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12 Best Monoculars Worth The Money (2022)

A monocular can be an excellent optical tool for nature viewing, hiking, astronomy, photography, hunting, and many more outdoor activities. Unlike binoculars, which are heavier and use parallaxed images to create three dimensional views, monoculars are lightweight and produce flatter images. For general outdoor activities, binoculars might be a better option, especially for birdwatchers. Check out our review of some of the best binoculars available here. For the user in search of lightweight and compact optics, though, a monocular is extremely handy and offers unparalleled convenience.

The best monoculars tend to have at least 8x magnification, are useful in low-light conditions, and durable enough to withstand the many demanding conditions of outdoor hobbies. Across a range of brands and price points, here are some of our favorite choices!

We Recommend

Best price/value ratio

Opticron BGA

Best that money can get

Zeiss Conquest Mono

Best budget option

Vortex Solo

Best Monocular

1. Opticron BGA 8X42 Waterproof Monocular

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The Opticron BGA is a strong contender for a beginner or intermediate monocular. With a large 42 millimeter objective lens, the BGA draws in lots of light and produces sharp bright images even in dim conditions.

The Opticron BGA has a long 19mm eye relief which is great for eyeglass-wearers. The objective lens of this monocular comes with full multi-coating, so it functions well in different light conditions and produces vibrant accurate colors.

This device also comes with a wide field of view that stands at 330 feet at 1000 yards. The monocular is waterproof and ruggedly built. For viewing nearby subjects the Opticron BGA has a close focus of 6.6 feet.

The lens is internally focused and the device is covered under a limited lifetime warranty. The sturdy roof prism design of the BGA ensures that this product is built to last.


What we liked

  • Best value/price ratio
  • Long 19mm eye relief
  • Wider field of view
  • Comfortable to carry all day long
  • Large 42mm objective lens for low light
  • Water and fog proof
  • Anti-glare optical performance
  • Multi-coated optics 

What we didn’t like

  • While sturdily built, this monocular is not quite as rugged as some of the other options available. I would contend, though, that it is plenty durable for most applications

Prism: Roof prism
Objective lens: 42 mm
Close focus: 6.6 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 330.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 19 mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 9.8m
Dimensions: 136 mm x 43 mm
Weight: 10.1 oz
Best for: Traveling, short-range hunting

2. Zeiss Conquest Mono 10X25 Monocular

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The Zeiss Conquest Mono is the best of the best when it comes to monocular image quality. It uses T* Anti-Reflective coating which reduces surface reflections, removes flares and ghost images, and as a result gives you a clear and sharp views.

With a 25mm objective lens, the Zeiss Mono is a compact and lightweight monocular for backpacking, hiking, and outdoor exploration.

While some of the more expensive pieces of equipment out there might provide more vibrant colors, the Zeiss Mono’s optical quality is nearly flawless while maintaining a pretty reasonable price tag (although this is obviously not a cheap piece of equipment).

The increased magnification of the Zeiss Mono limits its field of view a bit, so this device caps out at about 285 feet per 1000 yards. This is, however, a large enough field of view for most casual applications, so the average user is unlikely to have an issue with this particular criterion.

The Zeiss Conquest Mono is ergonomic, lightweight, and very easy to use. It is more expensive than some of the other options on this list, however it is much more affordable than most pieces of equipment that deliver equivalent optical quality.


What we liked

  • Best in class Zeiss quality
  • Very lightweight 
  • Clear and bright image
  • Various accessories available
  • More suitable for short-range  
  • Ergonomic design
  • Quick to focus

What we didn’t like

  • Average eye relief
  • Somewhat higher price

Prism: Schmidt-Pechan
Objective lens: 25 mm
Close focus: 6.2 feet
Magnification: 5x
Field of view: 285.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 16 mm
Waterproof: Yes
Dimensions: 117 mm x 54.5 mm
Weight: 11.0 oz
Best for: Hiking and camping

3. Vortex Solo 8X36 Monocular

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The Vortex Solo is a very strong choice for a budget monocular which delivers extremely high value. As an optical tool, the Solo brings to the table Vortex’s sharp visual quality as well as a solid but lightweight build.

