I am headed to Costa Rica soon, and decided we need new binoculars to spot the red macaws up in the rain forest… YAY!
I’d be looking for the best value/best use product for under $300. What would you recommend?
My husband likes the idea of a compact. So they can fit in a pocket. We had a beautiful pair of Zeiss ones we bought on our honeymoon--zillion years ago but they seem to have disappeared. If we get a good deal we might even buy 2.
Thanks for your inquiry. Costa Rica sounds exciting! I'm sure you'll each make good use of a binocular there.
I would encourage you to consider a mid-sized bin rather than a compact for your Costa Rica trip. A mid-size is slightly bigger, but the difference in brightness (because of the larger objective lens) will be much more satisfying, especially in a low-light situation like the rain forest.
I would recommend the Eagle Optics Ranger 8x32 Binocular, which retails at $289.99. It’s less than 5” square, fog proof and waterproof, and just under 20 ounces. Here are some options of similar size, though they would not be as sharp and bright as the Ranger:
Brunton Echo 8x32 Wide Angle Roof Prism Binocular (20 oz., $239.99, not as good for eyeglass wearers)
Celestron Trailseeker 8x32 Binocular (16.5 oz., $219.99)
Vortex Diamondback 8x32 Binocular. (18.oz., $189.99)
Shipping is free. We ship the same day if ordered by 3:00 p.m., and delivery to Chicago is usually overnight. Call, and we'll be happy to discuss a quantity discount if you decide to purchase two.
Thanks, and have a wonderful trip!