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I really like this small monocular. I simply wasn't able to spend more but I was not disappointed. It's easy to bring along hiking and one can get ...
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by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OR Written on September 28, 2010
I was very impressed with this monocular when I first tried it (see previous review). However I subsequently found that I was disappointed with it when I tried it on objects further away.

Only about 1/2 of the diameter of the viewing field is in focus. The rest - outer edges - is blurry. For some reason this is much less obvious to me when I use it at distances no further than 15-20 feet. But it is very limiting and unpleasant when looking at more distant objects. You have to have what you want to see in the very center of the field. It does still get good focus there.

For the price I think it is probably pretty good but I think I need something more versatile, though I'm tempted to keep it just so I can look at wildlife near my kitchen and porch (many birds, squirrels, so forth). I'm sorry I let my original enthusiasm have full rein in the original review before using the monocular under different conditions.

Thank you.

Pros: very good at distances under 15-20 feet
Cons: not so good at further distances, no lens covers...
Would recommend: Yes
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Vanguard DM-6250 monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OR Written on September 27, 2010
I ordered this along with a Brunton Lite Tech monocular. I opened the Brunton first and found it hopeless - no real focus at all. So I wasn't expecting much from the Vanguard either and thought I wouldn't find usable optics at this price.

The Vanguard proceeded to blow my socks off. The view is very clean and clear and the depth of field is exceptional. It also permits very close focus; I sat on my porch with legs stretched out in front of me and was able to examine a (very tame) wild squirrel at my feet in close detail. It was really lovely because of the depth of field - instead of just seeing a limited plane in focus at a time, a great deal of the squirrel was discernible at each point. I was able to see fine points of his coat or eyes, for instance, in the context of the larger squirrel. I haven't personally experienced that with optics before despite having spent a great deal of time looking through binoculars, and I love it.

It does take a bit of twisting of the focus to reach the desired distance, but I think that may have something to do with the unusual depth of field, and it also makes focusing very precise - you don't have to hunt for that one tiny place where the focus is good on what you want to see. Also the twisting is very smooth and controllable, which makes it a pleasure.

I think this monocular is a steal. It has me interested in checking out other Vanguard products. I only wish it had lens covers. It does come packaged very nicely, an...
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6X Close Up Monoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 21, 2010
I really like this small monocular. I simply wasn't able to spend more but I was not disappointed.
It's easy to bring along hiking and one can get closer views of insects and stuff than a regular binocular. If I need to have higher power binocs with me then this one will not be a nuisance to bring along.
The focusing mechanism is neither sloppy nor too stiff. The clarity is good.
This one has a fold down eye cup and the eye relief is adequate for people like me who wear glasses.
On the down side it takes some getting used to the focusing style of this though. The tube gets longer as you need to focus to a closer object and it takes more time than a typical fast focus binocular. I've gotten used to it though. I think the 6X is enough, it shows a lot of detail and I think it makes aiming at a close object easier than a higher power one would.
On a side note I'm even impressed with the box it came in-it's strong fancy cardboard with a magnet inside the cover to keep it closed. Not that that's really important but it shows the manufacturer puts some class into their work.
Pros: Compact. Good eye relief.
Cons: Learning curve for focusing....
Would recommend: Yes
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