Monday, December 31, 2012

Getting Started in Digiscoping

I have a Canon T1i and would like to get into digiscoping.  What would you suggest?  I'd be willing to spend between $500 to $800
Chris C.
Dear Chris,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.
With a fixed 50mm lens (the zoom lenses won’t work), your only options where the scope manufacturer makes an adapter that will accept the DSLR with a lens are the Vortex Viper and Razor, Kowa scopes, and Swarovski ATS/M scopes.
In your price range, your best bet would be one of the Vortex Viper scopes, along with the Vortex Viper adapter.
You could also get a small-bodied point and shoot camera with a below 4x optical zoom and that will drastically open up the options for digiscoping, as a lot more manufacturers make adapters that will accept those, whether universal or threaded styles.
You could also look at the a telephotography style setup like the Celestron Regal, which comes with a photo adapter.
That photo adapter, plus a T-ring you’d buy specific to your Canon body (we do not sell the basic ones), would bridge the gap between your scope body (minus its eyepiece) and your camera body (minus its lens).
This can certainly yield nice results, but it’s not as easy or convenient to move back and forth between photography and observation as it would be with a threaded adapter like the Viper setup above.
Eagle Optics

Friday, December 28, 2012

What does degrees on a binocular mean?

On my binocular, after 8 x 42 what does the 8.2 degrees mean?


Christopher C.


Hi Christopher,
The degrees are the field of view of the binocular.  More specifically this information represents the angular field of view since it is in degrees, on a 360 degree scale.  
You can convert this measurement into a linear field of view by multiplying the angular field of view by 52.36.  This will give you a linear field of view of 431 feet @ 1000 yards, which means if you were looking at a wall 1000 yards away through that binocular you could see 431 feet of that wall from one edge of your view to the other edge.  
I hope that is helpful, and please call if you have any other questions. 
Eagle Optics


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Digiscoping Adapter for a Bushnell Elite Scope

Dear Eagle Optics,
Would the Vortex Viper Point and Shoot Adapter Kit work on a Bushnell Elite spotting scope?  I have a Bushnell Elite and am looking for a camera adapter that would let me switch easily from camera to normal viewing.
Thank you,  
James D.
 Hi Jim,
Thanks for your inquiry.  
The Viper camera adapter kit will not work on the Elite as the eyepieces between the two scopes vary so much in size and shape.  Bushnell hasn’t made any camera adapters for the Elite spotting scopes and I don’t know of any other brand adapters that will fit.  In this case, your best option may be to try and fabricate your own adapter to specifically suit your scope/camera combination.  
Good luck!
Eagle Optics 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Comparing Vortex Spotting Scopes for Hunting

I'd like a comparison of the Vortex HD Viper15-45x 65 and the Vortex Nomad 20-60x60.  I hunt in open country in the high Rockies of Idaho.  Which is the better scope, and why?
Thank you,
Travis W.
 Dear Travis,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.
The Vortex Viper HD scope will be noticeably brighter and sharper to the edge (especially at high power and in low light) compared to the Nomad.
Eagle Optics

Friday, December 21, 2012

Digiscoping Adapter for a Pentax Scope

I was hoping I could get some advice on the best adapter that I need to get from you guys for my boyfriend's scope.
He has a Pentax PF-80ED angled, and I saw that you guys sell the Pentax UA-1 digital camera adapter. I am pretty sure that adapter would work for that scope but I also want to make sure that it works with his Nikon Coolpix 10X zoom. We also own a Canon EOS Rebel T3, and a Nikon D80.
Would the Pentax UA-1 digital camera adapter work with any of these cameras?
Thank you so much for your help!
Rosa  J.
Dear Rosa,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.
Unfortunately those cameras will not work.  The UA1 will fit the Pentax, but in order to digiscope with a point and shoot camera, you need one with a below 4x optical zoom. Anything higher will not let you get a full frame image.
As far as SLRs go, Pentax makes a photo adapter, but it will only accept Pentax cameras, so a Canon and Nikon will not work.
Your best bet is probably to find an inexpensive point and shoot camera that will work on the UA1.
Camera shops or a place like B&H online are a good place to try with good sales on good cameras.
Good luck, and thanks!
Eagle Optics

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How do I attach a tripod head to a leg set?


My Manfrotto 190CX3 legs and 128RC head were just delivered. I'm trying to figure out exactly how to connect them. Having trouble especially with the three set screws and how to tighten them. What tool can get in there?

Unfortunately called ten minutes after you closed today.

Thanks for your advice,

Kit O.


Dear Kit,

Thanks for your order with Eagle Optics.

You should be able to just thread the head on clockwise, then use a screwdriver to set those screws down tight. (Tip: raising the center column makes it easier to see and tighten the set screws).

If you ever need to remove the head, you’ll do the opposite: thread the screws loose, thread the head off counterclockwise, and you’re good to go.

 If you need further help, feel free to give a call and any of our staff will be happy to try and walk you through it further.


 Eagle Optics

Monday, December 10, 2012

First Binocular for Young Daughter

Hi there,
I'm thinking about getting my 5-year-old daughter her first pair of binoculars, and thinking about the Triumph 10x25 due to their lightweight, rugged, compact design.

