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The Atlas Optics Intrepid ED shows you details you've never discovered before. With the benefits of extra-low dispersion glass and fully multi-coated lenses for bright, high-quality images, the Intrepid ED is sure to please wherever the trail takes you. An exceptionally wide field of view makes you feel like you just stepped into the action, and the ergonomically pleasing open-hinge design allows you to easily follow wildlife for a long time. Backed with the legendary Eagle Optics Platinum Protection unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty and sold at a price you can't pass up, this is one binocular sure to carry its weight for a long time.

Optical Features
Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Phase Correction Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Silver-coated Prisms Increase efficiency of light transmission.
Construction Features
Roof Prisms Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium Alloy Body Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Multi-position Eyecups Twist up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Center Focus Wheel Adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.
Right Eye Diopter Adjusts for differences in a user's eyes. Located by the right eyepiece.
Tripod Adaptable Can be mounted using standard ¼-inch threading. Adapter sold separately.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with argon gas to inhibit internal fogging.
SeeClear™ Lens Coating Repels oils on outer glass surfaces.
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Field of View 420 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 17 mm
Close Focus 6.5 feet
Weight 26.6 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 6.5 x 4.9 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Tethered objective lens covers
  • Neck strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 58

Average Rating:

Great Binoculars - 01/07/2015

by Jeff H. from Topeka, KS

I am more than overjoyed with these binoculars. The field of view is incredible. The colors and contrast of a drab song sparrow really intensified. I wished I had these binoculars 5 years ago. I recommended these to other local birders and a few already bought them. They really are incredible and they are so affordable.

Great Binoculars for field birding - 11/11/2014

by Andrea from Glendale, CA

What an improvement these are over my old binoculars! They have a nicely wide field of view, let in plenty of light and are easy to focus. I have had the lens covers pop off a few times, they are tethered to the body with rubber rings and sometimes those slide off.
They are a nice weight, not too heavy.
The ED lenses are noticeably clearer than other non-ED binoculars.

Great for birding - 10/01/2014

by Lynn M. from Oriental, NC

I got these glasses for my birding class. They are the nicest glasses I have ever had. I can find birds quickly, and the image is crystal clear. I wear glasses, and these binoculars are very easy to focus without taking my glasses off.

Delighted with my Atlas Optics Intrepid ED 8x42s - 02/21/2014

by Luke C. from Asheville North Carolina

Dearest Eagle Optics,
I wanted to write to express my shear delight and satisfaction for my new Atlas Optics Intrepid ED 8x42s. They let light and color in magnificently and are incredibly sharp and comfortable. I am also happy to report that they not only gave me fantastic views of my first Purple Gallinules, but they also survived our accidental dunking into Griffin Lake, unharmed!

Thanks for carrying such superb optics!

Second Time around UPDATE - 10/31/2013

by Bill B from West Bend, WI

Great product - second time around - 05/18/2011
by Bill B. from West Bend, WI

Hi All,

See my review of the Atlas Optics Intrepid 8 x 42 above. FYI: Still using the bins and still loving them. Had recently considered some new "European" brands....but, for the money spent I doubted that it would add to my viewing experience. European snob appeal does have it's rewards, SO I decided to keep my Atlas Intrepids in the jumper seat of my Porsche :-)

Sent them to Eagle Optics for a simple cleaning and "spring tune-up." Came back as good as new.


As described... including the rave reviews - 09/16/2013

by Kathleen C. from United States

These binoculars are all they were touted to be by all the reviewers. Crystal clear images, easy to operate. Not too too much money for a novice user.

Atlas Intrepid ED 8x42 binocular - 08/16/2013

by Bill M. from Colorado Springs, Colorado

I purchased the Atlas Intrepid ED 8x42 specifically for looking at dragonflies and butterflies. The close focus, 6.5 feet, is mostly good although at times I wish they focused to 5 feet. The quality of the glass is excellent. The negetive aspect is switching from close focus (insects) to looking at birds. To focus at a distance I have to tug on the focus wheel 6-8 times which is very slow and not really acceptable. So, if my primary objective is close focus, then this binocular is quite good. I don't take this bin when my primary objective is to look at birds though.

