Saturday, December 13, 2014

Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 Binocular With Free Field Case

From Roger C. in Detroit:

5/5 Rating

Had to have my own!

In September of 2013 I purchased the and was very impressed with the brightness of the optics, the close focusing and the ease of turning the focus knob, the feel of the binoculars, and everything about them (although I probably could have lived without the plastic display case that they came in).

This spring I was out birding with my wife, and she asked if so could look through them. I guess she was just as impressed as I was, because although she never said anything--she also never gave them back.

We both own more expensive binoculars, but the Zeiss Terra ED's are #1 for both of us. I would highly recommend them.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kowa TSN 883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope

From Derek in Emerald:

5/5 Rating

Another satisfied customer

Having recently purchased a and accessories for digital photography with my Nikon D800, I am amazed at the image quality and ease of use.

I have been spying on the intimate lives of ants as they clamber amidst the "boulders" on our gravel driveway. Equally pleasing, has been the wonderful customer service provided by Eagle Optics during all stages of the purchase process, from my initial inquiry to delivery.

Overall....fantastic. Yet another well contented Eagle Optics client/Kowa user. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Atlas Optics Radian 8x42 Binocular

From J.R. in Texas:

5/5 Rating


This is the best binocular that I have ever owned, anywhere close to the price that I purchased this pair for.

The is clear, easy to focus, built well & have the only tethered objective lens caps I have used....that really stay on. I have owned & used binoculars that cost 2-3 times the price of this one, that are out-shined by this 8x42 Radian.

Very good value, & the best quality that most people will ever need.  Liked my first one so much, I ordered another pair.  For the price & quality, you can't beat it.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Eagle Optics Shrike 8x42 Binocular

From Clem K. in Bellevue, NE:

5/5 Rating

Shrike Binoculars for Grandson

I have been a long time birder and recently found my young (teenage) grandson is interested in birds.  I purchased the for his birthday and first pair of binoculars.

I checked them out before giving them to him and found them to give a clear image, were easy to focus, and easy to adapt to various distances.  My grandson, having never had a binocular of his own, found them very easy to adjust to.

Excellent binoculars for the price, and excellent for beginners.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Vortex Diamondback 20-60x80 Straight Spotting Scope

From Randy H. in Bismarck, ND:

4/5 Rating

Great value

This is a great value if you're like me and cannot justify having huge money tied up in a scope. 

I compared this scope side by side with a friends old Leupold Sequoia, same size.  In my opinion, while very close, I think the Leupold has slightly better glass and slightly finer zoom.  It was only noticeable at full zoom and viewing at great distance.  I imagine that all the scopes in this price point are going to be similar for the most part so I'm satisfied with the quality on my Vortex Diamondback. 

Where the Vortex Diamondback excels for me is the functionality.  This scope is more centered on the pan head, making it noticeably more stable and smoother when finding and following your target.  Maybe all the new ones are centered better now but my buddy's Leupold is very front heavy which is maybe not as bad with a high quality tripod and head but is still a stability factor in my opinion. 

The eyepiece on the Vortex Diamondback is very functional also.  The zoom is independent to the eyepiece so if you are digiscoping with your phone or camera, this eyepiece works great.  You can zoom in and out and the camera stays in the same position.  The eyepiece is also rigid enough to hold my phone horizontally if I choose.  With the Leupold, the weight of my phone would turn the eyepiece and begin zooming in. 

The tripod I went with was a that the great folks at Eagle Optics packaged together for me.  Most people already know this I suppose, but I now appreciate the tremendous importance of having a quality tripod.  The 283 is very stable and the 114 pan head is great. 

I am very satisfied with both the scope and tripod and I was very happy with Eagle Optics for their friendly service and fast processing and shipping.  While the Vortex Diamondback is a lower price point scope, it has a great warranty, it has great functionality and fits my application well.  Thanks Eagle Optics!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x32 Binocular

From C.S. in Cape May, NJ:

4/5 Rating

Great bargain binocs

These   are  a  super  deal  at  $209 after the  $50  rebate. They have a crisp, clear  image far superior to what you would expect at this price.

They are a nice fit for small hands, seem well made, have a good field of  view. They have a locking  diopter, are  lightweight, and  have  a  comfortable  neoprene  neck  strap. The  objective  lens  covers fit  nicely  and  would  satisfy  everyone  that  complains  about  ill  fitting  covers  on  other  brands.

The most impressive thing is, these are the third pair of  Vanguard  binoculars I own, and  they  have all had  perfect collimation or alignment,  which  has  not  been  my  experience  with  many  inexpensive  binoculars.

These  would  make a great pair of spare binoculars, but would also serve you well as your primary  pair of optics.  

Vanguard Spirit ED 10x50 Binocular

From Zach A. in the U.S.:

5/5 Rating

Great optics for a great price

I use these optics on a daily basis for work as a wildlife biologist.   The is great, and the size is comparable to 10x42 or 10x48 models that I have used before.

The neck strap is comfortable, the focus wheel is a little touchy but works just fine and the adjustable eye pieces are comfortable and provide an adequate field of view.  The lifetime warranty is a great bonus knowing that I will undoubtedly damage this pair at some point during their lifetime, being that I'm in the field every day. 

The only point of contention, albeit minor, is the close focus range.  The website/specs said 3ft, which I doubted from the moment I read it, so I wasn't surprised or annoyed to find it was not the case.  My rough approximation is that the close focus range is more like 6-8 ft, which is still great!

Simply put, the are the nicest pair of optics I have ever used, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a pair of optics to last a long time at a great price.  WELL DONE Vanguard and Eagle!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Atlas Optics Radian 8x42 Binocular

From Steve in MA:

5/5 Rating

Very happy with our Radian binocular

We are casual binocular users, but after using several different inexpensive types over the years, I decided to try to find a good quality pair for a reasonable price.  I did all the research, learning about binocular characteristics on the Eagle website as well as 4-5 others, mostly related to birding as the 8x42 is very popular for that purpose.

We've had this for a few weeks now and are very happy with it.  The magnification and brightness are very good, allowing us to see deep into the trees behind our house to watch for wildlife.  The field of view is just right for our needs.

We have a bird feeder 10-12 feet from the house so getting a nice, clear closeup of the songbirds has been a treat.  We are not birding experts, but what we thought was a Fox Sparrow was really a White-throated Sparrow--thanks to the clear close-up provided by the .  And we are very happy with the eye relief - we both wear glasses and we're able to have a full view at the same setting.  There are no local stores to check out optics so we're glad we were able to find a nice pair online.  The 30-day money back guarantee and lifetime warranty sealed the deal.