Thanks to ergonomic marcs on the housing and two focusing rings, it is easy to adjust the unit to accommodate your needs.
The included detachable hand strap is a bit flimsy.
If at a concert or sporting event your seats happened to be all the way in the back row, this MulioTech monocular boasting a 16x magnification will help you clearly see what is going on on the stage/field.
Fully multi-coated optical glass / BaK-4
216 ft / 8749 yards
Carrying bag, Wrist strap, Cleaning cloth
2.17" x 6.1"
Equipped with a tripod and phone clip, this model is perfect for those who enjoy watching nature's little treasures as much as sharing images with friends.
It might take some time to put the unit's eyepiece and your phone's objective lens center in a straight line.
Featuring adjustable eye cups, it is perfect for glass wearers. The unit has a wide ocular to prevent your eyes from getting tired during prolonged viewing. Besides, it comes with a handy tripod for shooting stunning pictures.
Fully multi-coated optical glass / BaK-4
342 ft / 1000 yards
Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof
Carrying bag, Wrist strap, Cleaning cloth, Tripod, Smartphone clip, Eyepiece and Lens protection covers
3.66" x 6.4"
What Is a Monocular?
Without a doubt, one of the most popular portable optic device for looking into the distance is binoculars. However, such field glasses usually have a massive weight and size. The monoculars solve this problem as they share the same working principle but have only one ocular, hence the name. They are lighter, take twice less space but, unlike spy-glass, they don't have a telescopic body. Not to mention the price. At a cost of one pair of binoculars, you can buy two monoculars for different purposes!
If you also need an more powerfull optical device for a day-time observation, we recommend you to take a look at binoculars.
Did you know that night vision devices come not only in a form of goggles? Check them out in our review of the night vision devices.
What Features to Compare
We cannot stress enough that the first thing you should look for in any optical device is optics specs. Monoculars are not an exception. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the outer lens is, the more light it collects. The light refracts into the ocular lens, and compressed, magnified picture can be seen through it. There are different magnifying monoculars that have a small zoom – 2-4x, medium – 5-8x, or large – 10-22x. The higher this value is, the closer and bigger a distant object appears.
Another feature in optics is a coating. This refers to layers of anti-reflective coating on an objective lens. The glass itself reflects a lot of light, but with such coating, more light comes through, meaning you are getting more detailed, brighter view of objects. Multi-coated and fully multi-coated lenses are more preferred than single coated. Monoculars can also be assembled in accordance with different prism systems. For instance, ROOF prisms are more compact than PORRO, plus usually somewhat lighter.
The last but not least is the glass type. Usually, it's BK-7 or BaK-4. Those refer to a form of an eyeglass lens. In the case of monoculars, Bak-4 is a preferable choice as it gives a slightly better picture than BK-7 type of glass. The latter has a prism glass in the form of a square, what may create a small chromatic aberration. However, BaK-4 has just a slightly higher refractive index than BK-7, so in both cases you'll get a great result.
Monoculars often come in a body of a tube; therefore they're easy to hold in one hand. Manufacturers come up with different surface materials and finishes for even steadier grip: wavy or knurled, dimpled or pimpled, rubber or plastic, you name it. A high-quality monocular should also have waterproof and dirtproof qualities. And in order to protect the inner side of the glass from fogging, special transparent gas is pumped and sealed inside the body. Among other features, there may be adjusting rings with or without dials for better focusing on a target.
The size and weight of a monocular are also critical parameters, especially, if you are going to climb up a mountain or go camping. Monoculars are often chosen because they are smaller and lighter than binoculars. Therefore, look for lightweight, compact models. Monoculars usually come with a case or a carrying pouch for transportation, neck or wrist straps, protection lens caps, a cleaning cloth, etc. What’s more, the eye lens may have a rangefinder reticle, just like a sniper sights, or even a built-in compass that comes in handy if you like camping or fishing on a boat.
ROXANT High Definition
World in Your Pocket
ROXANT monocular has a neat, compact body. At 1.5" x 5.5", it weighs only 7.8 oz. And what’s even more surprising is that at such dimensions it boasts a great 6x magnification and an overall great light transmittance coefficient. What’s more, the ocular lens is made of BaK-4 glass with extra-low dispersion glass. Overall, that means you’ll see a clear picture with bright colors and distinct details. The objective has a lens with a comparatively wide angle of view to capture even more objects into the sight. Field of view here is 250 ft. at 1000 yards. Such an impressive result was achieved due to the precisely calculated ratio of magnification to the diameter of an objective lens diameter.
This universal monocular is excellent for finding your prey while hunting or simple bird watching if you prefer more peaceful activities.
This monocular has a great grip owing to pimples on the sides and antiskid finish. You can take it with you into the field or to the mountains, as it is light, waterproof, shock-resistant, and filled with gas to prevent fogging. A special pouch and neck straps for transportation are supplied too. However, one of the greatest features might be a retractable eyecup for using it with or without eyeglasses. The focusing ring is easy to adjust with a thumb, but at first, it might take some practice. Anyhow, once you've got a focus right, you get a perfect, crisp view on the object.
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In order to capture a magnified image from the monocular, you can combine it with your phone camera and shoot photos or record videos of the things that you like. And you can achieve this with the help of width cell phone adapter mount for bino/monocular spotting telescope.
