Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Have new optics ever been handled prior to the sale?



Hello -

We are considering the purchase of a new scope / tripod and have read excellent, positive feedback about your business.   

Can you tell me if we can be assured of receiving all entirely new / unopened items?  A recent experience with another optics outlet that shipped a costly item that had been opened, dirtied and poorly repackaged when we expected that we were purchasing an new item has left us with misgivings about online ordering but the brand we are seeking is not offered in our region.

Thank you.
Cathy

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 Hello Cathy,

All of our items listed as 'New' and not 'Demo' are in factory new condition.   

We carry demonstration models of most of our inventory in our showroom so there is little need to open items.  If there is a customer that wants to look at an item we do not have a demonstration model of, we carefully open it for them and show it to them in the store and then repackage it exactly as it came.   

We do not sell returned items that are not in new condition.  In the store, we do offer pieces that have been returned in less than new condition at a discount but these items are not available online.   Even our 'Demo' items that are sold online are usually in new condition and have only been in the hands of the manufacturers' representatives.   

So rest assured, the vast majority of our new stock has never been opened and those few pieces that have been are only ever opened by us, in the store, and shown to a customer once or maybe twice before they leave our shelves.  I hope this allays any concerns you may have.  You can always call us to discuss your optics purchase and we can hand-pick and inspect your product before it ships. In addition, our 30-Day Return Policy is in place for all purchases to ensure your satisfaction.

Best wishes,

Eagle Optics
 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Need bin for field work in Hawaii

Hello,
 I heard a podcast interview with Ben Lizdas from Eagle Optics on This Birding Life that was really helpful, and I am hoping you can point me towards some good choices for birding binoculars.

I will be going to Hawaii to do fieldwork in February, so I'm looking for something that will be good in humid/rainy conditions to view forest birds. At home, (Maryland--so less rainy, but still pretty humid) I'm also mostly looking at forest birds as well, but it would be nice to have something that would close-focus to about 10' too, if possible.

I would prefer to have something that's not too heavy but I'd rather have full-sized binoculars than pocket-sized ones. I'm looking to spend between $300-$600. Do you have some suggestions of models that fit what I need?

Thanks for your help!

~Taylor C.
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Hi Taylor,
Thanks for your inquiry. It sounds as if you’ve got some exciting fieldwork ahead!

For forest birding, I’d recommend an 8x42 to get a wide field of view and nice bright images. Here are some recommendations in your price range:

Eagle Optics Ranger 8x42, $300. These are our most popular birding and general use binoculars. Fairly compact and lightweight, close focus of 5.2 feet, and a field of view of 341 ft/1000 yards.

Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 Binocular $350. Zeiss is a great optics manufacturer, and the Terra is excellent at its price point. Fairly compact, they’ve got a close focus of 5.25 feet and a field of view of 375 feet.

If you’re willing to spend more, I would definitely the Eagle Optics Golden Eagle HD 8x42 Binocular, $589. In terms of most specs, they’re pretty comparable to the others, with a close focus of 5.1 feet and a field of view of 347 feet. However, optically, these will be the best you can get at this price, with really good edge-to-edge sharpness, minimal chromatic aberration, and overall brightness.

All of these options are waterproof and fogproof, and should be a good weight for hiking. Each also carries an unconditional, lifetime warranty.

Hope this helps-- please let us know if you have any other questions!

Sincerely,

Eagle Optics

Monday, February 17, 2014

Will Swaro Bino Field Bag fit ATX/STX with 65mm Objective?

Good afternoon. 
I recently purchased the Swarovski ATX and STX modular oculars, and 65 and 95 modular objective lenses from Eagle Optics, and have not figured out the best storage/travel option. 

I was looking at the Swarovski binocular field bags on your website to see if they would be an option for storing at least the 65 objective lens and/or eyepieces, but the interior dimensions of the bags are not given. 

Is that information available, or do you know if others have utilized these bags for scope component storage? 

Many thanks,

Justin H.


