Thursday, August 2, 2007

Variety-The Spice of Life

I find it hard to believe August is already here. The butterflies are thick in the backyard garden and my new pair of Stokes Talon 8x42 offers close-up views I've never been able to experience in my pre-binocular days. The 420 ft. wide field of view allows me to stay with the butterflies' quick movements. A brief look at the Stokes Butterfly Book makes me realize I have a lot to learn about these beautiful creatures. Many of you ordered new binoculars and spotting scopes this summer and are now enjoying them on African safaris, at the Grand Canyon, in South America, or in Alaska. We always delight in helping our customers find the right sports optic for their activities. While a lot of you are on vacations with your new binoculars, we are continuing to educate ourselves on Eagle Optics' expanding product line.

Recent additions to our selection include the Burris Binoculars and Burris Spotting Scopes. Under binocular accessories we now offer the Crooked Horn line of cases and harness straps for binoculars. The number of tripod choices has grown considerably with the development of lighter weight materials used in the construction of tripod heads and tripod legs. We also offer a nice selection of rangefinders from Bushnell, Leica, Leupold, Nikon, and Swarovski. The Eagle Optics Staff recently sat down with Vortex Optics professional hunting guide, Paul Neess, to learn more about rangefinders.Golf.jpg

Like binoculars, there are various choices with different performance characteristics and price ranges. Although good optical quality is a plus, a rangefinder's main function is to accurately determine the distance to a target. Rangefinder models vary in the amount of distance they will actually measure. Such information can be valuable for field biologists, hunters and golfers in their respective activities. Golf courses which allow the use of rangefinders will add a hard metal object to the flag on the green. Golfers aim the rangefinder at the pin to obtain a reading on how far they are from the green. The Nikon Laser Prostaff 440 8x20 rangefinder or the Nikon Laser 600 Buckmaster 6x20 rangefinder will work well for this. My golfing friends find a rangefinder to be a huge assist when selecting a golf club.

Different hunting styles will have a need for short and long distance rangefinders. Bowhunters generally equip themselves with rangefinders that read at a close minimum distance (10 yds.), are compact in size, and offer one-handed ergonomics. The Bushnell Yardage Pro Scout 6x23 or the Leica Rangemaster 900 CRF rangefinders are good choices for this sport. Hunters needing long distancelc_crf_1200_200.jpg ranging ability may like the Swarovski 8x30 Laser Guide . This model has the capability to read up to 1500 yards or1371.6 meters away and incorporates an 8x30 SLC monocular for Swarovski's classic optical quality. Leica's Rangemaster CRF Rangefinder will read up to 1200 yards away, or you can order the Rangemaster CRF with measurement in meters. Always feel free to call for help in finding the best features for your application.

We are already enjoying the opportunity to help showroom visitors get ready for fall migration. Come see us if you can or call us at 1-800-289-1132 for your sport optics needs. As you can tell, we wear many different hats to support our customers with great Eagle Optics service.

Kristin Randolph

Eagle Optics Staff

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