Monday, June 30, 2014

Bushnell Legend scope test results




Hello,
I have 2 questions about this . Is there any color fringing along dark objects--a colored line along dark edges?

And is most of the central viewing area sharp when viewing at 200 yards or so?

Thanks,

David N.

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Hi David,

Thank you for your interest in Eagle Optics and the .

With any scope in this price range you will see some color fringing, especially in high contrast areas.  The Legend Ultra has a modest level of color fringing: about what one would expect from its price range.  

At 200 yards I tested the resolution with a resolution chart we have here at Eagle Optics.  I was able to make out writing on the chart that was less than 1’ tall.  I’d say that it has slightly above average resolution for its price range.  

Overall it is a pretty good scope optically, but I feel I should let you know that I was not thrilled with its build quality.  The rubber armoring feels spongy to the touch, and both the focus wheel and magnification ring are very stiff and hard to move.  In this price range, another scope to consider would be the It has comparable resolution and color fringing, with a smoother focus wheel/magnification ring, and it has a better warranty than the Bushnell.  

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Eagle Optics
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Want to digiscope with my older Swarovski AT scope



Hello, 
I recently purchased a Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera.  My spotting scope is an old (purchased in 1999), but still great condition Swarovski AT 80.  My camera has EFS 18 to 55 mm and EFS 55-250 mm zoom lenses.  

Can I get something to use the camera and scope that will take good pictures?  I know equipment only goes so far, but assuming that I can figure it out, what set up will work?

Thanks, 
Pat T.

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Hi Pat,
Swarovski does not currently make any camera adapters that work with your generation spotting scope.  The only solutions I know of would require you to replace the eyepiece of your current scope with one of the new scope eyepieces:


You would also need to get Cannon’s 50mm f1.8 camera lens for your Rebel.

If you have other questions, please call the Eagle Optics office!

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is the new Ranger ED a good upgrade for my Ranger SRT?




Hi, 
I just received the latest issue of Bird Watcher's Digest, and on the back cover is an ad for the new Ranger ED. I had the impression that Eagle Optics was going to move away from the Ranger and introduce an entirely new line sometime this summer. 

Perhaps, you cannot disclose if that is the case, but I am waiting nonetheless for what the market may bring, since it’s time I updated my (still very good) Ranger SRT binocular.

Cheers,

Tom

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Hi Tom,
Thanks for your inquiry.   

The Ranger line of binoculars has been our most popular selling binocular line for quite some time (I think it's going on 15 years old), with a handful of solid upgrades along the way.  The new Ranger ED is probably the most significant upgrade to this model line since 2000 when we introduced the Platinum Ranger.   

The Ranger ED is our latest and greatest--and I'd encourage you to check out the if you're ready to upgrade from your SRT.   

The chassis and many of the specifications on the Ranger ED are similar to those of the SRT, though the optical system and some of the mechanics have been upgraded substantially.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics