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Monoculars¬†are comparable to binoculars. They are viewing devices that help to¬†observe objects at a distance. The only difference is that they focus on one eye. This is the difference between monoculars and binoculars, which allow you to see far away with both eyes. They have a magnifying optical device that allows¬†observation at long distances.If the more compact binoculars seem too bulky, a¬†monocular¬†may be a good alternative. Whether for hunting, hiking, sightseeing or attending a show or sport, the monocular offers stereoscopic vision. In addition, some models have a very¬†long range.Below is our long description of everything there is to know about monoculars. You will also find a description on each page of our selection of the¬†best monoculars¬†available in our store.¬†  

How to choose the right spotting scopes ?

The choice of spotting scopes is not always easy. There are many types of long-range telescopes monoculars with different features and applications. Depending on whether you want to observe deep sky stars (day or night), wildlife or flora, the choice of your magnifier is not the same. First of all, you should know what the numbers on the specifications of your telescope mean. Often you will see information such as: - 7x50 ; - 7-12x50 ; - 12x60 ; - 15-45x60 ; - ...etc.What are these numbers ? In simple language, the first number or numbers represent the magnification and the second number after the X represents the lens diameter expressed in millimeters. In other words, 15x60 = magnification of the 10 x 60 mm diameter lens. Let's look at the role of these markings in choosing a monocular.
  • The magnification
First of all, you should know that there are two types of monoculars. Those with a fixed magnification (e.g. 12x60) and those with a variable magnification that allows zooming (e.g. 15-45x60). The magnification indicates how close the object may appear to us. It indicates how close we can get with this monocular. Thus, for fixed magnification scopes, if the magnification is 12, as in the 12x60, an object will appear 12 times closer to you. In other words, an object 12 meters away will look as if it were 1 meter away. If you look at a focal point at 2 km, it will appear to be about 160 m away. In the case of variable magnification monocular telescopes, zooming is possible. You can zoom in and out and change the magnification. In these cases, the first number indicates the minimum magnification and the second the maximum. Thus, in the example 15-45x60 you can zoom the focal point between 15 and 45 times.Keep in mind that the higher the magnification, the greater the shaking effect. In addition, high magnifications make it difficult to observe moving objects. Also, the higher the magnification, the less light the telescope will let through. Low brightness is not suitable for all observing contexts. It is therefore necessary to adapt the magnification to the use you want to make of your long-range monocular, whether for nature observation, ornithology, astrology or others. The highest magnification is not always ideal for you. 
  • Lens diameter
Expressed in millimeters, it is the number that appears after the X. It provides information about the diameter of the front lens, also known as the objective. The larger the diameter, the larger the field of view and angle of view. A large objective favors the sharpness of the images. The object being viewed is sharper, clearer and more visible, because more light enters the viewing device. The brightness and illumination of the image observed by the monocular is of better quality. However, a large objective lens requires an equally large and imposing mount. This is not very practical if you want a lightweight, compact device that can be stowed in your backpack like a small flashlight.You will need to make an ideal compromise between magnification and objective diameter/volume depending on your scopes primary activity. A good diameter is ideal for birdwatching, nature observation or hiking to maintain a good field of view. The magnification will be according to your convenience. For stargazing, a high magnification is needed, but also a large diameter to compensate for low light. For hunting, a perfect balance between magnification and field of view is required. However, more emphasis should be placed on the field of view.
  • Other aspects to take into account when choosing a monocular
In addition to magnification and diameter, the angle of view of a¬†monocular¬†must also be taken into account. Angled monoculars with an eyepiece inclined at 45¬į facilitate observation at high altitudes. They are suitable for mountainous areas or for observing birds perched on nests at high altitudes. Straight¬†monoculars telescopes, on the other hand, offer comfortable observation. These right-angle scopes are suitable for birding in the prone position or for birding from above.Night vision is also available. If you want to see in the dark with your camera, a night vision device is necessary. This way, when you go hiking, you can still use it if the night catches you on the trail. There are also compact models, with a reasonable volume that fits on a short tripod. But there are also the standard models, heavier and bulkier, with great luminosity and amplification that use sturdy tripods.Whatever the case, do not worry, our team is at your disposal to advise you on the¬†best monocular¬†for your needs and observation criteria.¬†  

How to adjust spotting scopes

Monoculars¬†are usually easy to adjust. There are no center or diopter wheels, nor are there eye separators. However, on variable magnification models, a dial allows you to make the magnification to suit you. This can be done by unfolding and folding the monocular. Occasionally, the position of the eyepieces can be adjusted to make the eyes feel comfortable. However, all of these adjustments are easy to make. ¬†

How do you measure distance with spotting scopes ?

It is not always easy to measure distance with monoculars. However, some rangefinder models estimate the distance to the focal point. Thanks to laser beam technology, distances and angles can be estimated. There is the possibility with thermal scopes to have thermal¬†vision. ¬†

More about how spotting scopes work

Halfway between a professional astro telescope and binoculars, spotting scopes are an optical device that allows observations at great distances. Long monoculars or telescopes, have the function of magnifying landscapes, animals or passers-by to see distant objects up close.Thanks to lenses that capture ambient light and magnifying glasses, close-up images are created that can be seen through the pupil of the eyepiece. Ideal for viewing nature or the night sky in astronomy and zoology. A tripod is usually required, although portable models are available for mobile use as binoculars.It consists of an optical lens and eyepiece, mounted in a sliding tube of brass or other metal that is the housing. Brass scopes are very decorative. A prism system with several prisms is installed inside. They serve as an optical vehicle that straightens the image for the viewer's comfort. These prisms also reduce overall clutter and residual light.Many scopes, especially the one in our store, are water and fog resistant. The material is very strong and shock resistant. The frames are made with anti-slip technology. They can be used by hunters in a hunting ground, sea lovers, wildlife watchers, etc. This monocular is lightweight and after use can be stored in its case. Nowadays, seeing from a distance has never been so pleasant.