Polaris Optics High Powered Monocular
Rediscover the World
Polaris Explorer monocular will surely show you the world and all of its hidden beauty. When traveling, we often miss tiny but important details of scenery simply because of limitations of our eyes. And with this monocular, you will discover them all. We found it to be of great help for travelers and bird watchers. After taking a closer look, Polaris Optics Explorer shows bright and accurate image due to fully multi-coated glass that transmits a lot of light. This model has 12x magnification power. To put it simply, with such zoom, you will see an object from 300 ft. as if it were at 25 ft. from you.
Tested by Nature
Polaris Optics has created a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use monocular. It’s fully waterproof, while the interior is filled with gas to prevent fogging of glass from the inside. That means the lens will always stay clear and dry when the temperature changes rapidly, and can be used under the rain. At mere 14 oz. the monocular comfortably lies in a hand. Besides, it also comes with a pouch for transportation, and a tripod.
Tripod is an awesome inclusion for those of us, who likes bird watching. For example, when you find a beautiful bird sitting in the nest, just mount the monocular on a tripod, point at it and you can share the view with a friend or just gaze at the bird, without tiring your hand by holding a monocular for a long time.
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You can upgrade your Polaris Explorer monocular to magnifying camera lens for your mobile phone. All you need is this Gosky universal cell phone adapter mount that's compatible with almost any smartphone. After assembling them into one unit, you will be able not only to take photos but also record videos to share them with your friends later.
MiluoTech 16x52 Dual Focus
Don't Miss a Thing
At Hand and Ready for Use
So, you are getting ready for an outing. You have prepared everything you might need on your trip. But wait, maybe something is missing? If you love nature's beauty and want to see every detail, no matter how far it may be, you will need a monocular, just like this Miluo Tech model. With a user's convenience in mind, the item is pretty lightweight and portable and features single hand operation. This wonderful device comes with a detachable wrist strap, a handy carrying bag with a belt clip, and a cloth for cleaning lenses. These extras will help keep the monocular at hand and ready for use any moment you need.
For Your Comfortable Rest
Resting in nature's lap makes you feel peaceful and happy. However, to be sure you will enjoy your outing you need to be well-equipped and prepared for any weather. If you are staying overnight, opt for these wonderful camping tents and sleeping bags. They will protect you from rain, wind, and cold. For comfortable outdoor dining, we recommend you to get a compact folding camping table and camping chairs.
Excellent Performance Under Any Conditions
The MeeQee MON-JL-1 has high-quality optics for clear and bright image and an ergonomic well-thought-out design for a user's comfort. Equipped with a wide-angle eyepiece (21mm), large BAK-4 prism, and multi-coated green film, it will help you enjoy viewing nature in all its color and beauty. To prevent any possible damage caused by the environment or weather, the unit features a dustproof, shockproof and waterproof design (the lens is protected with high light transmittance glass to ensure that no water or dust gets in). The unit has an ergonomic wheel allowing you to adjust focus with ease. Besides, it boasts adjustable eyecups that can be twisted up and down in a breeze, so that you can use the monocular wearing or not wearing glasses. All these features make the item an absolutely excellent choice for watching wildlife and scenery, as well as for hiking, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
Watch and Capture
Not only will you be able to watch nature's beauty, but you will also be able to capture it with your phone camera to share with your family and friends. The unit comes with a stable tripod and a handy clip to hold your phone next to the monocular for shooting pictures and videos. Additionally, the tripod enables prolonged viewing without getting tired. Just make sure the unit's eyepiece center is on the same line with your phone's camera center before you start recording fantastic videos and taking awesome images. In the box, you will also find a carrying bag, a wrist strap, protective covers for eyepiece and a lens, a cleaning cloth, and a user manual.
Get Ready for Your Trip
Going on a camping, fishing, or hunting trip, take along a swiss army knife. This wonderful all-in-one tool usually includes a knife blade, a corkscrew, a can opener, a screwdriver, and a saw, and can cope with almost any task.
Do not let the cold weather stop you from enjoying outdoor activities! Small and portable hand warmers will give you feel of comfort and warmth wherever you go.
To bring you a stronger sense of security on any journey, opt for a personal locator.
What’s in the Name?
First of all, we’d like to state that the name of this Aurosports monocular is somewhat misleading. Numbers like 30x50 are usually referred to a magnification ratio next to the objective lens diameter. However, the real magnification here is more like 10-12x. As a matter of fact, the lens diameter's 42mm. The field of view also appears wider than it's stated by the manufacturer, but this one is actually a good thing. Not to mention the 'binoculars' as the last word in its name. Of course, it’s a monocular! Nevertheless, it's proved to be a decent aid for anyone who likes hunting or watching the wildlife. Let's take a closer look at it.
With Attention to Details
This Aurosports monocular was assembled with a high-value BaK-4 eyeglass and a fully multi-coated objective lens that provide a bright picture from dawn to dusk. As we’ve said, the field of view appears to be pretty wide, and you get to see more objects through it, making searching and aiming a simple task. The interior is filled with gas to prevent fogging when the temperature suddenly changes. The body is also sealed, making it water- and dustproof. The ribbed rubber sides allow you to get a tight grip, while the lens caps prevent them from getting scratched during transportation. A single focusing ring can be easily adjusted with a thumb of a holding hand. You can also attach a strap to wear it around your neck. All of this combined with an attractive price makes it a great choice as a monocular for open field activities.
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In the woods or swamps, waiting in an ambush for a bird or an animal to appear can be a tiresome task, as you usually get swarmed by insects. Bug repellent is an obvious noway, as the animal’s sense of smell is much better than ours, so they will run away from you even before you see them. That’s why you will appreciate this Coghlan's Bug jacket. It gives you a full body protection from insects and spiders while you can still use a monocular.
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