Best Binoculars Less Than $1000: Top Quality Bino’s on the Market In 2019

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Binos Less Than 1000This category happens to be the most popular budget for serious hunters and optic users.

Laying down a grand on a pair of glasses might seem absurd to some. But, to the hunter who needs precision for serious glassing, this is the budget with the best quality for the value.

Save up, look up, and tag it up this hunting season!


QUICK LIST: 6 Best Binoculars Under $1000 In 2019

  1. Meopta MeoPro 10X42 HD
  2. Steiner HX 8X42
  3. Zeiss Conquest HD 10X42
  4. Swarovski CL Companion Pocket 10X25
  5. Vortex Razor HD 12X50
  6. Leupold BX-3 Mojave 10X50


Best Hunting Binoculars Under $1000

This high end category is more like the premium end of the mid-range binoculars – it’s not quite worth selling off an organ for, but it’s plenty good enough for a lot of hunters wanting a high-class optic.

Many hunters who are looking for a long-term binocular will pay within this price range. Why? Quality, durability, and brilliant glass is the name of the game, and this is exactly what we used as a standard to filter out the top binoculars for this high budget category.

So, if you’re a serious hunter who knows his optics and can really appreciate the differences between $100 and $900 glasses, this reveal is for you.

tt-table__imageMeopta MeoPro 10X42 HD
  • Prism Type: Roof Prism
  • Glass: Schott Glass
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 17 / 4.2mm
tt-table__imageSteiner HX 8X42
  • Prism Type: Roof Prism
  • Glass: BaK-4
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 17 / 5.6mm
tt-table__imageZeiss Conquest HD 10X42
  • Prism Type: Schmidt-Pechan Prism
  • Glass: Schott HD
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 17 / 4.2mm
tt-table__imageSwarovski CL Companion Pocket 10X25
  • Prism Type: Schmidt-Pechan Prism
  • Glass: Swarovski Glass
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 17 / 2.5mm
tt-table__imageVortex Razor HD 12X50
  • Prism Type: Roof Prism
  • Glass: BaK-4
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 15.5 / 4.2mm
tt-table__imageLeupold BX-3 Mojave 10X50
  • Prism Type: Roof Prism
  • Glass: BaK-4
  • Eye Relief / Exit Pupil: 17 / 5mm



Our 6 Top Binos Less Than $1000


Meopta MeoPro 10X42 HD Binoculars

Meopta MEOPRO 10x42 HD Binocular - Premium European Optics - ED Fluorite Lenses
7 Reviews
Meopta MEOPRO 10x42 HD Binocular - Premium European Optics - ED Fluorite Lenses
  • MEOBRIGHT ion assisted lens multi-coatings deliver an outstanding 99.7% light transmission per lens surface
  • MEOSHIELD coating protects exposed lens surfaces from abrasion
  • FLOURIDE (HD) objective lenses eliminate chromatic aberrations (color fringing) and deliver vivid, razor-sharp images with exceptional brightness
  • MAGNESIUM lightweight chassis for a comfortable carry in the field

Finally, Meopta takes a number one spot in our optics reviews with the MeoPro 10X42 HD. This binocular is almost $800, but it has the quality of a bino twice its price – and I’m not exaggerating.

It has ED glass that produces High Definition effects, MeoBright coatings, and multi-position eyecups while being fully weatherproof on a light weight magnesium alloy chassis.

And, if you’re circumspect about the glass, maybe this tidbit will allay you… their glass source is none other than Schott AG. No Chinese-made BAK4 prisms here! To find out more about this underdog brand, the full review is only one page away…

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Steiner HX 8X42

Steiner Optics HX Series 8x42 Binoculars - Versatile Optics, Shockproof and...
7 Reviews
Steiner Optics HX Series 8x42 Binoculars - Versatile Optics, Shockproof and...
  • HD OPTICS - Incorporate the finest index-matched glass and advanced lens coatings for best-in-glass image clarity.
  • FAST CLOSE FOCUS - Central focusing wheel requires minimal rotation for quick, absolute sharpness from close up to infinity.
  • NANO PROTECTION - Hydrophobic molecular coating creates a lens surface so smooth water sheets off and dirt, dust, snow and fingerprints are repelled for easy cleaning and...

Yes, another well-known optics brand has entered the ring and has taken second place with its HX 8X42 binocular.

This reliable and durable bino has all the techs and specs that every hunter wants to read about in the best hunting binocular reviews – submersible under water, fully fog-proof, and built with Steiner’s exemplary Makrolon housing chassis.

Needless to say, this Steiner was built and made for the hunter. If you want to read more about its Nano-Protection, excellent luminosity factor, ClicLoc System, and even the Fast-Close-Focus Technology, the review is ready and waiting…

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Zeiss Conquest HD 10×42

Zeiss 10x42 Conquest HD Binocular with LotuTec Protective Coating (Black)
74 Reviews
Zeiss 10x42 Conquest HD Binocular with LotuTec Protective Coating (Black)
  • Compact lightweight ergonomic design for ultimate comfort in the field
  • LotuTec water shedding outer coatings for all weather use
  • Designed and manufactured with traditional German quality
  • Rotating and lockable eyecups for eyeglass or non eyeglass wearers
  • The largest field of view in its class

There’s no way a Zeiss doesn’t make it into the top 3 of this budget category.

