Nikon Aculon Binoculars Review

Written By John VanDerLaan 

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In this in-depth review of the Nikon Aculon A211, we will take a look at these cost effective optics and determine if they are right for you.

Nikon is known for delivering high quality optics and the Aculon series is designed to compete in the lower end market of hunting binoculars under $100

The Aculon A211 is available in both 8X42 and 10X42. Both are perfect for hunting.

To learn more about what the numbers mean and how to choose the best hunting binoculars for your situation visit The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Hunting Binoculars.

Let's take a look at the features of these binos.

Nikon Aculon Binoculars Review

Nikon Aculon A211 Key Features

  • Aspherical Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses - This feature delivers a flat field of view, and multicoating enhances the brightness of images. The Nikon Eco-Glass lenses provide remarkable clarity in a lightweight arsenic and lead free glass. This is normally found in much more expensive hunting binoculars, but Nikon has chosen to use it in the affordable Aculon series.
  • Ergonomic, Lightweight Body Design - The ACULON A211 binoculars are very lightweight and feel good in your hands, making them easy to carry and use all day.
  • Turn-and-Slide Rubber Eyecups - These eyecups are perfect for easy positioning of eyes and they allow for comfortable viewing during extended periods of use.

These are very basic  and don't have many of the features that you should look for in quality binoculars. 

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My Experience Using The Nikon Aculon A211

I have a lot of experience testing and evaluating binoculars and other optics and these are definitely on the low end of binos that I have tested. Regardless, here are my impressions after using these binoculars.

I found them to be decent optics that are available for a reasonable price. They do not perform very well in low light conditions and I did see some color fringing(otherwise known as chromatic aberration).

I found the eye relief to be acceptable, but not as good as other models at this price point. 

In my opinion, these would make decent bird watching binoculars, but I would look at the Celestron Nature Dx or the Bushnell H20 before I bought these for hunting.

Pros and Cons of the Nikon Aculon A211

Now that we have looked at the key features, let's take a look at the pros and cons.

Pros

  1. Durable: The ACULON A211 is light in weight, yet sturdy. These binoculars are waterproof, fog-proof and scratch resistant. They can perform well under a wide range of temperatures and environment they are brought into.
  2. Convenient: Rubber armoring on these binoculars gives a shock resistant, comfortable and firm grip. These binoculars can be easily mounted with the help of a tripod adapter, delivering a steady image. Rubber eyecups on the ACULON A211 can be twisted up or down providing a custom fit. It has a smooth focus knob that is ergonomically placed to allow easy adjustment. It has a zoom lever mounted on the eyepiece which provides quick magnification.
  3. Optics: Lenses on these binoculars are light in weight and made of Eco-Glass owing to arsenic-free and lead-free composition. Multiple layer prism coatings on the lens enhance the brightness of the image.

Cons

  1. The image is not as clear as more expensive binoculars when zoomed in.
  2. I did experience some chromatic aberration along the outside edges.
  3. Low light performance is not very good.
  4. Does not include a binocular harness.

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Final Thoughts

The Nikon Aculon A211 binoculars offer great value for the money and they are a cost effective choice.

However, keep in mind that these are binoculars under $100 and they lack the really crisp images and better performance of the best hunting binoculars available today.

If your budget only allows for less than $100 to spend on binoculars, then may want to consider the Nikon Aculon, but there are better choices for hunting binoculars under $100. You can really get much more for your money when you go up to a budget of $200.

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John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan is the managing editor here at DeerHuntingGuide.net. He oversees a team of editors, writers and pro staff that are subject matter experts in hunting and hunting gear. John's expertise includes thoroughly testing all types of hunting gear, as well as hunting all over the U.S. and Canada. While his hunting expertise includes game birds, small game and large game, his favorite game animal is the whitetail deer and he loves to share the knowledge that he has gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail with both archery gear and firearms. John is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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