For those of you who may not bee too Keen to own binoculars because of their weight or bulkiness, you can still enjoy the beauty of life and nature around you by settling for Monoculars. A Monocular is a perfect substitute to a binocular it is quite handy due to it’s portability and light weight.
Good Monoculars are identified by their magnification capabilities. Being only half of a binocular, Monoculars can be carried with ease an can fit into a small purse of bag. A Monocular with a magnification of 6x – 10x and above will help you see farther images clearly. There are also Monoculars that have a higher magnification power of 9x-10x for greater vision clarity.
Besides reviewing the magnification capacity of the monocular you are looking to buy, you also need to look at it’s lens size as well.
Monoculars usually have lenses of between 20mm – 40mm. If you closely observe the numeric inscription on the piece, you will notice the two numeric variables. These variables are going written clearly for you to see. It could be written for example like 8×25, 10×35 etc. Bigger lenses have a wider field of view (FOV) that allows you to see a wider space area. If you want one with a clearer view you may want to go for a Monocular with a larger lens diameter but the only downside to that is the extra weight you will have to deal with when you carry it.
Weight & Size Considerations
When it comes to sizes, you can decide to go for a Monocular that is compact and can fit into a pocket. Pocket size monoculars are normally within the 8×25 – 10×25 range. This pocket size gadget is light and quite handy and can be carried anywhere with ease. The only disadvantage with the pocket size Monocular is that they don’t really provide much visual quality. They have quality power but their view is quite limited. Also because of their small size they could be misplaced easily if not kept safely. Furthermore, they can be difficult to use because of theirs small eye cup and targeting objects at difficult angles can be challenging.
To counter these negatives, you can go for a much larger option with 30mm or 42mm sizes. The larger ones have sharper and clearer vision and can capture images at an angular or straight position. What makes Monoculars special gadgets to have if you cannot afford a binocular or don’t want to be bogged down by the heavy weights of binoculars is because they provide equal value just like binoculars do. Monoculars with 30mm or 42mm have in built IR illuminators that can capture images at night.
They come in different prices so be rest assured that there is always one on the market that you can afford.