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Hi Justin,
The XL Field bag is an excellent fit for the 65mm Objective and either the ST or AN ATX module.


One of our staff members just returned from a week long birding trip in Honduras and used this same bag for carrying the 65mm ATX scope kit and found it to work wonderfully.  We don't know of a similarly built option that will fit your 95mm objective lens, however.
 
If you have any other questions, just let us know.


Sincerely,

Eagle Optics

Friday, February 14, 2014

Full- or mid-sized Zeiss bin for a 70-year-old birder?



Dear Eagle Optics,

I am considering giving myself a special birthday present. For the last 20+ years I have used Bausch & Lomb Elite 8x42.  

From what I've read present-day optics and such are much much improved.  Cannot find any top-of-the-line bins in my area to try out and actually handle, but I am intrigued by reports on both the  Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* HT Binocular or the Zeiss Victory 8x32 T* FL LT Binocular.  

Do you think that one is apt to be better for me than the other?  Compared to what I am used to?  Given my age?...almost 70.  

Do you anticipate putting either model on sale this spring?

Many thanks,

Karin H.

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Hi Karen,

Thanks for your inquiry. Those are both fantastic binoculars with top-notch glass, and I think you would probably be happy with either one. However, there are some differences between the two.

The Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* HT Binocular does have notably better optics – a brighter image with less chromatic aberration (color fringing), and better edge-to-edge sharpness.  However, it is a  larger binocular with long barrels, 6.3 inches long and weighs 27.7 ounces, which some people may find too large/heavy for everyday use.

The Zeiss Victory 8x32 T* FL LT Binocular won’t have those quite the optical quality that I listed above, and it also won’t be as bright an image in low light (dawn and dusk) as with a 42mm lens, just in terms of light gathering ability.  However, it is a great mid-sized binocular--nice and compact at 4.6 inches long and 19.75 ounces. It does also has a slightly wider field of view than the 8x42.  So it’s probably up to your personal choice and budget as to which you would prefer: whether the size and weight of the 42s is a fair tradeoff for the  increase in optic quality.

I don’t know currently of any upcoming sales, but both of these models are available as demos, which we receive directly from the manufacturer and just means that they have been used for something like displays or at a trade show but are still in top condition and the optics are like-new. The 8x32 demos run at $1,399, and the 8x42s at $1,899, which are both great deals for these pieces.

I hope this helps, and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions!

Sincerely,

Eagle Optics
 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What does the T* in the Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* HT Binocular refer to?

Hi,
I've been considering buying the Zeiss Victory 8x42 T* HT Binocular .  I'm curious as to what the  T* in the name refers to.  Please help.  Thanks!

Colin M.

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Dear Colin,
Thank you for your inquiry.  The Zeiss HT is an excellent high-end binocular, and known to give some of the brightest optical views in the world.  The T* refers to Zeiss' trademark anti-reflective coating.  The video posted below should explain it well.  If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call.

Sincerely,

Eagle Optics

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is there a case for my Swarovski ATX scope?



Hello again,
I am happily using my Swarovski scope/tripod I bought from you at the end of 2012.  At that time, Swarovski did not yet have a scope cover.  I saw on their website that they now do.  

They sell the 85-objective module cover ($161) and the ATX-eyepiece module cover ($150)  separately.  But they also sell a stay-on cover package that covers both ends for $299, but only for the ATM/ATS with 80-objective, it seems like from their website.  

So my question is two-fold:
1.  Do they also sell the stay-on cover package for my ATX-85?
2.  If yes, what will Eagle Optics charge me for it?

Thanks,
Willem

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Dear Willem,
The two individual covers Swarovski makes for your ATX modular scope are at the following links::


This is the only case that is made by Swarovski for your scope. The two cases fit and attach together nicely.

An alternative, less expensive case that we like and recommend is:


As you know, you would have 30 days to try either case you decide to buy.  If it doesn’t suit you, just send it back for a refund.

I’m glad you’re enjoying your scope!  Thanks for your continued business.

All the best,

Eagle Optics