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binoculars vs monoculars

Postby cych on Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:41 pm

The binos I have were very inexpensive and are 20 x 50 300ft at 1000yrds coated optics twin stars night vision. I wear glasses but find it much easier to use binoculars without glasses. I'd like to upgrade but try and stay under $300. I'm not able to see as far as I would like with the 20x50. I've been reading alot of your advice and once I thought I knew what I wanted I then became confused again. Maybe the monocular is what I should buy instead of binoculars. I just don't know.
Please give advice of brands you prefer as I'd like to order online from this site.
thank you.

Postby Jne_K on Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:55 am


That kind of magnification is only available in a spotting scope, not a monocular (handheld, low power scope) or an observation binocular mounted on a tripod. All instruments at 20x require a tripod for steadiness to use, properly. For the basics on higher power observation instruments, both binoculars and spotting scopes, see our article at High Power Observation For Home Or Office This article contains recommendations in various price ranges.

If you want to handhold, stay with a standard 10x or lower magnification binocular or consider an image-stabilized (IS) binocular if you want a bit more magnification without a tripod.

Price is always the best indicator of quality and performance in either a spotting scope or a binocular.
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