Carson Binoculars

Carson Binoculars

Carson Binoculars are manufactured by Carson Optical. Carson Optical was founded in Long Island, New York in 1990 as an import and export company. The company dealt in a range of products that it traded between the US and Japan.

In time, Carson Optical expanded and became an established brand in the optical industry. It later branched out to produce additional optical devices such as microscopes and also magnifiers.

Thanks to their high-end innovative technology, Carson Optical has grown into one of the largest optical companies today. It is now a leading supplier of consumer optics and has several optical models.

Best Carson Binoculars Range

Currently, Carson Optical offers a wide range of high-end binoculars that are suitable for several uses including traveling, birding, wildlife observation, sports events, hiking, safari, hunting, and camping.

The binoculars come in different categories with varying prices and quality with the top range model being the Carson 3D Series Binoculars. The other models include the following.

  • Carson 3D Series
  • Carson XM Series
  • Carson JK Series
  • Carson Scout Series
  • Carson TrailMaxx Series
  • Carson JR Series
  • Carson RD Series
  • Carson VP Series
  • Carson Stinger Series

Carson 3D Series

The highest in the Carson ranks, the 3D Series binoculars is the flagship range from the Carson Optical.

It has 9 different models, which cover the entire range of viewing that you may need. All the 3D Series binoculars come with roof prism design. They feature high quality components that give them an edge over the other models.

Fully Multi-Coated Optics

The 3D Series is designed from a high-grade optical glass.  The glass is quite superior and comes with fully multi-coated lenses to guarantee the best image quality. The resultant image is usually clear and of high contrast.

Phase corrected BaK-4 prisms

The phase-corrected BaK-4 roof prisms also result into high-end images under the full field of view. They work together with the magnification and objective lens.

ED (Extra Low-Dispersion) Glass

Since they are high quality models, the 3D Series from Carson employs the premium ED glass technology. This manages color dispersion and results into high level images. ED glass technology also maximizes transmittance and provides the best color resolution.

NOTE: Going by the price, I guess the ED glass also comes with protective coatings, which boost the reflectivity of the prism by a certain %-age. However, not every one of them has the ED glass.

Nitrogen Purged

Every 3D Series binocular is also 100% waterproof. Thanks to the nitrogen purged technology. This is a technology that replaces internal air with dry nitrogen to ensure that there is no internal fogging.

Nitrogen purging works together with O-ring sealing. They allow the bins to be used comfortably in high humidity areas or in locations with rapid temperature changes.

Extra-Long Eye Relief

The binocular comes with twist down eyecups and a long eye relief that’s perfect for the eyeglass wearers.

Rubberized Armor

The use of rubberized armor coating has also added strength and sturdiness to this series of high-end binos. It has galvanized their lightweight body and prepared them adequately for the demanding outdoor job.

However, one model, the TD-042EDMO has the Mossy Oak Armor, which makes ideal for hunting.

Available Models

  • Carson 3D Series 10×42 Binoculars with ED Glass (TD-042ED)
  • Carson 3D Series 10×42 Binoculars with ED Glass (TD-042EDMO)
  • Carson 3D Series 8×42 Binoculars with ED Glass (TD-842ED)
  • Carson 3D Series 8×32 Binoculars with ED Glass (TD-832ED)
  • Carson 3D Series 10×50 Binoculars (TD-050)
  • Carson 3D Series 10×42 Binoculars (TD-042)
  • Carson 3D Series 8×42 Binoculars (TD-842)
  • Carson 3D Series 8×32 Binoculars (TD-832)

Price

The Carson 3D Series 10×42 Binoculars with ED Glass (TD-042ED) is the priciest at 440 USD. The other models start from 350 USD.

