9×60, 12×60 LW Binoculars


9×60, 12×60 LW Binoculars

(9 customer reviews)


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What a bargain! Oberwerk high-quality light-weight 60mm binoculars, at a 50mm price! That extra 10mm doesn’t sound like very much- but 60mm objectives gather 44% more light than 50mm models (surface area = pi*r2). With that much extra light-gathering power, these are ideal for a low-cost entry into binocular astronomy. They are also excellent for birding, nautical applications, and surveillance.

Not only do you get big 60mm objectives- you get the same highest-quality BAK4 prisms that are found in much more expensive models. These are available in your choice of either 9x or 12x magnification. All air-to-glass surfaces are fully broadband multi-coated to decrease light loss due to scattering and reflections, a feature normally found only on binoculars with much higher price tags. All Oberwerk binoculars have rugged rubber-armored aluminum bodies, all-glass lenses, right ocular diopter adjustment, brass 1/4-20 tripod adapter threading, case, caps, and neck strap.

New for 2018, the prism covers in between the body and the objective tubes are now aluminum, to more rigidly hold the objective tubes in perfect alignment. Oh- and we lowered the price- now just $99.95!

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 11 × 7 in

9x- 5.5°, 12x- 5.7° (wide-angle)

Eye Relief

9x- 16mm, 12x- 14mm

Exit Pupil

9x- 6.6mm, 12- 5.0mm

IPD Range


Minimum Focus

9x- 10m, 12x- 15m

Product Weight

2.6 lbs.

Product Dimensions

L=8.75", W=7.75", H=3.0"

9 reviews for 9×60, 12×60 LW Binoculars

  1. Soni Ufiamorat

    I just love it! Live in Fiji & ordered it International Express – received within a week. Have had it for about 2 weeks now and I’m just so happy to be able to see stuff I’d been wanting to see for so long! (example M6 & M7) I’d wanted the 20×80 but for a 1st binoculars, I’m glad I went with these. Once I get a mount, my next bino will definitely be 20×80 LW (cost considerations) Thanks Oberwerk.

  2. Darrell P.

    I shocked many viewers this weekend with the 9×60’s, clarity vs. price. Only the $700 and up Nikons or Swarovskis were close.

  3. Clark M. Thomas

    Just got the 9X60LW binocular. I have two other smaller binoculars, and this one is by far the best. For its size it’s fairly lightweight. You can hook it up to a tripod or monopod if you wish. I have an excellent 10×42 binocular, and the 9X60 has a half-degree wider field, which is a lot of difference, The long eye relief allows me to keep my glasses on while viewing, whereas the 10X42 requires me to take off my glasses, a major pain. This binocular offers superb optics and a very affordable price. Great for beginners and anybody else, for day or night use.

  4. Jonathon Groubert

    I’ve had the 12x60s for over a decade now. These are nice binocs, definitely a few steps up from the junk sold by a certain major telescope vendor Celestron.

    Two complaints, one against myself, the other against the binocs. I didn’t listen to all the advice about getting binocs that are too much to handle, and I should have. You should really only go 10×50 for handheld use. These LWs are not exactly lightweight, and 12x magnification is a bit too much to hold steady unless you’ve got your elbows propped up, or you’re leaning on something. The combo of the weight and the magnification make these tough to use handheld. Not impossible; just tough. If I had it to do over, I would have definitely gotten the 10x50s instead.

    The other complaint is about the focuser. Oh, it works, as does the diopter on the right eye. It’s just that it slips out of focus all the time. It just doesn’t stay focused well, requiring frequent readjustments. If this were better, I’d give it 5 stars.

    • Kevin Busarow

      The focusers on the LW Series were improved several years ago. They hold focus well even if inward pressure is applied to the eyecups.

  5. Mike Cook (verified owner)

    Crisp to edge-of-field. No parallax issues. Lunar observation with no chromatic aberration (mine are 9x). Excellent resolution when viewing the Pleiades and Orion Nebula. I’m HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY in Texas…..

  6. Mark (verified owner)

    Totally satisfied with these binocs. Excellent visual clarity when viewing stars and distant objects! Very nice spot between good magnification and aperture size while still being a hand holder.

  7. Tom Castleman (verified owner)

    Not bad, I usually buy Nikon binoculars but thoughts I’d try these. They are big and heavy, so don’t know how good they will be for astronomical viewing. The case and straps are cheap cloth, so not very impressed with them. I’ll probably stick with Nikon for now on.

  8. Michael (verified owner)

    I love these binoculars! This is my first pair and Kevin spent time on the phone explaining the differences between each model. This binocular is very well built and the image quality is excellent. I have used them for astronomy and bird watching. I had an issue cleaning the objective lenses and Kevin replied to my email within minutes on how to fix them. I highly recommend Oberwerk, their customer service is fantastic!

  9. David Gobert (verified owner)

    This is my third pair of Oberwerk’s. Gave my 11×56 to my daughter to view Comet Neowise. Replaced them with the 9×60. Work extremely well for sky and terrestrial use. Quality is excellent as usual.

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