Thursday, October 10, 2013

Looking for a compact binocular for around $300

We have purchased two pair of great binoculars from you:  Eagle Optics Ranger 10x42 & 10x50.  We have been very happy with your speed in shipping, customer service and expertise. 

We are planning a trip to South America this winter to view birds and wildlife, and would like to order a pair of compact binoculars from you.  We would like to spend less than $300 and would like to know what you would recommend.  We like the light brightness that some binoculars offer, and seem to have clearer vision with more light.  We looked at the specs for the Vortex Vanquish 8x26.  Is this good?  Other suggestions?

Thanks for any help you can give us.  Look forward to dealing with you again.



Dear Sandy,
Thanks for your note regarding a compact binocular for your trip.

It's important to remember that while compact binoculars are small and light, the smaller objective lens won't be letting in as much light as you're used to with your 42 and 50 mm. binoculars.  Therefore, in low light, you can't expect the brightness of a full-size or even mid-size binocular.

Which leads me to this idea: why not consider the Eagle Optics Ranger 8x32 Binocular?  At 19 oz and less than 5" square, it has the same great glass you're already accustomed to.  The Ranger 8x32 has a generous 420 ft. field of view, a great 3' close focus, and superb warranty. ($289.99) 

If you are still leaning toward a compact, I would say, get the best glass you can afford.  If you have a budget of around $300, I would go for something with better glass quality than the Vanquish. There is no doubt that the Vortex Vanquish is a good value for under $125.  But the difference between it and the Ranger 8x32 or one of the binoculars suggested below would be considerable in brightness and sharpness of the image.


Check the specs of each binocular and see what you think!  Remember, you will have 30 days after delivery of your purchase to evaluate your new binocular.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call!  Thanks for your continued business.


Eagle Optics


  1. Just a question -- you say the Ranger 8x32 has a FOV of 420 ft. The specs on the EO web site say 393 ft. I'm not knocking either you or the Ranger but there seems to be an error somewhere.

  2. Oops, thanks for the correction. 393 is correct--still a generous FOV.

    Nina from Eagle Optics


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