Model
  • 8x32
  • 8x42
  • 10x42
  • 10x50
  • 8x32 ED
  • 8x42 ED
  • 10x42 ED
  • 10x42 EDMO
FoV
  • 392ft
  • 341ft
  • 314ft
  • 262ft
  • 392ft
  • 314ft
  • 314ft
  • 314ft
Eye Relief
  • 1.2
  • 1.4
  • 1.35
  • 1.59
  • 1.13
  • 1.38
  • 1.38
  • 1.38
Weight lbs
  • 19.5mm
  • 19.5mm
  • 16mm
  • 20mm
  • 19.5mm
  • 19.5mm
  • 16mm
  • 16mm
Dimensions
  • 4.9" x 4.8" x 1.8"
  • 5.3" x 2.1" x 5.7"
  • 5.0" x 2.3" x 5.9"
  • 5.3" x 2.4" x 7.2"
  • 5.1" x 2.1" x 5.1"
  • 5.5" x 2.0" x 5.0"
  • 4.9" x 2.1" x 5.7"
  • 5.0" x 2.0" x 5.6"

 

Carson XM Series

The full-size Carson XM series feature the new Carson HD optical coating technology. This technology has an improved light transmission and an even greater contrast. It is brighter and very clear.

In this series, Carson brings a high-end optical performance for the hunters and birders who love bet, have better performance of premium optics at an affordable price.

The series incorporate premium features. It brings in vital elements that are key to a lightweight design, well-balanced bin, and full-sized binocular design.

Carson XM-HD Binoculars have fully-multicoated lenses. They have phase-coated optics that will ensure that you get crystal clear images. The images come with lesser glare and a full range of color.

This optics has rubberized armoring for better protection any form of bumps and dings. The rubber coating also offer positive grip under any weather conditions.

Carson bodies are also nitrogen filled. They are o-ring sealed, which makes this series of Carson Binoculars an excellent waterproof, fogproof, and dustproof binocular.

They use the center dial focus technology for a quick and smooth focusing. The series offer twist-lock eyecups and right diopter correction technology.

They are tripod adaptable and come with cleaning cloth, soft case, lens caps, and carrying strap among other things.

Available Models

  • Carson XM Series 8×32 Binoculars (XM-832HD)
  • Carson XM Series 8×42 Binoculars (XM-842HD)
  • Carson XM Series 10×42 Binoculars (XM-042HD)
  • Carson XM Series 10×50 Binoculars (XM-050HD)
  • Carson XM Series 10×25 Binoculars (XM-8025)

 

Carson JR Series Binoculars

The JR Series are the best roof prism binoculars from Carson. Some of these bins come with Mossy Oak armor for the best camouflage touch when hunting. They are the best full-size bins here.

Nonetheless, these binoculars feature high-end BAK-4 prisms. They also come with fully multi-coated lenses and incorporate large objective lens technology.

The two features give clear viewing. The lenses more specifically, gather plenty of light that will ensure that the image under the field of view is bright even under low lit locations.

The JR series binoculars are also O-ring sealed and more importantly, nitrogen purged. This makes them waterproof and fogproof. You can comfortably use them under light rain. However, don’t swim with them.

The series feature a large focus wheel that turns smoothly and gives precise focusing touch and adjustments.

In addition to that, there is the independent right diopter adjustment that makes it possible for you to adjust your focus and allow for you have the best focus system.

The JR Series binoculars also make the top range choices when looking for bins for hunting, birding, fishing, and hiking.

Available Models

  • JR Series – 10x42mm JR-042MO
  • JR Series – 10x42mm JR-042
  • JR Series – 8x42mm JR-842

Price

JR Series – 8x42mm JR-842 has the lowest price at $145.00 while the R Series – 10x42mm JR-042MO is the highest at $175.00

Model
  • 8x42
  • 10x42
  • 10x42 JR-042MO
FoV
  • 315ft
  • 306ft
  • 306ft
Eye Relief
  • 21mm
  • 17mm
  • 17mm
Weight lbs
  • 1.36 lbs
  • 1.37 lbs
  • 1.37 lbs
Close Focus
  • 20 ft
  • 20 ft
  • 20 ft

 

Carson RD Series

The Carson RD Series is another high-end category from Carson. It comes in about six models and has some of the best features.

The RD Series is a full size binocular with the modern open bridge design technology. The open bridge technology makes them easy to handle and you can operate them with one hand comfortably.

These types of binoculars boast high quality BAK-4 prisms. They also and have fully multi-coated optics technology, which gives them crisp and bright images.

They are nitrogen purged and have a durable, waterproof design. More importantly, they are also fogproof and will ensure a clear view any time you use them.

The bin is an ideal companion for several activities including concerts, hiking, sporting events, and any type of outdoor activity.

