Friday, March 4, 2016

Is there a compact binocular for eyeglass wearers?

Hi there,

Looking for a 10x compact to stuff in my waist pack. I use a 7x42 and would use the 10x25 only when needed for more reach just on static birds (not moving) like perched raptor or duck on water in the distance. I know I can't follow moving birds with a compact. I wear glasses and the  looks the best for eye glasses.

But I'm worried about the tiny exit pupil and folding barrels. How frustrating is it to align with glasses or is it a bit easier than the other compacts? No IPD lock I would assume? Do the barrels get knocked out of IPD easily since both move independently?  Wondering if I shouldn't bother at all since compacts can be frustrating with glasses.

Thanks in advance,


Dear Beth,
Thanks for your inquiry! I understand your hesitation to try a compact as an eyeglass wearer--especially a 10x.

Having said that, I think the Swarovski is the one of the best compacts on the market for brightness, resolution, and ergonomics. It has more than adequate eye relief for eyeglass wearers. The hinge has good tension so barrels will, for the most part, hold their place while in hand. I don't know of any binocular that has a built-in IPD lock, but there is the Vortex Binoc-Loc for Roof Prism BinocularsHowever, that would make your compact binocular not quite as compact while stored in your waist pack.

You will have a significantly smaller exit pupil than what you're used to with your 7x42! Probably the best way to find out if you like it is simply order it. We ship fast and free (Fed Ex Ground) and you will have 30 days to field-test it.

If you have further questions, don't hesitate to write or call.

All the best,

Eagle Optics

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