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At one time the Eagle Optics Ranger was a fledgling in the binocular market. Fast forward 25 years and our recently introduced Eagle Optics 8x42 Ranger ED soars to incredible new heights with the Best 2011 Birding Binocular award from the Best Binoculars Reviews website. Get yours today!
The Eagle Optics Ranger ED binocular presents a feast for your eyes with rich, true colors and enhanced resolution that brings the elaborate beauty of nature into a well-defined image. Incorporating all the important elements of fully multi-coated lenses, phase correction, dielectric prism coatings, and BaK-4 prisms, the Ranger ED provides a show-stopping brightness at all times of the day. A comfortable and ergonomic open-hinge design with thumb indentations, smooth central focus, and easy to adjust right eye diopter only add to your enjoyment of using this binocular. Eagle Optics provides a Platinum Protection lifetime, no-fault warranty.
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.
Enhances resolution and contrast through roof prisms.
Dielectric Prism Coatings
Optimize light transmission.
Optimize light transmission.
Appreciated for a streamlined shape and durability.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
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.
Can be mounted using standard ¼-inch threading. Adapter sold separately.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the binocular.
Barrels are filled with argon gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Highly Recommend Eagle Optic Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular
Dale from Canton, TX
My decade old Platinum Class Ranger 10x42 are still wonderful, but I was ready to upgrade and the price was awesome on the 8x42 ED but I couldn't decide between the 8x42 ED or the 10x42 ED Rangers, so I bought one of each!
It's been great to compare the two, and here's my decision, I love both of them. I LOVE the 8x42, the weight is perfect, the clarity and relative brightness is fantastic. They are easy to use and light to carry. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend these to anyone of any age and health. You won't regret it.
I also purchase the Eagle harness for each pair, the elastic on the 10 year old harness had stretched out.
Chuck A. from Arkansas
I ordered the Ranger ED 8X42 binoculars on the recommendation of the birders on my statewide birding list, who were overwhelmingly in favor of Eagle Optics, and I can say after a month that the money was very well-spent, especially since the price at the time was significantly reduced.
I'm a casual birder who walks and watches several times a week, and my old binoculars were very good but very small and not at all convenient to use with glasses. The Ranger EDs are much heavier and larger than my old ones, but they are so worth it that I wonder why I didn't buy them long ago.
The exit pupil, for me is the biggest story. I do not have to remove my glasses to use them--wahoo! Second is the width of the field, which makes finding birds much, much easier. So now that I can find them, I can actually put the amazing clarity and sharpness of the lenses to work studying and identifying them. I am extremely pleased with the edge-to-edge clarity and the true-to-life color, which allow me to discern very small details necessary to identification. Even in very low light deep in the woods near dusk. The grooves on the barrels fit my hands perfectly, making them very comfortable to use.
The one drawback for me is the weight because I am so accustomed to a smaller, lighter pair, but it's exactly in line with similar binoculars, and the chest/shoulder/whatever harness I bought carries them nicely and keeps that weight off my neck. I highly recommend this accessory. A second small drawback is that the covers on the objectives can be lost too easily--I dropped one on my usual trail and did not find it for two days. Had a few more leaves fallen, I might never have found it. I've added a couple of small zip ties, so this should never be a problem again. I also zip tied the exit lens cover to the harness to keep it handy and to keep it from getting lost.
I highly recommend the Ranger ED 8X42 binoculars. I do not see how a person could go wrong. especially with Eagle's no-holes-barred repair policy, which I hope never to use. I really wish I had bought them before my Costa Rica trip this past summer.
Worth the Price!
Virginia L. from Lincroft, NJ
We own several binoculars plus a spotting scope. Although they work okay, none were great and did not cost much over $100.
Since we live right on a reservoir with all kinds of waterfowl, eagles, hawks, etc. we wanted to try something we could focus in better with to help identify the different birds. After much research, we decided to try the Eagle Optics Ranger ED. Since we are not serious birders, we thought this might be a splurge and were not sure we should be spending this much....
