July 2021

Monoculars: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Monocular rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Monoculars.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Monoculars, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for July 2021 ranking

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Monocular
Digital Camera World
OpticsMag
Best Binoculars Reviews
Expert World Travel
World Birds
Range Expert
Target Tamers
Globo Surfer
BestReviews
Optics Addict
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$190 Bushnell Legend Ultra HD
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3
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3
5
9
3
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4
2
$600 Leica Monovid
7
8
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7
7
12
4
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1
3
$40 Roxant Grip Scope
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2
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3
1
3
4
3
4
$69 Vortex Optics Solo
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4
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2
3
5
5
4
2
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5
$80 Gosky Titan
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10
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7
9
2
5
6
6
Check price Wingspan Optics Explorer
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1
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1
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1
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7
$200 Zeiss MiniQuick
8
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4
11
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11
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5
8
$207 Opticron BGA WP
6
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4
6
1
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9
$149 Vortex Solo Tactical R/T
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6
6
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6
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2
10
$326 Bushnell Equinox Z2
4
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5
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1
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11
$123 Gosky Skyhawk 12X55 HD
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1
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12
$40 Celestron Nature 10x25
3
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7
8
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13
$370 Zeiss Conquest Mono
9
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2
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6
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14
$299 Vortex Recce Pro HD
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5
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4
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8
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15
$106 Hawke Endurance ED Monocular
2
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8
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16
$40 Emarth 10-30X50 Zoom
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7
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2
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17
$20 Roxant Ultra-Light Mini
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2
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5
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18
$22 Barska Blackhawk
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9
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10
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19
Check price Wingspan Optics ProSpotter
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8
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8
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20
$599 Vortex Recon RT
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8
9
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21
$18 Carson CloseUp
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We ranked Bushnell Legend Ultra HD #1 in July 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bushnell Legend Ultra HD as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Premium Choice

Pros
Very impressive optics for the price
Both waterproof and fog proof
Twist-up eyecups are comfortable

Cons
Not the smallest or lightest monocular

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Best Overall

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Expert World Travel

Pros
High-end materials
Great image quality, even in low lighting
Versatile
Fogproof and waterproof
Waistbelt included

Cons
Eye caps doesn't always stay in place
Waistbelt designed for right-handed people
Slightly expensive

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World Birds

Pros
Low dispersing prime glass
6.5 feet of close focus
Great in low-light
Water and fog proof
A fully multi-coated lens with PC-3 prism
Excellent low light performance
Accessories available
Superb field of view

Cons
Not the longest eye relief
Somewhat higher price

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Range Expert

Pros
Product quality
Great climate protection
Picatinny rail for mounting accessories
A fantastic warranty
Reasonable pricing

Cons
An overly large carrying case that allows the product to bounce around a bit
Hard plastic lens caps which can cause creases in the rubber armor

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Target Tamers

Best Monocular Under $200

Pros
Lightweight/compact
ED Prime glass
PC-3 Phase Coating
Ultra Wide Band Coating
RainGuard HD

Cons
Price

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Optics Addict

Best for Bird Watching

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We ranked Leica Monovid #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Leica Monovid as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

The best monocular for birding… but it this top-quality model doesn't come cheap

Pros
Unbeatable build quality
Watertight to 4.8m

Cons
Very expensive

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OpticsMag

Best Overall

Pros
Waterproof and fog proof
Excellent optics even at greater magnifications
Small enough to fit into your pocket

Cons
It’s an expensive product

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Expert World Travel

Pros
Lightweight
Great close focus
Good eye relief
Coated lenses to reduce reflections

Cons
Not the best in low lighting
Very expensive

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World Birds

Pros
Best image quality you can get
8x magnification
12.7 twilight factor for better dim light performance
Best for everyday carry
AquaDura and HDC lens coatings
P40 phase correction prism
Ergonomic exterior

Cons
Higher price
Only one objective lens option

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Range Expert

Pros
It can be used for many varied activities
The construction is refined
Comes with the close focus accessory lens and eyepiece cover
Comes with its own elegant leather case
Superb optical performance

Cons
It’s expensive, making it not for everyone’s budget
The front lens diameter may be limited for some viewing activities

