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Vanguard Endeavor ED 8320 Binocular, 8x32
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- ED glass reduces color dispersion to provide high resolution colors and clarity
- Bak4 phase-coated prisms and fully multi-coated lenses
- Three stage twist out eyecups with long eye relief and locking diopter ring
- 100% waterproof and fogproof
- Advanced lens coatings for enhanced light transmission even in low light conditions
- Extremely lightweight, open bridge body design with precise focus wheel
- Premium Lifetime Warranty
- Magnification: 8x, Objective Lens Diameter: 32mm, Field of view: 377 ft/1000 yards, View angle: 7.2 degrees, Near focus: 5.9 feet, Eye relief: 18 mm, Weight: 19 ounces
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Endeavor ED Binoculars
High-performance features at an incredible value. Featuring Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass with MultiGuard coatings that allow for sharp, bright images even in low-light conditions.
Endeavor ED has won multiple awards, including best mid-priced bird watching binocular
Vanguard is a global company that designs and manufactures tripods, bags, sporting optics, and accessories. For over 30 years, our drive to disrupt mediocrity and commitment to innovation has allowed us to create the highest quality products for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts at an affordable price.
VANGUARD Endeavor ED Binoculars
Premium Lifetime Warranty Included
The Endeavor ED series features an ergonomic, open-bridge design that's comfortable to use, along with a wide viewing angle and ultra-reliable BaK-4 roof prisms. Nitrogen-charged and o-ring sealed, the Endeavor ED is water/fog proof to take on challenging weather conditions.
- Premium ED Glass Reduces Color Dispersion to Provide High Resolution Colors and Clarity
- Bak4 Phase-coated Prisms and Fully Multi-coated Lenses
- Three Stage Twist Out Eyecups with Long Eye Relief and Locking Diopter Ring
- 100% Waterproof and Fogproof
- Premium Lifetime Warranty
Endeavor ED Features
Premium ED Glass
Vanguard’s Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass significantly reduces chromatic aberrations, allowing clear, sharp viewing with high contrast.
Vanguard’s MultiGuard coatings provide multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds resulting in optimal light transmission and producing a remarkably clear field of view.
Waterproof and Fogproof
Vanguard’s O-ring seals completely to prevent moisture, dust and debris from entering the optics. Nitrogen purging prevents fogging in extreme weather conditions.
The diopter lets users adjust the focus to accommodate differences between each of their eyes. The diopter rings lock so that adjustments don’t need to be made before each use.
VANGUARD's Premium Lifetime Warranty
VANGUARD is committed to developing products of superior design, performance and value. We pride ourselves on developing an ongoing, lifelong relationship with you, our consumer. Due to
our extreme confidence in our products and our insatiable desire to deliver only the highest level of service, we have created the most consumer-friendly lifetime guarantee in the industry.
If your VANGUARD Endeavor ED is ever broken or damaged, we will repair or replace it free of charge – no questions, no hassle. That’s VANGUARD’s Premium Lifetime Warranty.
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Vanguard's Endeavor ED binoculars provide nature and outdoor enthusiasts high performance features at an incredible value. Premium ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass with MultiGuard coatings allow for sharp, bright images and high contrast even in low-light conditions. The ED glass aligns the colors to meet at the same focal plane to reduce the chromatic aberration and obtain the highest resolution and image contrast. As a result, the image is sharper.
Endeavor ED features an ergonomic, open-bridge design that's comfortable to use, along with a lightweight magnesium alloy body, large center focus wheel, and 3 stage twist out eyecups, . Nitrogen-charged and O-ring sealed, the Endeavor ED is water and fog proof to take on challenging weather conditions. Emerald Coating is specifically designed to provide the full spectrum of color within the band of green tones. This coating is essential for nature enthusiasts, because it ensures the most vivid and natural shades of green.
P2 Phase Coating was developed for enhanced image clarity and true color reproduction. Vanguard's P2 phase-coated BaK4 prisms creates crystal clear images and high resolution observation. V-Max Silver Coating provides crisper, more vivid images and sharper contrast due to impressive light reflection. Anti-Reflection Coating on all air-to-surface lenses dramatically minimizes light reflection on the lens. Coupled with fully multi-coated treatment, it ensures near perfect light transmission and image recognition, enabling the brightest images possible, even on the sunniest days.
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In both brands, overall image sharpness, image-edge sharpness, and brightness are excellent. These are the most important features in any binoculars. I studied a frost-laced spider web at 100 feet, and the clarity was amazing in both binoculars. Advantage - Draw.
