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How To Choose a Monocular That Fits Your Needs & Budget?

How To Choose a Monocular
Written by Dan Goldsmith

The monoculars just like the binoculars and scoping lenses are eye lenses that can be used for a number of outdoor purposes like sightseeing and hiking purposes.

Monocular comes in different sizes and can be used for different purposes.

Regardless of whatever purpose it is that you are getting monoculars, knowing their specifications is very necessary.

In this article, we’ll explain how to choose a monocular user’s purposes in mind.

How To Choose a Monocular? In-depth Guide

basic specifications of monocular

With each of these specifications already highlighted above, let us look at them one after the other and take note of them when getting a monocular.

1. Magnification

The quality and excellence of any monocular regardless of the purpose are identifiable by two major numbers including the magnification number as one.

It helps you to know what the size of an object will be when it is viewed from the lens of the monocular.

The magnification power of the monocular will aid your knowledge of the sight of objects to be viewed.

The magnification power can be measured based on the specification of the monocular.

So a monocular that has a specification of 10 x 40 in measurement, when used to view an object that is 10 meters away, will have the object appear like it is a meter away.

  • A short lens with a better magnification power is always best
  • The higher the monocular specification, the further you can see.

2. Objective Lens Diameter

The objective lens is the second number. This lens can be found in the front of the monocular.

It helps to gather light that aids in seeing an image and determines how bright such an image will appear on sight.

The diameter of the objective lens helps you to be able to tell the amount of light that can be gathered, and how bright an image can be viewed when making use of monoculars.

  • Larger lenses contribute to the increase in the size of the monocular.
  • The amount of light the lens can gather is based on the diameter length of the lens.
  • It is far from the eyes but closer to the object being observed.

3. Field of View (FoV)

The field of view is an area located on top of the eyepiece. It is measured in width by its feet and moves around a particular range or degree size.

This is what makes the field of view of two major types which are the linear field of view and the angular field of view.

  • The field of view of every monocular determines the size of its field of view.
  • If you are able to calculate the size of a Monocular’s magnification power, you can use it to measure its field of view.
  • Go for a lens with a comprehensive field of view especially when your monoculars are for sightseeing.

4. Eye Relief

Knowing the eye relief of the monocular is to know the distance between the eye and the eyepiece.

With eye relief, you are able to view the field of view through the monocular.

The more time you have spent putting on monoculars, the more you will be able to understand eye relief and the distance that exists between your eyes and the monocular.

  • The higher the magnification power of a monocular, the higher the amount of eye relief needed
  • Monoculars with lesser magnification power need just little eye relief while in use.

5. Close Focus

The close focus of the monocular is also a factor to be considered. This determines whether the focus will aid short-sight or long-sight.

Monoculars, especially those that are used for sightseeing, need to have their close focus specified to fit your eye defect type.

  • You will need a monocular with a far focus if you are short-sighted and cannot see objects that lie far off.
  • For one who is short-sighted, you will need a monocular with a closer focus.

6. Lens Coating

The lens coating is the material makeup of the lens that determines the thickness or otherwise of the lens. There’re different coating options designed for different purposes.

For sightseeing, it is best to get a lens with a very strong coating so that the lens can stay firm and in place.

When the monocular is for other fun purposes, you can opt for a lens with a lesser coating.

What Is a Good Monocular?

With all the specifications to look out for in a monocular already provided above, how then do you know a good monocular?

To know what a good monocular is find one that suits your need. The differences in purpose are what makes relative a good monocular.

So what is a good monocular to one person, might not necessarily be a good monocular to another.

A good monocular should have all the features in terms of objective lens diameter, magnification power, eye relief, and close focus.

Most importantly, all of this should come in the sizes you desire.

The use of quality materials is another prerequisite of a good monocular.

You won’t want to get a monocular that goes bad after a while. Durability and reliability are two factors that make good a monocular.

Your Monocular Should Be Compact and Versatile.

Your Monocular Should Be Compact and Versatile

A compact monocular is one that has the right features in place and in the right sizes.

When getting a monocular, make sure it fits well in your case/purse and stands well in terms of specifications and features.

In addition, you wouldn’t love to use another device for night-time purposes provided that you intend to undertake some nocturnal, tactical activities.

A night vision monocular with all desirable features can be a great pick in this regard.

A Waterproof Monocular Is an Outstanding Choice.

Besides being compact, a monocular that is waterproof is a good choice.

The waterproof features allow you to take the monocular anywhere and do everything with it without the fear of having it damaged by water.

If you want to buy a new Monocular, Hopefully, these specifications explained can help you be more thorough with your analysis and make a good purchasing decision.

Make sure you find out why you need the monocular first. When you do, pay attention to the specifications and be sure they will serve your unique purpose.

About the author

Dan Goldsmith

Hi, this is Dan. We all know firearms are dangerous, but only when one doesn’t know how to use and care for them. I have 30+ years of experience with different types of guns and for the last 10 years, I have taught numerous people how to hold and shoot a gun while staying safe and keeping the surroundings unharmed.

My neighbors are some of my biggest admirers who enjoy talking to me about their guns, firearms safety and maintenance.

Whenever I am able to catch a moment of free time, you will find me enjoying my family or heading to the range on my motorcycle. I have enjoyed shooting sports ever since my dad introduced them to me as a child.

I like to think of myself as an outdoorsman who lives his life to the fullest. I hope you will benefit from my efforts to create valuable resources on this website. Happy reading!

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