On that note, I feel I should echo the earlier plug for Vortex as well. I have a pair of Vortex Fury (Furies? Funny that binoculars are always plural- if you only have one barrel, I don't think you'd say you have a 'binocular') 10x42 that are now discontinued but originally sold for $400. The optics are excellent for the price, but the service is incredible. These bins had seen some hairy conditions and been pretty well dinged up, but I finally had to send them in for repair a few weeks ago after they were knocked out of alignment by a careless baggage handler at the airport. Here's the report I got back:
Repaired both eye cup assemblies. Repaired right strap loop attachment. Sealed both objective cells. Tightened hinge. Adjusted diopter so both sides focus together. Aligned binoculars. Cleaned binoculars. Installed rain guard and new objective lens covers.
And they paid to FedEx it back! I couldn't be happier with these folks. Unfortunately it seems that they've gotten out of the market of making high end, non-HD glass bins like the Fury line. The Diamondback would probably work well though, particularly the 8x32 ($239).
I'd also like to plug the Vermont Bird Place and Skywatch in Manchester. I don't know what they're currently carrying for optics, but being able to go in there and try things out (with knowledgeable birders assisting you) is really helpful.
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> From: "Charlotte Bill" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 7:38:21 AM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thank you for all the bins advice
> I'm with Michele re Eagle Optics. They're great!
> I bought a pair of 8X42 Rangers from them about 10 years ago. After
> years of intense use, I finally sent them in for reconditioning. I'd
> lost an eye-cup, and the original eye-cups had not locked in place
> properly for non-glasses wearers, though subsequent models were
> fine. Eagle Optics cleaned and adjusted the binos and fixed the
> eye-cup problem (of course, I should have asked years ago).
> All this for free! And they sent me a nice ball-cap, too, so of
> course, I'm now a walking advertisement, but very happily so!
> Charlotte BillEnosburgh