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:



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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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Understanding Digital Camera Attachments for a Kowa Scope

 I'm looking to attach a camera to my Kowa scope and it is not clear, to me anyway, from the descriptions, which adapter I need.

I have the Kowa TSN-821M with the 20 - 60 zoom eyepiece (82mm). I would like to be able to attach my Panasonic LX5 and eventually even my Sony A700. For my LX5 camera do I need the TSN-DA10 or the TSN-DA-1? I realize I will need an adapter ring for my camera. Are those 2 items all I need to attach my camera?

Thanks for your help,

Susan C. ______________________________________________________________________

Dear Susan,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.

You'll use the Kowa DA1 Digital Camera Adapter for either setup. Since you have the zoom eyepiece on that scope, you'll also need the Kowa Digital Camera Extension Ring Z7/Z9 Eyepiece.

With the Panasonic, you'll also need (assuming it doesn't have filter threads) this Vortex PS-100 Point-n-Shoot Digital Camera Attachment to provide it 37mm threads, and you would buy the Kowa 37mm ring to go with it.

For your Sony, you'll need to get (if you don't have) a fixed 50mm lens. The zoom lenses won't work. Once you have that, you'll want the Kowa 52 ring (those 50mm lenses almost universally have 52mm threads).


-Eagle Optics

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Adapter for Digiscoping with a Vortex Nomad Scope

Dear Eagle Optics,
I own the Vortex Nomad 20-60x60 Spotting Scope.  Can I combine this scope with a digital camera? If so, what additional parts are required?



Dear Ed,
Thanks for your interest in Eagle Optics.
This scope can work with a point and shoot camera if it has below a 4x optical zoom and a small body.

You could use it with an adapter like the Vortex Universal 28-45mm Small Digital Camera Adapter.


Eagle Optics

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Binoculars for Kids

My daughters are asking for binoculars for Christmas. I came upon your website on the internet in my quest to learn what would be a good pair for children (age 7, 9). Unfortunately, my budget is not unlimited so I am trying to find the best pair of binoculars that I can for a reasonable price....especially since I have to buy TWO. Could you please help me?  We home school our children so these will not be used for a specific purpose, just exploring nature! 

Thank you, 


I would recommend the Eagle Optics Kingbird. These are by far the best inexpensive, good-quality binoculars that are especially suited to kids around that age.
This model is great at its price, but also durable with a great warranty that they will be able to keep forever and grow into.

Eagle Optics