The Vortex Solo weighs in at just 9.7 ounces and is among the best choices on this list for someone who prefers to travel light. Considering its low weight, it is quite impressive that the Solo manages to incorporate 36 mm objective lenses which allow it to perform extremely well in low light scenarios.

The barrel of the Vortex Solo is sealed against moisture and the entire tool is rugged, weather-proof, and resistant to damage.

The field of view that this monocular has to offer is an impressive 393 feet at 1000 yards. Of course, most great tools have drawbacks. In the case of the Vortex Solo, a close focus range of 16.4 feet means that objects nearer than this measurement cannot be brought into focus. The Vortex Solo shines as a middle and long distance viewing tool.


What we liked

  • Best in class VIP warranty
  • Best budget option
  • Large 32mm objective lens
  • A lens with full multi-coating
  • Anti-glare protection
  • All optics are waterproof and fog proof
  • Great for camping and hiking
  • Anti-slip grip and rugged armor

What we didn’t like

  • Short eye relief means that this tool is not the best for eyeglasses-wearers
  • Long close focus range prevents focusing on nearby objects

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 36 mm
Close focus: 16.4 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 315.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 14.5mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 2.5m
Dimensions: 112mm x 46mm
Weight: 9.7 oz
Best for: Camping and hiking

4. Vortex RECCE Pro HD 8X32mm Monocular

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Interested in the Vortex Solo but concerned about its shortcomings? You may want to look into the Vortex Pro Recce! The Pro Recce is a slightly more expensive alternative to the Solo which does rectify many of the Solo’s issues. With a close focus of five feet, the Vortex Pro Recce is a great general tool for nature observation, birdwatching, and hiking.

This device comes with a fully multi-coated lens along with high-definition prism glass to provide you with crystal clear imaging.

While the Pro Recce is slightly heavier than the Vortex, those extra couple ounces make very little difference. Like the Solo, this device is weather-proof and solidly built with tough rubber armoring for impact resistance.

With a nice wide field of view of 400 feet at 1000 yards, the Vortex Pro Recce brings distant objects into sharp focus with 8x magnification. While not as affordable as the Solo, the Pro Recce is a fantastic intermediate tool for hobbyists looking to upgrade their equipment.


What we liked

  • Unbeatable VIP warranty
  • 8x zoom with 400 feet FoV
  • HD fully multi-coated lens
  • Water and fog proof
  • ArmorTek layering for solid performance
  • Convenient to hold in one hand
  • Argon gas purged

What we didn’t like

  • Rather short eye relief

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 32 mm
Close focus: 5 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 400 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 14.2 mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 4.0m
Dimensions: 157 mm x 51 mm
Weight: 11.0 oz
Best for: Hiking and target practice

5. Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10X42mm Monocular

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Normally, the Bushnell brand provides affordable tools for beginners who want quality optics on a budget. In the case of the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD, however, Bushnell has delivered a product fit for competing directly with some of the more expensive alternative brands. This monocular comes with a magnification of 10x so you can comfortably zoom in on your target at any range.

Weather-proof and ergonomic, the Legend Ultra HD is tougher than tough. Such a durable construction adds a little bit of weight, so this monocular is one of the heaviest on this list. Still, it weighs no more than 13.2 ounces and remains very portable.

The Legend Ultra HD has a large objective lens of 42 mm. This monocular is strong in dim conditions and delivers stunning optics for such a handy little tool.


What we liked

  • Low dispersing prime glass
  • 6.5 feet of close focus
  • Great in low-light
  • Water and fog proof
  • A fully multi-coated lens with PC-3 prism
  • Excellent low light performance
  • Accessories available
  • Superb field of view

What we didn’t like

  • Not the longest eye relief
  • Expensive for a Bushnell product but not much pricier than other entries on this list

Prism: PC-3
Objective lens: 42 mm
Close focus: 6.5 feet
Magnification: 10x
Field of view: 340.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 15.2 mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 5.0m
Dimensions: 137.2 mm x 61 mm
Weight: 13.2 oz
Best for: Hiking, camping, hunting

6. Vortex Solo Tactical RT 8X36 Tactical Monocular

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The Solo RT Tactical monocular by Vortex functions well as your short-range observation device. Very similar in design to the Vortex Solo, the Solo RT features very minor upgrades in build features.

