12 times and above
Binoculars with magnifications of over 12x are designed for viewing long distances. Ideal uses include spotting of high flying birds and planes, observing mountain vistas and coastal views, and spotting boats on the horizon. High magnification binoculars can be used for basic astronomy and are a a fantastic companion to telescopes - ideal for spotting planets and constellations. Binoculars with magnification levels of 12x and higher will be affected by shakiness in the hand, and are best used in conjunction with a tripod for stability.