Vanguard VEO ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluate

An affordable, light-weight binocular with an honest picture however a slightly slender area of view. We rated them a Center Floor selection.

At A Look

Vanguard VEO ED 8x42 binoculars
Vanguard VEO ED 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Good, colourful picture in vivid gentle
  • Light-weight and cozy within the hand


  • Picture high quality suffers in low gentle
  • Loses some sharpness at center distances and past
  • Slim area of view


  • Worth: $200 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed as 8.2 toes (250 cm). In assessments, we might focus these binoculars to about 9.4 toes (287 cm)
  • Area of view: 6.3° (331 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
  • Weight: 22.7 oz (642 g)—that’s about 3.1 oz (87 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
  • Eye reduction: 19 mm

Viewing Expertise: These cheap binoculars make some concessions to cost however nonetheless ship , sharp picture in full gentle. On a sunny fall morning, we loved taking a look at a distant Home Finch; the VEOs picked out the male’s pink tones from greater than 150 yards away. And even in a severely backlit treetop, these bins might pull the reddish blush of a Crimson-bellied Woodpecker’s stomach out of the glare. Nonetheless on a grayer, drearier day, the optics suffered a bit, struggling to carry out particulars at distance. Once we noticed a chickadee-sized chook foraging in an oak treetop, the binoculars couldn’t fairly separate the chook’s particulars from the leafy brown background. The sphere of view is slender, making it more durable to see our full feeder setup with out having to pan round. The VEOs don’t have fairly pretty much as good an in depth focus as many different binoculars in our check—although at about 8–9 toes it’s nonetheless good for many makes use of.

Really feel and Construct: These small, light-weight binoculars really feel good within the hand. A fine-grained leather-esque end offers a pleasing grip, with well-placed scallops within the barrels giving a spot to your thumbs to relaxation. The main target wheel has good motion, although our reviewer discovered it barely 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 retains the target lens covers from slipping off. We appreciated the essential padded strap at this worth level, the place many rivals will provide only a slender webbing strap.  

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Sharp within the middle, however edges of the picture had been blurry
  • Focus wheel is sensitive however good depth of area
  • Shut focus isn’t nice  
  • Free eyecups, slender area of view, barely muddy picture

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full evaluate of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

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