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Eagle Optics Energy Compact, Affordable, Stylish

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Joan Young By Joan Young on
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I received these binoculars as a gift. I have to say that I have not used them much, but that’s mostly because I own a pair that I like a whole lot better. But there is nothing basically wrong with these.

First, the bling. These binoculars have a semi-soft rubbery coating that feels nice in your hands. They come in nice colors. Mine are blue, which they call “Moon.” You can also get “Lava”- red, “Sun”- yellow, “Ocean”- sea green, and “Star”- silver.

Specs

They are 8x21 with a 7.3 degree field of view. This means that you get 8 power magnification, and a 21mm lens opening for light. I found that the near focus point was about 8 feet. The binoculars fold, so you can adjust the width to the spacing between your eyes. They fold to 4" x 2.5" x 2" and fit in a soft case with a belt loop. There is a thin neck strap provided which you fasten to loops on the binoculars. The focus adjusts with a thumb knob on the top. A one-piece cover for the lenses, which they call a rain guard is provided, and a small lens cleaning cloth. The web site describes these as having a roof prism, and multi-coated lenses. There was no paperwork in the box when I received these, but since I did not purchase them I don’t know if there was some that got removed before I received the item.

My opinions

These are a reasonable, day-use, convenient pair of binoculars. The 21mm lens opening will not serve well in dim light. They claim these would be good for ball games and the theatre. But you will lose a lot of clarity in low light, so don’t expect miracles at night games and dim stage settings.

The lenses do have a lot of clarity in full light. I was able to observe birds through our triple-pane windows, and read the garden thermometer, without distortion or a colored aura around the objects.

The neck strap is cheap and will pull out of the friction buckle too easily. Also, it attaches to the binoculars too far down the tubes and thus the balance of how they hang against your chest is awkward. They keep wanting to lean forward and rest at almost a right angle to your body.

The case has a small, inadequate velcro closure and a belt loop. The case itself is a sturdy vinyl. Not padded, but adequate protection.

There are nice soft rubber eyepieces, so they are comfortable to look through.

They fit just a little too tightly in the case, and are a bit difficult to take in and out.

The “rain guard” might be nice. Its one-piece construction is a lot better than the two caps you have to deal with on a lot of binoculars, but you have to fold the binoculars up to put it on. It has a tiny hole so that you could run a string through it and attach it to the neck strap to keep from losing it, but such a string is not provided.

Conclusion

These would be a handy, fairly rugged pair of binoculars to take on day outings, but don’t expect to use them for serious wildlife watching (dusk and dawn are the best times for that activity).

They list at $55, but eagleoptics.com has them for $40. I wouldn’t pay more than $40, but they are probably worth that much.