So glad we did! Easy to focus and so clear. They are not as light as some of the others we own and which we take with us regularly while fishing, but they are not much heavier and are a pleasure to use. Really glad we purchased.
Alan K. from United States
High quality binoculars at an exceptional price (looks like closing out this model, so hurry). Well balanced, excellent field of view, very crisp optics. Have not yet used in heavy shade or dusk conditions i but believe they will be on par with higher end optics. Like the open hinge design. Focus wheel rotates about 1 1/3 times but 1/2 of that appears to be for very close focus situations and therefore the overall travel is under 1 rotation for viewing beyond 10-15 ft. Excellent features at a reasonable price point (ED glass, dielectic coating as well as quality prisms and phase coatings. Like the twist up eyepiece. Only negative is that the lens covers (while I like that they are made to stay on the binocs) don't look like they will securely remain fixed on the lens barrels (rubber is oversized and looks like it will stretch out and slip off). A fix is to use a black zip tie to secure around the barrels.
Philip H. from San Anselmo, CA
Unbelievable quality for the price. I purchased these for my wife. Of course, I use my Swarovski 8.5X42, but hers are almost as good. I first saw the Ranger EDs at a naturalist's store, but they were $200 more. I wanted to give them the business, but Eagle Optics has always been an exceptional company to work with and the prices are super!
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular
Barbara P. from Gloucester, North Carolina
These binoculars are only slightly heavier than my previous ranger binoculars, but they provide a clearer image especially in low light. I'm very pleased with them.
Tom O. from Delafield, WI
My wife and I are newly retired and plan a lot of traveling through State and National Parks. These Ranger ED 8x42's will be our traveling companion as we fulfill our retirement travel dream.
We already own a couple pair of older binoculars but felt that we needed a much better pair and we got an awesome pair in the Ranger ED 8x42's we recently purchased.
I would suggest that folks who are shopping for binoculars compare the quality of these Bins to others and I'm sure they will agree the Ranger ED 8x42's are awesome.
8x42 Ranger ED's- Fantastic!
Brendon L. from Northern Illinois
These became my first pair of high quality binoculars, and I could not be happier with these! The clarity and detail visible is exceptional! I am an avid birder and have never had it easier when it comes to being able to identify birds. Even the slightest detail doesn't escape me. This pair of binoculars was absolutely worth every cent!!
Clear and wide angle
William P. from Sequim, WA, United States
The binoculars are very clear optically. I picked them because of the wide field of view. I also have an older pair of EO Ranger binoculars that were just repaired. The service was great on that too.
Barbara S. from Minnesota
I love my new Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 binoculars. They are super easy to focus, provide excellent clarity, and are compact and comfortable to hold. Bird watching and sporting events have become more enjoyable with these binoculars in hand.
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gary l. from United States
My wife and I are relatively new to birding but, after a weekend with friends who are quite expert and knew where to take us, we determined that we really love the sport. Once we realized that we both decided to upgrade our poor quality binoculars for ones we can use in our birding trips and observations from our back yard. We could not be more pleased with the quality and the ease of use of the Ranger ED. The colors of the birds literally stand out and make the sport quite fun. The binoculars are very comfortable in our hands and (I wear glasses but my wife doesn't) we find the optics to be easy to use and extremely user friendly. I would definitely recommend the Ranger ED 8 x 42 binoculars. Both my wife and I are extremely pleased with the purchase - the value and the quality.
Jeff M from Phoenix, AZ
While I am relatively new to quality Binos and therefore have a somewhat limited knowledge of the proper jargon associated with give a detailed review, I am relatively experienced with telescope optics and therefore feel a decent judge of this equipment.
