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Tasco Essentials Binocular

by Tasco
485 customer reviews
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Price: $10.53 - $118.12
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  • Tasco's best-selling Essentials line balances optical performance and quality construction, at an affordable price
  • Rubber-armored housing absorbs shock and protects them from bumps and weather
  • Ultra-light binoculars offer outstanding compact performance with rugged, rubber armor for hiking, backpacking or bicycle touring
  • 8X magnification, 21-millimeter objective lens, roof prism system, 383-foot field of view at 1,000 yards and 6.5-ounce weight
  • Includes limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty

Product Description

In the wild sharp vision beats intuition every time.

"Wicked set of rapids downstream." Warn your buddies, and let them know reading the river's a far stretch easier through high-performance binoculars. And best news, you don't have to work overtime to own a pair. Built with a compact, roof-prism design, Essentials feature fully coated optics for a bright, clear view. And they'll go anywhere you can thanks to a tough, weather-resistant design. Choose from a wide range of models in compact and full size.

All models come with carrying pouch and neck strap except model #168RB. Model #168RB 10x25mm Black does not come with pouch and strap.


  • Rubber fold-down eyecups
  • Lens Coating: Fully
  • Water/Fog Proof: No
  • Prism System: Roof
  • Rugged rubber armor
  • Center Focus System
  • Adapt to Tripod: No

About Tasco

Tasco has been America's popular choice in sports optics for over 50 years, and we've made it our mission to design and manufacture quality optics at prices that will fit any family's budget. Tasco products are packed with the latest features, built to exacting quality control standards, and designed to deliver a lifetime of satisfaction — so you can choose Tasco with confidence. With a great selection to choose from, you're sure to find just the right sports optics product for everyone in your family.

Model# 165RB

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (485 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,512 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

228 of 234 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2008
Size: 8x21mmColor: Black
This is simply the best tiny binocular that you can buy for under $20. Images are crispy, it is very easy to focus. You can also compensate the difference of vision between your eyes because you can rotate the right eyepiece. Although diameter is only 21mm, I've got better images than those that I get with another more expensive binos I have (they are 10x25). Because they are 8x21, images are very stable (when magnification goes higher, for example 10x or 12x it is very easy that with a little movement of your hands the image shakes). The material is also very comfortable and provides a very good grip. With daylight, it performs as well as my 8x42 does, this last being heavier. With less light, images are very acceptable, considering the small objective (21mm). They are also extremely light so you can take them always with you. Very good binoculars. 100% recommended.
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By JNieporte TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2012
Size: 8x21mmColor: Black Verified Purchase
It's not bad for 12 dollars. That's my summary for these binos. Details, details...

These Tascos are the type of optics you'd buy at Wal-Mart. They feature fold-down eyecups for eyeglasses use, black rubber armoring, and are good for a "normal" person's use.

Field-of-view is 383 feet at 1000 yards; 128 meters at 1000 meters. Exit pupil is 2.6mm and the binos weigh 6.6 ounces. The lenses are fully coated, and this is a roof prism set. Focus is adjusted via the dial in the center, and fine-tuning is via diopter ring on the right side. What does all this mean?

In layman's terms, the zoom (8) is good for untrained optic users. The number 8 means that you'll see things 8 times closer than you would over your unaided eye. I've found that this is ideal for people with no experience with optics; any less and it won't be powerful enough, and any more powerful and the user's natural movements will cause image shake. Exit is 21mm; this lets in a fair amount of light. Clarity is okay, as I've found that the focus dial in the center only gets you so far. Even by playing with the diopter adjusted as best I can get it, I'd say these binoculars are good for reading the license plate number across a long parking lot. Think 90 yards or so. As long as you're not watching objects for a long time, I think you'll be fine. Any longer than a few minutes and your eyes start to hurt. Typical of inexpensive optics.

The rubber armoring does its job; nothing special. The fold-down eyecups are for use without removing your eyeglasses, and they work as advertised. The binoculars have a neck strap attached; it's not removable and is rounded (not flat). It's long enough for any neck, and is sturdy enough to keep the binos around your neck while running.
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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By B. Wigney on February 26, 2009
Size: 8x21mmColor: Black Verified Purchase
I bought these binoculars to replace a very similar set of Tasco 8x21 compact binos that I got about 10 years ago - but recently lost while hiking in eastern Arizona. I have larger binos at home, but wanted something very compact and light in weight that could be carried in my pocket or backpack. I ordered this set (Tasco 8x21) as well as a more powerful set of compact binos Barska Lucid 16x32 Compact Binocular (Camouflage) from Amazon. Delivery of both sets was very quick. This Tasco set is quite bright and clear, and the adjustment thumbwheel is tight and accurate. I like this pair for carrying in my pocket while hiking as they are just about right for spotting birds that are in bushes and treetops along the trail. Their small size makes them ideal for carrying in a jacket pocket. They're also a nice handy set to keep on the table by the window where I watch hummingbird and seed feeders. I rate them 5 stars because, for their compact size and especially at such a low price, they are really quite decent binos.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Elflover on April 17, 2010
Size: 8x21mmColor: Black Verified Purchase
I expected something really cheap, since I was paying so little, but I was very surprised by the excellent quality. About the only thing I would beef up is the strap. The item itself is very well made, if you aren't looking for something costing five times the price, and they feel substantial in the hand.

I bought these for my mother, who is a nursing home patient, in order for her to occupy her time in looking out the window at the birds (and the construction men; as she says, she may be old but she's not dead, lol.) I needed something that was strong enough for her to be able to drop without breaking but light enough for her to hold comfortably. This fits the bill. She's had them for a few months and must have dropped them (from wheelchair height) at least 6 times. They are still holding up beautifully and show no signs of breakage.

I really appreciate the fact that they aren't cheap plastic. There are actually cheap plastic kids ones that are more expensive than this! Great value. Keep in mind, however, that they are very compact; you aren't getting a big binoculars. That, actually, was best for my situation. I couldn't ask for more.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By sprockets on November 19, 2009
Size: 8x21mmColor: Black Verified Purchase
These little binoculars are a great value and very well-constructed. I purchased them specifically for concert and theatre use, which they are well-suited for. I wear eyeglasses and find the binoculars compatible with glasses. The binoculars came in a small paperboard box (about 4.25" x 2.25"). Included are a felt-like carrying case, a neck strap (thin cord) and a lens cleaning cloth. I'm very pleased with the binoculars and plan to purchase more as gifts. They arrived at my door in two days (with free shipping!) with my amazon prime membership.
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