Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vanguard Endeavor ED vs. Endeavor ED II

I’m looking at both the   and the . I can’t seem to find a justification in the price difference of approx. $150.00.  Can you tell me what the ED II has that the ED doesn’t?


Stephen B.


HI Stephen,
Thanks for your inquiry.  Most all the specifications between these two models are identical.  They are essentially the same binocular with the ED II using higher grade optical components such as lens coatings, glass, and prisms.  

I pulled both models from our display cabinet just now so I could draw a comparison between the two. The ED II is both a sharper binocular (resolves images better) and provides a brighter image. I was conducting this comparison indoors in a relatively low-light area here in our showroom.  Under ideal lighting conditions, the differences between these two models would certainly be more subtle. 

Is it worth the $150 price difference?  That would be hard to answer on someone else's behalf.  Much would depend on what sort of conditions you would be using the binoculars in and what your expectations are.  I would say that the optical performance between the two is readily noticeable and you don't have to be an optics expert to detect it.

If you would like to compare them yourself, you are welcome to purchase both and then ship one back after comparing them for a full refund.

If you have more questions or if there is anything else we can help you with, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Looking to digiscope with a Kowa scope

I currently own a Kowa 77 angled scope with the extra wide 25-60 eyepiece. It is currently being used with a Promaster carbon fiber travel tripod. I also at times bring out my Nikon D7100 with a 300mm plus 2X to take photos. Its all becoming a big pain lugging all this with me. 

I was looking into digiscoping on your website and I find it a bit confusing. Does Kowa or anyone else make an adapter where you can mount a digital point and shoot to the front lens and also be able to just move it out of the way when viewing through the scope? And what would one look for in a point and shoot? Thank you so much. I really love your tutorials.



 Hi Stan,
Thanks for your e-mail!
For digiscoping, you can use a point and shoot camera with an optical zoom of 4x or less. You would need this adapter: Kowa DA10 Digital Camera Adapter 

If you want to save even more weight in the field, you can use your smart phone for digiscoping. This one holds an iPhone, and Kowa makes this bracket for the iPhone 4, 5, and 6:  Kowa TSN IP4S iPhone 4/4S Digiscoping Bracket

The simplicity of using a smart phone for digiscoping is amazing--and the quality of the photos is excellent.  If you have an android phone, you can buy an adapter through

Please call us if you have any questions. 800-289-1132.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Friday, October 30, 2015

Will the Kowa Extender fit my older Kowa scope?


Will the new Kowa 1.6 Eyepiece Extender for TSN 88/77 work on the Kowa 824 scope?  I don't know if Kowa changed eyepiece mounts or not since the 824.

If the eyepiece mounts are the same, will work?


Skip A.

Hi Skip,

Thank you for your email.  Unfortunately the new eyepiece extender is not compatible with the TSN-824 scope and will only be compatible with the TSN-770 and TSN-880 Series scopes.  The TSN-820 Series mounts are a bit smaller than the 770/880 scopes.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Best regards, 

Eagle Optics

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Binocular specs are comparable--why is one more expensive?

The specs of the  seem to be almost identical to the .

I wanted to buy the Viper 8x32 the first time I looked through it but didn't have the $600 for it then.

If the Ranger ED 8x32 is the same optically, its a much better price.

Please confirm.



Dear Tim,
Thanks for your inquiry. The Viper and Ranger are different optically, even though the specs (on paper) are similar. Optical quality is something that is reflected—usually by price, but certainly by performance, which is something that has to be seen to be appreciated.

The Ranger (China) has been one of our best sellers for 20-some years.  The Viper (Japan) will have better resolution—brighter, sharper to the edge with better lens coatings and less chromatic aberration. Its build quality and internal parts are also of higher quality than the Ranger.  However, I will say that the latest generation of the Ranger, the current Ranger ED, is closer than ever in optical quality to the Viper. It’s one of the great values in binoculars in its price range.

This short video will help you understand how optical quality affects what you see.
If you have any questions, please let us know.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Is the Leica Trinovid binocular still in production?

Good Afternoon,
I'm shopping for a pair of  Leica Trinovid 10x42 binoculars. I thought I saw them on sale on your site within the last couple days, butI do not see them at all now. Is Leica no longer making them, or are you just not carrying them anymore? And if that is the case, that is comparable in terms of price and quality?

Dear Jacob,
Thanks for your inquiry about the Leica Trinovid binocular. Leica is discontinuing this model and will not be making them anymore. The closest models to it would be either the , or .

If you need more detailed information about any of these binocular models, just give us a call at 800-289-1132.


