Friday, September 19, 2014

Questions about the Kowa 25-60x Zoom Eyepiece

Question: I currently have the 30x wide eyepiece for my . I'm interested in the new 25-60 zoom eyepiece. 

Will this eyepiece work well for watching shorebirds on the bay/shores? Will this eyepiece work as well for digiscoping compared to my current 30x wide eyepiece? Is the 25-60x zoom a wide angle eyepiece?

Lisa P.

Dear Lisa,
The Kowa 77mm/88mm 25-60x Zoom Eyepiece has a more wide field of view than the other available zoom eyepiece for your scope—the Kowa 77mm/88mm 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece.  A lot of users find the 25-60x to be the better of the two. One review on our site put it this way:

“With the new eyepiece zoomed all the way to 60x the image is great. There is a wide, bright and very clear image that is leagues better than its predecessor. This proves very useful to birders because I can now zoom in all the way and still get great light and detail. The previous 20-60x was dark and not very good at 60x, but not the new eyepiece. I cannot recommend this eyepiece highly enough.

I spent a while using this in the late evening watching ducks and have never seen a better image in a spotting scope. Saw details on Ruddy Ducks that I have never seen before. I could see every feather, I could see water drops clinging to the feathers…the Kowa 88mm with the 25-60x wide angle zoom is as good as I have ever seen. It is a big improvement compared to the previous 20-60x eyepiece. It is $665 very well spent. If you own this scope and want to be blown away, buy it.”

I should add that with its present sale price of $565, it’s a great time to buy this eyepiece. As always, our 30-day return policy applies, so you’ll have ample time to try it out.

If I may be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask.

All the best,

Eagle Optics


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Is the Vortex Razor HD a noticeable upgrade from the Viper scope?

Is the quite a bit clearer than the comparative ?  I love my Viper HD I bought from you last year....but sometimes I feel I might need a bit more glass for certain situations.  Do you have any trade-in programs?  Just curious.  I have been very satisfied with my scope except for longer distances.  


Jason M.


Dear Jason,
Thanks for your inquiry.

The Vortex Razor HD is a definite step up in optical quality from the Vortex Viper scope.  It is noticeably brighter, with better sharpness and color tone. It also performs (keeping its resolution) better at the higher magnifications.

We do offer an eBay Resale Program for customers wishing to upgrade their optics, and therefore have something to sell.  We only consider binoculars and scopes in excellent condition, with a resale value of $300 or greater. If you’re interested in this, you should call and ask for Adrian.

Thanks again for contacting Eagle Optics!

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Monday, September 15, 2014

Is there an adapter for digiscoping with my Vanguard scope?

Is there a digiscoping adapter for the ? I need one to digiscope with my Nikon D800 DSLR camera.

Hi Larry,
Thanks for your inquiry regarding digiscoping with your

Vanguard doesn't make an adapter for your scope, but you should look at the on our website. Be sure to click on the Media tab on the product page to see a video showing how the adapter works! I'll post it below, too.


Eagle Optics


Friday, September 12, 2014

Is the New Ranger ED that much better than the old Ranger?

Dear Eagle Optics,
Right after I placed my order yesterday for the , I saw on your site that you had just introduced an ED version. Can you provide any comparative info on the differences between the 8 by 42 versions. If I decide on the ED version, can I return this one and get the ED version?



Hi George,
Thanks for your inquiry.  Yes, the reason for the closeout sale on our popular is because they've been upgraded to include Extra-low Dispersion glass.  The ED glass is gives the new Ranger a brighter image, sharper resolution, and more color contrast.  A good improvement all around in the quality of the view.   

Many of the other features (size, field of view, close focus) are the same.  The is slightly heavier due to the fact that ED glass is denser/weighs more than standard optical glass.  One last upgrade to the Ranger ED is that it now has a locking diopter
If you want to give the ED version a try and compare it to the one you ordered, please feel free to.  All purchases come with a 30 day return period and if you go a few days beyond that in order to make the best decision for you, that's okay.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Best regards,
Eagle Optics