I received a pair of EO Ranger ED 8x42 bino for my birthday from my wife. I am an experienced outdoor person, hiker, trained paleontologist and mammalogist, and birding enthusiast. These are quite simply the finest binos I have ever had the pleasure of looking though! Bar none! I find their ergonomics positively great, and their overall handling excellent as well. Sure, they are a tad on the heavy side, but with a decent harness strap the weight goes unnoticed. I have found their optical resolution to be superb, detail to be very crisp, and light gather ability to be excellent for a 42mm objective lens. On my first evening viewing with them, I was clearly watching a great horned owl on his/her evening hunt at ~0.4km distance from my location until about 0.5 hour after sunset at 33 degrees of latitude, in early July.
I have read other people's complaints of the stiff focus wheel, and while I agree it is a tad stiff, I am confident it will work in with use and time, and to be frank, I'd rather have the focus wheel a bit stiff than too loose (lack of ability to hold a focus). Additionally, I have read comments about their being no diopter lock. While true, at this price-point I feel this is a non-issue given the overall performance of the optics. They binos feel rugged, and well-made; I have no fear of using them in adverse field conditions, and anticipate these nocs to last for many years.
Last item worthy of note, in this brief recommendation and review, is the field of view in these nocs: Second to very, very few nocs at this price point (and well beyond), and power range!
In general, having directly compared these to the standard EO Ranger 8x42 nocs, I can say they are a significant step up. Whether or not that step is worth the extra money depends on your own pocket depth. The standard EO Rangers are terrific nocs, and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase either given their reputation, my personal experience, and the excellent EO warranty and customer service, but I am exceedingly happy my wife got me the ED version of these nocs, because in addition to wildlife viewing, I will be using them for astronomic viewing as well, and the ED glass will be of definite benefit for this exacting use.
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular Review
Tan M. from Fall River, MA
I met a park ranger at a wildlife refuge that recommended I check out eagle optics.com for great binoculars and spotting scopes. I birdwatched when I was younger. The last few years I started to get back into birdwatching again. I have 10x50 bushnell binoculars that are about 20 years old. Now that I have a pair of the new Ranger ED 8x42 binoculars I never want to use my bushnell 10x50 binoculars. The best way to describe the visuals is upgrading from regular tv to HD tv. Thank you eagle optics for making a great pair of binoculars. In the near future I may buy a second pair for birdwatching.
Best in their class
Scot M. from Redondo Beach Ca
I was at the biggest week in American birding this past week in NW Ohio. I stopped at Black Swamp Bird Observatory where they had an optics tent set up. I've been birding for several years and always wanted a high end binocular but could never justify it.
One look through the Ranger ED 8x42 and I knew I was in love. I finally found great optics at a great price. I went back to the board walk and the first bird I saw was a black burnian warbler. I had saw several others during the day but none were as clear and sharp as they were after using these. I was amazed after looking at several birds the amount of detail I was missing out on all of these years.
I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a great binocular at a great price. I can't say enough good things about them.
NEW TO BIRDING, BUT GOT LUCKY
Lisa B. from Huntington Beach
I'm new to birding that is why I asked a very experienced friend for a recommendation for binoculars. He knew immediately what I needed and where I should get it, Eagle Optics. He was right and I have been happy with my experiences with them ever since.
first new binoculars in 20 years
Don R. from Akron, OH
After researching the gamut of roof-top binoc's, it was clear that the Eagle Ranger ED 8x42 was likely the most for the money. After buying the first pair and trying them out, we decided to buy the second.
The product has not disappointed us. Color rendition, ease of focus, and the general quality of the binoculars have met our every expectation thus far. And...I know that the close focus distance will really come in handy once the butterflies rev up their activity.
One caution to future customers: roof prisms don't allow for as much eye width variation as other glasses. As a couple, we run the extremes from narrow to wide, and they just make it.
What else can you ask for!!!!