Atlas Intrepid ED 8x42 - 05/22/2013

by Darlene W. from Solon,OH

We are very pleased with our new Atlas Binocular. We went birding at Magee Marsh near Port Clinton, OH and saw over 120 different birds in three days including nearly 30 warblers. The binoculars are great...close or far.

Poor Quality Body - 03/01/2013

by Scott B. from San Francisco


I previously gave these binoculars a good review based on the excellent optics. However, after using the binoculars for a few months, I am sad to report that the body construction of these binoculars is shoddy at best. I am now on my second repair run for these binoculars after, first, the eyepiece fell off (due to the screws inside being loose). Now, there is a problem with the focal points being misaligned. I would not recommend these binoculars for anyone intending to actually use them frequently.

Atlas Optics Intrepid ED 8x42 Binoculars - 02/12/2013

by David A. S. from Denver, Colorado

I am very happy with the Atlas Optics Intrepid ED 8x42 Binoculars that I purchased. We recently went to Iceland and they were very useful. The only negative comment about the Binoculars is that the front lens covers should be attached more securely.

Atlas intrepid 8 x 42 - 01/24/2013

by Wendell W. from Georgia

lens covers leave a lot to be desired but the optics are great
have enjoyed my time in the woods immensely, easy to focus and tho not lightweight they are easily handled

Atlas Intrepid ED - 01/03/2013

by pat ch. from south dakota

I really like these binoculars. The clarity is great & they seem to be well built. I do have one big complaint with them and that is that the lens covers on the front due not fit snuggly at all and constantly fall off. I hunt a lot & it is very inportant to have good lens covers on a pair of binoculars. Eagle optics provided great service when I purchased these as always.

Favorably Impressed - 12/29/2012

by Dennis P. from Hartford, WI.

I have recently purchased a pair of Atlas Intrepid Ed binocs 8 X 42's. I have used them on 3 Christmas Bird Counts in the last 2 1/2- 3 weeks and have been favorably impressed. They seem to have very good resolution, a wide Field of view, and do well in low light condictions. They also are capable of focusing in very closely on an object. In fact,I can actually read my name off an envelope 5 1/2' away. My only criticism of these glasses is that the objective cap covers do not fit very tight on the barrel of the binocs and can fall off fairly easily. Despite that, I would recommend the Atlas Intrepid ED's.

Survived the ravages of Hurricane Sandy - 11/24/2012

by Ted G from Mountains of Virginia

Tough gear, I got these capable bins a year ago and was as others very impressed. I have used them when checking game populations, hunting, birding, and general mountain living on the border of Shenandoah National park. I put them down to help a neighbor with his jeep deep in the woods, forgot where they were and looked in vain. Two months later I was about to order another pair when my dog found them while we were walking the same trail. A little cleaning and they were as good as new! Great equipment.
Ted G

EO Rangers best of 3 compared - 11/11/2012

by susan from minneapolis

I found EO Ranger to be the best for me.

Atlas Intrepid
Pros:Nice feel for thumb indentations, open hinge design.
Cons: Heavier than other binocs, slack in focus wheel, drag in focus wheel, lens caps too loose.

Vanguard Endeavor
Pros: Focus wheel very smooth, nice thumb indentations, comfortable grippy enterior, open hinge design, long strap for over the shoulder, very nice case.
Cons:heavier, slight slack in focus wheel, too short focus travel(270 degrees)

EO Rangers
Pros:light weight, nice feel, smooth focus wheel, comprable optics for me
Con : short strap

Special thanks to Ben at Eagle Optics.

Atlas Intrepid ED 8x42 - 10/13/2012

by John F. from Shiocton Wisconsin

I was looking for a nice binocular to give to a family member as a present and noticed these were on sale. Basing my purchase on a past visit to the Eagle Optics store (great staff)and the reviews written on the site, I decided to go through with this purchase. In some of the reviews there were comparison to Swarovski binoculars (which I have the new 8.5x42) regarding clarity of the optics. I found these comparisons to be on the mark - clear, crisp and a package, they aren't the quality of the Swarovksi, but they are a great binocular. For the price, these binoculars are a great deal. The family member I gave these to was asked if he wanted to return and he responded with "no, these are keepers". Very clear optics, nice other reviews state, the lens covers aren't the best and the case is flimsy...but the binoculars themselves are a great value.

