Vanguard VEO ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

An affordable, light-weight binocular with an honest picture however a relatively slim subject 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 brilliant mild
  • Light-weight and comfy within the hand


  • Picture high quality suffers in low mild
  • Loses some sharpness at center distances and past
  • Slender subject of view


  • Value: $200 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so test with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed as 8.2 toes (250 cm). In checks, we might focus these binoculars to about 9.4 toes (287 cm)
  • Subject of view: 6.3° (331 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about subject 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 overview
  • Eye reduction: 19 mm

Viewing Expertise: These cheap binoculars make some concessions to cost however nonetheless ship a great, sharp picture in full mild. On a sunny fall morning, we loved a distant Home Finch; the VEOs picked out the male’s purple tones from greater than 150 yards away. And even in a severely backlit treetop, these bins might pull the reddish blush of a Pink-bellied Woodpecker’s stomach out of the glare. Nonetheless on a grayer, drearier day, the optics suffered a bit, struggling to deliver out particulars at distance. After we noticed a chickadee-sized hen foraging in an oak treetop, the binoculars couldn’t fairly separate the hen’s particulars from the leafy brown background. The sphere of view is slim, 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 provides a nice grip, with well-placed scallops within the barrels giving a spot on your thumbs to relaxation. The main focus 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 fundamental padded strap at this value level, the place many rivals will provide only a slim webbing strap.  

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Sharp within the middle, however edges of the picture have been blurry
  • Focus wheel is sensitive however good depth of subject
  • Shut focus isn’t nice  
  • Unfastened eyecups, slim subject 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 overview of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.  

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