On examining the technical specifications of the Vortex Solo and the Solo RT, you will find that almost all criteria are identical. Both monoculars have 8x magnification with 36 mm objective lenses. Both pieces of equipment have fairly long close focus ranges.

What is different about the Solo RT is its weight, this is likely due to the addition of a utility clip which easily attaches to flat edged surfaces. The Solo RT also features a much longer eye relief that is sure to provide more comfortable viewing for glasses-wearers. In addition, the Solo RT includes a ranging reticle with angular measurements. For hunting, scouting, and rugged outdoor hobbies, it may be worth the upgrade form the Vortex Solo to the Solo RT. For general use, the Vortex Solo is nearly identical and comes at a slightly lower price.


What we liked

  • Best in class VIP warranty
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • BaK4 prism with anti-reflection
  • Decent eye relief 
  • A broad field of view
  • Fog and waterproof
  • Sharp reticle range
  • Excellent light transmission

What we didn’t like

  • Shares the Vortex Solo’s inability to focus on nearby subjects

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 36 mm
Close focus: 16.4 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 393.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 18 mm
Waterproof: Yes
Dimensions: 137.2 mm x 58.42 mm
Weight: 10.2 oz
Best for: Traveling and hunting

7. Leica Monovid 8X20 Close-Focus Monocular

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The Leica Monovid monocular is one of the more expensive tools on this list, however the optics hobby is certainly an area wherein you “get what you pay for.” Leica is a trusted brand whose optical quality is unquestionable.

Shockingly lightweight, the Leica Monovid is the most portable option by far at only 4 ounces. This is especially impressive considering the incredibly sharp optical quality that this tool provides.

With a close focus of just six feet, the Monovid is a great short and mid range tool. With a smaller objective lens, the Monovid remains light and compact while providing powerful 8x magnification. Considering its smaller size, it speaks volumes that the technical specifications of the Monovid can hold their own against the larger pieces of equipment on this list.


What we liked

  • Best image quality you can get
  • 8x magnification
  • 12.7 twilight factor for better dim light performance
  • Best for everyday carry
  • AquaDura and HDC lens coatings
  • P40 phase correction prism
  • Ergonomic exterior

What we didn’t like

  • Higher price
  • Only one objective lens option

Prism: P40
Objective lens: 20 mm
Close focus: 6 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 361 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 15 mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 5.0m
Dimensions: 98 mm x 36 mm)
Weight: 4.0 oz
Best for: Traveling, close-range viewing

8. Hawke Sport Optics Endurance ED 8X42 Monocular

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The Endurance ED monocular features a 42mm objective lens that works great even in low light environments. Fully multi-coated, phase corrected, and tripod compatible, the Endurance ED by Hawke is a great bargain at under 150 dollars.

This monocular is rugged, delivers a wide field of view, and is weather-proof. Backed by Hawke’s “No-Fault Lifetime Warranty,” this product is trustworthy and reliable as well as convenient. Ideal for outdoor exploration, the Endurance ED is great at both close focusing and tracking distant targets.

The Endurance ED also features a comfortably long eye relief which is suitable for most users with glasses.


What we liked

  • Good choice for low light scenarios
  • Stay-on lens covers 
  • BaK4 prism for better light reflection
  • Fully multi-coated lens 
  • Fog and shockproof
  • Extra-low dispersion
  • Compact design

What we didn’t like

  • Carrying case is not that durable

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 42 mm
Close focus: 6.6 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 388.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 18 mm
Waterproof: Yes
Dimensions: 143 mm x 125 mm
Weight: 11.3 oz
Best for: Traveling and hunting

9. Vortex Recon 15X50 R/T Tactical Monocular

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The Vortex RT155 Recon is very much a spotting scope as well as a monocular tool. This piece of equipment is best used for surveillance, field spotting, and range estimation. The Vortex Recon is a highly specialized tool which is best suited for hobbyists whose specific needs are reflected in the Recon’s features.