Esteban V. from Costa Rica
I've had this binoculars for about 6 months and I love them. I live in Costa Rica and I'm a bird guide so I use this binoculars every single day. Perfect light, perfect weight and great performance. I would recommend this binocular to anyone who enjoy birding.
Norman R. from Bryn Mawr, PA
I am very pleased with my new Ranger ED 8X42 Binocular. I find them much easier to use than my old 8X42's. The clarity is very much better and they fit my hands very well. I would definitely recommend these to someone looking to upgrade without having to take out a second mortgage!
Darrell from Charlevoix, MI
I've been using these for a couple of weeks now. I love the clarity, low light performance, and wide field of view. I am now able to identify birds that I would not have been able to with my old pair of extremely cheap binoculars. I also love the way these binoculars feel in my hands. They are comfortable and feel well balanced. I feel the weight to be perfectly acceptable. I also wear glasses but have had no issues in that regard. I looked through a few different models at some sporting goods stores and always came back to these for the excellent optics and price. My father purchased the Vortex Talon HD's about six months ago and I have borrowed them many times, solidifying my decision to purchase this pair (the Vortex Talon HD's are, as far as I can tell, the same binocular as these just a different color and with a different logo). Sure, the Swarovski might be better, but if they cost four times more are they going to help me identify four times as many birds? I doubt it.
Cost was important
Barry from Wherever our coach is parked.
I recently got enthusiastic about amateur birding. I was talking to a guy in Fairbanks, Alaska this summer.who told me I needed to spend well over a thousand dollars for a decent set of binoculars. So, I was making do with these little cheap things I had until I had enough saved up for the expensive pair. Then I went birding this winter with a guy in Corpus Christi, Texas. He had these Eagle Optics binoculars which he loved. I tried them out one day and fell in love also. I just got my Ranger ED 8X42 and they are all I will ever need. They have the feel of quality and the view just gets better and better as you get used to them. And, everything about them is easy to use. I am so glad I went ahead with something I could afford right now. My only complaint is the lens covers. The little rubber band thing that is supposed to keep the covers attached to the binoculars when they off the lenses come off easily. I am sure I will be losing covers because of this.
Good solid binoculars
Dick L. from Rapid City, SD
I purchased these binoculars as a second set, so I could have them in my car. My other set are Vortex Viper 8 * 42's, for reference. The optics are great, nice bright, clear views, and the value is good. I was surprised what a difference 3 ounces make - these feel quite a bit heavier than my Vortex's. I would agree with other viewers that the focus wheel is a bit stiff, which takes away from the otherwise very nice ergonomics of the binoculars. They are quite comfortable in the hand. Two minor suggestions. The objective lens covers are a bit too loose, and I have consequently lost two complete pairs over time. The Eagle Optics folks have been great, and have sent me additional covers at no cost, but that should likely be fixed in the future. And the eye-cups, which provide nice eye-relief often time don't stay where you adjust them, if you know what I mean. It would also be nice if the intra-ocular focus adjustment locked. These are relatively small problems (with the possible exception of the main focus ring - that's a matter of taste). Particularly for a second pair, these binoculars provide great optics, and very good value.
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42 Binocular
Margaret G. from Denver, CO
Very happy with these binoculars. I had been using good trail/travel Nikon binoculars, but now I'm doing more birdwatching. I'm very happy with the field of view and the light gathering capabilities. I can see birds at dusk better, & watched beavers better thru binoculars at dusk long past the time I could watch them by the naked eye.
Brian H. from California
My previous pair of binoculars was a compact 8x23 bushnells, retail was maybe $60. I recently got to look through my friend's wife's pair of eagle ranger 8x42, non-ED version (they are a few years old) while birding and whale watching on the coast. They were outstanding. The difference in clarity, contrast, and perceived magnification was astounding. I went back and forth about the 8 power or 10 power and am glad I got the 8 power. the 10's would be overkill and possibly need a tripod. I also compared her pair to her husbands Leica's of comparable magnification and field of view. His were clearer but only slightly so. His pair bought 7 or 8 years ago were around $1200 and now have actually gone up in value. In my opinion for the price you cant beat the quality or the warranty on the ranger ED 8x42.
