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Monocular Recommendation

Postby kotz_98 on Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:10 pm

I am considering to get a monocular, mainly to be used when watching show/performance/concert (both indoor & outdoor). I already have a Nikon Monarch 8x42 binoculars, but feel it is a little bulky to bring into a stadium. Do you have something you would recommend? The ability to use this monocular outside a stadium (eg. bird spotting in a park) would be an advantage but not a must (I already have a Bushnell Elite 80mm spotting scope).
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Re: Monocular Recommendation

Postby PhilR. on Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:37 pm

Nikon and Zeiss have been the best monoculars that I've looked through so far, but none of them are better than a good set of compact binoculars....
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Re: Monocular Recommendation

Postby Jne_K on Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:37 am

I agree with Phil- see my article What is a Monocular? I own both monoculars and compact binoculars. A monocular is really a quick peek optic. For extended viewing, such as sports, you will find a compact binocular easier to use.
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Re: Monocular Recommendation

Postby Guest on Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:32 pm

Phil, Joanie,
Thank you for your reply. I guess I will stick with my Nikon Monarch binoculars then.

Regards,
Kotz
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Re: Monocular Recommendation

Postby PhilR. on Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:42 pm

Guest wrote:I guess I will stick with my Nikon Monarch binoculars then.

Regards,
Kotz


IMO, 42mm binoculars are a bit large for stadium use. If you find this to be the case, you might look at a small 8x30 design, such as the Leupold Yosemities, or even the Steiners. The Leupy's are very small and lightweight. Even better might be their 6x version, which I find to be perfect for stadium use.

The Steiners do not need to be continually re-focused as long as the subjects viewed are more than 50-60 yards away. Not having to mess with a focus wheel can be helpful for quick and far-ranging action such as football.

You might also consider a travel-sized pair, such as the ones from Pentax and Nikon. You can get some very good ones from Pentax for under $90, and they will be much easier to manage than what you have now.
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