Mechanical operation (main focus, interpupillary distance) -- The interpupillary distance adjustment (width), and the main focus are somewhat stiffer in the Bushnells. The main focus in the Bushnells is also a bit awkward to adjust because it has some slack that must be taken up when changing the direction of rotation of the focus wheel. By contrast, the Vanguards have no slack in the focus wheel, with immediate reaction of the focus when the wheel is turned. One reviewer noticed a faint clicking in the Bushnells when operating the main focus wheel. This is not a mechanical flaw in the adjustment mechanism, but merely a "creaking" of the rubber covering of the wheel against the plastic substrate of the wheel. Advantage - Vanguard.
Diopter adjustment (right eye focus) -- The diopter ring on the Vanguards is much easier to operate than that on the Bushnells. The locking mechanism to prevent the diopter setting from being inadvertently changed is easily engaged or disengaged on the Vanguards, but difficult on the Bushnells. Due to some (very few) reviewers complaining of broken diopter rings on the Bushnells, I am very careful when adjusting the diopter. When focusing the Bushnell diopter I use thumb and forefinger; when locking or unlocking the ring, I use two fingers and a thumb. On the Vanguards I can easily do both tasks with thumb and forefinger. The Bushnell diopter ring is sufficiently stiff that once adjusted it is unlikely to be accidentally re-adjusted, so I simply don't lock the ring after setting the diopter. Update: Although the Bushnell diopter adjustment is becoming less stiff with use, it is still stiffer than the Vanguards. The problem with this stiffness, beyond the possibility of breaking the diopter ring, is that you are essentially holding the binoculars with one hand while your right hand is operating the diopter adjustment, and the significant torque required makes it difficult to hold the binoculars still enough to focus the right eye. Advantage - Vanguard.
The twist-up eyecups on the Vanguards adjust incrementally with detents, and rise higher than those on the Bushnells. Those on the Bushnells have a more limited range, no detents, and the right eyecup rose noticeably higher than the left, so attention has to be paid to their respective levels. Advantage - Vanguard.
Color accuracy -- Looking at a white snow bank in the flat light of a foggy day, the Vanguards had a slightly "warm" look, as compared to the stark white of the Bushnells. I stress that this difference was very slight, and noticeable at all only because I had both pairs of binoculars in hand at the same time. Advantage - Bushnell.
Chromatic Aberration (CA) -- the various colors of the visible light spectrum are transmitted differently through a medium such as glass, water or air. In binoculars this can lead to a fringe of color around the edges of an object silhouetted against the background, typically a dark foreground object against a light background. Both the Vanguards and the Bushnells use ED glass, which stands for Extra-low Dispersion. ED glass reduces or eliminates CA by more narrowly focusing the different wave lengths of light onto the same point so that no color fringes appear. Because a small number of Amazon reviewers said they experienced chromatic aberration with one or the other of these binoculars, I tried to force my Vanguards and Bushnells to display CA by viewing dark tree branches and dark standing rocks silhouetted against the blue sky, sunlit white clouds, or snow. I did this with the foregrounds back-lighted, and then front-lighted, and in no case could I get either pair of binoculars to show chromatic aberration. As a check, I got out some of my cheap binoculars, and had no difficulty forcing them to display CA, especially toward the edges of the image. Update: today (29 May 2014) I was able to notice chromatic aberration in both the Vanguards and the Bushnells. Viewing a distant green, grassy hilltop, obliquely backlit and silhouetted against the blue sky, I could see a narrow color fringe on the hilltop only at the extreme upper limb of the field of view. In the Vanguards the color was purple, in the Bushnells it was orange. This is no hindrance to viewing, as it is in a non-critical portion of the field of view, occurs only under rare circumstances, and is barely noticeable even if you look for it. Advantage - Draw.
The carrying cases both have zippered closures. The Bushnell case is a very nice semi-rigid clamshell design. Velcro tabs are provided to prevent the clamshell from falling completely open when the binoculars are taken out. The Vanguard case is a padded soft case with ballistic nylon outer cover, and about half as bulky as the Bushnell case. Unless bulkiness is a problem, the Bushnell case is better. Advantage - Bushnell.
The Bushnells come with a binocular harness, which stores in the binocular case. Advantage - Bushnell.
Both brands have nicely padded carrying straps that can be easily switched between the carry case and the binoculars. Advantage - Draw.
Weight -- The Vanguards weigh 25.8 ounces, a little over 3 ounces more than the Bushnells. Advantage - Draw.
