Thursday, July 31, 2014

Want to digiscope with my Leupold Ventana Scope

Dear Eagle Optics,
Will the work with a Leupold SX1 Ventana Scope and a Nikon D80 camera?

Edward R.


Hi Mr. Riddle,
Thanks for your inquiry.  The Razor DCA is designed to work with the Vortex Razor HD scope.  It is not compatible with any other scopes to the best of my knowledge.  Unfortunately, Leupold does not make much in the way of camera adapters for their spotting scopes.  One option that may work for you would be the .

If you have any other questions, please give us a call at 800-289-1132.

Best regards,
Eagle Optics

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thinking of upgrading to a mid-sized binocular


I currently own the ,"Platinum Class", as it was called at the time I purchased it. I use it, principally, for general nature observation. At home it's mostly birds, but on day hikes in Big Bend NP it could just as easily be cactus, lizards, or whatever else that piques the interest. The only area where the performance comes a little short is in lower light. To that end, I've been thinking about upgrading.

My initial thought was to go to an upper-end 10x42, but I've also begun to think about an upper-end 8x32. Given that they have the same exit pupil, and assuming we're comparing apples to apples (Leica Ultravid HD for example), is there an advantage to the 10x in terms of low light performance?


Jim R.


Hi James,

Your assessment of the situation is spot-on in regards to exit pupil and brightness.   

The only advantage of the 10x would be that added magnification, no low light edge at all.  While the 10x has the magnification advantage, you'll find the 8x32 to have a wider field of view, steadier for holding with one hand (lower power), and lighter weight.   

Personally, I think a high-end 8x32 is about the best type of binocular for general nature observation that one can get.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Can a trail camera be used for birdwatching?

Can you tell me which trail camera is best for bird watching?
Thank you.


Hi David,
Thanks for your inquiry.

Trail cameras can be used to monitor bird feeders any time—therefore showing you which birds visit your bird feeders (especially when you’re not home).  Trail cameras can also be installed near bird houses and birdbaths.  But for general bird watching, a binocular will serve your needs better.

At one time Eagle Optics carried several types of trail cameras, but we are discontinuing that product line from our inventory. The last model remaining is the Leupold RCX-1 Trail Camera.  For great pics and ease of use, I much preferred the Cuddeback brand trail camera that is featured in this video:  As I said, we no longer sell it--but I’m sure you can find the excellent Cuddeback Trail Camera online.

If you’re looking for a binocular for birding, we’d be happy to chat with you and make recommendations based on your budget!  We look forward to talking with you.


Eagle Optics