This monocular comes with a huge objective lens of 50mm. Hence, a Vortex Recon with a camera can gather a good amount of light even in dark conditions. The Recon also comes with 15x magnification. For most users, this is more than necessary. The Recon is heavy and meant to be operated using a tripod or other stabilization equipment.

With a built in reticle for range-finding, the Vortex Recon is fantastic at long ranges and very useful for applications wherein distance estimation is important. For your average outdoor enthusiast, a more general monocular tool may be a better choice.


What we liked

  • Twilight factor of 27.4
  • Field of view of 215 feet per 1000 yards
  • Comes with several accessories 
  • 15x high magnification
  • 55mm large objective lens 
  • Excellent performance in dark conditions
  • ArmorTek coating

What we didn’t like

  • Not a lightweight option
  • High price tag

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 55 mm
Close focus: 12 feet
Magnification: 15x
Field of view: 215.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 16 mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 5.5m
Dimensions: 246 mm x 119 mm
Weight: 31.2 oz
Best for: Law enforcement, professional hunting, covert operations, stargazing

10. Levenhuk Wise PLUS 8X32 Monocular

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In need of affordable tool which may not be able to deliver on quite the same level of optical quality as the others? The Levenhuk Wise PLUS is a handy little tool whose primary virtue is pricing.

With 8x magnification and a 32 mm objective lens, the Levenhuk Wise PLUS equals some of the expensive entries on this list when it comes to magnification power. Unfortunately, this tool cannot quite keep pace with the higher end entries when it comes to optical quality and sturdiness.

Somewhat less rugged than most of our previous contenders, the Wise PLUS is most definitely a tool for beginners. In that niche, though, this monocular is useful, affordable, and easy to operate.


What we liked

  • Lightweight
  • Ergonomic construction
  • Easy to carry
  • Very affordable
  • Fully multi-coated lens
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Quick target identification

What we didn’t like

  • Not very useful in dim light conditions
  • No shock resistance
  • Short eye relief
  • Lower general quality

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 32mm
Close focus: 9.8 feet
Magnification: 8x
Field of view: 393.9 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 13.6mm
Waterproof: Watertight up to 4m
Dimensions: 140mm x 41mm
Weight: 12.8 oz
Best for: Sight viewing

11. Zeiss 5X10 T MiniQuick Pocket Pen Monocular

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The Zeiss T MiniQuick Pocket Pen is a small monocular that is handy to carry with its compact design.

Itsy bitsy and ever so light, the Pocket Pen is the perfect monocular for somebody who wants to experience Zeiss quality optics without adding extra weight to their adventures. Hikers, backpackers, survivalists, and explorers will be stunned by the optical power that Zeiss has packed into a tool which weighs just 3.2 ounces.

Obviously, because the Zeiss MiniQuick Pocket Pen is much smaller than most monoculars, this handheld tool has lower magnification and a smaller objective lens. At just 5x and 10 mm respectively, the Pocket Pen is not as strong as this list’s other entries, most of which sit at around 8x magnification and at least 25 mm objective lenses with many being larger. The Pocket Pen takes in much less light than comparable tools because of its objective lens size and thus cannot function quite as well in dim light.


What we liked

  • Lightweight construction
  • Small and compact design 
  • Better suited for bright conditions
  • Comes with a pretty good field of view
  • Carrying pouch available
  • Great for casual observers
  • Easy to use, convenient, and portable

What we didn’t like

  • Not very good low light performance
  • Much smaller magnification power
  • Less powerful overall

Prism: Roof prism
Objective lens: 10 mm
Close focus: 13 feet
Magnification: 5x
Field of view: 300.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 16.5 mm
Waterproof: No
Dimensions: 113 mm x 20 mm
Weight: 3.2 oz
Best for: Traveling, camping, hiking

12. Nikon 5X15 High-Grade Monocular

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The Nikon 7391 High-Grade weighs in at just 2.6 ounces. Like the Pocket Pen, this monocular from Nikon bundles high quality into a tiny package for maximum convenience and compact travel.

The Nikon High Grade monocular shares in some of the Pocket Pen’s issues, featuring only 5x magnification and a slightly larger but still very small 15 mm objective lens. As such this tool is not ideal for highly technical applications nor does it function as well in low light conditions.

