Monday, September 28, 2015

Comparing Denali and Ranger binoculars

We are considering the  vs the  and are wondering what is the major difference between the two, since there is quite a price difference. We noted the Ranger is ED and the Denali is not; what difference will that make in our viewing? We are looking for a good quality binocular to use for scenery and wildlife viewing. Also we do both wear eyeglasses. Also do these include flip lens covers and a comfortable strap? 

Thank you for any help.


Hi Pam,
Thanks for your inquiry.  The Denali and Ranger share many of the same features.  Both are waterproof, work well with eyeglasses, and will come with a similar set of accessories which include a nice neoprene neck strap and tethered lens covers which attach to the front barrel of the binocular. 
The difference between the two models, in a general sense, is the quality.  

The Ranger ED is a higher quality binocular both in terms of the build quality and mechanics (higher quality parts/materials) as well as the optical system.  The Ranger will be a noticeably sharper binocular, providing a higher level of visible detail than the Denali binoculars.  The Ranger will also have better light transmission, so it will present a brighter and more colorful image to the user.  This is aided by the use of ED (extra-low dispersion) glass as well as the various optical coatings on the lenses and prisms.
The Ranger ED is one of the nicer mid-priced binoculars.  When we look at all the binocular offerings, starting under $100 and going all the way up to $2500, some of the best optics for the money come around the $300-$400 price range.  If the Ranger is within your budget, you’ll end up getting a noticeably nicer binocular that most avid optics users would never feel compelled to upgrade from.

If you have any other questions, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Friday, September 11, 2015

Considering Vortex Viper scope for elk hunt

Dear Eagle Optics,
I'm looking at purchasing a new spotting scope for this year's hunting season. I was looking at the Vortex Viper HD 20-60x80 Angled Spotting Scope, but after reading some reviews, I'm unsure if it will fit my needs. 

Question is: what would be your recommendation for a good back-country spotting scope in that price range? I mostly hunt elk and the furthest shot I would probably take is about the 500-yd. range. I basically need to be able to count the antler points at that distance.



Dear Matt,
Thanks for your inquiry.

We decided to test the Viper for you here at the store. With a rangefinder, we determined a distant tree on a hill that was 500 yards away. We could easily see the shape of the leaves and details of some branches; we noted 2 birds in the treetop. In our opinion the Viper has excellent quality (and unbeatable warranty) for under $1K. The Viper is a solid scope in its price range and is one we recommend often.

In a slightly higher price point, you could consider:

If I may be of further assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Need scope for digiscoping in Yellowstone

I am looking to purchase a spotting scope for wildlife viewing when I travel to Yellowstone.  I would also like to use the scope as a digiscope with a digital camera.  I am looking at the Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope that you have advertised on your web page.  What type/brand of digital camera and adapter would you recommend with this scope?  Also, do you know when you might have these scopes back in stock? 

Thank you for your help.

Cristen R.

Dear Cristen,
Thanks so much for your inquiry.

The  Razor scope should be back in stock in early October. If you’d like, I can call or e-mail you when it comes in.

I really like the Razor scope. The optical quality, combined with the no-fault, lifetime warranty, make it a superb value.  If you have an iPhone 4, 5, or 6, the Kowa iPhone adapter would be an excellent and low-cost way to take digiscoped photos on your trip. And it fits the eyepiece of the Razor!

 Kowa TSN IP4S iPhone 4/4S Digiscoping Bracket $60.  (see short video under the “Media” tab)

Similarly, these Phoneskope iPhone adapters are made to fit the Vortex Razor scope.

If you choose to use a point-and-shoot camera, it doesn’t need to be an expensive one, but it needs to have an optical zoom of 4x or less to work for digiscoping. You can also use a DSLR. These videos will help show how these work with the Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 Angled Spotting Scope:

If you have more questions, please ask!

All the best,

Eagle Optics

Friday, September 4, 2015

Diopter adjustment advice needed

 I bought my wife a pair of  Eagle Optics Kingbird 8.5 x 32 binoculars for a present and we got them today. When she tried to adjust the right diopter to get both eyes focused, she ran out of adjusting room. That is, she turned the diopter all the way to the end and it still wasn't enough. 

I tried and had to adjust nearly to the end even though I don't have to adjust most binoculars or else I use them with the adjustment very near zero. Also, she has not had this problem with other binoculars. Is this a particular problem with this model? Is it possible that our binoculars are defective? Is there a way to get additional adjusting room? 



Hi David,

Thanks for the note!

It’s possible that the diopter is defective or mis-calibrated.

Here’s something you can try to make that determination:

With someone who has the same vision in both eyes, or wears glasses or contact lenses: ZERO the diopter (match the little triangle on the diopter ring to the dot between the white “+” and “-“). When looking through the binoculars, BOTH barrels should be in focus – there should not be a differential or offset required. If this is not the case, then the diopter is definitely defective.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics