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 ?

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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

Monday, September 28, 2015

Comparing Denali and Ranger binoculars

We are considering the  vs the  and are wondering what is the major difference between the two, since there is quite a price difference. We noted the Ranger is ED and the Denali is not; what difference will that make in our viewing? We are looking for a good quality binocular to use for scenery and wildlife viewing. Also we do both wear eyeglasses. Also do these include flip lens covers and a comfortable strap? 

Thank you for any help.



Hi Pam,
Thanks for your inquiry.  The Denali and Ranger share many of the same features.  Both are waterproof, work well with eyeglasses, and will come with a similar set of accessories which include a nice neoprene neck strap and tethered lens covers which attach to the front barrel of the binocular. 
The difference between the two models, in a general sense, is the quality.  

The Ranger ED is a higher quality binocular both in terms of the build quality and mechanics (higher quality parts/materials) as well as the optical system.  The Ranger will be a noticeably sharper binocular, providing a higher level of visible detail than the Denali binoculars.  The Ranger will also have better light transmission, so it will present a brighter and more colorful image to the user.  This is aided by the use of ED (extra-low dispersion) glass as well as the various optical coatings on the lenses and prisms.
The Ranger ED is one of the nicer mid-priced binoculars.  When we look at all the binocular offerings, starting under $100 and going all the way up to $2500, some of the best optics for the money come around the $300-$400 price range.  If the Ranger is within your budget, you’ll end up getting a noticeably nicer binocular that most avid optics users would never feel compelled to upgrade from.

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

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Friday, September 11, 2015

Considering Vortex Viper scope for elk hunt

Dear Eagle Optics,
I'm looking at purchasing a new spotting scope for this year's hunting season. I was looking at the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x80 Angled Spotting Scope, but after reading some reviews, I'm unsure if it will fit my needs. 

Question is: what would be your recommendation for a good back-country spotting scope in that price range? I mostly hunt elk and the furthest shot I would probably take is about the 500-yd. range. I basically need to be able to count the antler points at that distance.




Dear Matt,
Thanks for your inquiry.

We decided to test the Viper for you here at the store. With a rangefinder, we determined a distant tree on a hill that was 500 yards away. We could easily see the shape of the leaves and details of some branches; we noted 2 birds in the treetop. In our opinion the Viper has excellent quality (and unbeatable warranty) for under $1K. The Viper is a solid scope in its price range and is one we recommend often.

In a slightly higher price point, you could consider:

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

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Need scope for digiscoping in Yellowstone

I am looking to purchase a spotting scope for wildlife viewing when I travel to Yellowstone.  I would also like to use the scope as a digiscope with a digital camera.  I am looking at the Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope that you have advertised on your web page.  What type/brand of digital camera and adapter would you recommend with this scope?  Also, do you know when you might have these scopes back in stock? 

Thank you for your help.

Cristen R.


Dear Cristen,
Thanks so much for your inquiry.

The  Razor scope should be back in stock in early October. If you’d like, I can call or e-mail you when it comes in.

I really like the Razor scope. The optical quality, combined with the no-fault, lifetime warranty, make it a superb value.  If you have an iPhone 4, 5, or 6, the Kowa iPhone adapter would be an excellent and low-cost way to take digiscoped photos on your trip. And it fits the eyepiece of the Razor!

 Kowa TSN IP4S iPhone 4/4S Digiscoping Bracket $60.  (see short video under the “Media” tab)

Similarly, these Phoneskope iPhone adapters are made to fit the Vortex Razor scope.

If you choose to use a point-and-shoot camera, it doesn’t need to be an expensive one, but it needs to have an optical zoom of 4x or less to work for digiscoping. You can also use a DSLR. These videos will help show how these work with the Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope:

If you have more questions, please ask!

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Friday, September 4, 2015

Diopter adjustment advice needed

 I bought my wife a pair of  Eagle Optics Kingbird 8.5 x 32 binoculars for a present and we got them today. When she tried to adjust the right diopter to get both eyes focused, she ran out of adjusting room. That is, she turned the diopter all the way to the end and it still wasn't enough. 

I tried and had to adjust nearly to the end even though I don't have to adjust most binoculars or else I use them with the adjustment very near zero. Also, she has not had this problem with other binoculars. Is this a particular problem with this model? Is it possible that our binoculars are defective? Is there a way to get additional adjusting room? 




Hi David,

Thanks for the note!

