Vanguard VEO ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Review

An reasonably priced, light-weight binocular with a good symbol however a quite slender box of view. We rated them a Heart Floor selection.

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Vanguard VEO ED 8x42 binoculars
Forefront VEO ED 8×42 binoculars. Symbol via Hugh Powell.


  • Just right, colourful symbol in vibrant gentle
  • Light-weight and relaxed within the hand


  • Symbol high quality suffers in low gentle
  • Loses some sharpness at heart distances and past
  • Slim box of view


  • Value: $200 MSRP at press time. Costs incessantly range, so test with shops
  • Shut center of attention: Indexed as 8.2 toes (250 cm). In checks, shall we center of attention those binoculars to about 9.4 toes (287 cm)
  • Box of view: 6.3° (331 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about box of view 
  • Weight: 22.7 ounces (642 g)—that’s about 3.1 ounces (87 g) lighter than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluation
  • Eye aid: 19 mm

Viewing Enjoy: Those reasonably priced binoculars make some concessions to worth however nonetheless ship a just right, sharp symbol in complete gentle. On a sunny fall morning, we loved having a look at House Finch; the VEOs picked out the male’s purple tones from greater than 150 yards away. Or even in a critically backlit treetop, those packing containers may just pull the reddish blush of a Purple-bellied Woodpecker’s abdominal out of the glare. Then again on a grayer, drearier day, the optics suffered just a little, suffering to convey out main points at distance. After we noticed a chickadee-sized hen foraging in an oak treetop, the binoculars couldn’t rather separate the hen’s main points from the leafy brown background. The sphere of view is slender, making it more difficult to look our complete feeder setup with no need to pan round. The VEOs don’t have rather as just right a detailed center of attention as many different binoculars in our take a look at—despite the fact that at about 8–9 toes it’s nonetheless just right for many makes use of.

Really feel and Construct: Those small, light-weight binoculars really feel just right within the hand. A fine-grained leather-esque end offers a pleasing grip, with well-placed scallops within the barrels giving a spot on your thumbs to leisure. The point of interest wheel has just right motion, despite the fact that our reviewer discovered it relatively free for his or her style. Eyecups are free and there’s some play in them even after you click on into both of the 2 stops. There’s a thoughtfully positioned groove across the ends of the barrels that helps to keep the target lens covers from slipping off. We preferred the fundamental padded strap at this worth level, the place many competition will provide only a slender webbing strap.  

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Sharp within the heart, however edges of the picture had been blurry
  • Center of attention wheel is sensitive however just right intensity of box
  • Shut center of attention isn’t nice  
  • Unfastened eyecups, slender box of view, relatively muddy symbol

This text is one in a chain of mini-reviews. To look how those binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our complete evaluation of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

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Eric Adjei

I love animals and am glad to share fun facts and stories about our four-legged and feathery friends, etc. I also try to teach people how to take good care of their pets, to create the best environment for them in the family.

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