Choosing The Best Close Focus Zoom Binoculars

Man using close focus zoom binoculars

Whether you are participating in birdwatching or wildlife observation, having a reliable pair of binoculars is key. This becomes particularly important when trying to get a much closer and in-depth look at certain objects. For example, butterfly and insect observation requires binoculars which offer a high-quality close focus zoom to be available. However, finding out which binoculars are most suitable for this is not always easy. There are many factors which can determine the best binoculars for this close focus distance.

Ensuring binoculars offer a good distance for the close focus zoom is important. However, there are many other factors to consider. The overall image quality output available with these binoculars is a key factor. Thankfully, the binoculars available within our current range tick all of these boxes. The combination of powerful optics with a close focus zoom ensures high-quality results at all times. Finding the best binoculars which offer a close focus zoom has never been easier.

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Understanding Close Focus Zoom

Most people will typically base their reasoning for purchasing a pair of binoculars on the level of magnification available. This magnification power essentially dictates how effective the binoculars will perform at range. This is crucial for activities such as observing sporting events or for birdwatching. However, those that are observing insects such as butterflies require binoculars which offer a close focus zoom.

Binoculars which can focus on an object that is 6 feet away or less are perfect for any wildlife observation. This will provide a crystal-clear image through the lenses of the binoculars. In addition to this, you can maintain a good distance away from the object without disturbing this.

There are two binocular brands that liGo stocks which are perfect for this; Viking and Celestron. Both brands provide binoculars which will offer a close focus zoom. Furthermore, the binoculars within these ranges will provide an image of the highest possible quality. This helps to always ensure you receive the best possible result. These binoculars provide an effortless approach to switching to this close focus option. This helps the binoculars to become incredibly functional and operate smoothly.

Which Brand Is Best?

As previously mentioned, there are two main brands to consider when choosing a pair of binoculars. The Viking binoculars aim at providing the highest possible quality with the optics available. These are certainly the most popular brands due to the overall level of performance. However, it is important to note that the close focus distance will vary depending on the model.

For example, the Viking Badger binoculars provide a close focus zoom of 4 metres. This provides a fairly good close focus distance and will provide a fantastic image quality. In addition to this, binoculars like the Viking Badger provide a cost-effective price point which makes them perfect for beginners. This is a great example of the level of quality available through the Viking binocular range.

There are a wide variety of different models available within the Viking range. Models such as the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars are a prime example of the high-end binoculars. Whilst this particular model is available at a much higher price, this certainly offers the highest possible quality. Furthermore, the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars provide a close focus distance of 2 metres. This close focus will provide an extremely in-depth look at the object through the lens.

Viking Peregrine ED 8x42 Binoculars

Celestron are the next brand of binoculars available within our current range. These binoculars provide an excellent level of performance and offer a wide range of features. The binoculars within this range provide a great blend between the overall build design and the optical quality. There are two key recommendations within this range which are particularly good for a close focus zoom.

The Celestron Nature DX binoculars are the first recommendation within this range. The Celestron Nature DX binoculars offer a high-level optical performance at an entry-level price. The inclusion of design features such as BAK-4 prisms really helps highlight the level of quality available. These prisms ensure that the image is both bright and defined at all times. Perfect for all your observation needs.

The close focus distance available with the Celestron Nature DX is 6.5 feet. This provides an excellent range for being able to observe any wildlife at a suitable range. In addition to this, the combination of wide FOV with this close focus makes these binoculars extremely versatile.

The last option available within the Celestron range is the Celestron Trailseeker binoculars. These binoculars offer the highest possible quality available with Celestron. The combination of powerful optics with a compact and lightweight design makes this an optimal choice. Whilst this pair of binoculars comes in at a higher price, the quality output available is certainly worth it.

Celestron Trailseeker 8x32 Binoculars

The Celestron Trailseeker binoculars share the same 6.5 feet close focus zoom as the Nature DX. Therefore, both binoculars within this range are a fantastic choice for any wildlife observation. The combination of highly defined image quality with the close focus zoom provides an excellent in-depth analysis. Furthermore, the ability to switch between the wide FOV and close focus option makes these binoculars suitable for all activities.


Both the Viking and Celestron are fantastic for offering high-performance binoculars with a close focus zoom. The binoculars within both brands will provide you with everything that you need for birdwatching and wildlife observation. However, there are some key factors which help differentiate the two brands.

Viking binoculars are currently the most popular brand that we stock. The combination of powerful optics with a compact and lightweight design makes them perfect for all activities. The close focus distance will vary depending on which model you choose. However, the distance with these zooms makes them a great choice for getting an in-depth and detailed look. Models such as the Viking Peregrine ED binoculars certainly deliver the highest possible quality available.

In comparison, the Celestron binoculars offer a solid level of image quality with a slightly further close focus distance. Both the Celestron Nature DX and Celestron Trailseeker binoculars offer a 6.5 feet zoom. This makes them a great choice for any observation. Though if you are looking for a small distance, the Viking binoculars are certainly the best option to go for.

The Celestron binoculars overall quality and performance will match the majority of binoculars available with Viking. However, choosing binoculars such as the Viking Peregrine ED will ensure you get the highest possible results. This does offer a close focus distance of around 2 metres as well as delivering high-performance results.

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