Fantastic Quality and Value - 10/02/2012

by Nancy from New Jersey

I am a beginner birder and purchased these on the recommendation of a very experienced birder. His primary pair are Leica but these are his backup pair. For the money he told me I couldn't go wrong. I wasn't about to spring for a high end brand at this point. I am very impressed with the optics and the comfort. Field of view is great, colors are clear and bright. No compromise on sharpness and brightness even though these are very budget friendly. They feel sturdy but not heavy in the hand. The case is not the best but I wouldn't judge these binoculars based on that. Also, I have solution for those who are concerned about the objective lens covers slipping off. My remedy is to buy a cheap set of ponytail elastics sold in the hair accessories section in the grocery store or pharmacy. I'm talking about the really skinny elastics which come about 30 to a package in various colors. Placing one over each end prevents the rings from slipping off. The added bonus is that they help in distinguishing my binos from my husband's. Mine have yellow elastics, his have green. Yes, I was so happy with these binoculars that I bought another pair so he could join me. These won't disappoint. Well done, Atlas!

Great product! - 09/26/2012

by Arlen from Morrison, CO

I am very impressed with the clarity and brightness of the image seen through these binoculars. For the price, they cannot be beat.

Another great value from Eagle Optics. - 09/19/2012

by DAVE A. from Ontario Canada

Well, having a pair of both the lower cost Radians and the Sky Kings I was rather reluctant to get these even when I knew what an outstanding value Atlas Optics are for the money. However the sale price, open bridge design and the promise of ED glass was enough to seduce me. I have had these for several months now and in no way have they disappointed me, an outstanding glass at a bargain price. Are these an Alpha glass? Of course not. However they are probably the best bang for the buck out there, if I never own anything better than this Intrepid then in no way will I consider myself hard done to. Any complaints? One minor one, the case is very basic, however it keeps dust and dirt off if not offering a high degree of protection. All in all an outstanding optic at a give away price.

Sweet Intrepids - 09/13/2012

by Michelle S. from Santa Cruz, CA.

I just purchased these and really love the brightness and sharp clear view! I would recommend these to anyone! The price was excellent !

Great binos - 08/08/2012

by nancy from colorado

The Atlas Intrepid ED binoculars are outstanding, especially at their low price. Compared to other binos at this price they are very clear with lots of light. They are comfortable to hold. The best part is now I can really distinguish all the details of the birds I see, even in low light! I am very happy with my purchase. The only small flaw in design is the front optic covers are not secure and can fall off the barrel of the binos. A small dot of glue has cured this issue.

Eyecups are uncomfortable - 07/25/2012

by Hugh from San Francisco

Hello All,

After years of using the Ranger PC from Eagle Optics, I upgraded to the Atlas Intrepid. The optics quality of the Atlas is better. The Atlas is a bit larger and heavier, but that did not prove to be a problem. The only complaint that I have is that the eyecups are very hard, and they are uncomfortable against the bare eye. I asked the customer service about upgrades, but they are not offered. This is only a problem if you do not wear glasses.

Atlas Optics Intrepid ED 8x42 - 06/27/2012

by Mark from Gainesville VA

Best bang for the buck. This is a very high quality product but very reasonably priced. I read several other reviews that said the same thing prior to buying these Binoculars and they proved to be accurate. WELL DONE ATLAS! Also the Eagle Optics website is fantastic.

Excellent Value at an Affordable Price - 06/19/2012

by Neal from Louisburg, NC

I'm fairly new to birding, and I had a relatively cheap pair of binoculars that I was using. I decided to invest in a higher-quality pair, but when I began my search, I was a bit overwhelmed. However, after much research and comparison, I narrowed my search down to a couple of models.

I'm glad I chose the Intrepids for a number of reasons. First, the optics are extraordinary. Clear, crisp images even in low-light situations. Vibrant colors that make bird study truly an eye-opening experience.

Second, these binoculars are much more user-friendly than the older porro-prism binocular that I had been using. Yes, there's still a bit of weight to these for a roof-prism binocular, but I believe that's due more to the sturdy construction than anything else. The Intrepids are much easier for me to carry into the field and to handle.

