Binoculars for sporting events

Are you concerned that the seat is too far to see what's going on in the sporting events?

If you can't see clearly, you might miss the moment when the shot is made or when the victory is decided!

Binoculars are a must-have if you want to fully enjoy watching sports.

There are various recommended binoculars depending on the type of sporting event.  We will introduce the differences among each of them and the important features you should look out for.

Binoculars for football games: SkyGenius 7x30 binoculars

Everyone wants to have the best view at NFL games. But some tickets cost more than others and are harder to achieve. Even if you don't sit at the ideal place, you can get a set of binoculars to capture the amazing moments.  SkyGenius 7x30 binoculars are low magnification, compact, and lightweight. A wide-angle of 7.9° enables you to track fast-moving objects, whether it's football, golf ball, or racing motor.

  • Magnification: 7x
  • Diameter of objective lens: 30mm
  • Real field of view: 7.9°, 411 feet/1000 yards
  • Eye relief: 15.4mm
  • Weight: 500g


Binoculars for baseball games: SkyGenius 8x21 binoculars

Unlike football, baseball takes longer for hitting and pitching. You can choose binoculars with a magnification of 6 to 8x and a real field of view of 7° or more. Compact binoculars with a lens diameter of 20 mm to 30 mm are recommended.

SkyGenius 8x21 binoculars are the most compact ones on the recommended list. It can be folded up to be smaller and put in your pocket.

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Diameter of objective lens: 21mm
  • Real field of view: 7°, 369 feet/ 1000 yards
  • Eye relief: 16
  • Weight: 175g

Binoculars for kids: SkyGenius 10x25 binoculars

If you take your kids to sporting events and don't want them to destroy the high-end optics, SkyGenius 10x25 binoculars will be a great alternative. They are rubberized and slip-proof. Your kids will be able to enjoy watching sports as much as you do.

  • Magnification: 10x
  • Diameter of objective lens: 25mm
  • Real field of view:  6.9°, 362 feet/ 1000 yards
  • Eye relief: 9.5mm
  • Weight: 235g

Size and weight

Sporting events last a couple of hours. If the binoculars are bulky and heavy, your arms will get tired soon. A lightweight binocular allows you to hold it steadily for a long time.

There are also straps hanging around your neck. If the binoculars are small and compact, you’ll barely feel the weight. It is nice and easy to carry the binocular with you when watching sports. 


When choosing binoculars for watching sports, it's important to know beforehand the size of the stadium and the seat distance from the player.

If you use it in a large venue, you should choose a high magnification of 7 to 10x. Magnification above 10 will make the binocular heavier and cause arm fatigue.

If you use it in a small venue, it is recommended to choose one with a low magnification of 4 to 8x.

The optimum magnification for each sport is

  • Outdoor sports (football, baseball, racing, etc) 7 to 10x
  • Indoor sports (basketball, volleyball, climbing, etc) 4 to 8x

Objective diameter

The larger the objective lens, the more light can enter. But brightness shouldn't be much of a concern when it comes to sporting events during the daytime. A sufficient amount of light is secured in all kinds of sports events.

If the objective lens is large, the binoculars will be bulky and heavy, making it difficult to hold steadily. Considering the portability, a lens diameter of about 20mm to 30 mm will be enough to enjoy.

Field of view

Field of view means the range that can be seen through the binoculars. 

If you are buying binoculars for the first time, be sure to look for the actual field of view.

Field of view is either measured in degrees or in feet.

If it is given in feet, simply divide by 52.5.

For example, SkyGenius 8x21 binoculars have a field of view of 369 feet/ 1,000 yards. the angular value is:

369 ÷ 52.5 = 7°

Some manufactures use an apparent field of view. Converting it to the actual field of view, just divide by the magnification. SkyGenius 8x21 binoculars have an apparent field of view of 56 degrees. So the actual field of view is:

56° ÷  8 = 7°

For sports binoculars, the ideal field of view is between 6° to 8°. The larger it is, the wider field of view you can see even at high magnification.

7° is suitable for general sporting events. In baseball games where there are few movements, 6° will be sufficient. And for football games where players move around, a wider field of view like 8° is easy to catch the fast movements. 

Waterproof binoculars. Is it necessary?

In outdoor sporting events, not so many people continue to use binoculars in the rain, so you don't have to worry about waterproofing.

You might wonder how to keep your binoculars from fogging up when you breathe on cold mornings. Waterproof binoculars do provide an antifogging solution. It shouldn't be much of an issue either. Most binoculars come with a handy microfiber cloth so you can wipe the lenses when fogging up in winter.

If you are wearing glasses, check the eye relief

Eye relief is the distance between your eyes and the eyepiece of the binoculars.

For compact binoculars, eye relief is usually smaller. But if you are wearing glasses, it is recommended to choose one with an eye relief of 15mm or more.

Why SkyGenius

Binoculars for watching sports are sporadic uses. If you don't want to spend hundreds or thousands on high-end optics, there are also good inexpensive binoculars for sporting events. SkyGenius offers a wide range of binoculars under 50 dollars. Despite the price range, the sharp image and robust design make SkyGenius well known among the entry-level binoculars.