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From our 2009 data, we learned that customers were all across the board as to which type of binoculars they preferred. Either they were consistent in purchasing marine binoculars or birding binoculars, or they were in love with military binoculars and even the giant binoculars. We did see that loyalty was very consistent among particular brands. Application was the key factor in choosing a size. Astronomy binoculars are not made to the same specs as compact binoculars. Knowing this, not only have we separated our OpticsPlanet Brilliance Awards top performers by size range and application, but by ergonomics and handiness per our knowledgeable product experts. For a complete list of all of our winners, please check out the Brilliance Awards Winners section. The votes are in!

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Winners of the 2009 OpticsPlanet Brilliance Awards are below!

Customers' Choice - Binoculars

Customers' Choice Binoculars of the Year Leupold Golden Ring HD 8x42mm Brown BinocularsLeupold Golden Ring HD 8x42mm Brown Binoculars
Customers' Choice Binoculars of the Year < $500 Nikon 10x56 Monarch ATB BinocularsNikon 10x56 Monarch ATB Binoculars
Customers' Choice Binoculars Brand of the Year NikonNikon

Experts Pick - Binoculars

Experts' Choice Best All Use Binoculars < $300 Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 BinocularsNikon Monarch ATB 8x42 Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Hunting Binoculars < $200 Bushnell Excursion 10x42 Real Tree Binoculars 241044Bushnell Excursion 10x42 Real Tree Binoculars 241044
Experts' Choice Best All Use Binoculars < $200 Bushnell Excursion 8x42 Roof-prism BinocularsBushnell Excursion 8x42 Roof-prism Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Compact Binoculars < $300 Bushnell 7x26 Elite Custom Porro Prism BinocularsBushnell 7x26 Elite Custom Porro Prism Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best All Use Binoculars < $500 Bushnell Elite e2 8x42 BinocularsBushnell Elite e2 8x42 Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Tripod Astro Binoculars < $200 Celestron 20x80 SkyMaster Giant BinocularsCelestron 20x80 SkyMaster Giant Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Tripod Astro Binoculars < $500 Celestron 25x100 Skymaster Giant Astronomy BinocularsCelestron 25x100 Skymaster Giant Astronomy Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Birding Binoculars < $500 Eagle Optics 8x42 Ranger SRT BinocularsEagle Optics 8x42 Ranger SRT Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Premium Birding Binoculars Leica 8x32mm Ultravid HD 8x BincoluarsLeica 8x32mm Ultravid HD 8x Binocluars
Experts' Choice Best Compact Binoculars < $100 Nikon 8x25 Travelite V Compact BinocularNikon 8x25 Travelite V Compact Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Handheld Astro Binoculars < $200 Nikon 10x50 Action Extreme BinocularsNikon 10x50 Action Extreme Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best M/M Binoculars < $500 Nikon 7x50 OceanPro BinocularsNikon 7x50 OceanPro Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best All Use Binoculars < $150 Nikon 8x40 Action Extreme BinocularsNikon 8x40 Action Extreme Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Hunting Binoculars < $300 Nikon Monarch ATB 10x42 RealTree BinocularsNikon Monarch ATB 10x42 RealTree Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Premium M/M Binoculars Steiner 7x50 Commander XP C BinocularsSteiner 7x50 Commander XP C Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Birding Binoculars < $1500 Steiner 8x42 Peregrine BinocularsSteiner 8x42 Peregrine Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Premium Compact Binoculars Carl Zeiss 10x25 B T Victory BinocularsCarl Zeiss 10x25 B T Victory Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Premium Hunting Binoculars Carl Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* FL BinocularsCarl Zeiss Victory 10x42 T* FL Binoculars