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Vortex Razor HD 27-60×85 Spotting Scope Review

A Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scop looking out over the Irish coast

Pros: Bright, sharp, high-contrast image that delivers plenty of detail at lower magnifications across a wide range of conditions. Large objective lens pulls in plenty of light through twilight and beyond, focus ring integrated into scope body is quick and accurate. Reasonably compact for a full-size scope. Excellent build quality….

12 Expert tips on choosing binoculars for birding and wildlife observation

Choosing the right binocular

Binoculars are perhaps your most indispensable piece of wildlife watching equipment. The right pair of binoculars can enhance your enjoyment of and engagement with the natural world exponentially. But choosing binoculars for birding and wildlife watching can be a tricky proposition. At Ireland’s Wildlife we get to try a wide range….

Kite Caiman 8×42 Binocular Review

Kite Caiman Review

Pros: Solid entry-level binocular that’s comfortable and easy to use. Light, yet robust, this is an easy to handle binocular with good all-round ergonomics. Optically it delivers an impressively bright, sharp image across most of the wide field of view. Neutral colour balance, great contrast and minimal chromatic aberration. Cons: Slight….

Hawke Endurance 50 12-36x Spotting Scope Review

Pros: Tiny but robust travel scope with great ergonomics that delivers plenty of optical bang for the buck. Super-portable the Endurance delivers a bright, clear, razor sharp image across a wide field of view at 12x, and remains sharp and detailed (though a little darker, as you’d expect with a 50mm….

Announcing the winner of our Hawke Endurance ED 8×42 binocular competition

Congratulations to Daire Cleary, who’s name was drawn at random earlier today as the winner in our latest competition. We’ll be getting Daire’s prize… a pair of excellent Hawke Endurance ED 8×42 binoculars. I was really impressed by the Hawkes when I reviewed them recently, and I’m sure that Daire will enjoy many fabulous up-close….

Competition: win a pair of Hawke Endurance ED 8×42 binoculars

A good pair of binoculars is perhaps the single most important piece of wildlife equipment you’ll ever own. We were mightily impressed with Hawke’s latest offering, the Endurance ED 8×42, when we reviewed them recently. Now, thanks to the kind folks at Hawke in the UK, we’re giving you the chance….

Hawke Endurance ED 8×42 Binocular Review

Hawke Endurance ED 8x42 Review

Pros: Crisp, detailed views at a price that’s hard to believe. Packed with premium features you normally only see on much more expensive binoculars. Lightweight and robust thanks to its magnesium alloy chassis. Cons: Not many… a little softening evident around the field edge, but not noticeable in normal use. Focus wheel has a bit more resistance….

Vanguard Endeavor HD 82A Spotting Scope Review

Vanguard Endeavor HD Spotting Scope front view

Pros: Sleek, modern-looking scope that feels solid and well made. Quite compact for an 82mm scope. Very bright, sharp image at 20x magnification that is very good up to about 40x, showing plenty of detail with good colour and contrast. Wide central sweet spot with marginal softening out towards the edge. Dual focus controls….

Sneak peek at the Vanguard Endeavor 82mm HD Spotting Scope

Vanguard's new Endeavor HD Spotting Scope

We’ve just received the brand new 82mm Endeavor HD spotting scope from Vanguard Sporting Optics for review here at IWHQ. UPDATE: our Full Review of this spotting scope is now available here. While we’re obviously going to spend a bit of time getting to know this new scope before posting our….

Hawke Frontier ED 8×43 Binocular Review

Hawke Frontier ED Review

Pros: Excellent high-contrast  image with vibrant colours and good detail across the exceptionally wide field of view. Very bright optics that perform well across a range of challenging light conditions. Great build quality and finish for the price: feel very solid, without being overly heavy and excellent balance makes them comfortable….

Meopta MeoStar B1 8×32 Binocular Review

Meopta Meostar 8x32 back

Keen birder and Ireland’s Wildlife contributor Colin Barton puts the Meopta MeoStar 8×32 through its paces, and is suitably impressed. Pros:  Great image quality — can rival the best optics on the market today. Very sharp and crisp, with great low light performance and a good wide field of view…..

Vanguard slash price of ED binoculars

I’ve just found out that Vanguard has slashed the price of its impressive ED binoculars, AND is offering a further £20 cash back between now and the end of July through UK retailers. The offer officially runs from 01 May to 31 July and the cash-back deal applies to all….