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Target Tamers

Best for Surveillance

Pros
8x magnification
Extreme close focus
HDC/AquaDura coatings
Weatherproof
Aluminum housing

Cons
Price

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Optics Addict

Best for Under $500

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We ranked Roxant Grip Scope #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Roxant Grip Scope as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Best Value

Pros
We like the grip which is non-slip and comfortable
Retractable eyecups and good eye relief for glasses wearers
Easy to use with minimal wobble

Cons
Only offers up to 6x magnification
No lens caps included with the product

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Range Expert

Great for Hunting

Pros
It has a good solid magnification ratio and lens diameter
The optical glass has a very low light dispersion
It offers a nice bright, clear picture with the wide view field
A comfort grip which is non-slip
Affordable for all

Cons
The magnification is somewhat low so you may not be able to see really distant targets.
Not great for detail viewing

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Target Tamers

Best Budget Monocular

Pros
Price
Compact
No-slip grip
BaK-4 glass
Retractable eyepiece

Cons
Focusing issues

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Globo Surfer

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BestReviews

Pros
Wide-view lens lets you take in panoramic landscapes at a glance. Molded, nonslip grip cuts down on shakiness. Comes with case and neck strap. 6x magnification, 30 mm lens.

Cons
Two-hand focus adjustment. Some customers say they want more magnification.

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Optics Addict

Best for Backpacking

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We ranked Vortex Optics Solo #4 in July 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Pros
Rubber armored for superior grip and durability
Very wide field of view of 315 feet
Nitrogen purged waterproof and fog-proof
Excellent optical clarity
Small and lightweight

Cons
Close focus of 16.4 feet
Narrow focus ring interferes with the eyepiece

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Expert World Travel

Pros
Fully multi-coated anti-reflective lenses
Waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof
Rubber armor provides great grip

Cons
Included case is a little flimsy
Focal dial is sometimes stiff

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World Birds

Pros
Best in class VIP warranty
Best budget option
Large 32mm objective lens
A lens with full multi-coating
Anti-glare protection
All optics are waterproof and fog proof
Great for camping and hiking
Anti-slip grip and rugged armor

Cons
Not best for eyeglasses wearers

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Range Expert

Pros
Sturdy outdoor construction with rubber coating for a no-slip grip
Good image clarity and good resolution
Easily adjustable eyecup intermediate settings
VIP Unconditional Lifetime Warranty
Very good price

Cons
The lack of a lens cover
A short eye relief measurement of only 15 mm
Diminished viewing capacity at 16 feet or less

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Target Tamers

Best Monocular for Hunting

Pros
Price
Lightweight/compact
Fully multi-coated
Rubber armored
Weatherproof

Cons
Price

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Globo Surfer

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

Pros
This monocular is built around a 25mm lens and features 8x magnification. Body is fully rubberized, and the interior is filled with nitrogen and sealed with o-rings to prevent fogging. Weighs less than 6 ounces.

Cons
Field of view isn't very large.

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We ranked Gosky Titan #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Pros
12x magnification is impressive for the price
Smartphone adapter for photos and videos
Solid build with rubber armor exterior

Cons
Optics aren’t comparable to top quality products
Included accessories are fairly cheap

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Range Expert

Pros
Size and weight
Sharp images
A smartphone adapter
A reasonable price
It’s easy to use

Cons
The adapter becomes loose relatively quickly
Some iPhone users reported difficulties with the smartphone holder

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Target Tamers

Best to Use With Smartphone

Pros
Price
Smartphone capability
High power
BaK-4 glass
Weatherproof

Cons
Some quality control issues

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Globo Surfer

Editor's Choice

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BestReviews

Pros
Rugged exterior is waterproof, dustproof, fogproof, and shockproof. Excellent-quality optics, too. Owners give the company's customer service top marks.

Cons
Some users feel it's a bit bulky. Smartphone camera mount is of poor quality.

