- Feb 8, 2018 at 1:31 pm #3517263
Dan YBPL Member
I purchased my Eagle Optics Ranger Platinum 8X42 to do close-up native plant and butterfly identification. Humming birds were especially interesting up close.Feb 8, 2018 at 10:22 pm #3517335
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Very similar to those Eagle Optics bino is the Vanguard Spirit ED.
Vanguard is the factory name (Vanguard Guardforce) , they are also sold under several other brands but often with different coatings and or finish.Feb 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm #3517669
kevin timmBPL Member
@ktimmLocale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
I carry binocs often and not just for hunting / etc. I have come to really like the clarify of the Mavens. The B2 series are excellent optically for me and I use the smaller B3 often as a walk around for wildlife watching.Jan 12, 2019 at 5:55 am #3572799
I’m reopening this old thread, only to indicate my choice, since it took me this long to make it. After all the advice, I feel like I should let you all know! Really helpful ideas, thanks everyone.
Because we don’t actually have stores here in Fairbanks, that one would want to shop at, and no one ships free here, I did a ton of research and reading, saved up some bucks, and splurged on Zeiss Victory Pocket binocs, 8×25. I waited until I was in the lower 48 over the holidays, had them shipped free down there, and from an outfit that has free return shipping, in case I didn’t like them. But I do. They weigh only 10 ounces! But they are wonderful. Compared to my Nikon Monarchs, they are actually pretty competitive. While magnification is less, the glass quality is superior, so I hardly notice. While watching a hawk the other day, I could tell that I didn’t have as much detail in the feathers, but they were still sufficient for ID. They are very easy to adjust, and will be great for backpacking. I’ll continue to use the monarchs or a scope for day trips, but these little guys will be perfect when I need less weight.
A true bird nerd might not be satisfied but for an amateur like me, combining two interests, they will work well.
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