Good binocular, optional Harness Strap is dissapointing
Evgeny from Russia
I bought this binocular to complement my Minox BV BRW 10x42. I wanted wider field of view and 8x magnification to use it in forest for birdwatching.
I received my package only today (a long way from US to Russia), so here are my first impressions.
Comparing my two binos hand to hand, I can clearly see the difference. Ranger ED has wider field of view, the image is brighter. I was surprised to see that the difference between 8x and 10x magnification is not that much, but the quality of the image is different (of course it's not only because of magnification, but also since Ranger ED uses better optics).
I also found handling of Ranger ED easier. According to specifications both binos are of the same weight, but Ranger ED feels steadier in hands.
What I did not like? I agree with some other reviewers - the focusing ring is a bit too tight. I can focus with 1 finger, but I'd prefer this to be easier.
What I really did not like - the Eagle Optics Harness Strap (bought it separately). The "nylon webbing" does not fit the strap attachment of the bino. Why Eagle Optics could not foresee this and make them work together? The funny thing is that in this case it is suggested to use the "plastic zip ties" to attach the Harness Strap. Thanks, I will not put $500 bino on a plastic zip tie. I also don't like that changing the Harness Strap (if I could attach it at all) and "general strap" is not that easy, so you really need to choose one system and cannot change them quickly.
For me, the Harness Strap was a useless purchase.
To summarize - the binoculars are really good. Although, I can't say I was blown away with the picture. Yes, it is better than on my Minox, but not dramatically. So, if you already own good mid-priced binoculars, don't expect that Ranger ED will be much better.
Marla from Fort Jones, CA
These binocs are wonderful. I bought them for my daughter as a gift. Field of vision is superb, clarity of optics, all qualities very good. The size of the viewing eye piece is better than my swarovski's.
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42
C J from Minnesota
Love that I can see birds in low light. Just wish they were lighter in weight. The lens caps aren't attached very well.
Excellent Bird Watching Binoculars
Bob from Goldfield, NV
I like these binoculars very much. The view is very clear and bright and I really like the 6' close focus. These are the only binoculars I have used that I can use with my glasses without any narrowing of the view, even though my previous binoculars had a similar reported eye relief. I have a lazy eye and have difficulty seeing through both eyes with most binoculars but I can easily see a "binocular" view with these binoculars.
You won't regret these
Richard from Jessup, MD
I purchased the ED 8x42 binoculars as a gift for my wife. We both enjoy bird watching as a hobby. Her binoculars of choice before we a pair Nikon Travelites. The purchase of these Eagle Optics was made from the reading of reviews such as this.
There is no denying that these binoculars are a fine set of optics. I didn’t know how good until this past weekend on an early morning birding trip with my wife and she was identifying birds that I had been locked onto with mine for some time, but just couldn’t get enough light into them to identify the bird. After she bested me a few times on some birds in deep brush, I asked to try her Eagle Optic pair.
Wow, now I could see why she had been able to identify the birds I couldn’t. Clearly the amount of light and the contrast of colors was far superior to my old pair purchased back in the 1970’s but still very usable—or so I thought until I tried my wife’s Eagle Optics pair.
Looks like I’m going to have to buy another pair—for me this time!
Ranger ED 8x42
John from Tucson AZ
Specs were great, but too heavy and bulky for my taste. Also, my pair had a some (speck) within the lens that I could not get out, so I would have had to return them anyway. Refund provided. No issues.
Eagle Optics Ranger ED 8x42
Chris from Townsend, Georgia
Nice light-weight binoculars. Clear, crisp viewing makes these a good pair of birding binoculars. Twist-up eyecups with an intermediate setting are a nice feature. Great close-focus distance for working with butterflies and dragonflies.