For a lightweight tool from a trusted brand, the Nikon High Grade is a strong contender. Note, though, that this device is somewhat more expensive and for the user who can handle a bit of extra weight, a full sized monocular might be a surprisingly economic choice.


What we liked

  • Anti-glare features
  • Multi-coated lenses 
  • Excellent light transmission
  • Well suited for bright light environments
  • Clear short-range imaging
  • Good to use with eyeglasses
  • Fits into your pocket with ease

What we didn’t like

  • No ED glass
  • Not best for dark conditions
  • Expensive

Prism: BaK4
Objective lens: 15 mm
Close focus: 2 feet
Magnification: 5x
Field of view: 472.0 feet per 1000 yards
Eye relief: 15.8 mm
Waterproof: Yes
Dimensions: 71 mm x 30 mm
Weight: 2.6 oz
Best for: Close range hunting and target shooting

Monoculars vs. binoculars vs. spotting scopes

It has been a long-standing debate among the enthusiasts of optics to compare monoculars with binoculars and spotting scope. First let’s get into the fundamental, 

  • Monocular is a device to view distant targets using one eye. It is suitable for people who are backpacking and need a compact device.
  • Pair of binoculars is an instrument that uses both the eyes to do the same. These devices are more generally useful and come in handy for a range of outdoor hobbies including hiking, camping, hunting, and birdwatching.  
  • Spotting scopes are high powered yet portable telescopes with enhanced optics for spotting targets at a distance. Mostly these are used for hunting, shooting, range finding, field spotting, surveillance, stargazing, and bird watching. 

Binoculars cause less eye strain and produce images that are more three dimensional. For most users, a good pair of “binos” will get the job done! However, for specific individuals who want to minimize weight, a monocular might be more handy.

Related: 12 Best Compact Spotting Scopes Worth the Money

Types of monoculars

Monoculars come in a wide range of sizes and technical specifications. Some of them are compact; others come with different technologies that allow you to see in dim or no light conditions. Choosing a monocular is a decision that ought to be based on your needs and requirements. 

Regular monocular

There are regular monoculars that come with a traditional size that you can conveniently hold in your hands and hang them conveniently around your neck or waist. You can also find pocket size monoculars designed for better portability. You can easily put them in your pocket and use them with just one hand. They are usually less powerful than their regular counterparts because they entirely focus on trimming down size and weight.

Night vision monocular

The night vision monocular is another type of monocular which focuses on features which allow you to operate in the dark. These monoculars are often very expensive because of the specific night vision features that they include. These devices gather light from their surroundings to produce a view and are suitable for close distance sighting only. If you want to see in the dark, then go for infrared monoculars. These devices ensure quality viewing in the dark with micro frequency IR technology.

Thermal monocular

The thermal monocular creates a view by detecting the heat signatures from target objects. Thermal monoculars function in both light and dark. With a thermal monocular, you should be able to see the horizon even on the darkest night.

What type of monocular do you need for different activities?

There are various types of monoculars and each of them fills an alternate need. Some of them are more qualified for chasing, while others function admirably for outdoors or climbing exercises. Let’s have a look at what type of monocular is suitable for the following activities. 

Backpacking

For backpacking, you will need to go for lightweight items because you have to carry them on your back along the way. Therefore, you should choose a compact monocular. A 5×10 device will suffice although it won’t typically have the power that full sized monoculars do.

Travel

For travelers, a full sized 8×36 monocular should be just fine, but some travelers may want to reduce their load and choose a smaller 5×10 anyways.

Birding

Depending on your viewing distance, you will either need a short distance focusing birding monocular or a long-distance device. Again, you can choose an 8×32 monocular, but make sure that you go for variable magnification for more versatility. Birdwatching is an activity that really benefits from binoculars as well.

Stargazing

As you will need to be able to see in the dark, going for high-powered optics is mandatory for stargazing activities. For better viewing experience, you should choose a powerful monocular with features ranging around 15×55. Such monoculars will likely require tripod stabilization.

Security

For security, monoculars with night vision functionality might be necessary. A built in reticle for range-finding may also be useful.

Hunting

Choose a monocular that features reticles for better spotting. If you are a long-range shooter, then choose a 10×40 device or something even more powerful based on the range and size of your preferred target. For short distance hunters, 8×32 will work well. 

