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I bought this as a gift for my son. Until recently he was an Infantryman with the Army so he likes reliable well built equipment. He was very ple...
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Vortex Solo 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MT Written on January 26, 2011
I bought this as a gift for my son. Until recently he was an Infantryman with the Army so he likes reliable well built equipment.

He was very pleased with the quality of the optics and the burly feel of the Vortex Solo. It is a comfortable size for throwing in your pack or clipping to a belt or webbing. For his purposes he was pleased with the 8x36 magnification and the ability to judge distances with the ranging reticle.

The lanyard clip is a little weak though and can release. If using the lanyard I would forget the clip feature and attach the lanyard directly to the body of the monocular via the eyelet to lessen your chances of dropping it. Also the case seemed a little oversized and sloppy, but these are minor concerns. The optical quality and ease of use were his priorities.


Pros: High optical quality. Burly well built feel.
Cons: Lanyard clip releases easily. No lens caps....
Would recommend: Yes
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Worth my Money...and yours

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WY Written on January 9, 2011
Got this for my EDC and I love it.
Super light weight with a beautiful bright image. Good for spying on some wildlife or on the golf course.
There are a few cons: The biggest (for me) is that its made for the right eye, The belt clip, grip, range finder (kinda), and eye cup are all designed for the righty. The belt clip can be removed and the eye cup can be rotated to meet the left eye, this allowing you to use the range finder with your left eye. The grip is symmetrical, so if you were to remove the belt clip it would feel fine.
I would really like a lens cap, at least for the objective end.
The focus is stiff and hard to move. I assume it will lossen up over time, but for now it takes two hands and some effort to move it.
The eye cup was flipped out/up during shipping and I assume storage. This created a wrinkle (or fold) on the eye cup. I have kept it folded over for about a month now (when not in use) and this has straightened it out mostly, again I assume it will fix itself over time.
The storage case is joke, I guess its better than nothing but not by much. It is open on the sides with just a stap of elastic holding the monocular in. This would be fine if it had lens caps, but for now it just leaves the devices open to the elements. Also the belt strap on the back of the case has a snap that unsnaps with no force needed, my daughter has better snaps on her onesie.
I read someone talking about the range finder not being in focus whist the subject is in focus, this...
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Would recommend: Yes
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Vortex Monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on November 20, 2010
I have permanent monovision correction in my non-dominant eye that prevents me from using binoculars effectively. This monocular is a perfect complement to my Leupold Mark 4 2.5-8x36 scope, because it is fixed at 8x36 and allows me to do safe scanning of my target environment.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Optical Range Estimation
Cons: Eyepiece is puckered and flimsy, but performs alright....
Would recommend: Yes
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Good Tactical Monocular

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NM Written on June 21, 2010
Very good imaging, but the ranging reticle is not in focus when I adjust the monocular's focus for best image definition. Makes it difficult to read the milliradian scale.

Handy case. No lens covers provided.

Pros: Excellent optical quality
Cons: Ranging reticle does not stay in focus...
Would recommend: Yes
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