Handling comfort -- I find the Vanguards to be slightly more comfortable, due to the "open bridge" two-hinge design where my index fingers are on the upper hinge and focus wheel, the middle and ring fingers curve over the binoculars between the hinges, and the little fingers rest on the lower hinge. The Bushnells have a single larger hinge, and the fingers are on the hinge, except for the little fingers, which rest below the hinge. Another reason that the Vanguards are more comfortable to hold is that they feature slightly flattened areas on the backs of each of the cylinders that form the body of the binoculars, located precisely where your thumbs are positioned when holding the binoculars. Most of the weight of binoculars is borne by your thumbs, and to see what difference this feature makes, slide your hands down toward the objective end, and note the additional pressure caused by the relatively narrow cross-section of the cylinder as compared to the broad area of contact afforded by the flattened areas. As comfort is a highly subjective feature, I would call it a Draw, and suggest that each user would have to assess the binoculars for personal comfort.
The rubber covering on the Bushnells is ribbed for secure grip in wet conditions, or with gloves. It is thicker than that on the Vanguards, with slight "give" when pushed with a fingertip. The rubber covering on the Vanguards is pebbled grain, non-ribbed, and fits absolutely snugly. I find the Vanguard covering to be slightly more comfortable, but again this is subjective, and each user needs to evaluate it personally.
Lens covers -- The lens covers for the eyepiece lenses are virtually identical. Those for the objective lenses are different in that the Bushnells have a relatively loose retainer ring, while the Vanguards have a tight retainer ring. Several reviewers mentioned the looseness of the Bushnell objective lens covers (particularly when open, hanging from their retainer rings), and one went so far as to hot-glue the retainers in place. A much simpler and very effective solution is to slide the side of the retainer ring which is opposite the hinge of the lens cover upward on the binoculars. This tightens the ring, and gives a long distance that the ring must move before it could fall off. What I like best about the Bushnell objective lens covers is the tab that makes finding and opening the cover very easy, even with gloves on. Update: (15 December 2014) my new pair of Vanguard 10x42 binoculars has tabs on the objective lens covers, so presumably the 8x42 models will now also have tabs. Advantage - Draw.
As you can see from this listing of features, the Vanguard Endeavor ED, (both 8x42 and 10x42) and the Bushnell 10x42 Legend Ultra HD are close to equal. Each is available in both 10 and 8 power versions. I paid the same price for the two 10x42 models, and am pleased with both purchases. If the Vanguard Endeavor and the Bushnell Legend Ultra are on your list for consideration, I would recommend that you take the one that feels best in your hands, and/or that you can obtain at the most reasonable price.
That said, I use these for shore birding where most observations occur at a distance of several hundred feet or more. Close encounters push these bins to their limits, as their lack of depth and width of field make tracking and focusing a real challenge. These 10x's are better than most of their type, but still do not come close to the facility and successful views obtained by nice, wider field 7x or 8x glasses. I would call these special purpose glasses and avoid them as my prime set, if I could only have one. Some people would disagree with me on that.
The rebate came fast, within three weeks, I've waited months for others.
I have to say I do not regret the purchase one bit. The quality is obvious, even before looking through them. You can tell that Vanguard put a lot of thought into the design and material choices. I left them out in the rain once overnight, the eyecups were filled with water. All I did was pour out the water and they functioned perfectly!
I've use these for daytime viewing and for viewing the night sky. They are an excellent choice for both. Compared to the typical Walmart binoculars the difference is night and day. They don't leave me with a feeling of wanting more if that makes sense. No blur in any part of the field of view, colors are excellent. They are transparent.
The focus knob is a little sensitive, but I like that because I can focus quickly. For viewing the night sky I would recommend a tripod adapter, I made my own but Vanguard sells one here on Amazon.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone looking for a good pair of binoculars.
she prefers these over the Nikons for the slightly increased magnification; I prefer the Nikon's feel in hand, extremely wide field, and greater depth of focus. for me, the image quality in the Nikons is notably better. for her, being able to have the field marks more visible is better than the overall "pretty" factor of the image. I think she also has steadier hands than I do - the 10x is more shaky in my hands, and I think for her that less of an issue.
a few months ago, a coworker and I were both watching a a fairly unusual event, it appeared to be a satellite losing orbit. as this was occurring at about the same time as a comet was visible at night, I leant him the endeavors overnight to try seeing the comet with, and the next day had the Nikons with me.
he had liked the view through these, but felt that the monarchs were a notable step up in quality as well.
however - on sale, the vanguard binos are about half the price of the Nikons, and they're pretty good. we've wound up with each of us having a good set of binos we prefer.