All-around

For an all-purpose monocular, the best features to have are 8×32 magnification and objective lenses that are multi-coated and suitable in dim light.

How to choose the best monocular?

Monoculars come in shapes and sizes and with development in technologies, the modern ones come more equipped than ever. But with more technologies, the devices can become very expensive to own. 

Therefore, to ensure you’re getting the best possible value, learning about your needs and the technical specifications of various candidates is a must. In this monocular buying guide, we are highlighting some important features that you may want to consider before buying the best monocular for your outdoor activities.  

Objective lens

The diameter of the objective lens of a monocular will tell you a lot about its power. Larger objective lenses are better because they can gather more light from the surroundings to create a clearer image. 

Larger optics tend to be more delicate and expensive. More importantly, they are heavy and can be cumbersome. For better image clarity, choose an object lens of 32mm or more. For affordability, durability, and convenience smaller lenses may be the way to go.

Magnification

High magnification might seem like the only criterion that matters. When it comes to optics, though, bigger is not always better. Higher magnification tools can be shaky, cumbersome, and difficult to operate. For most applications, 8x magnification is more than enough.

Field of view (FOV)

A wide field of view is important for taking in lots of territory. For monoculars with 8x or 10x magnification, the field of view should be around 250 feet to 350 feet per 1000 yards. 

Prism

There are different types of prisms that different manufacturers use in their devices. Most monocular manufacturers use a BaK4 roof prism because it is durable and ensures better light transmission. It is also less expensive than the other option, which is phase coated Porro prism. It offers good image clarity but is delicate too. 

Lens coatings

Again, there are different types of lens coatings available. There are multi-coatings, fully multi-coatings, anti-glare coatings, and a range of others. Fully multi-coatings and anti-glare coatings are suitable for most outdoor purposes. Water-resistance coating options are available too. 

Inert gas filled optics

Active people, when using monoculars, have to deal with fogging due to moisture entering these viewing devices. For better water and fog proofing, manufacturers use o-rings and fill the barrel with inert gas, mostly nitrogen or argon. With this feature, you won’t have to deal with moisture entering your monocular device.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing is not limited to the optics of a device. Its exterior needs to be waterproof as well. If you will use your monocular in wet conditions or areas where there is a lot of rain, this feature is a must-have. 

Eye relief

Eye-relief is an important feature for anyone who wears eyeglasses. In order to comfortably operate a monocular while wearing glasses, an eye relief of 17 mm or more is plenty. Some users can get by with less, but a long eye relief makes a huge difference for most users.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best monocular?

The best monocular is the Bushnell Legend HD as it is an 8×42 monocular that is well equipped to take on any outdoor activity. 

What is the most powerful monocular?

Consider going for the Vortex Recon RT155 which is a high power monocular. It is the most powerful monocular and is an excellent choice for professional hunting, law enforcement, and observational activities. It is the best monocular telescope for its size and performance. 

What is the best magnification for a monocular?

The ideal suitable magnification for a monocular that is intended for most outdoor hobbies is between 8x and 10x. More compact binoculars can be as low as 5x while still being useful.

What does 12×50 mean on a monocular?

12x refers to the magnification of a monocular while 50 (50mm) means the diameter of the objective lens of that monocular.

How do I choose a good monocular?

Make sure that you understand what your needs are, do thorough research, and make your choice accordingly. Always go for better optics where possible within your budget range. 

Which is better: binoculars or monoculars?

Binoculars are always better because you are using both of your eyes for lesser strain. Binoculars also create deeper more three dimensional views. A monocular is suitable when portability and single-hand operation are the most important aspects for you. 

What is the best night vision monocular for the money?

The ATN PVS-14 Gen 3 is the best choice. It is a 1×27 monocular that focuses on image clarity more than anything else. It is by far the best night vision monocular for the money. Most users, however, do not need night vision and would be best served with ordinary monoculars.

How far can you see with a monocular?

With a high powered monocular you can easily see up to 1000 meters even in the dark. The quality of the manufacturer, the glass, the prisms, and coatings all contribute to the abilities of an optical device.

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