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Optics Addict

Best for Cell Phone

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We ranked Wingspan Optics Explorer #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Wingspan Optics Explorer as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Best Overall

Pros
Waterproof and fog-proof
Non-slip armor
Viewing range up to 1,000 yards
12x magnification
14mm eye relief works with glasses

Cons
Big and bulky compared to other models

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Range Expert

Top of the List

Pros
Quick and easy identification of your target thanks to the wide view and zoom function
Extremely transportable with a loop for a wrist strap built-in
The attached lens cover ensures immediate protection
Efficient in the transmission of light in dim lighting situations

Cons
At 14 ounces it may seem heavy to some people
The tripod is easily tipped as a result of the weight

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Globo Surfer

Our Top Pick

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We ranked Zeiss MiniQuick #7 in July 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

A monocular the size of a fountain pen? Call James Bond!

Pros
Small and compact
Exceptionally well built

Cons
Costly
Only 5x magnification

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Expert World Travel

Pros
Extremely lightweight
Tiny size makes extremely portable
Anti-reflective lens coating

Cons
Not fully waterproof or fogproof
Not the most powerful zoom
Expensive for specs

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World Birds

Pros
Lightweight construction
Small and compact design
Better suited for bright conditions
Comes with a pretty good field of view
Carrying pouch available
Great for casual observers
5x magnification

Cons
Not very good low light performance

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Target Tamers

Best Ultralight Monocular

Pros
Price
Smartphone capability
High power
BaK-4 glass
Weatherproof

Cons
Price

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Optics Addict

Best Pocket Monocular

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We ranked Opticron BGA WP #8 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Opticron BGA WP as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

A great monocular overall, and like regular binoculars to use

Pros
Excellent optical performance
Waterproof to 3m

Cons
Expensive
Relatively large

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Best Birding

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Expert World Travel

Pros
Great close focus
Good eye relief
Coated 42mm lens for bright, sharp images
Weatherproof
Lightweight
30-year warranty

Cons
Could be more shock-resistant
Magnification could be a bit better

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World Birds

Pros
Best value/price ratio
Long 19mm eye relief
Wider field of view
Comfortable to carry all day long
Large 42mm objective lens for low light
Water and fog proof
Anti-glare optical performance
Multi-coated optics

Cons
Not the most rugged option

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We ranked Vortex Solo Tactical R/T #9 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
World Birds

Pros
Best in class VIP warranty
Fully multi-coated lenses
BaK4 prism with anti-reflection
Decent eye relief
A broad field of view
Fog and waterproof
Sharp reticle range
Excellent light transmission

Cons
Nothing noteworthy

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Range Expert

Pros
Terrific optics
Guaranteed durability
Wonderful quality of the image
The ample eye relief, coupled with the exit pupil measurement, provides it with optics that you would usually find in a pair of binoculars
VIP lifetime warranty

Cons
The absence of lens covers
Requires practice for full use of reticle range estimation

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Globo Surfer

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Optics Addict

Best for Hunting

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We ranked Bushnell Equinox Z2 #10 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bushnell Equinox Z2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

This night vision equipped monocular makes light work of the dark

Pros
Night vision
Video capture with wifi

Cons
IR light saps battery
Not as comfortable

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Expert World Travel

Pros
Infra-red illuminator allows night-time viewing
WiFi enables viewing and recording from smartphones
Records up to 1080p videos

Cons
Very heavy
Not very weatherproof
Slightly expensive
Extra functions drain batteries

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BestReviews

Best of the Best

Pros
Includes a 50mm lens with 6x magnification. Built-in IR illuminator grants clear night vision up to 1,000 feet away. Able to capture 1080p video while streaming or recording to mobile devices.

Cons
Larger and less portable compared to other models. IR light saps battery life.

