Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thinking of upgrading to a mid-sized binocular


I currently own the ,"Platinum Class", as it was called at the time I purchased it. I use it, principally, for general nature observation. At home it's mostly birds, but on day hikes in Big Bend NP it could just as easily be cactus, lizards, or whatever else that piques the interest. The only area where the performance comes a little short is in lower light. To that end, I've been thinking about upgrading.

My initial thought was to go to an upper-end 10x42, but I've also begun to think about an upper-end 8x32. Given that they have the same exit pupil, and assuming we're comparing apples to apples (Leica Ultravid HD for example), is there an advantage to the 10x in terms of low light performance?


Jim R.


Hi James,

Your assessment of the situation is spot-on in regards to exit pupil and brightness.   

The only advantage of the 10x would be that added magnification, no low light edge at all.  While the 10x has the magnification advantage, you'll find the 8x32 to have a wider field of view, steadier for holding with one hand (lower power), and lighter weight.   

Personally, I think a high-end 8x32 is about the best type of binocular for general nature observation that one can get.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

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:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP03s_icpE8.  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 alesak@eagleoptics.com 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