As one of the most bought-out Zeiss binoculars in the market, it has every right to be featured as a premium and high quality binocular. It literally has everything you could want in a bino priced under $1000: stunning glass, superb coatings, and a prism system that’s fit for any lighting challenges you dare hunt in.

It’s refreshing to see Zeiss come down a notch in price to cater to most hunters who can’t stretch the dollar into the triple zero digit range. As a high quality bino that technically shouldn’t be in this price category, it’s a steal!

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Swarovski CL Companion Pocket 10X25

Swarovski 46211 CL Pocket 10x25 Binoculars (Green)
17 Reviews
Swarovski 46211 CL Pocket 10x25 Binoculars (Green)
  • 10X magnification binocular
  • 25mm objective lens diameter
  • Roof prism design 
  • Swarobright - Fully multi-coated optics
  • Wide, 294' at 1000 yards field of view - 5.6° angular view

I’ve thrown in the CL Companion Pocket 10X25 binocular because it’s a Swarovski that comes in at less than $1000!

Optically, it’s every part an equal to its siblings with SwaroBright, Schmidt-Pechan prisms, locking mechanisms, and submersible to 13 feet!

This 10X25 CL is the best-of-the-best when it comes to compact optics, not only is it small enough to fit into your pocket but also to keep you glassing in comfort for hours on end.

If Swarovski glass is on your shopping list, you better check out our review of this sweet little pocket rocket!

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Vortex Razor HD 12X50

Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
90 Reviews
Vortex Optics Razor HD Roof Prism Binoculars 12x50
  • 12x magnification and 50mm objectives lenses, the Razor HD features hand selected prisms and premium high density glass, delivering unparalled resolution and color,...
  • State of the art anti-reflective coatings with cutting edge plasma tech application guarantee the highest level of brightness during critical low light periods.
  • The true open hinge magnesium chasis forms a strong, lightweight, and ergonomic design resulting in more durability in the field. Strategically placed indents in the...

The Vortex Razor HD 12X50 technically disqualifies from this price bracket because it has a price tag of around $1100, but since I can tell you that it won’t make the high-end list of binoculars, I’m giving it a mention here – besides, you can get if for barely over $1000 on sale so I think that is close enough to fit this price range.

It’s loaded with an APO system, Plasma Tech, XR Plus Fully Multi-Coated lenses, and a whole mouthful more, including a True Open Hinge design and lightweight magnesium chassis.

Now, if you don’t know what all of that means and how it is going to benefit your hunt, you will have to check out the detailed review of the Razor HD.

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Leupold BX-3 Mojave 10X50

Leupold Mojave Roof Prism Binoculars, 10x50mm, Black
65 Reviews
Leupold Mojave Roof Prism Binoculars, 10x50mm, Black
  • Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process
  • Open Bridge Roof Prism Design
  • Cold Mirror Coated Prisms
  • Smooth Focusing
  • Twist Up Eyecups

The open-bridge Leupold BX-3 Mojave 10X50 binocular has everything you expect to see, but what I think you’ll be really impressed with is the 64 layer, cold mirror prism coatings!

That alone should have you curious and reading our review of the Mojave which you can find here. (Plus, this baby comes in way underprice being closer to $400 than $1000).

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What to Look for in a Binocular in this Price Range

This price range is the ideal category for buying a binocular – if you know what you’re looking for. High-powered might seem to be the way to go, but in this quality range, you’ll have much further distance with premium glass versus a cheaper, high-powered bino with mediocre or poor glass. Tip number one: always look for quality glass!

Some binos are too overpriced with little quality, and the quality of other binos in this range almost seem too good to be true. So, what do you look for? Let us give you a jump start in narrowing down on the vitals.

  • Quality glass: This should include premium glass elements. Ex. ED, HD, etc. Look for world-renown glass sources.
  • Quality coatings: This should include layered, weatherproof, debris-proof, and scratch-proof coatings. Additionally, look for any corrective or mirror coatings for roof-type prism binos.
  • High-end focus system: Top dollar focus systems should include IF or dual focus systems.
  • Tripod adaptable: Expensive can mean high-powered. Mount for those times the 10X mag proves to be too much.
  • Quality Warranties: Protect your investment with the best available warranty.


Premium Prices Without Selling a Kidney!

We all know those types of optics that are worth selling off an organ or two for, but you can keep your kidneys intact with these high quality binos. You’re looking at high-class, premium, and luxury features for the best value in the market, and we’re not just saying that either.

Without spending a penny over a grand, you’ll be surprised to find that most hunters are willing to drop down several hundred bucks for a dependable optic. Yes – several hundred bucks. Sometimes you gotta give some to get some! You might be pleasantly surprised that you get more quality than what you anticipated for the price.

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