Monoculars from Optics4Birding


When carrying your binoculars is not possible, a small, pen-sized monocular comes in handy. The Zeiss MiniQuick can be carried in a shirt pocket like an ink pen; small, but powerful, it comes with a lifetime warranty. We have used the lightweight Leica Monovid to focus down to 6 inches to see details at 8 times magnification on a butterfly as well as to watch the live action at a pro football game. Whether you are watching a butterfly or a quarterback, what you see is remarkable.

Here are some of our favorite monocular choices: the Vortex Solo 10x25 Monocular; the Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular; and several in the Zeiss Design & MiniQuick line. Any of these can be carried in a pocket or a purse.

Leica Monovid
Small But Superb

leica monovid 8x20 monoculars

Minimum Size
Maximum Clarity
AquaDura Lens Coating
Close focus less than 12"
with included lens
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Zeiss Conquest

Zeiss Conquest 8x20B Monocular

Super-sharp optical
Weighs just 2.72 oz.
15mm eye relief

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Close Focus
Down To 6.5 ft.

eschenbach microlux 6x18 monocular

Self contained case
Pops out at a touch
6.5 close focus
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Fits in Pocket
Like a Pen

zeiss 5x10 miniquick monoculars

FOV 300' @ 1000 yds
Less than 1 ounce
Pocket clip
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Best Budget
Monocular Choice

celestron Elements 10x25 monocular
List Price: $19.95 Your Price: $15.95 Save: $4.00

Weighs 4 oz
Rubber armored
Multi-coated lenses
Great for your glovebox
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Best Buy
Vortex Solo

Vortex Solo 8x36 Monoculars
List Price: $169.99 Your Price: $119.99 Save: $50.00

Light but solid
18mm Eye Relief
Belt Clip

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Optics4Birding is proud to offer our customers one of the very largest selections of monoculars found anywhere. Our company was established to provide outdoor enthusiasts, sports fans, wildlife researchers, and birders with the quality optical equipment they need to enjoy their activities to the fullest. We offer monoculars from all the top brands and have a range of price points to choose from, giving our customers a great selection that fits their budgets perfectly.

Monocular Brands Carried by Optics4Birding

We are happy to provide our customers with unrivaled selection and pricing, from affordable monocular models to precision optics for professional use. We carry some of the most respected brands in the sport optics industry. The staff here at our company use these monoculars and other optics in the field, giving them the insider knowledge about these products to help our customers find the right optic for their needs. We offer brands like:

What Monocular is Right for Me?

Sometimes it is just not possible to carry a large optic like a big pair of binoculars or a sizeable spotting scope. At these times, the portability and compact nature of monoculars shines through. To choose the right monocular for your outdoor activities, you’ll want to have a feel for how and where you might use the optic. For compact use in sports stadiums or to keep in your car for quick birdwatching activities, a pocket model like the Zeiss 5x10 MiniQuick Monocular is an excellent choice. For really large fields of view, a powerful model like the tripod-adaptable Barska Battalion 8x42 Monocular is a good example.

Monoculars can be seen as one side of a pair of binoculars – in many ways, the optics behave in the same way, with the same or similar focusing features and fields of view. Monoculars are divided into two major types:

Porro prism monoculars – porro prism monoculars use triangular-shaped internal glass prisms to reflect the image twice before exiting the monocular body. These monoculars are less expensive to manufacture than other types, but exhibit great optical qualities for those on tight budgets. Their drawbacks are that they tend to be heavier than other types and harder to waterproof. A budget-oriented model is the Vortex Solo 8x25 Monocular.

Roof prism monoculars – roof prism monoculars use polygon-shaped internal glass prisms where two of the faces meet at a 90-degree angle. For the same optical quality, monoculars equipped with these prisms tend to be substantially lighter and more durable. Roof prisms are not as common in monoculars as they are in binoculars, although some models are equipped with these prisms. Roof prism monoculars tend to be quite expensive. The pro-quality Leica Monovid 8x20 Monocular is a good example. A more affordable model might be the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 Tan Monocular.

Many monoculars offer a fixed power, or magnification, usually between 5x and 10x power. Other models may offer variable zoom power that is adjusted by turning a dial on the body of the optic. The higher the magnification, the more detailed images a user can view. Higher numbers also mean a narrower field of view. Low power monoculars are great for wide viewing areas but at the expense of detail. Field of view can determine the focusing ability of the monocular, with wide fields unable to focus at close distances and exhibiting distortion at the edges of the image.

Monocular specifications often list the “exit pupil”. This is the size of the image at the focusing point of the monocular, and is calculated by dividing the objective lens size by the magnification of the optic. Larger exit pupils make it easier to keep the image over your pupil and not lose the image.

Monoculars may also be equipped with waterproofing, specialized lens coatings, and rubberized armored bodies. It’s simply a matter of choosing the features you want from our extensive selection, or consulting with our expert customer service professionals for a personalized recommendation.

The Optics4Birding Quality Difference

The selection, the pricing, and the variety of monoculars that Optics4Birding carries makes us an industry leader in retail optics sales. We are serious about outdoor activities like birding, wildlife observation, and sporting events, and we are committed to providing our customers with the best equipment at the most competitive prices. Our company has earned its reputation for quality, and that quality is backed by some of the most outstanding customer service in the optics industry. Optics4Birding stands behind every product we sell with our signature no-hassle return policy and our easy-to-use online shopping storefront.

In addition to our selection and service, Optics4Birding proudly offers our customers our exclusive Price Guarantee. We will meet or beat any advertised price from an authorized dealer on the same item. Best of all, most orders ship free!

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