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LOMO Little Mak Maksutov 10x30 Telescope Monocular Blue Star Map A1010
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This is a great little scope. It has the sharpest, clearest, brightest picture I've seen from a scope or binoculars under $100 (and it's only $30)! ...
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LOMO Little Mak 10x30

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on August 2, 2007
I bought this from Optics Planet for my grandson, but it has proved so good for bird watching from my patio I'll have to keep it until I get a close focus spotting scope.
I am amazed at the quality of images acquired by this inexpensive monocular.
Thanks.
Pros: Great clarity and ease of use
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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Unique little monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 27, 2007
This monocular has exceeded my expectations. I bought it intending to use it as a grab-n-go spotting mono... now it stays in my work truck, and gets used daily. If I'm stuck in traffic and need quick entertainment, or just want to get a better look at traffic a mile down the road, this is the ticket. Great optics, decent eye relief, accurate focus, and cool because it's a mak. I got more than I was expecting. Bright clear views, solid construction, easy focusing, what more can I say... GET ONE!
Pros: Bright view, crisp focus, tiny, unique
Cons: central obstruction noticable in bright light if you're not close enough to the eyepiece...
Would recommend: Yes
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Best little scope available

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OR Written on July 24, 2007
This is a great little scope. It has the sharpest, clearest, brightest picture I've seen from a scope or binoculars under $100 (and it's only $30)! I've found that it does have a slight amount of chromatic aberration (purple fringing), but that can be eliminated by holding it one or two mm further from your eye, and getting it aimed perfectly at your eye. Other than that avoidable issue, the image is perfect.

I've used it a bit as a super-telephoto lens to do photography with my Canon S80, and it works tolerably well. It really needs a tripod mount for this (see below) and it projects a round image if the camera is zoomed out because it has a small focal point. If the camera is zoomed in some, the image fills the screen. Images are sharp & bright once everything is lined up and in focus.

I made a tripod mount for this by soldering a 1/4x20 nut onto the housing of a hose clamp and lightly tightening the hose clamp around the body of the scope. It works well, but adds some bulk to the tripod. Because of its relatively small FOV, the tripod makes a big difference for regular viewing, and makes telephotography possible.
Pros: Small, lightweight, very sharp & bright image, very close minimum focusing distance
Cons: No tripod connector, small FOV, lens cap comes off easily...
Would recommend: Yes
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