 I'm a little nervous about the smaller field of view - I want to make sure she doesn't get discouraged by not being able to see the bird, etc. because the field of view is relatively small compared to full-size binos.

Any thoughts? Recommendations?



Hi E,
Thanks for your inquiry. I think you are right to be concerned about the narrow field of view as a result of the 10x power. For kids to have a good experience with binoculars, I would recommend something that is first and foremost easy to use.

I have two daughters myself, both used the 6.5x32 Vortex  Raptor.  It sells for more than the Triumph compacts though it benefits from a brighter image, wider field of view, sharper image, and higher quality construction.

With a single center hinge rather than a dual hinge like the compact Triumphs have, it will also be easier for a child to line up each barrel with her eyes.

 If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email or call.

-Eagle Optics

Friday, December 7, 2012

Birding Binoculars for Eyeglass Wearers

Dear Eagle Optics,

Can you recommend some mid priced (under $400.00) binoculars for birding?

 I'm a person who wears glasses and whose current binoculars don’t work well with glasses. I wind up taking my glasses off every time I use my binoculars.


Michael C.


Dear Michael,

Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.

Here are my recommendations for the best options in your pricepoint, all of which are well-built, with good eye relief for wearing glasses, and good warranties:

Eagle Optics Ranger 8x42 Binocular  $299.99

Atlas Intrepid ED 8x42 Binocular $289.99

Nikon Monarch 5  8x42 Binocular   $279.95            

Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 Binocular  $349.99


Eagle Optics

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Searching for an all-purpose binocular for a gift


I am planning on buying binoculars as a Christmas gift for my fiance.  A friend who uses them a lot recommended Eagle Optics, so I would like to go with that brand.  

We are both new to using binoculars, so something fairly easy to use would be great.  I would like to spend around $175 - $225.  He would use them for things like seeing the view from the top of a mountain during a hike, or looking off his balcony at birds or the ocean at a distance. 

I saw the Eagle Optics Ranger SRT 6x32 Binocular on your site.  They got lots of great reviews and the price is good, since they are on sale, but I'm not sure if they are the right ones for him.  I would appreciate any advice you could provide.  Is there another one you would recommend?

Thank you!

Christy T.

Dear Christy,

That 6x32 Ranger would be a great choice.

The 6x will provide a wide field of view and the midsize is nice for most people to hold without hauling around a heavy binocular.

It will be significantly sharper and brighter to the edge than other pieces in its price range.
It’s a discontinued model (no longer made in the 6x) and on sale.

Another good one in that range, but not as nice as the Ranger, would be the 8x42 Denali.

Again, it’s great at its price, but will not be nearly as sharp or bright as the Ranger. 


Eagle Optics

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Correct Tripod for Height with a Straight Scope


At  6'1' with a straight scope - is the Manfrotto 128RC/190XB tripod kit tall enough for me? I'm looking to buy my first quality tripod.

Thank You, 



Dear Brent, 

Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics. 

The answer is definitely not. I would recommend the taller leg, this setup:



-Eagle Optics

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Searching for a lightweight, quality 10x binocular


I am a birder looking to replace my Swarovski binoculars that were stolen. Unfortunately, I can't afford to spend nearly that much this time.

My needs:
• I'm looking for a very high-quality optic ( as good as, or better than, Talons or Vipers).
• My eyes are fairly close together, and I need binoculars that have an interpupillary distance of less than 58mm.
• Weight is a consideration; I'd like a lighter-weight model (eg less than 25 ounces preferred; 20 ounces would be great.)
• Magnification of 8 or 10.  Some preference for 10X32, but I'm not absolutely set on this. But I lean towards 32's more than 42's for the weight consideration.

My question:
Given the above needs, which of the Hot Deals, demos, and maybe used/refurbished binoculars might you recommend? (I definitely like your company, and have read excellent reviews of you, so I'm a seriously interested potential customer.)

Thanks so much,

Ken W.


Hi Ken,

Thank you for your interest in Eagle Optics. Sorry to hear about your Swarovski binocular.  

There are some binoculars that we can certainly recommend that will have high quality optics.  All three of the binoculars below have an IPD of less than 56mm, so they should work with your eyes.

1-      Leupold Katmai 10x32 $349.99 – Weight: 19oz Very good optics for the price, small and compact.  Has some CA and not the greatest edge-sharpness.  Also comes in 8x32.

2-      Zeiss Conquest 10x30 $499.99 – Weight: 18oz Light-weight, bright, very little CA (chromatic aberration), and overall good color tone.  My favorite 30/32mm under $1000, and a great value. Also comes in 8x30.

3-      Vortex Razor 10x42 $1189.99 – Weight: 25oz This is a new design for Vortex and it’s really impressive.  This is, in our opinion, the best binocular on the market under $2000, and probably the closest you can get to Swarovski in terms of color tone and edge-to-edge sharpness without paying a Swarovski price.  We really like this design, but it isn’t as compact as the other two certainly. Also comes in 8x42.

Hopefully this has been helpful,. Please call if you have any other questions.


Eagle Optics