Barska Air View 10×42 Binocular Review (Model AB12528)

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barska air view 10x42 binocularsMagnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 42 mm
Close Focus Distance: 13.1 feet
Dimensions: 5.75 x 5 x 2 inches
Weight: 20 ounces
Field of View: 319 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 16.1 mm/4.2 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation

Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Barska Air View Binoculars Review

This Barska Air View 10X42 binocular has fully multi-coated BAK4 prisms, open bridge design, and a rubber armor coating on a lightweight 20-ounce aluminum alloy chassis. It’s also fully weatherproof, has a large center focus knob, and is tripod adaptable. Designed for comfort during long-term viewing the Air View is great for a range of outdoor activities, including hunting.

So far online, there’s only a pittance of reviews to date, but let’s not judge harshly since it’s new to 2016. But, even with its small number of reviews, it has a superb rating.

As the latest addition to Barska’s walloping binocular inventory, I thought it was worth some air time to let you get to know what’s new. But, to truly appreciate the sleek benefits of this Air View, let’s go over the Q&A.


  • Price
  • Open bridge design
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Twist up eye cups
  • Tripod adaptable

  • Eye relief could be better


Air View 10×42 Binocular Q&A:

What kind of eyecups does the Air View have?

You might find it refreshing to learn that this Air View binocular has the twist up eyecups instead of the fold up/down ones that we’ve seen on the other binoculars in our Barska line up.

The nice thing about twist up eyecups are that you can conveniently find the right and comfortable fit rather easily and quickly. By the way, eye relief is a nice 16.1 mm.


What are the benefits of open-bridge binoculars?

Open-bridge binoculars tend to be lighter in weight. They also have a more airy and streamlined look.

The open-bridge design can enhance an ergonomic build for a more comfortable hold and secure grip. This feature is especially convenient to have for glassing in comfort for hours on end.


What is the image quality like on the 10×42 Air View binoculars?

This Air View has BAK4 prism glass with fully multi-coated optics. This is the best of what you can get in the binocular world.

Fully multi-coated means that every air-to-glass surface in the binocular is going to be coated multiple times to ensure your optic is capable of maximum light transmission.

With these elements behind its back, image quality should be the best of what Barska has to offer – crisp, bright, and clear.


How much does the 10×42 Air View cost?

The newest binocular in the Barska range costs around $140 online. That’s barely anything in the low budget optics world, and this is the high end for Barska.

Although you may think it’s the most expensive Barska because it’s the newest, you’d be wrong. The most expensive one is the not so very popular Point N’ View that’s going for around $160 online.

Noteworthy Features:

  • 10X42 popular hunting specs
  • Large and knurly center focus knob for easy and smooth focusing
  • Fully Multi-coated BAK4 prism glass for the best image quality possible
  • Light weight open bridge design for comfortable glassing for extended periods
  • Green finish with durable rubber armor for easy gripping and internal component protection
  • 100% fully waterproof and fog-proof to outlast all types of weather
  • Backed by Barska’s Limited Lifetime Warranty


Our Verdict on the Air View 10×42 Binoculars

To glass it up, the Barska Air View 10X42 binoculars is one of our absolute favorites from the Barska line-up. It’s clean, sleek, and compact. While eye relief could be a little more generous for those that glass with specs, it still gets the job done. Seriously though, there’s no complaints here!

However, Barska does offer a binocular with a flip-up camera if you wanted to be able to snap some pics on the go. The Point N’ View 8X32 binocular is an interesting contraption that just might tickle your curiosity if you dabble in photography – check it out here.

For a lot more power without the added cost, the Simmons ProSport 12X50 is comparable to this Air View. While the Air View binocular does have some advantages over the ProSport, the price cut might justify checking out the Simmons binocular.

Barska knows how to pump out variety – that’s obvious with their large selection. But, since we’ve picked only the best for hunters, you can trust that the Air View will have you glassing areas never viewed before by another Barska. When buying from Barska, go with the best!

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  • Field of view (ftat1000yds/mat1000m): 319/106
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Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.

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