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We ranked Gosky Skyhawk 12X55 HD #11 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Gosky Skyhawk 12X55 HD as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

Cons
Attachment slightly fiddly
Mount is flimsy

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Expert World Travel

Best for Stargazing

Pros
Included smartphone mount for photography
Good for stargazing but versatile
Waterproof, dustproof, fogproof, and shockproof
Fantastic eye relief
Great value for money

Cons
Mount could be more robust
Smartphone use may require a tripod

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We ranked Celestron Nature 10x25 #12 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

This affordable, rugged option is our pick for the best budget monocular

Pros
Affordable
Waterproof, fog-proof

Cons
No compass
Can't attach a tripod

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Target Tamers

Best Under $50

Pros
Price
High power
Pocket-sized/lightweight
Twist-up eyecups
Rubber-armored

Cons
Rigid focus ring

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Globo Surfer

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We ranked Zeiss Conquest Mono #13 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

Optical excellence and compact dimensions make this monocular ideal for backpacking

Pros
Great optical performance
Top build quality

Cons
Quality costs
Not completely waterproof

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World Birds

Pros
Best in class Zeiss quality
Very lightweight
Clear and bright image
Various accessories available
More suitable for short-range
Ergonomic design
Quick to focus

Cons
Average eye relief
Somewhat higher price

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Target Tamers

Best Under $500

Pros
Extremely compact
Extremely lightweight
Schmidt-Pechan prism
Extremely close focus distance
Wide field of view

Cons
Price

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We ranked Vortex Recce Pro HD #14 in July 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Binoculars Reviews

Best Hunting

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World Birds

Pros
Unbeatable VIP warranty
8x zoom with 400 feet FoV
HD fully multi-coated lens
Water and fog proof
ArmorTek layering for solid performance
Convenient to hold in one hand
Argon gas purged

Cons
Rather short eye relief

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Target Tamers

Best Under $300

Pros
ED glass
XR coatings
Ranging reticle
Lightweight/compact
Weatherproof

Cons
Folding eyecups

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We ranked Hawke Endurance ED Monocular #15 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

The best waterproof monocular for use on land or at sea

Pros
Waterproof
Fog-proof

Cons
Can be hard to find, but also consider very similar Hawke Endurance 10x42

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World Birds

Pros
Good choice for low light scenarios
Stay-on lens covers
BaK4 prism for better light reflection
Fully multi-coated lens
Fog and shockproof
Extra-low dispersion
Compact design

Cons
Short close focus
Carrying case is not that durable

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We ranked Emarth 10-30X50 Zoom #16 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Pros
Zooms from 10x-30x magnification
IPX-7 nitrogen-purged waterproof
Durable rubber armor exterior

Cons
It’s bulkier than other options
Weighs more than other models
Hazy image quality

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Target Tamers

Best Zoom Monocular

Pros
Price
Zoom power
Good eye relief
Fully multi-coated
IPX7 rating

Cons
Narrow field of view

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We ranked Roxant Ultra-Light Mini #17 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Range Expert

Budget Buy

Pros
It is a compact and durable monocular
It is easy to operate and user-friendly
This tool produces clear and crisp images
The molded grip allows to hold it steady
It is ideal for outdoor activities, climbing, and hunting

Cons
You may find it too small to use effortlessly

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Globo Surfer

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We ranked Barska Blackhawk #18 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Pros
Nitrogen purged and sealed
Non-slip diamond pattern rubber exterior

Cons
Strong rubber smell makes it useless for hunting
The first one we received was broken
Noisy Velcro
Noticeable chromatic aberration

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Globo Surfer

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We ranked Wingspan Optics ProSpotter #19 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Binoculars Reviews

Best Budget (Under $60 / £60)

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Range Expert

Pros
Reasonable price
Sleek resistant construction
Clear, bright views
Lifetime guarantee
One hand easy use

Cons
Limited detail viewing at 50 yards or more
Carrying Pouch could be a bit larger

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We ranked Vortex Recon RT #20 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Expert World Travel

Pros
R/T reticle is great for tactical use
Large, coated objective lens for bright clear images
Ambidextrous, versatile clip
Weatherproof
Protective rubber and coatings

Cons
Narrow field of view
Very expensive

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World Birds

Pros
Twilight factor of 27.4
Field of view of 215 feet per 1000 yards
Comes with several accessories
15x high magnification
55mm large objective lens
Excellent performance in dark conditions
ArmorTek coating

Cons
Not a lightweight option
High price tag

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We ranked Carson CloseUp #21 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Monoculars” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Target Tamers

Best Compact Monocular

Pros
Price
Smartphone capability
High power
BaK-4 glass
Weatherproof

Cons
Quality control issues

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Globo Surfer

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