optics.