Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Need an inexpensive binocular for a beginning birder



Hello,
Does anyone at Eagle Optics have an opinion as to the optical quality of Vanguard Orros 8x32 Binoculars?  I’m considering purchasing a pair for a friend who has just started birding and has very limited funds to buy her own binoculars.  Your web site does not have any reviews of these binocs, nor does the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have a review.  I know that other Vanguard products have been well reviewed, but I can find nothing about these inexpensive binocs for the beginning birder.  I’m looking for acceptable quality optics at a reasonable price.

Thanks for any help you can give me. 


Jane H.

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Hi Jane,
Thanks for your note. I would classify the Vanguard Orros as a nice entry-level binocular, and a decent value for its optical quality. The Vanguard Backyard Birder Kit contains both the Orros and an excellent birding book, which would be a great value and a great way to start your friend out in birding.

Something to consider would be to get a 42mm rather than the 32mm binocular. Most birders use a 8x42 due to it being brighter in low light conditions.  A good one to choose, without breaking the bank would be the Atlas Optics Radian 8x42 Binocular.  Normally priced at $129.99, it is now $99. It has an unconditional lifetime warranty, also.

If you have more questions, please call and we’ll be happy to chat further!

All the best,

Eagle Optics
 


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