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Take a look through the Vanquish and prepare to relish the view. Built with reverse porro prisms and fully multi-coated optics, the Vanquish presents you with bright, three-dimensional views. Fully protected for use around the water and in temperature extremes, the Vanquish is a tough binocular for multiple uses. Vortex's VIP unconditional lifetime warranty will keep the Vanquish working for generations.

Optical Features
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
BaK-4 Prisms Optimize light transmission.
Construction Features
Reverse Porro Prisms Generally offer a rich depth of field, compact design, and three-dimensional image.
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.
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 nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 26 mm
Field of View 352 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 15 mm
Close Focus 7.6 feet
Weight 12.7 ounces
Dimensions (HxW) 4.7 x 4.4 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Rainguard
  • Comfort neck strap
  • Case

Total Reviews: 18

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Portable Binoculars - 06/10/2016

by E. Byrd from TEXAS

We were looking for some small binoculars for birdwatching when we were travelling on holiday or for business. These are the perfect size for that and the quality is as with all our Vortex binoculars and scope - superb. The view is brilliant. The binoculars are easy to use and fit in one hand. Perfect for the application.

Good Light Binos - 05/27/2015

by Bob from Holland, MI

I purchased these to replace a lost pair my wife uses. The smaller size fits her better than most other binoculars. The close focus feature she uses for butterflies and is great. These binoculars are an excellent price for the value. I can feel good about recommending these to anyone.

Vortex 8x26 Vanquish - 05/21/2014

by Tony from Findlay Ohio

Just what I was hoping for. Light weight, clear and bright for the size. Low cost and great to throw in your pocket or glove box.

Great mini binos - 03/13/2014

by Beth W. from Durango, CO

This is my second pair of Vortex binoculars, and I chose them based on size and weight. I have an excellent pair of large binoculars for most birding, but I wanted a small, light pair to carry with me when I am trail running (my enthusiasm for bird identification knows no bounds). These fit easily in my hydration pack and are light enough that I don't really notice the weight. The quality of the optics is quite good for the price point, and overall I am very satisfied with these binos for their intended purpose. These would be great for a child too, the size and grip is excellent for smaller hands. Nicely accessorized with a case, strap, and rain guard as well as a lens cleaning cloth.

Nocs to go! - 07/23/2013

by Jermillionaire from CT

Recommended by a big time birder/naturalist these Vortex Vanquish 8x26 have been treating me great! The big sell on these binoculars for an 8x were the light weight construction(almost half the weight of other binoculars in the price range), small size, and rugged build. They have yet to make it to South America but in the two weeks of purchase I feel as though these binoculars are well worth the bucks. They've been great for on the water as well as daily falcon watches at dusk. Whether you're looking for your first legitimate pair of nocs or looking for a traveling pair don't hesitate!

Vortex Vanquish Binocular - 06/25/2013

by Katie from Wisconsin

The Vortex Vanquish Binocular is well-made and light-weight, perfect for everyday use.

Perfect for young birders - 01/17/2013

by Scott J. from Grayson County, Virginia

As co-founder and long standing board member of the educational non-profit, Blue Ridge Discovery Center, it is my job to equip kids with tools that will enhance, not encumber their outdoor experience.
The Vortex Vanquish 8x26 binoculars fall easily into this category. They are comfortable to handle, have very clear and crisp glass, and are well worth the $120 price. I found the focusing knob user friendly, and was especially pleased with the ability to close focus within seven feet...making the Vortex useful for butterfly and general insect watching as well.
My only minor complaint is the lesser quality of the neck strap.

Excellent binocs for size - 12/25/2012

by Mark L. from Fort Lauderdake

Travel all over for work and was tired of lugging my larger pair all over for a hour or so of birding in the am. These are the perfect little pair. Clear, plenty of light and very light and compact.

Vanquished - 12/15/2012

by Lee S. from Ridgecrest, California

I am a birder who likes to have my binoculars available at an instance. As a result, I find that often I wear them around my neck for hours at a time. Also, I do not care for the hassle of using a harness instead of a simple neck strap. Therefore, I searched for a really light weight binocular with a promise of excellent optics. The Vortex Vanquish 8x26 binocular seemed a good candidate to fulfill my desires. I have not yet used them extensively, but they seem to have met my desires with the exception of one simple design flaw that I feel should not exist on an otherwise excellent binocular. The flaw: the eye cup has such a small diameter that my eye lashes hit the edges, and I do not have especially long eye lashes. I think I will get used to this in a short time and it will not bother me too much, therefore, I intend to keep them. Obviously, this would not be a problem for one who birds with glasses.

A Mini Power House - 05/27/2012

by JEFF from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Some times getting what you want is very nice. I have been looking for a sub-compact pair of binoculars for my EDC bag for ages. Originally I wanted a monocular, but the choices are very limited. There are tons of sub-compact roof-prism binoculars. But I prefer Porro for many reasons and Vanquish is built with Porro hence the shorter length than the others.

Checked out both the 10x26 and the 8x26 Vanquish because of their miniscule sizes. And decided to go with the 8x because it seemed brighter.

I am very happy with the Vanquish because it is almost exactly what I was searching for a long time: bright and crisp images; easy to focus even with gloves on; light weight; physically very small; rubber armored; polycarbonate body means less heat conduction than metal at extreme ambient temperatures; BAK-4 prisms; very large "sweet spot"; fits nicely into my hands; etc.

