Everyone who wants to choose a monocular must know exactly what purpose he is buying it for. When observing animals, it is important to quickly focus on a moving object, and in twilight observation, the large diameter of the lens will allow you to collect more light.
If a monocular is needed for tactical maneuvers, there must be an MRAD grid to determine the distance and better plan for maneuvers and shooting. And for high-quality photos you definitely need a tripod. Let’s look at our contestants and mark the best.
Table of Contents
- TOP 10 Monocular for Backpacking
- 1# Wingspan Optics Explorer High Powered 12X50 Monocular
- 2# Authentic ROXANT Grip Scope High Definition Wide View Monocular
- 3# Monocular Telescope High Power 8×42
- 4# ROXANT High Definition Ultra-Light Mini Monocular Pocket Scope
- 5# Celestron Nature 10×25 Monocular, Black
- 6# Monocular Telescope,16×52 Monocular Dual Focus Optics Zoom Telescope
- 7# Vortex Optics Solo R/T 8×36 Monocular
- 8# Authentic Roxant Viper 10×25 Pocket Scope with Rubber Armor “Snake-Grip” + Molded Finger Grip
- 9# Gosky 12×50 ED Glass Monocular – Ultra HD Multi – Coated Waterproof Monocular
- 10# Monocular Telescope – 12X50 High Power (HD Monocular forBird Watching)
TOP 10 Monocular for Backpacking
1# Wingspan Optics Explorer High Powered 12X50 Monocular
This monocular is designed for daytime amateur observation. With it, you can also watch the planets and stars, if they give enough light. This is a good offer for price / quality, but do not expect too much, you get what you pay for. 12x optical zoom does work as the manufacturer says, but not everyone likes image quality. If you do not have experience with optical instruments, this monocular can impress you. If you are a professional photographer, do not waste your time and prepare your wallet for more expensive expenses. Despite the rubberized case, it would be nice to equip the Wingspan with a drop protection strap, which unfortunately is not. The manufacturer decided that a tripod is a luxury and did not include this addition in the base price. By the way – the mount for the tripod was chosen poorly, too close to the edge. If you like to watch the “landscape” from your balcony, resting your elbow on the railing – you might like it. If you are observing wildlife under video recording, this monocular will not become the pearl of your collection of optical instruments.
2# Authentic ROXANT Grip Scope High Definition Wide View Monocular
Authentic monocular with 6x zoom zoom. Very compact and comfortable in the hand due to anti-slip coating. The manufacturer equipped it with a retractable eyecup for people who wear glasses and it’s great. Also included is a cover, a napkin and a neck strap, but unfortunately there is no hole for attaching the tripod, as well as the tripod itself. Great for people who love to admire nature, but no more. With the claimed 6-fold increase, he copes unfortunately poorly. With these monoculars you can see a little better than your usual vision. You can better see large craters on the moon, or make the stars a little brighter, but no more. You can examine animals and birds in detail from a distance of no more than 50-75 yards. In terms of its actual characteristics, it looks more like a toy for children than an optical device.
3# Monocular Telescope High Power 8×42
If you already had a bad experience in using monoculars, this means that you have not used the Monocular Telescope High Power 8×42. This device destroys all stereotypes and you will definitely fall in love with it. Let’s start with the design. Design resembling a “shark” looks very neat and impressive. A convenient hand strap perfectly holds your hand to the monocular and both covers (front and rear lenses) will no longer be lost (if they are tied to the strap). An 8-fold increase is enough for amateur observation, and a possible trembling in the hands will not give such great interference. To fix this, the manufacturer provided for a tripod mount, which unfortunately is not included. If you have a desire to connect the monocular to a mobile phone, this can be done using an adapter, which by the way is also not included. Among the shortcomings, the unstable work of the quality control department can be noted. Torn bags or defective monocuriers sometimes still come to buyers. This may be the fault of both the transport company and the buyers themselves (which, for example, interfere with their own eyelashes). The main thing is that the company is trying to help customers and exchanges goods for complete satisfaction. Engineers tried to create the best optical device for amateur observations. Admittedly, they succeeded in this.
4# ROXANT High Definition Ultra-Light Mini Monocular Pocket Scope
Let’s talk about the ROXANT mini-monocular High-Definition. Powerful, ultralight, compact mini-monocular 7×18, has a convenient shaped handle; eyelet for which you can attach it to a chain or your keys. Also included with it is a velcro cover, which is conveniently mounted on a belt, a cloth for wiping the lens and a neck strap. It is very convenient when walking and hiking in nature. This monocular is very easy to fit in your pocket, purse or glove compartment of the car. The manufacturer claims a 7-fold increase, but this is not entirely true. According to customer reviews, and this is more than 25%, it is good at a distance of only 15-20 feet. You can see further, but the image will be of poor quality and blurry. Another unpleasant news is that the manufacturer buys the loyalty of their customers by offering free goods for a good 5-star review – this is very, very bad. Judge for yourself whether to trust and buy goods from such manufacturers. This light and small monocular will be a great gift for every child from 5 years old. Make your purchases thoughtfully.
5# Celestron Nature 10×25 Monocular, Black
Each characteristic of a monocular can be either a strong or a weak side. Celestron has created a controversial product that deserves at least more detailed consideration. This is a small monocular for fully portable use. It cannot be mounted on a tripod, because the manufacturer did not place a mount for this. Even connecting a smartphone can be difficult. But the relief rubberized case makes use easy, and high-quality components and responsible assembly – waterproof and reliable. There is another controversial place in the Nature 10×25 model – the focus ring. It is tough enough to cause difficulties when setting up, but will not fail when accidentally touched. All you need to know about this monocular is a high-quality mini-telescope for daytime observation.