This phase coated optics uses the quick and smooth center dial focusing technology that gives it less glare and a fully color range.

Finally the bin comes with a hard protective storage case that you can keep it in when not in any use. Even so, it also still has a rubberized armor for its cover.

Available Models

  • Carson RD Series – 10x42mm RD-042MO Binoculars
  • Carson RD Series – 10x50mm RD-050 Binoculars
  • Carson RD Series – 8x42mm RD-842 Binoculars
  • Carson RD Series – 10x42mm RD-042 Binoculars
  • Carson RD Series – 10x34mm RD-034 Binoculars
  • Carson RD Series – 8x26mm RD-826 Binoculars

Price

The MSRP of the RD Series range from Carson RD Series – 8x26mm RD-826 Binoculars at $105.00 to the RD-042MO at $245.00

Model
  • 8x26
  • 10x34
  • 8x42
  • 10x42
  • 10x42 RD-042MO
  • 10x50
FoV
  • 356ft
  • 318ft
  • 372ft
  • 320ft
  • 320ft
  • 304ft
Eye Relief
  • 16mm
  • 16mm
  • 17mm
  • 16mm
  • 16mm
  • 17mm
Weight lbs
  • 10.0 oz
  • 14.4 oz
  • 1.36 lbs
  • 1.31 lbs
  • 1.29 lbs
  • 1.77lbs
Close Focus
  • 13.1ft
  • 13.1ft
  • 9.8ft
  • 9.8ft
  • 9.8ft
  • 13.1ft

 

Carson JK Series Binoculars

Carson JK Series Binoculars comes in two models. We have the Carson JK 10×42 (JK-042) and an 8×42 (JK-842).

They both use a roof prism design technology and the quality BaK-4 glass. They have fully multi-coated optics for clearer images.

Their coatings use quality glass for better transmittance. They gather as much light as possible so that you can get better lighting under low lit conditions.

Other Features of the JK Series

  • They are fully sealed for waterproofing – O-ring sealed
  • They are nitrogen purged to stop internal fogging of lenses.
  • They use helecoid twist up eye relief cups
  • They have a diopter adjuster that allow for any difference in your eyes

Note: The eye cups have 3 fixed stop that give you plenty of settings for the right eye-relief anytime.

Available Models

  • Carson JK Series 10×42 Binoculars (JK-042)
  • Carson JK Series 8×42 Binoculars (JK-842)
Model
  • 8x42
  • 10x42
FoV
  • 372ft
  • 320ft
Eye Relief
  • 17mm
  • 16mm
Weight lbs
  • 1.36 lbs
  • 1.31 lbs
Close Focus
  • 9.8 ft
  • 9.8 ft

 

Carson VP Series

The VP Series are also full sized binoculars. They are relatively priced and you won’t spend so much on them. These binoculars like the others before them also feature the BAK-4 prisms.

They have fully multi-coated optics that guarantees the crisp and clear viewing. In addition, the VP series binoculars are also phase coated.

They use roll-down eyecups, which are rubber coated to exclude any form of extraneous light. To focus the bin, there is a center focusing wheel that is easy to use.

Thankfully, these bins are designed for the rough outdoor environs. They are nitrogen purged and offer the one of the best waterproof and fog proof abilities.

The VP Series binoculars are hailed as the best option when you want to go hunting, birding, and hiking.

They can also be carried on a fishing adventure and are the best quality binoculars for anyone looking for a great value from Carson.

Available Models

  • Carson VP-250 – 12x50mm Binoculars
  • Carson VP-042 – 10x42mm Binoculars
  • Carson VP-025 – 10x25mm Binoculars
  • Carson VP-842 – 8x42mm Binoculars
  • Carson VP-832 – 8x32mm Binoculars

Price

The most expensive model in the VP series is the Carson VP-250 – 12x50mm Binoculars at 285 USD the lowest goes for 165 USD

Model
  • 8×32
  • 8x42
  • 10×25
  • 10×42
  • 12×50
FoV
  • 426ft
  • 393ft
  • 273ft
  • 330ft
  • 241ft
Eye Relief
  • 14.7mm
  • 17mm
  • 16.5mm
  • 15mm
  • 18.2mm
Weight lbs
  • 1.13 lbs
  • 1.54 lbs
  • 13.4 oz
  • 1.64 lbs
  • 1.9 lbs
Close Focus
  • 5.1″ x 1.8″ x 4.3″
  • 5.4″ x 2.1″ x 5.9″
  • 5.1″ x 2.1″ x 5.9″
  • 5.1″ x 2.1″ x 5.9"
  • 6.5″ x 5.5″ x 2.0″

 

Carson TrailMaxx Series

The Carson TrailMaxx series is a cheap bin from Carson. It is however very durable and apart from its low price, compact and super light in weight.

