Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Don't Baby Your High-End Binocular!

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I chuckle at how often we hear of customers babying their beloved high-end binoculars--by either saving them for special occasions, or leaving them safe at home while they go off on a trip to Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, or the Serengeti. Does this sound familiar? If it does, we need to talk. Whether that binocular purchase took months (even years) to save for, or was an impulse purchase that barely made a ripple in the bank account, your expensive, sturdy, well-made binocular is made to be used, and used well.

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Recently a customer called to order a lower quality binocular to take on a trip to Central America. He was afraid to take his Leica Ultravid (left), and he couldn't be convinced otherwise. Thing is, the lesser quality binocular he purchased for his trip wasn't nearly as well-suited to stand up to the prolonged humidity and moisture in Costa Rica, nor would it provide the bright, sharp, pristine views in the rainforest that the Ultravid would have.

The superior build quality of your high-end binocular is meant to withstand the rigors of everyday use, and hold up better against more serious bumps, drops, and weather conditions. But the biggest fear people have, they tell us, is damaging, or worse--losing their binocular. So they buy a cheaper one for their trip: often a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Does it make sense to leave your great binocular at home? No. So here are some examples of good binocular care on the road:

~Before your flight to Ireland for your hiking tour, pack your binocular in your carry-on luggage and keep it with you.
~After sitting on a bench in Cairo to record 5 birds to your Life List, don't leave your binocular on the bench.
~When kayaking the Apostle Islands, tether your binocular to the boat so if it goes in the water, you can easily fish it out.
~Upon exiting the safari vehicle in Tanzania, be sure to grab your binocular.

Get the idea? Now remember: your top-tier binocular has an excellent warranty. If it should incur damage, it can be repaired according to the conditions of the warranty. Though even the best warranty can't cover the loss or theft of your binocular, you'll lessen the chance of that happening by adopting a heightened awareness. That's what an expensive binocular will do--teach you to look after it as you would a family member. You wouldn't leave your baby on the bus, would you?blogwbliz12ba

You bought your outstanding binocular or scope to give you the advantage of seeing life in all its glorious detail. Its performance, quality and durability will serve you well for many, many years. So, take it along. Don't leave it behind at the restaurant, on the park bench, or in the taxi. But most definitely, don't leave it at home!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.


  1. I agree 100% Nina. My best advice is keep the binoculars around one's neck when ever possible. Laying it down anywhere is asking for trouble. As absent minded as I am, I'd be buying several pair per year !!
    Nice article as always. Max

  2. Well said, Nina. My Leica Ultravid HD has more than once seen birding in Malaysian Borneo, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, remote Pacific islands, Australasia, etc. Remote, distant birding (sometime as part of my profession) is the reason I bought them. I would have surly missed lifers without them. So, pack that elite glass, carry it on, and keep it near - it's indispensable.


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