Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Avoid binocular damage made by metal rings

I recently got a harness strap for my binoculars. I tried to attach the harness to the binocular with the plastic clip, but the clip was too thick and wouldn't fit on to the side slots of the binocular. I did have to add two metal circles to the handles so that I could attach my bin harness. Is this normal?



Hi Pamela,
Thanks for your inquiry. 

We don’t advise attaching a metal ring directly to the binocular eyelets. The metal ring acts as a tiny saw and will eventually wear through the eyelet and break it completely—our repair department sees a lot of this sort of damage, unfortunately.  So instead, first attach a plastic zip-tie to the binocular eyelet, and put the metal ring on it. The zip-tie acts as a buffer and won’t damage the binocular as metal-on-metal would.
You can also get this connector, which some people prefer:   Vortex Binocular Harness Strap Connectors (Set of 2)

These connectors are included with the Eagle Optics Bino System Harness Strap, but they can also be purchased separately.

Just trying to help you prevent unwanted damage to your binocular! If you have any questions, please let us know.
Best regards,
Eagle Optics

Monday, December 28, 2015

How to attach a rainguard to a harness strap?

I was given a harness (purchased from Bird Watchers Digest) for Christmas and cannot figure out how to attach it to the bins.

The bin's neck strap is threaded through the raingaurd's rubber hook which secures it when lifted off for viewing. Removing the neck strap to attach the harness leaves the rainguard completely loose. How do I then secure the rainguard?

Thank you for any advice you can offer.



Hi Annette,
I don't know of any harness strap that has a separate attachment for the rainguard. 

Some use a string or zip tie to attach it. It just takes a little ingenuity. Many birders don't attach it at all, as they don't like the rainguard hanging near their face while viewing through the binocular. Our repair department would discourage this practice, however!

All the best,

Eagle Optics