Question: I'm looking for binoculars for insect viewing. Rugged. Water resistant.
Thanks for your inquiry.
A binocular for insect watching should have an excellent close focus—under 4’ is optimal. In other words, you don’t want to be standing over an insect and then have to back up 10’ to get that insect in focus through your binocular. You didn’t mention a price range, but I can make some suggestions. If you want to spend more for higher build quality and glass, that’s always an option. The more you spend, the sharper and brighter the image will be.
Pentax Papilio 6.5x21 Binocular $116.00 (Close focus 18”) This is a well-known binocular for butterfly watchers, but it is not waterproof.
Eagle Optics NEW Ranger ED 8x32 Binocular $319.99 (Close focus 4’)
Vortex Viper HD 6x32 Binocular $549.99 (Close focus 3’)
We’d be happy to chat with you on the phone—it might be easier to talk about the binoculars that way!
All the best,Eagle Optics