Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Can a trail camera be used for birdwatching?

Can you tell me which trail camera is best for bird watching?
Thank you.


Hi David,
Thanks for your inquiry.

Trail cameras can be used to monitor bird feeders any time—therefore showing you which birds visit your bird feeders (especially when you’re not home).  Trail cameras can also be installed near bird houses and birdbaths.  But for general bird watching, a binocular will serve your needs better.

At one time Eagle Optics carried several types of trail cameras, but we are discontinuing that product line from our inventory. The last model remaining is the Leupold RCX-1 Trail Camera.  For great pics and ease of use, I much preferred the Cuddeback brand trail camera that is featured in this video:  As I said, we no longer sell it--but I’m sure you can find the excellent Cuddeback Trail Camera online.

If you’re looking for a binocular for birding, we’d be happy to chat with you and make recommendations based on your budget!  We look forward to talking with you.


Eagle Optics

Monday, July 7, 2014

Can I trade in my binocular for a more lightweight one?


I have a Leica 8x42BN that is getting way too heavy for me (I’m 76), and love the Viper Vortex 8x42 that my wife bought from you recently.  Do you ever do trade-ins of some kind in this instance?

Thank you!

Mike B.


Hi Mike,
We don’t have a direct trade-in program though we do offer a service that could likely serve the same purpose.  We have an eBay resale program where we will sell your used BN’s for you on eBay and give you store credit for the selling price, minus the 5% eBay fee.

If this is of interest to you, feel free to contact Adrian Lesak about how we can help.  He manages that program for us.
You can reach him at or by calling our toll free number, 800-289-1132.

If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know.

Best regards,
Eagle Optics

Friday, July 4, 2014

Need replacement case and lens cover for Swarovski AT-80 scope

I am looking for a cover to protect my AT-80 out in the field but really do not want to pay the high price of the Swarovski product.  Any suggestions?  Also, I need a replacement lens cover for the same scope.  Can I order one through you?

David B.


Hi David,
Thanks for your inquiry.  The only cover option that I know which is currently available for the Swarovski AT-80 scopes is this one made by Kite Optics out of Belgium:
We do stock these and currently have them available.   

Swarovski no longer makes a case for this scope and lens covers for that model are no longer available either.  Your best bet for a lens cover option may be to go to a camera store and see if they have any replacement lens covers for camera lenses that will fit your scope.

If you have any other questions or need further assistance, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics