Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vanguard Endeavor ED vs. Endeavor ED II

I’m looking at both the   and the . I can’t seem to find a justification in the price difference of approx. $150.00.  Can you tell me what the ED II has that the ED doesn’t?


Stephen B.


HI Stephen,
Thanks for your inquiry.  Most all the specifications between these two models are identical.  They are essentially the same binocular with the ED II using higher grade optical components such as lens coatings, glass, and prisms.  

I pulled both models from our display cabinet just now so I could draw a comparison between the two. The ED II is both a sharper binocular (resolves images better) and provides a brighter image. I was conducting this comparison indoors in a relatively low-light area here in our showroom.  Under ideal lighting conditions, the differences between these two models would certainly be more subtle. 

Is it worth the $150 price difference?  That would be hard to answer on someone else's behalf.  Much would depend on what sort of conditions you would be using the binoculars in and what your expectations are.  I would say that the optical performance between the two is readily noticeable and you don't have to be an optics expert to detect it.

If you would like to compare them yourself, you are welcome to purchase both and then ship one back after comparing them for a full refund.

If you have more questions or if there is anything else we can help you with, just let me know.

Best regards,

Eagle Optics

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Looking to digiscope with a Kowa scope

I currently own a Kowa 77 angled scope with the extra wide 25-60 eyepiece. It is currently being used with a Promaster carbon fiber travel tripod. I also at times bring out my Nikon D7100 with a 300mm plus 2X to take photos. Its all becoming a big pain lugging all this with me. 

I was looking into digiscoping on your website and I find it a bit confusing. Does Kowa or anyone else make an adapter where you can mount a digital point and shoot to the front lens and also be able to just move it out of the way when viewing through the scope? And what would one look for in a point and shoot? Thank you so much. I really love your tutorials.



 Hi Stan,
Thanks for your e-mail!
For digiscoping, you can use a point and shoot camera with an optical zoom of 4x or less. You would need this adapter: Kowa DA10 Digital Camera Adapter 

If you want to save even more weight in the field, you can use your smart phone for digiscoping. This one holds an iPhone, and Kowa makes this bracket for the iPhone 4, 5, and 6:  Kowa TSN IP4S iPhone 4/4S Digiscoping Bracket

The simplicity of using a smart phone for digiscoping is amazing--and the quality of the photos is excellent.  If you have an android phone, you can buy an adapter through

Please call us if you have any questions. 800-289-1132.

All the best,

Eagle Optics