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Vanguard MZ-61225C Monocular
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I said "ENOUGH" with heavy binoculars and monoculars, and got this for its light weight hoping the optics wouldn't be too terrible. Was I surprised to...
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Nice and compact

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 24, 2011
This is a nice, small and compact monocular that will fit in your shirt pocket. You can bring it anywhere with no problem.
Pros: Light, small, clear optics, price
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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Don't buy this one

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OH Written on November 27, 2010
don't waste your $50 dollars on this one
Pros: Visual quality is ok
Cons: cheaply made, poor focus set up that makes the optics brittle...
Would recommend: No
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Solid Vanguard

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on September 17, 2010
I received this monocular today and I'm 100% happy with it. It's construction is solid, and the optics are amazing. I have owned and sold many monoculars like the cheap tasco, barska, and both of the bruntons featured here and they are all trash and flawed. For a few more dollars you may own something of real quality. The Zhummell 10x25 zoom is also good but bulky. The only other monocular that compares to this quality is the Vixen 5-15x, which is also of professional quality and the Vortex 10x36 which I also love, but like the Zhummell is also bulky. You will be absolutely, without question satisfied with this product. In addition, it focuses as close as one foot, there's an adapter to use it as a microscope, and it has a sliding focus feature for quick focus. All of this for $49. It can't be beat.
Pros: Solid construction, great optics.
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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Wow! Great Optics in a Small Package

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on July 16, 2010
I said "ENOUGH" with heavy binoculars and monoculars, and got this for its light weight hoping the optics wouldn't be too terrible. Was I surprised to find this is my sharpest monocular. Sharp and clear from edge to edge. I mention this because I once splurged on the Zeiss 6x monocular ($250) to get the light weight and sharp image. The Zeiss was only so-so and had obvious blurriness at the edges.

Not so with this Vanguard. Colors are very good, and so is the brightness. I just tried it at night and it seems brighter than the naked eye. It's quite sharp and also comfortable to look through.

There are two separate rings to turn, one for zoom and one for focus. Plus you can push-pull the front element for coarse focus, then fine-tune it with the ring if you need to. A little complicated but I'm glad to have the zoom and fine focus controls.

I also have the Swift monocular and this is better, and weighs much less. Can't be beat, now I'm going to order the 8x-24x version for the target range.
Pros: Excellent sharpness, brightness, and versatility
Cons: more controls to get used to ...
Would recommend: Yes
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