Monday, November 25, 2013

Looking for entry-level birding binoculars

My  husband has recently become a birdwatcher.  I would like to give him binoculars for Christmas but haven't a clue as to what kind.  I find that ads aren't very helpful as they all claim they are the best.

I contacted the local Audubon Society for help. They provided me with some excellent information about birding binoculars.  In addition they suggested I contact you and gave me a list of binoculars to ask about.  I did look them up on your website and would be interested in information on two of them -- 1) the Eagle Optics Denali and 2) the Eagle Optics Ranger.

My husband does not wear glasses.  We live in three different places during the year (Florida, Washington and Illinois) and I would expect birding would be unique to each area. 

With that in mind, which would you recommend.  I notice there is quite a price difference -- how does this affect the quality and usability of the product?

Thank you for any help you can provide. 

Joan B.


Hi Joan,
Thanks for your inquiry.  As you can probably tell by looking at them online, the Ranger and Denali binoculars share a lot of the same features: waterproof, light weight, good close focus, excellent warranty, etc..
The primary difference between these two models will be the quality of the optical system (lenses and prisms).  The Ranger uses a higher grade glass throughout the binocular and will offer more in the way of lens and prism coatings.  The end result is that the Ranger is going to be a brighter and crisper binocular.  This is what the difference in price can be attributed to.

The 8x42 Ranger is our single most popular selling binocular.  It comes in at the price where a lot of people find the best value in optics to be when looking at all the offerings from $100-$2000.  A lot of birders will get a binocular like the Ranger and never feel compelled to upgrade.  Those that do, will often jump from that $300 price range all the way to the top-end offerings.

While the Denali is a wonderful binocular for around $200, if it’s within your budget, I would recommend the Ranger as the choice which will offer the best long-term satisfaction and performance.
If you have any other questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to email or call.

Best Regards,
Eagle Optics

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