Audubon Binoculars by Vortex Optics

Audubon is a national society whose mission is to “conserve and restore natural ecosystems…for the benefit of humanity and Earth’s biological diversity.” Though Audubon concerns itself with all forms of wildlife, its main focus is birds. Across the U.S. and Latin America, Audubon has set up a network of community-based chapters that seek to educate citizens and influence public policy as it pertains to our natural environment. The society’s science programs seek to connect people with their environment, and what better way to do that than to let them see it up close? In addition to its volunteer community programs, Audubon has also developed a line of binoculars, tested by Audubon field staff and manufactured by Sheltered Wings, a subsidiary of Vortex Optics, with performance and affordability in mind.

The Equinox HP is the top of the line of Audubon’s binoculars. Available in 8×42 and 10×42 magnifications, the Equinox series offers retractable eyecups to provide comfort for eyeglass wearers and also a nitrogen-purging process that protects against internal fogging. The Equinox HP’s lenses also feature a phase corrective coating that improves contrast and color fidelity. Audubon’s Vector series (8×42 and 10×42) also comes equipped retractable eyecups and nitrogen purging. For birders who prefer to travel light, Audubon offers the Compact series in 8×25 and 10×25 magnifications. Though these may not be of the quality of a Leica or Zeiss, but a majority of reviews list Audubon as a great introductory binocular for the price.

Vortex Optics is a Wisconsin-based company has been U.S. owned and operated since 1986. The company began as a supplier of sports optics and began manufacturing its own brand of affordable binoculars in the mid-’90s.

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