This series offers the best binoculars when you intend to go for concerts, hiking, sporting events, camping, and traveling.

The TrailMaxx Series are limited and have the center focusing knob. They have barrels that fold to allow for easy storage.

Their lenses are only multi-coated lenses. This means they come lower than the fully multi-coated optics in rank.

It is one the easy to store options and come with simple pouch, lens cloth, strapping for easy movement.

Available Models

  • TrailMaxx TM-025 10x25mm
  • TrailMaxx TM-821 8x21mm

Price

Both the TrailMaxx TM-025 10x25mm and the TrailMaxx TM-821 8x21mm has their MSRP set at $45.00

Model
  • 8x21
  • 10x25
FoV
  • 366ft
  • 288ft
Eye Relief
  • 10.5mm
  • 10.5mm
Weight lbs
  • 0.504 lbs
  • 0.60 lbs
Close Focus
  • 4.0″ x 1.5″ x 4.0″
  • 4.1″ x 1.4″ x 4.6″

 

Carson Scout Series

The Carson Scout Series come in three different categories. The categories vary slightly in one major spec. which is the weight category. With that said, the Carson Scout Series share two things in common. They are all fully multi-coated optics. They also use the BK-7 prism glass technology to boost clarity.

Apart from that these models are as follows.

ScoutPlus Model: This model comes in a 10x25mm compact binocular. Among the three, this is the top ranked model that gives superior optical quality. It is also good at maintaining its compact and portable size.

The model uses a center focusing knob and independent right diopter for maximum focusing ability.

Scout Model: This comes in the 8x22mm compact binocular model. This is the standard model. It is compact, portable, and also uses the center focus knob and independent right diopter technology.

MiniScout Model: This is the last of these three models and coms in a 7x18mm ultra-compact binocular. The bin easily slips in and out of your pocket and comes with an ultra-portable design. It also has the right diopter adjustment and weighs only 4.5 oz.

Available Models

  • JD-718, MiniScout 7x18mm
  • JD-822, Scout 8x22mm
  • JD-025, ScoutPlus 10x25mm

Price

The price of the JD Scout Series from Carson is set between $39 and $60

Model
  • 7×18
  • 8×22
  • 10×25
FoV
  • 489ft
  • 342ft
  • 342ft
Eye Relief
  • 10.5mm
  • 10mm
  • 9.5mm
Weight lbs
  • 4.4 oz
  • 5.9oz
  • 8.9oz
Close Focus
  • 4.1″ x 1.6″ x 2.6″
  • 4.1″ x 3.3″ x 1.7″
  • 4.4″ x 0.5″ x 3.9″

 

Carson Stinger Series Binoculars

The Carson Stinger Series Binoculars are also additional budget binoculars that you can easily buy.

They bring a better optical quality than these other cheap bins from Carson. They are also compact, lightweight, and easy to move around with.

The Stinger series feature fully multi-coated lenses. They also use the BK-7 prisms and are housed with a rugged exterior.

The series have the center focus knob and maximizes the focusing flexibility with an independent right eye diopter.

 With their portable sizes, these binoculars are your best bet when you want to attend sporting events, hikes, and any other favorite outdoor activities.

The Stingers are also flexible and come with detachable wrist-straps, microfiber lens cloths, and protective pouches.

Available Models

  • Stinger HW 8×22 Binoculars – HW-822
  • Stinger HW10x25 Binoculars – HW-025
  • Stinger HW12x32 Binoculars – HW-232

Price

The Stinger HW Binoculars from Carson is sold between 50 USD and 60 USD.