6# Monocular Telescope,16×52 Monocular Dual Focus Optics Zoom Telescope
Monocular telescope No. 1 is a bestseller among Amazon buyers. This baby is equipped with a 16-fold increase, a lens with a diameter of 52 mm and a prism BAK-4. Due to the rubberized housing it is very convenient to hold in your hand, and the o-ring will not allow moisture and dust to pass through. Included with it is a tripod and a holder for the phone, which will allow you to enjoy photo and video shooting of studio quality wherever you are. And its size and weight will pleasantly surprise you, because they will practically not take up space in your pocket or bag. It may be a good choice for those who like to watch what is happening around us. Great time with children watching the birds, animals and even the night sky, believe me they will be delighted. Such a thing will delight both children and adults and will become a favorite toy. The only drawback of this monocular is the lack of a lens cap and eye. But from this he does not cease to be bad. The manufacturer is confident in the quality and gives a 2-year warranty. And also a 60 – day guaranteed exchange / return of goods, which is good news. And customer service 24/7 is another nice bonus.
7# Vortex Optics Solo R/T 8×36 Monocular
Good optics for day and twilight observation, an MRAD reticle and a durable rubberized case can bribe anyone, but not us! Let’s take a closer look at the weaknesses of this device. The tactical clip will securely attach the monocular to the belt or strap of your ammunition without impairing quick access. If you trust straps more, Solo R / T has a fastening point for him as well. Some buyers went further and make it themselves, strengthen this strap for great reliability. The grid of the rangefinder will allow you to find out the distance to the observed object if you know its real size, hold the monocular firmly (to count the marks) and think well in your mind. If mathematics is your worst enemy, this is not for you. A flexible eyecup fits snugly to the right eye, blocking glare. If you use glasses, this monocular does not suit you. If you bend the eyecup, it will block the focus ring. Even more fun if your left eye is dominant, an inverted mesh is guaranteed to be annoying. The description on Amazon says nothing about attaching a monocular to a tripod. This can be fixed by following the instructions from the manufacturer’s official website – http://www.vortexoptics.com/. This is an excellent device for tactical training and maneuvers. It can be used to quickly inspect targets when shooting with a bow or rifle. But redundant with amateur observation of nature.
8# Authentic Roxant Viper 10×25 Pocket Scope with Rubber Armor “Snake-Grip” + Molded Finger Grip
Another Roxant representative, the Viper 10×25 pocket-sized sight with rubber armor. Due to this, it lies perfectly in the hand and is protected from moisture. Its weight and size are completely weightless, so you won’t feel it in your pocket. Good choice for outdoor walks. It may be a good choice to look at the boats in front of the house or the mountains on the horizon, but nothing more. This monocular will be a great toy for children from 5 years old, they will appreciate it. But if you intend to use Viper 10×25 to observe nature at dusk or at night, you will be disappointed. The stated specifications may differ from the actual ones, because 20% of buyers are not satisfied with this purchase. Focus on the subject and look at it well at a distance of no more than 50-75 feet. The quality of the lenses also does not match the declared characteristics. And the most unpleasant news is that the manufacturer buys the loyalty of its customers with a free kit for a good review. Read 5 star reviews and you can see for yourself. This is not very pleasant, but you decide. Successful and deliberate shopping!
9# Gosky 12×50 ED Glass Monocular – Ultra HD Multi – Coated Waterproof Monocular
This is a high-quality amateur optics for observing nature both in manual mode and using a smartphone. Worry about the additional purchase of a tripod and then you can unleash the full potential of the device. Of the nice features you should note the build quality and good components. Everything looks reliable and professional enough, especially for the amateur segment. Good light sensitivity and a multilayer coating of optics give an excellent picture when observing static objects (birds at the feeder, moon, architecture). Of the weaknesses, we note that a 12-fold increase works approximately like 10x. In addition, a shallow depth of field will bring a lot of trouble. As long as you focus on the beak of the bird, the tail will no longer be in focus, and each of its movements will simply tire. Why choose this device? Gosky support team works very well and will help if your expectations are not met, which means that you do not risk anything.
10# Monocular Telescope – 12X50 High Power (HD Monocular forBird Watching)
Super lightweight and compact monocular telescope – 12X50 High Power.High-quality, powerful, equipped with a BAK-4 prism, an HD telescope, a multi-layer lens and a light transmittance of 99.5% – that’s cool! On both sides of the lens are protected by caps, which does not give a chance of dust and debris to get into it. Monocular in a rubberized shell, which gives a good grip with your hand in all weather conditions (even with gloves). Included with this monocular is a tripod, a telephone adapter, a cleaning cloth, a cover and a strap, which gives it a big plus. It may be a good choice for bird and animal watchers. An indispensable item in a car, on a hike, in a shooting range or on a golf course. It will fully help you enjoy the scenery of the mountains, the lights of the evening city or your favorite theater performance. The only negative of this monocular is the long and not convenient installation of the phone in the adapter. If you need to quickly take a picture, then this will be a failure. To do this, you first need to remove the cover from your smartphone, which also takes precious time. This monocular is completely self-sufficient, it does not need additional devices (tripod, adapter).
And here are our winners!
- No. 6 – Monocular Dual Focus Optics Zoom Telescope 16×52
- No. 7 – Vortex Optics Solo R / T 8×36 Monocular
- No. 10 – Monocular Telescope – 12X50 High Power
Each of them has its drawbacks and advantages, this is normal. Most importantly, they do their job well. Pay attention to them.