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Zeiss binoculars deals: Discounts on top-rated models right now

Cyber Monday Zeiss binoculars deals: Discounts on top-rated models
(Image credit: Carl Zeiss AG)

If you've been looking for Zeiss binoculars deals, we've scoured all the big retailer websites and spotted the best value for your money. 

Be sure to secure any orders rapidly, because supply shortages are driving up the demand. Astronomy is more of a popular hobby than ever because it is the perfect socially distanced activity. Attendees always gather in small groups outdoors and are distanced anyway to make sure not to interfere with looking through each other's binoculars. When speaking with fellow hobbyists, you'll learn quickly that Zeiss is especially in demand due to its reputation for quality.

Zeiss Conquest HD binoculars 10x42 | $1111

Zeiss Conquest HD binoculars 10x42 | $1111 now $999.99 at Amazon
These Conquest HD binoculars are 10% off right now at Amazon, which is a tidy $111 saving. They're now (just) below $1000, which is actually pretty good for Zeiss binoculars.

The optics company branded as Zeiss is actually Carl Zeiss AG, founded 175 years ago in Jena, southern Germany, to make microscopes, but expanded and now making camera lenses, binoculars, and much more. They produce some of the best binoculars on the market, so when Zeiss binoculars deals do come up, they’re something to be celebrated.

When buying a pair of binoculars for the first time, there are a few things to bear in mind. At smaller apertures, you can usually go with a handheld approach. But if you want to go much beyond the standard 7x50, you'll find that the binoculars quickly become heavy and your viewing will be shaky. We recommend investing in a good tripod to help you out, and we have already listed our best tripods on this page.

Make sure that the binoculars come with a fine focus and with a good, coated set of optics. The easiest way to go about this is to invest the money in a well-trusted brand (such as Zeiss), instead of going with a knockoff to save on the money. Often you'll find that buying off-brand gear will result in a frustrating astronomy experience. After all, you're in this to enjoy the hobby, so why not invest in it?

If you want to consider other brands beyond Zeiss, we have a wealth of Black Friday binoculars deals. Companies, wanting to attract new consumers to astronomy, are cutting the costs on some of their best models. We also recommend looking through our round-ups on Bushnell binoculars deals and Nikon binoculars deals.

Zeiss, being such a trusted brand, is hard to find on sale. Below, you'll find our favorite Zeiss binoculars. These won't always be available at discounted prices, but they will be displayed next to the lowest price that we can find online.

Zeiss Victory HT

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Our favorites: Zeiss Victory HT 8x54

Excellent quality binoculars with sizable objectives, the Zeiss Victory HT are superb for sky watching.

Specifications
Price: $2599.99
Objective: 54mm
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 7.41°
Length: 7.6 inches
Weight: 2.28lbs
Reasons to buy
+Large objectives+Excellent quality
Reasons to avoid
-Bit heavy-Expensive

“Made for the twilight hours” goes the marketing line, and with a light-gobbling objective of 54mm, we can imagine they are. As good for spotting crepuscular wildlife as they are at stargazing, the Victory HT binoculars use Schott high transmission glass for up to 95% light transmission. A multi-layer coating and an Abbe-König prism also contribute to image quality and lightness.

Construction is robust and ergonomics high, but all the magnesium in the world can’t stop the weight from cresting the 1kg mark, and a tripod mount (sold separately) may help prevent fatigue on long stargazing sessions. 

A 10x54 pair is also available.

Zeiss Victory SF

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(Image credit: Carl Zeiss AG)

Our favorites: Zeiss Victory SF 8x42

A lightweight pair of binoculars that offer a wide field of view, these are great for views of constellations.

Specifications
Price: £2099
Objective: 42mm
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 8.42°
Length: 6.81inches
Weight: 1.72lbs
Reasons to buy
+Good multipurpose binoculars+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Objectives could be bigger for stargazing-Expensive

Impressively light, the Victory SF range are more of a general-purpose set of binoculars than dedicated stargazing ones. This doesn’t stop them being useful, of course, and the 42mm objectives should do a decent job of gathering all that lovely starlight and funneling it to your eyes.

An ultra-flouride lens system, along with Zeiss’ multi-coatings, ensures 92% light transmission, and an innovative glass layout shifts the center of gravity toward the eyepieces, so they rest more easily against your eyes. The Zeiss tripod mount is universal, so it’s possible to take the weight of these with a tripod, but their lightweight yet robust construction means they’ll be less trouble to hold than other pairs.

Also available in 8x32, 10x32, and 10x42 varieties, the Victory SF binoculars are easy to carry and quick to focus, perfect for a day, and night, in the outdoors.

Zeiss Terra ED

Zeiss binoculars

(Image credit: Carl Zeiss AG)

Our favorites: Zeiss Terra ED 8x42

A cheaper option from the company, these binoculars are fairly robust for outdoor adventures.

Specifications
Price: $449.99
Objective: 42mm
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 6.28°
Length: 5.9 inches
Weight: 1.6lbs
Reasons to buy
+Reasonably priced+Light weight
Reasons to avoid
-Larger objectives ideally needed for night sky views

Zeiss’ idea of pocket binoculars, these are smaller and lighter than its other models, but still come with the rugged construction and excellent image quality you’d expect. 

Inside, you’ll find Schott ED glass with multi-coatings, and a choice of gray or green on the outside. The casing is reinforced with fiberglass and waterproof, while hydrophobic coatings on the lenses mean they’ll shed water too. 

The 8x42 formula is a common general-purpose one, but when your binoculars are this light there should be no problem holding them up to the night sky. A tripod mount is, of course, available. The Terra EDs are also available in 10x42, 8x32, 10x32 and even smaller Pocket 8x25 and 10x25.

Zeiss Conquest HD

Zeiss binoculars

(Image credit: Carl Zeiss AG)

Our favorites: Zeiss Conquest HD 8x56

Large objectives and Zeiss' excellent quality optics make these a super pair of stargazing binoculars.

Specifications
Price: $1599
Objective: 56mm
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 7.13°
Length: 8.27 inches
Weight: 2.77lbs
Reasons to buy
+Huge objectives+Excellent quality
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Expensive

Larger and heavier than many, but with enormous 56mm objectives, a pair of these on a tripod would make for an enviable stargazing setup. 

Built around Zeiss’ HD lens system, with multicoatings and waterproofing, you get 90% light transmission and extra-close focusing down to four metres (of little interest to astronomers but a selling point for those looking for a multipurpose pair).

The body is aluminum, the color reproduction impressively neutral, and the focusing wheel is close to the eyepieces, for extras simple adjustment. The Zeiss Conquest binoculars are also available as 10x56, 15x56, 8x42, 10x42, 8x32 and 10x32 pairs. 

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Ian has been a journalist for over 20 years. He's written for magazines and websites on subjects such as astronomy, PC hardware, popular (and unpopular) science, gardening and keeping fish. In his spare time he has a pet tortoise and grows his own vegetables.