Model
  • 8×22
  • 10×25
  • 12×32
FoV
  • 342ft
  • 288ft
  • 288ft
Eye Relief
  • 13mm
  • 12mm
  • 12mm
Exit Pupil
  • 2.75mm
  • 2.5mm
  • 2.7mm
Weight lbs
  • 7.0oz
  • 0.491 lbs.
  • 0.7lbs
Close Focus
  • 4.3″ x 1.3″ x 4.0″
  • 4.5″ x 1.3″ x 4.9″
  • 4.4″ x 5.3″ x 1.6″

 

Bonus Carson Models

The models I will include here are not under any specific categories. Most of them are stand-alone models with their own peculiar features. These models include the following:

MantaRay MR-824: The MR-824 leads this pack with a 9.8 ft. minimum focus. It is a compact, porro prism binocular with an 8x24mm power. These binoculars have high quality BAK-4 prisms. They are fully multi-coated optics and are very portable enough. They come complete with the pouch, neck straps and lens cloth.

Caribou MO-042: The Caribou is a 10x42mm binocular. It has a Mossy Oak camouflage touch. The optics feature BAK-4 prisms and use nitrogen purged waterproof body. The Caribou is covered with high-end rubberized armor for the best shock resistance and comfort. It boasts of an extra-long eye-relief for glass wearers.

Falconer FR-720: Next is the Falconer FR-720 with a close focus of 4.9 ft. This compact optics is a 7x20mm binocular. It has uses BAK-4 prisms. It hs fully multi-coated lenses and is one of the superior optics in this grouping.

Hornet HT-822: The HT-822, Hornet binocular from Carson is a compact, 8x22mm binocular with a close focus distance of 11.5ft. It uses the fully multi-coated lenses and has a center focus knob. The bin is also among the Carson compact binoculars models that use an independent right diopter. It is flexible for all visions and features the roll-down eyecups for glass wearers.

Outlaw MO-025: This is another one of the compact Carson bins. It is a 10x25mm binocular with Mossy Oak camouflage cover. The model features fully coated optics. It uses the BK-7 prism to maximize clarity.

OperaView OV-410: The OV-410 is a 4x10mm ultra-compact binocular. It is super light, easy to use, and very much portable.  It has a center focusing knob and features the BK-7 prisms. It uses fully coated lenses.

Tracker TZ-821: This is also another cheap model from Carson. The model is an 8x21mm binocular. It has multi-coated lenses. The binocular has the center focus knob and uses an independent right diopter. It features roll-down eyecups.

Available Models

  • MR-824, MantaRay 8x24mm
  • MO-042 Caribou 10x42mm
  • FR-720 Falconer 7x20mm
  • HT-822 Hornet 8x22mm
  • MO-025 Outlaw 10x25mm
  • OV-410 OperaView 4x10mm
  • TZ-821 Tracker 8x21mm
Model
  • MR-824, MantaRay 8x24mm
  • MO-042 Caribou 10x42mm
  • FR-720 Falconer 7x20mm
  • HT-822 Hornet 8x22mm
  • MO-025 Outlaw 10x25mm
  • OV-410 OperaView 4x10mm
  • TZ-821 Tracker 8x21mm
FoV
  • 342ft
  • 315ft
  • 430ft
  • 367ft
  • 302ft
  • 525ft
  • 379ft
Eye Relief
  • 14.5mm
  • 16mm
  • 15mm
  • 12mm
  • 10mm
  • 13mm
  • 10.5mm
Weight lbs
  • 13.32 oz.
  • 1.5 lbs
  • 9.2 oz
  • 6.6 oz
  • 6.3 oz
  • 0.2.2 oz
  • 5.0 oz
Dimensions
  • 3.5" x 0.5" x 2.5"
  • 5.0" x 6.0" x 2.1"
  • 3.5" x 1.8" x 4.3"
  • 4.3" x 3.3" x 1.6"
  • 4.5" x 1.6" x 4.0"
  • 3.5" x 0.5" x 2.0"
  • 4.4" x 1.7" x 3.3"

 

Carson is leading in the manufacture of premium bins. For customized bins that guarantee the best experiences with no hitches, you can rely on Carson. The flagship 3D Series is easy to learn and has had some of the best reviews too.