Monoculars are a type of telescope — an optical device that magnifies objects in the distance, using curved lenses or mirrors. The lenses or mirrors gather and focus light or other forms of infrared radiation (in the case of digital, night vision and thermal devices) and to produce an image. Monoculars only have one eyepiece for viewing with one eye. Monoculars are more compact, lighter weight and more cost-effective than binoculars.

Monoculars are more portable than binoculars because they are lighter and smaller. They are particularly suitable if you have useful vision in only one eye. They can be mounted in spectacle frames for hands free use.

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Monoculars – Explained:

What Do the Numbers on a Monocular Mean?
The most important numbers in the specifications of a monocular are the magnification range and the objective lens—which are displayed like this: 8x32mm. The magnification can be either single or in a range, displayed as such: 4-16x.
The magnification (x) is the measurement of how much larger the object appears than what you see with your naked eye. Larger magnifications allow you to see objects much further away, it will decrease your field of view and requires a bigger optic.

The objective lens is the eyepiece located furthest away from your eye. Its diameter is measured in millimeters. The larger the objective lens, the better it gathers light, providing a brighter image. However, the quality of the lens of the monocular matters more in the clarity of the picture. Also, the larger the objective lens, the bulkier the monocular.
A larger monocular will be harder to hold steady for longer periods and more difficult to keep in focus—essentially defeating the purpose of a monocular.

Uses for Monocular
One of the greatest benefits of a monocular is the size. Monoculars are compact and lightweight. Many monoculars will fit in your pocket and though there are compact, pocket-size binoculars, quality is (usually) significantly comprised.

Monoculars are perfect for short term scanning, scouting and viewing while:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Boating
  • Watching concerts, sporting events, opera, ballet and other performances

Specialized monoculars like night vision, thermal and digital are used in law enforcement and military applications, especially when doing surveillance or searching for suspects in the dark.

There are many benefits to using a monocular vs. binoculars:

  • Because of their size, hikers, backpackers and campers can easily carry them without compromising weight.
  • Since you view using only one eye, you still have a very wide field of view and can remain situationally aware.
  • Monoculars are very easy to use with simple focus adjustments.
  • You can use most monoculars one-handed.
  • Monoculars are less expensive to make, so you get more value per dollar, especially if you are shopping for high-end and specialty monoculars.

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