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Barska Blueline 10x40 Close Focus Monocular AA10320
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Most Helpful Positive Review Finally, an affordable LER monocular
Glasses-wearers and anyone who needs to wear protective eyewear have traditionally been just left behind if they needed any sort of portable optics. A...
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Barska Blueline 10x40 Monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, PA Written on November 25, 2009
Someone reviewed this product and said that 40mm was the smallest objective he'd recommend for a monocular. I concur. Purchasing a monocular is a compromise vs binoculars but if you understand that going in you will not be disappointed with this product. It's light and portable. The lenses are clear enough and focus pretty well. I hunt in PA so lots of woods but this item does allow one to look "inside" a treeline to see what might be hiding therein. I had something loose rolling around inside the mono tube which while not pleasing did not affect the optics. Overall pretty decent quality for $50.
Pros: Light
Cons: It's a monocular!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Best Monocular for the Price

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, NY Written on February 19, 2009
Compared to other monoculars (NC Star & Brunton), this Barska Monocular is by far the best. It has a huge 40mm objective lense and 10X power. I prefer using this monocular over binoculars for hunting due to its size and light weight, magnification, and FOV. The only thing better would if it had a variable zoom like 4-12X. Sometimes trying to find a bird in a tree at 10X is a bit difficult. Overall great monocular for the price. Nice job Barksa!
Pros: Large Objective Lense
Cons: No variable zoom...
Would recommend: Yes
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basic, affordable

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on March 3, 2008
quality at a low price. fast shipping!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Surprisingly good

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OK Written on February 6, 2008
This is a good piece of glass (plastic?) for the price and surprisingly clear. I haven't noticed any spherical aberration in the image. It is a little darker than I expected for a 40mm objective but it may just be tinting from the coatings. You have to find the 'sweet spot' to eliminate the chromatic aberration around the edges of dark objects against a bright background (or vice verse) - but at least the 'sweet spot' is there. There is just enough fuzziness that you can't read street signs at 600 yards but you unless you're TRYING to read street signs at 600 yards you'd never notice. This may sound pretty critical but I'm really just nit-picking, I'm actually impressed with this optic. Overall it seems to be good quality, time will tell if it stands up in the field. Surprisingly good for the price and definitely worth it.
Pros: decent optics, (relatively) compact, solid, seems to be well made, smooth mechanism, focuses close as claimed
Cons: not quite as bright as you'd expect from 40mm coated objective lens, ever so slightly out of focus at long range, need to find the 'sweet spot' for best viewing...
Would recommend: Yes
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Worthy Monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, PA Written on December 19, 2007
Very clear scope, easy to use, but not water proof. Sometimes will not focus at advertised 7 feet distance. Best monocular for the money though.
Pros: Price, ease of use, clarity
Cons: Not water proof, sometimes won't focus at 7 feet....
Would recommend: Yes
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Barska monocular for stargazine

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on July 25, 2007
I have only one good eye, so binoculars don't help me, and this monocular had good power, and was light and easy to use.
Pros: lightweight, inexpensive, fairly good optics...
Would recommend: Yes
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Finally, an affordable LER monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, KS Written on July 24, 2007
Glasses-wearers and anyone who needs to wear protective eyewear have traditionally been just left behind if they needed any sort of portable optics. A few manufacturers made high end long eye relief monoculars and binoculars, but even those were few and far between. Finally, Barksa has introduced an LER optic. I have no measuring equipment, but clarity and brightness seem to put it on par with any mid-range stuff. Focus has sufficient range, without the extra slop at the end; adjustments do not need to be too small, tend to hold but are not so tight you worry about breaking the device. No spherical or chromatic abberation is apparent. Its a bit larger than many would choose for a portable monocular. Partly, this is nice for the light gathering (its slightly belled at the front) but its also slightly too magnified. An 8x would serve better for a general purpose scope. The body is holding up so far, even the rubber cover and logo inlay. Time will tell as to this construction. The lenscaps are essentially useless, barely stay on and have no retention system. I am replacing with rifle scope flip up caps to speed use. There's a case, purportedly for carrying on the bet, which is useless and I discarded shortly. A cheap lanyard is also included, which I use as I haven't gotten around to replacing it, but is really not that whippy. For the price, hard to complain about anything though. Highly suggested.
Pros: Most everything
Cons: Slightly too high mag, cheap case and covers...
Would recommend: Yes
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