And finally, I'm glad I chose the Intrepids because of the price. Don't let the "low" price fool you. You will be hard-pressed to find a binocular with the options on the Intrepids at the same price. In fact, I would venture to say you'd spend hundreds of more dollars for similar binoculars. If you are on a tight budget--as I was--these binoculars are an excellent option if you don't want to break the bank in order to enjoy quality views.

The objective lens covers are rubber cups that are tethered to the binocular, which I find more useful that the other covers I've used in the past. The rainguard is soft rubber, again more useful that others I've used in the past. If there is one that isn't very useful with this binocular, it would be the bag. There's very little padding, so there's not a lot of protection for the binocular. However, I will be buying a replacement bag for less than $20, so it's not a big deal.

The customer service at Eagle Optics is some of the best I've ever encountered. All of my questions were answered promptly and thoroughly, so I felt very confident that my choice was the right purchase for me. Turns out it was.

Double WOW! - 06/06/2012

by Max from Reno, NV and Canmore, AB

These binoculars live up to all my expectations. I can now see individual trees, instead of just the forest. I mean these babies are outstanding in every way. Distant views, close ups, you name it.
Thank you Eagle Optics for giving me eyes to see again.

Fabulous! - 03/27/2012

by Roxanne from New York Ciry

I am a novice bird watcher and at first used a couple of different binoculars I had on hand. As they were too big and heavy , I asked an experienced bird watcher what he would recommend. His recommendation, The Atlas Optic 8x42, made a huge difference and I am now hooked on bird watching.

Fabulous! - 03/27/2012

by Roxanne from New York Ciry

I am a novice bird watcher and at first used a couple of different binoculars I had on hand. As they were too big and heavy , I asked an experienced bird watcher what he would recommend. His recommendation, The Atlas Optic 8x42, made a huge difference and I am now hooked on bird watching.

Great Binocular - 12/29/2011

by David from Arkansas

Sharp image, good eye releaf, easy to hold, I like the thumb grips on the bottom of the barrels. Adjustment is good. Once the right eye diopter adjustment is set focused at any distance it is still right on when focused at any other distance,

Better than higher power binoculars - 11/17/2011

by John from Fairport, NY

I bought the Atlas 8 x 42 to augment my pair of 10 x 45 roof prism binoculars. I like the additional power for watching ducks and other distant objects, but I had found that my wife's 8 x 42 Rangers were better for finding birds in the woods. Now that I've used the Atlas Intrepid ED 8 x 42, I find them even better at distance. Perhaps it's the wider field of view, but it's easier to find birds and airplanes in the sky. (I'm a pilot, and I watch every plane in the air.) The slightly lower power is not noticeable because the image is more clear. I'm going to recommend them to my brother who has several pairs of binoculars on his sail boat, and I may give him a pair for Christmas.

Loving birding even more! - 11/10/2011

by Miles from Pelham, NY.

Before buying the Intrepids I had been using a set of binoculars that were priced around $65. The less expensive binoculars left me feeling cross-eyed and made my eyes fatigued, even causing stabs of sharp pain. With the Intrepids my eyes feel healthy again and I am able to ID birds with much more certainty. The resolution is vivid and the light gathering capabilities are wonderful. I am able to track birds hidden deep within brush piles and tall grass and am able to see many of the birds’ markings in detail even in very dim light. I have found the close focus to be even closer than the specs claim (5 feet is what I’ve seen). But my experience with the weight of the binoculars has also differed from the specs (my kitchen scale claims they are a couple of ounces heavier) and holding them steady for prolonged viewing has been challenging.

The customer service at Eagle Optics has been extremely helpful in response to my concerns and I made sure to buy a harness with my purchase, so carrying the binoculars is quite comfortable, and upon request the folks at Eagle Optics found a pair of tethered lens covers that fit the Intrepids snuggly. I am really really happy to be using the Intrepids for bird watching. It was a big purchase in my world and one that has left me with no regrets. Would dielectric prism coatings enhance the contrast and brightness of the image? I don’t know; the Intrepid’s light gathering capabilities appear to be absolutely terrific already.

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