Eagle Optics

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Does Eagle Optics have a store in MA?

Question: I plan to buy my wife a high set of binoculars for distant birding. I'd prefer to have her try out the various types but do not know of a store that carries the good stuff in stock. I live in Pelham, MA, the western part of the state. 
Thank you !! 

Dear Steve,
Thanks so much for your inquiry! 

We only have one store location (in southern Wisconsin), but we'll be happy to recommend birding binoculars over the phone, according to your budget. Our sales staff of 8 is comprised of birders of varying degrees of expertise. 

Even if you can narrow it down to 2 binocular choices, you could buy both, let her try and compare them, and send back the one she doesn’t want.  We do have a 30-Day Return Policy, so your wife would have plenty of time to try out the binocular(s) at her favorite birding spots in your home area.

Let me know if we can be of further assistance to you.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Friday, October 9, 2015

Need a sturdy tripod for digiscoping

 Looking for a tripod for my Zeiss DiaScope 65 (Angled)...too much shake with my present one...I am using a point and shoot ..(if you need my height I am 5'8") I watched your tripod video. Thanks for the help. 

Deno B.
Titusville, FL

Dear Deno,
You didn’t mention which tripod you’re using now, or what your budget is for a new tripod. But for stability and less vibration, you may want to consider a carbon fiber tripod. It’s more lightweight than aluminum, but it has vibration-dampening properties that aluminum doesn’t have. Therefore many digiscopers prefer carbon fiber.

Here are some recommendations:
Vanguard Abeo 283CV Carbon Tripod Kit  This tripod may be taller that what you’d need for your height, but the legs have a greater circumference, so the tripod is more solid than the Vanguard Abeo 243CV Carbon Tripod Kit.

Swarovski has very nice tripods: Swarovski AT 101 Aluminum Tripod with DH 101 Head . I’d highly recommend the carbon version, but it is $200 more: Swarovski CT 101 Carbon Tripod with DH 101 Head.

Your scope and your digiscoped pics are only as good as your tripod! Be prepared to make an investment—but it will be worth it.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My dog chewed up my binocular neck strap!

Last year I ordered a pair of Eagle Optic Rangers 8 X 42's.  They are excellent!  Way better than my more expensive Steiners.  Unfortunately, my dog chewed through the neck strap.  How may I purchase another strap.  Fortunately, he didn't chew on the binoculars.  If he had, I'd be ordering a new dog.

Thank you,


Dear Marsha,
Your e-mail gave me a good chuckle! I can see how that padded neoprene neck strap would feel good on doggy teeth and gums! You'll want to order the  to replace it. 

And just so you know, if he HAD chewed the binocular itself (also delicious), the Eagle Optics warranty would cover the repair at no charge.

Thanks for being our customer!

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Monday, October 5, 2015

Which image-stabilized binocular for fishing boat?

I want stabilized marine grade binoculars for spotting birds while fishing What units would you suggest ?

Sent from my iPad

Dear Jay,
Thanks for your inquiry.

You didn't mention your budget for a binocular, but image stabilized binoculars are significantly more expensive than non-image stabilized ones.  We have a large selection of Canon image-stabilized binoculars that you can browse through here. It would be helpful to know that of the Canon binoculars we carry, the only one that is waterproof is the Canon Image Stabilized 10x42 LWP Binocular

If  you don't want to spend that much, a good alternative would be to shop for a low-magnification binocular, which is easier to hold steady on the water, as in your fishing boat.  A good low magnification (6x or 7x), waterproof binocular would let you spot birds while giving you peace of mind that getting it wet won't ruin it! Here are a few suggestions between $300-600:

You can try your purchase for an entire month with our 30-Day Return Policy

If I may be of further assistance, please let me know.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Binocular for spotting the night sky

I'm an amateur astronomer, and I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive binocular I can use to scan the sky. I've heard Fujinon binoculars are popular for night sky viewing, but I don't want to spend $500+.  I do most of my viewing with a telescope, but a binocular will help me scan to find things I want to look at more closely with the telescope.
Here are my parameters:
Cost around $200
Wide field of view (400+ ft./1000 yds).
Good eye relief
No heavier than 25 oz.
What can you suggest?



Dear Michael,
Thanks for your inquiry.
One binocular that comes to mind in that price range is the 

Here are the specs:
Field of View; 426 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief; 17 mm
Close Focus: 6.5 feet
Weight: 23.1 ounces
Dimensions (H x W): 5 x 4.9 inches
Weatherproofing: Waterproof/Fogproof

Remember, you can try it for a month with our 30-Day Return Policy.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

All the best,

Eagle Optics