It’s possible that the diopter is defective or mis-calibrated.

Here’s something you can try to make that determination:

With someone who has the same vision in both eyes, or wears glasses or contact lenses: ZERO the diopter (match the little triangle on the diopter ring to the dot between the white “+” and “-“). When looking through the binoculars, BOTH barrels should be in focus – there should not be a differential or offset required. If this is not the case, then the diopter is definitely defective.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How do I get sand out of my binocular eyecups?

Have a question about cleaning them my new Eagle Optics Ranger ED binocular.  Yesterday I went on a bird survey on a long sandy beach which took over nine hours.  Part of the survey is examining dead birds which means sitting down on a log or the sand.  I am wearing them on a harness but still I managed to cover the end you look through (can't remember what you call each end) with sticky sand.
The eyecup was extended all the way out and there was sand stuck in the grooves. Took me a long time to clean it all out - well, I think it's all out now though I sometimes hear the cracking of sand as I move the eye relief around.  

I used the brush end of a lens pen, a microfiber cloth and blew on them.  Hesitated to use canned air in case I pushed the sand further in, also thought about dunking the ends in warm soapy water to try and float it off but I wanted to check with you to see what your recommendations are for cleaning sand off as I am sure this will happen again on a regular basis.

Any advice would be welcome.



Dear Carol,
Thanks for writing! You’re talking about the ocular lenses. I would use the canned air. Not water.  Also, you might want to keep the ocular lenses covered with the  as often as possible when on the beach. Keep them tethered to your neck strap, and get in the habit of putting it over the lenses whenever you’re not viewing through the binocular.

Sand is a bugger on binocular lenses and under eyecups.  If you can’t get it out satisfactorily this time, you’ll have to send them here for cleaning—with the Eagle Optics warranty, there is no charge for this service. Be warned though, it would mean you’ll be without your binocular for 2-3 weeks. Maybe once you’ve had to endure being without your binocular that long, you’ll opt to use the rainguard more diligently.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Friday, August 14, 2015

Need binocular with good close focus and narrow IPD

Hi folks, 
I am looking for a new pair of binocs for birding and close-focusing on insects.  My husband's (Eagle Optics Ranger) focus to 3 feet, so I'd like something similar: waterproof, lightweight, etc.  My problem is that my eyes are close together.  I don't see any information in the specs on your web page about the interpupillary distance.  What is it for the Vortex Viper HD  8 X 32?

My Nikon, not roof prism, is about 55mm for that interpup. distance.

Thanks a lot,

Kitti R.


Thanks for your inquiry.  The IPD on the 8x32 Viper HD is 58mm.  Depending on what exactly you need, this may be a bit too big. It’s hard to find a roof-prism model with a narrower IPD.  The offerings are limited but I have a few suggestions that may work:

8x32 Zeiss Conquest HD: 53mm IPD and close focus of 4.2 feet.

Atlas Intrepid ED 7x36: 54mm IPD and close focus of 5’

Opticron Verano 8x32: 55mm IPD and close focus of 4.9’

The Verano is very similar to the Viper HD while the Zeiss Conquest is certainly a bit of an upgrade.  The Intrepid is a less expensive alternative with a narrower IPD.

If you have any other questions or if I can help you further, please let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics 

Will an Opticron eyepiece fit my Kowa scope?

Dear Informed Staff,
I currently have a Kowa TS612 scope with a 27x wide lens. Since this is a fine lightweight scope I would like to take it into the field more often. I would like to add a zoom lens. Many birding forums have suggested the Opticron HDF 20-60x zoom. It appears that it screws into the lens cover on the 612. Do you know if the Opticron that you are selling does this?

Also, can you suggest a lightweight tripod for the scope? The tripod would need to fold down to 26" in order to fit into my suitcase, but extend to at least 60" for scoping since the 612 is a straight angle scope and I am 5' 11".Your advice will be appreciated.

Ron Becker


Hi Ron,
Thanks for your inquiry.  I don't have a Kowa 612 available to test the fit of the Opticron zoom eyepiece, so I'm sorry to say I can't confirm this for you.  Your email is the first I've heard about this possible adaptability.  It's unusual but not unheard of for scope bodies and eyepieces from two different manufacturers to be compatible. 
Regarding a tripod, I would recommend the Manfrotto 190 Go tripod legs:
The recommended tripod head for this would be the Manfrotto 128RC:

If there is anything else we can help you with, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics