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Re: Why do binoculars cost less than monoculars?

Post by Steven_L on Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:27 am

I own a few monoculars, mostly small ones that I use in my cars or for traveling. My favorite by far, and an excellent product overall is the Vortex Solo 10x36. It is not tiny, but rather a compact on the small side. For your application, if you have decided on a monocular, one of the Vortex Solos would be extremely hard to beat! Enjoy!

Re: Why do binoculars cost less than monoculars?

Post by Guest on Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:25 pm ... cular.html

OK, I was looking at the wrong price range. The 42mm monoculars start around $80. But they are very durable and high quality. This one has a huge field of view.

Re: Why do binoculars cost less than monoculars?

Post by Steven_L on Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:26 pm

Monoculars don't cost more than similar quality binoculars. Period. There's not only twice the product in a binocular, but the collumation of the barrels require labor. Monoculars require the use of only one eye, and therefore introduces strain, particularly for folks that aren't used to using them. Bonoculars focus at infinity just fine. The quality is in the glass and coatings and construction. Don't waste your money on a $15.00 optic of any kind. Instead, melt a bunch of old sandwich baggies together and look through them. You'll get similar performance. Rarely can folks hold more than a 10x binocular steady, so take a look at the reasonably priced but high quality Nikon Aculon 10x50. Great for viewing the moon, and everything closer.

Why do binoculars cost less than monoculars?

Post by Guest on Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:40 pm

I want to do star gazing, and I highly doubt binoculars will give me a 3D feel at these distances, so I'd like to save money and get a monocular instead. However, as I've shopped around, it seems like all the spotting scopes and monoculars cost more than the low end binoculars. I read online that monoculars cost less, but that is not what I see when I'm shopping.

Colmination is another issue. My understanding is that if you look at something with two eyes, both need to be pointed at the object, or else you see double vision. No matter what binos you get, I would think that unless you can change the angle as you focus, there will be some distance at which you see double vision. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I bought some $15 10x50 binos online, and I discovered that I saw a huge double image. The two images overlapped maybe 50%. Strangely the $65 and $99 binos I looked though in the store did not have this problem, though I still don't understand how they would see one image at every distance.

Getting a monocular just seems like the easy solution to this, though they all seem to cost much more than the binos for the same specs and ratings.

I want something with a true 10x linear magnification, wide field of view, and under $50. I don't care if the edge are a bit blurry or if it is water proof. I'm just looking at the moon and the andromeda galaxy, and need a wide enough view to star hop.