Well, it's winter and it's February-not exactly two of my favorite things. I always find myself hoping for little signs of spring around this time. So far there are none, with the sub-freezing temperatures and snow that Wisconsin and many around the country are experiencing. However, we are not letting that get us down at Eagle Optics! Our great customers keep us thinking of spring as they prepare for the spring migration. With brand new products on the way to our showroom, it is a fun time of year to be at Eagle Optics.
We have already had the pleasure of receiving the brand new 10.5x44 and 8.5x44 Kowa Genesis Binoculars and they should interest birders and hunters looking for a good field of view and close focus. The 44mm objective lens size allows more of the always important light gathering ability. Another addition for Kowa is their top of the line Prominar Spotting Scopes. These are offered in the Kowa TSN 77mm Prominar Spotting Scope and the Kowa TSN 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (either angled or straight). This design displays remarkable optics in a surprisingly compact body for full-sized scopes.
Vortex Optics will soon have a new addition to its offerings. If you are familiar with the Vortex Skyline Spotting Scope, look for the new Vortex Skyline ED 20-60x80 Spotting Scope. At $649.99 for the straight scope and $679.99 for the angled scope (angled scopes require an extra prism which explains the higher cost), they will offer more options in the market of moderately priced spotting scopes providing high-end performance. Expected availability of the Skyline is May '07.
Leupold has added an 8x30 size to their much loved Leupold Yosemite Binocular. It comes in black, red or natural and the extra magnification will only enhance this very bright, waterproof, porro prism binocular. Bogen Manfrotto has upgraded its popular 3001 BD tripod legs to the Bogen Manfrotto 190 XB Tripod Legs with improved ergonomics and a lighter weight. Log on to www.eagleoptics.com for a look at the many different offerings of binoculars, spotting scopes, and tripods along with a variety of different accessories for all those items.
Ben is back from the San Diego Bird Festival where he enjoyed seeing previous Eagle Optics customers and meeting new ones. Representatives from Leica, Nikon, Swarovski and Zeiss were also available to discuss their great products. While there, Ben had the opportunity to do some birding and digiscoping with his Leica Televid 77mm APO Spotting Scope. His photo of only half a Prairie Falcon has most of us thinking Ben needs more practice-especially when compared to Mike's Digiscoping Blog , a fellow Eagle Optics Staffer. We'll keep you posted on Ben's progress.
We have filled many orders for Valentine's Day gifts of binoculars and spotting scopes. We wish all of our fantastic customers a very "Happy Valentines Day" tomorrow and we look forward to providing you with great gift ideas for future holidays.
Eagle Optics Staff