Best binoculars for butterfly photography

Butterflies are poikilotherms. Their body temperature varies with the temperature of their surroundings.  Therefore, the life activities of butterflies are directly controlled by the external temperature. When the temperature is low, the activity stops.  And every morning in early spring or late autumn, you can often see a flock of butterflies dancing.  

You may be able to see butterflies with your eyes without any equipment, but when you have binoculars to look at the butterflies, you can clearly see the structure, color, and other details.  And you don’t need to be close enough to scare the butterflies away.  

The choice of binoculars can be a challenge.  Everyone needs the one that works best for them.  If you wear glasses, if your face is wide, if your hands tire easily, or if you live in a humid climate, you will have to choose a set of binoculars to suit each unique need.  

So what do you need to look for in choosing the best binoculars for butterfly photography?  Let’s learn together.  

Considerations in choosing best binoculars for butterfly photography  

Butterfly watching can be a time-consuming hobby.  If you are busy with your own activities, you may spend hours tracking your topic.  

(1) Focus at close range  

Close focus is important when looking at butterflies.  So make sure your binoculars have an acceptable range at close range.  In general, rooftop prism binoculars are better for viewing objects up close, with good instruments having a near focus of fewer than 2 meters.  When using Porro prism binoculars, the range is usually not less than 5 meters.  

(2) Magnification  

Binoculars are described using terms such as 7 x 36 or 10 x 42.  The first number refers to power or magnification.  Seven motorized binoculars will magnify images up to seven times larger than the real thing.  While making an image 10 times larger may seem like an advantage, there are some downsides.  With higher magnification, it’s much harder to find butterflies quickly with binoculars.  Butterflies will take up more of the view, but there will be fewer bushes, puddles, or flowers around.  The background often provides a useful visual cue that helps identify where you are looking and allows you to easily locate the butterfly.  

Some species of butterflies have erratic flight patterns.  Trying to track these butterflies with 8-10 x binoculars can be a difficult and frustrating experience.  The larger image and smaller field of view mean that the butterfly must be tracked more accurately to keep it in line of sight.  Even when looking at static butterflies, the tiny movements of your hands or body are magnified by binoculars, making it harder to maintain a stable image.  

Low power binoculars (7 x) are good for butterflies because of the close proximity of many species.  Low-power binoculars are usually smaller, more compact, have a wider field of view, and are easier to hold still.  However, the image is magnified even less.  

(3) Objective lens size  

The second number in terms such as 7 x 36 refers to the diameter (in millimeters) of the objective — the end of the binoculars towards the butterfly.  In general, the larger the objective, the more light is concentrated and therefore the brighter the image.  The quality of the lens also has a significant effect on brightness.  Because butterflies are often seen in bright places, the size of the objective lens and its ability to focus light is often overlooked.  But if you want to see butterflies in a wooded area, the spotlight becomes even more important.  The disadvantage of a larger objective is that the lens is larger and usually makes the binoculars heavier.  

(4) Ocular relief  

If you wear glasses and need to wear glasses when using binoculars, you need to consider reducing eye strain.  Glasses move the eye further away from the eyepiece, so the relief must be longer.  Ideally, there should be at least 16 mm ocular relief so that vision is not impaired.  


Don’t blindly buy a brand or genre just because someone else says it’s the best.  Combine all of these factors to choose the right binoculars, and read previous consumer reviews before buying.  Binoculars can be expensive, but sometimes the price is worth the quality, and if you want to see more beautiful butterflies in detail, maybe a little more expensive binoculars are worth it.  But I recommend one of Apexel’s binoculars — the 10-30×50 high power outdoor hunting telescope.  The telescope is ideal for scanning wide areas at 10-30 magnification in combination with a 56mm objective lens, which gives you extra field width.  This is definitely one of the best binoculars for viewing from a distance, but it’s also great for watching butterflies and other insects, and at only $49.99, it’s within the reach of most people, so maybe you should try it.  

Apexel 10-30×50 Binoculars High Power For Outdoor Hunting

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