Probably not the best binoculars for low-light conditions, but since I only use binoculars during daylight for mostly watching birds and nature, it suits my needs completely.

I also use Vanquish in low light conditions some times and it performed adequately. A bonus is that I can also view nature as close as 4.5 feet in focus with it.

I only wish it had 30mm objectives OR if Vortex would consider turning Vanquish into a monocular by cutting it in half...

Good job Vortex and think about making monoculars out of Vanquish maybe?

Less than expected. - 03/20/2012

by John from Ashland, OR

While I consider Vortex one of the best of the bino companies out there (I've owned four pair) I found myself returning these. While the optics were adequate they were nothing special and compared to my Bushnell 8x28 Legends and Nikon Prostaff's fell short in my opinion. I also found them very hard to look though and get an easy view, although that may just be due to the particular shape of my face. Considering the price I just couldn't live with them.

pleasantly surprised - 03/06/2012

by Jill from Nebraska

I was looking for a pair of compact binoculars that would work for non-birding travel, or just to keep in my purse all the time. I don't know if it's a compliment to the Vortex Vanquish, or an insult to my $300 Cabela's 8 x 32 standard binoculars, but I think the Vanquish are just as clear and bright. They do have small eyeholes, but that's not a problem for me.

Great backpacking binocs - 08/24/2011

by Kathleen from Chicago

I bought these to take on a backpacking trip to Isle Royale. My pack was already heavy. Could I really lug binoculars, too? How could I not? These glasses met my needs very well: affordable, significantly lighter than my 10 x 42s, small enough to fit easily into my waist pack, weatherproof, durable, and optically a big jump over the other lightweight alternatives I had considered. I expect to use them for other occasions when I'm not really going to bird but.... I was well satisfied with the binoculars and, as always, with Eagle Optics expeditious service.

Adequate and portable - 05/03/2010

by Esa Jarvi from Missouri

I have looked at a number of reverse porros through the years. 8x is pretty much the limit of use of these 25mm or 26mm pairs. I had a Nikon, very similar, but starting to be dim on cloudy days at 9x. The 10x of Vanquish or Nikon is definitely dim.

Sharpenss is good, fov is enough, though the wider the better. Scanning over the scenery is not quite as pleasant as with a bigger binocular, like a 8x32. But this fits in a coat pocket.

I need this for travel or short trips where water proof is needed, like canoeing.

Great bins for little hands - 02/02/2010

by Alison Sheehey from Audubon Kern River Preserve

After a search for binoculars that would be durable for use by children, the Vortex Vanquish seemed to fit the bill. The optics are superior and the armoring helps keep the little hands from destroying them.
They are a bit stiff so adults need to help the children adjust them but this is another advantage as the kids can't tear the binoculars up as easily. (previous less expensive 8x42s fell apart quickly)
A donor had Eagle Optics send us 32 pair, enough to supply one visiting classroom. I have used these for multiple lectures on binocular use and bird walks and many adults comment how much they like them. Several have ended up ordering a pair for themselves.
I would definitely recommend these for use by children and adults looking for a pair of binoculars for casual use.

excellent first binocular - 01/18/2010

by Alan Birnbaum from Fresno CA

I used a pair of these for a day or so, testing them, prior to their being sent as a gift to a young man who lives in a seaside town. I found the Vanquish to be very good, including their field of view and eye relief, the latter adequate for a glasses wearer like myself. Their "inverted" porroprism design, typical for binoculars of 21 to 26 mm size, means that these will perform far better than any inexpensive roof prism glass.

These would make an excellent "starter" pair of binoculars for anyone, still good enough to remain on duty even after one purchases more expensive or larger pair, for use as a loaner pair, for hiking trips, or just to leave on one's car for ad lib use (which you would never do with a really expensive pair!) Others with more casual usage might find they never really needed to upgrade.

Vortex Vanquish 8x26 - 11/23/2009

by Ronald Woodland from Cummington MA

The Vortex Vanquish 8x26 binocular is the finest compact binocular in it's price range that I have ever used. The images are sharp, contrasty, and bright. The binoculars are very comfortable in hand and overall a joy to use. I feel that the combination of a 26 mm objective and 8 power (providing an exit pupil of 3.25 mm) is ideal for daytime use and adequate for reasonably bright twilight conditions. The eyepiece design with it's large eye lens allows for a wide field of view and good eye relief. Being waterproof and armoured is icing on the cake. The Vanquish is definitely a winner.

Vanquish 8x26 - 03/13/2009

by RFG from Houston, TX

OK, Vortex just missed with this one. Great optics, great resolution, great compact feel, neat armouring, then blew it with 1/2 inch objective lens. I can do the math: 26 divided by 8 is 3.25 mm, so you can't expect to benefit from giant eyepeices, but they are literaly the exact size of soda bottle caps, and that's the outside diameter of the rubber, of course the hole and lens are much smaller. Too bad, because they are otherwise a great binocular. The optics are bright for a compact and have tremendous resolution. All this packaged in a compact handy, waterproof, lightweight product. Maybe they can rebuild it with eye assemblies that are half-way comfortable to use.

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