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    Monocular

    Hi all,

    Does anyone out there with normal sight in both eyes use a monocular for woodland stalking? I understand that one wouldn't necessarily get the depth perception that you would with binoculars but I like the idea of carrying something a bit smaller than standard binos that I'm not going to cry over if I scratch.

    e.g.
    MINOX - 62209 - MONOCULAR, MD, 7X42 CWP, MINOX, BLK | CPC UK

    All best,

    Z.

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    I got one in a deal while in New York - Vixen a bit small for stalking but absolute quality optics - not sure if you could get 8-30 or other in them
    but really worth a look
    i love Ziess stuff however on a p@@@@@@g down New York evening they were equal size for size

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    I have a couple of monoculars but I haven't tried them for stalking yet.

    I use one instead when I'm out with my camera, as I find it a lot easier to carry and use a monocular than a pair of binos, even pocket ones. When you've got a camera hanging round your neck you really don't want to be carrying binos a well, whether round the neck or slung under the armpit!

    As you say, you lose the depth perception but I don't find that a particular issue. Getting used to using a single eye for viewing is a bit of a challenge initially, but you soon get used to it.

    Certainly if you go for a quality monocular there is little, if any, discernible difference in image quality compared to binoculars.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    When I was shopping for a compact 8x binocular, I looked through several monoculars. The Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 Monocular with its reticle for ranging distance was really interesting. It is not small, but will fit into a pocket or just hang around a necklace, was very clear, and bright. I would like to try one in the field.
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    If you were after something compact then I have one of these, which is tiny - almost like a toy - but remarkably good:

    Zeiss 8x20 Monokular
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Picking up a really good quality bino at a low price because the collimation is way out then cutting it down to a mono is the go.
    I got a pair of Zeiss 10x50 binos for $80 in perfect nick because the collimation was screwed and the owner had been quoted some ridiculous sum to have them fixed.
    Or just buy this;
    330 Carl Zeiss Jena 7x50 Monocular 1Q with CaseĀ* | eBay
    or this
    Zeiss Hensoldt Binoculars 8x30 Dienstglas German Army | eBay
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    Quote Originally Posted by hybridfiat View Post
    Picking up a really good quality bino at a low price because the collimation is way out then cutting it down to a mono is the go.
    I got a pair of Zeiss 10x50 binos for $80 in perfect nick because the collimation was screwed and the owner had been quoted some ridiculous sum to have them fixed.
    Or just buy this;
    330 Carl Zeiss Jena 7x50 Monocular 1Q with CaseĀ* | eBay
    I particularly love this because you then get two monoculars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeissman View Post
    I particularly love this because you then get two monoculars!
    Exactly. One to give away.
    I actually found out how to adjust the collimation and fixed them. I bought a second set to cut down Hendsoldt 7x30s. Wonderful optics and virtually bullet proof manufacture. I love the depth of field you get with Zeiss that the modern makers like Vortex cannot quite achieve. Focus on something at 200m and see pretty well all the way between 50m and 300m.

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    For anyone interested there's a Leica Monovid on eBay at the moment: Leica Monovid 8x20 With Leather Case | eBay

    This model sets the benchmark for monoculars.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    I use/have a few russian monoculars and telescopes. 8x30 and 7x50 Monocular, and 10x30 and 20x50 Draw Tube Telescope.

    The 8x30 gets most use, but they work fine in the circumstances I use them, may not be up to the top glss, but a fraction of the price, and not such an issue if they get a bit of abuse in the field. The 8x30 does have some colour fringing in extreme contrast, particularly noticed this at dusk when the sun was setting, but sky bright looking at a bird. But no colour fringing when looking along the rides.

    If you are local (your ID doesn't give a location) you could come and have a try.

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