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Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Froley, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Rainy
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    Nice response! Does anyone have any experience with Bushnell monoculars?
     
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    I do, used one for a while till I had a friend working for Steiner get me one of theirs. They Bushnell was great for why I wanted it but lost clarity over time.
     
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    I carry a Praktica 10x25 in my work bag... don't have anything to compare it against and for the cheap price I don't think I can find much wrong with it.
     
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    Any one know of a cheap monocular with a reticle? Not including golf scope unless they're at least as decent a quality as the Brunton?
     
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    Those £7 golf scopes don't have good clarity compared to 'proper' monoculars. They do the job, but its like looking through a tinted window.
     
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    Didnt realize binoculars could lose clarity over time... :eek:
     
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    if the lens elements aren't properly sealed you will get moisture and dirt between them. This is a reason not to cheap out on your optics, but for under $30 it's pretty much disposable.
     
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    Exactly!:)
     
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    I have a NcSTAR 8x21. Picked it up at a gunshow for $9. Came with a cheap pouch too. Not the best, rattles a bit, but it works and let me know that I want a better one.
     
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    Check out this rare vintage gem.... a Pentax 8x30 monocular with reticle and a screw-on loupe(?) for (I believe) 22x magnification. Picked it up about 2 decades ago while traveling in Japan and it's still in perfect condition. I actually pulled it out for this blood sucker, which I picked camping earlier in the summer and never got around to posting the pix. (Fortunately not a Lyme tick).

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    That is absolutely awesome reppans!
     
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    Got a Bushnell monocular in the mail today. While the "sheath" was completely rubbish, the monocular itself seems OK. Its obvious that its a cheap product, but thats to be expected i suppose :p
     
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    Since reading this thread I've become interested in acquiring a monocular. My Steiner Merlin 10 X 42 binoculars are nice with great imaging and clarity but they are big. I would like something more compact when I am at my security job or cruising taking in the sights. I want a product that is of high quality will last and found the Leica 8 X 20 Monovid monocular to be the best choice. It is expensive but you get what you pay for and I will definitely put It to use. I'm planning on buying one in the near future. I'll post when I do and give my thoughts on it.
     
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    Check out the Minox 8x25 macroscope It's a nice midrange scope that can close focus to about 14inches. I really like mine, great for checking ID's for mysterious photographic irregularities or strange typos;) Fits well in larger hands since it's slightly oval and has a clear bright view. Just another to consider
     
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    What is the opinion on Barska optics? I was thinking of picking up one of their 10x25 Blackhawk models. Thanks!
     
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    Well I got the Leica 8 X 20 Monovid monocular "Red Edition" the other day. What an expensive optical instrument it is:eek:. Beautifully constructed, awesome optical clarity, and amazing performance. The red leather trim on the optical tube is a nice classy touch as with the leather storage case. The case has a belt loop but it does look a bit flimsy for daily use. It did come with a wrist lanyard and the optional neck lanyard is a joke for what it costs ($35) but I still opted for it. I didn't know the neck lanyard was that junk until I got it. With the 8 X viewing power I didn't find it hard to hold the monocular steady enough to catch a glimpse of a moving vehicles license plates or scanning the vast reaches of the property I patrol at for my security job. The Leica monocular is small so it is convenience to use where ever I go. This is a keeper for sure!
     
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    The Brunton Echo is about the best you can get for under $30. Over, well over, $30 the Minox 8x25 macroscope is a great monocular - great clarity, light gathering, and very effective lens coating to reduce flare. Just don't drop it or you'll have a piece of trash. As far as Barska optics are concerned, I have an 18-36x50 spotting scope and it's complete junk.
     
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    Thanks. Guess its that whole get what you pay for adage.
     
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    I ordered a monocular from (edited) for my husband birthday gift a month ago, he said it's wonderful.You may have a look at it.

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