April 2024

Monoculars: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of monoculars rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2024.

Summary

On 9 Apr 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 83 monocular endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

50 monoculars were endorsed in total, only 16 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 Apr 2024, Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Mono takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed monocular with 8 expert endorsements. 1 expert out of 8 recommended it as the '#1 monocular' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking monoculars start at $15.19 (Archeer 16x52) and go up to $2499.97 (Pulsar Axion 2 Thermal). Median monocular costs $124.99 (Vortex Optics Solo).
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At a glance - April Ranking

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Rank Change Price Monocular
Expert World Travel
Field & Stream
Best Binoculars Reviews
Digital Camera World
OpticsMag
Target Tamers
T3
Space Exploration and Astronomy
Popular Photography
BestReviews
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- $200
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Mono
The Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Mono monocular is a lightweight and durable device with excellent optical quality, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as birdwatching and wildlife observation.
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2
8
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4
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3
4
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2
- $579
Leica Monovid
The Leica Monovid Monocular is a compact and lightweight device with excellent optical quality, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as birdwatching and surveillance.
7
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2
8
5
4
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3
- $125
Vortex Optics Solo
The Vortex Optics Solo monocular is a compact and lightweight option that offers clear and crisp images, making it a reliable and durable choice for outdoor activities.
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4
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6
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2
4
- $163
Opticron Explorer WA ED-R 8x42
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5
- $83
Celestron Outland X Mono
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1
7
2
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6
- $40
Roxant Grip Scope
The Roxant Grip Scope is a highly recommended monocular for outdoor enthusiasts, offering excellent optical quality, compact size, and durability.
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2
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7
- $135
Hawke Endurance ED 10x42
The Hawke Endurance ED Monocular is a highly praised and recommended compact and durable monocular with excellent optical quality for outdoor activities such as birdwatching and hiking.
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6
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2
2
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8
- $33
Barska Blackhawk
The Barska Blackhawk Monocular and Riflescope are highly praised for their excellent optical quality, lightweight design, and durability, making them ideal for outdoor activities.
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- $86
Gosky Titan
The Gosky Titan monocular telescope is a highly praised and versatile outdoor tool, offering excellent optical quality, lightweight and compact design, and durability for activities such as bird watching, hiking, and wildlife observation.
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-1 $90
Hawke Endurance ED 25mm
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15
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Emarth 10-30X50 Zoom
The Emarth 10-30X50 Zoom Monocular is a lightweight and portable optical device with adjustable magnification levels, excellent optical quality, and durability, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
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16
-2 $149
Vortex Solo Tactical R/T
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17
- Check price
Vortex Recon RT
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18
-2 Check price
Opticron BGA WP
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Hawke Nature-Trek
The Hawke Nature-Trek monocular is a highly praised and versatile tool for nature observation and outdoor activities, with its compact size, optical quality, durability, and waterproof design.
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-1 $299
Vortex Recce Pro HD
The Vortex Recce Pro HD monocular is a highly praised and versatile tool for outdoor activities, offering excellent optical quality, compact size, lightweight design, and durability.
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#8 $32.99 Barska Blackhawk
#6 $39.99 Roxant Grip Scope
#15 $45.74 Emarth 10-30X50 Zoom
#5 $82.95 Celestron Outland X Mono
#9 $85.99 Gosky Titan
#14 $89.99 Hawke Endurance ED 25mm
#3 $124.99 Vortex Optics Solo
#7 $134.99 Hawke Endurance ED 10x42
#16 $149 Vortex Solo Tactical R/T
#4 $162.54 Opticron Explorer WA ED-R 8x42
#1 $199.99 Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Mono
#20 $299 Vortex Recce Pro HD
#2 $579 Leica Monovid

We ranked Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Mono #1 in April 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Mono as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Expert World Travel

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

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

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Field & Stream

Best Overall

100% waterproof
Fully-multi coated optic
ED Prime Glass, providing true-to-life image quality and exceptional color

Slightly heavier compared to other monoculars tested

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Best Binoculars Reviews

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Digital Camera World

Best rugged option

10x magnification married to decent sized 42mm lens
Waterproofed and fog-proof
Robust build should repay investors with years of service

Bulkier than competing 8x25 alternatives
High price

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OpticsMag

Premium Choice

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

Not the smallest or lightest monocular

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Target Tamers

Best Monocular Under $200

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

Price

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Space Exploration and Astronomy

The best premium choice for those after only the top image quality

Superb optics
Excellent quality accessories
Good for glasses wearers

Lacks a tripod thread

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Popular Photography

Best for bird watching

Excellent image quality
Has an attached, convenient carrying clip
Compatible with tripod use

Lens cap can be loud

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We ranked Leica Monovid #2 in April 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Leica Monovid as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Expert World Travel

Best for Birdwatching

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

Not the best in low lighting
Very expensive

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Digital Camera World

Best premium option

Unbeatable build quality
Watertight to 4.8m

Very expensive

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OpticsMag

Best Waterproof Monocular

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

It’s an expensive product

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Target Tamers

Best for Surveillance

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

Price

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T3

The best high-end monocular

High quality observational device
Rugged build
Agreeably lightweight and portable

Eye-watering price tag

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Popular Photography

Best overall

Works well for a variety of activities
Lightweight and compact
Includes a macro lens attachment
Durable build

Pricey

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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 April 2024 ranking

We ranked Vortex Optics Solo #3 in April 2024 because:

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

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

Included case is a little flimsy
Focal dial is sometimes stiff

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Field & Stream

Best for Hunting

Exceptional optical clarity and brightness
Compact non-slip grip, and durable external protection
Impressive field of view with adjustable eyecup

Smaller objective lens

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OpticsMag

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

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

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Target Tamers

Best Monocular for Hunting

Price
Lightweight/compact
Fully multi-coated
Rubber armored
Weatherproof

Price

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BestReviews

Best Bang for the Buck

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.

Field of view isn't very large.

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We ranked Opticron Explorer WA ED-R 8x42 #4 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Opticron Explorer WA ED-R 8x42 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

Best overall

Great price point
Compact and lightweight
Crystal clear optics

Stiff focusing
Low-quality accessories

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Space Exploration and Astronomy

Best super lightweight model for wide-angles, boasting great specifications for basic astronomy

Top quality optics
Waterproof and fog-proof
Pocketable

Ergonomically nicer than the binocular counterpart
Low stock

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We ranked Celestron Outland X Mono #5 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Celestron Outland X Mono as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Best monocular overall

Large objective lens with 50mm model
Generous magnification at 20x
Pair with smartphone via included adapter and tripod
Waterproof

Plastic-y feel

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Space Exploration and Astronomy

Best for using with a smartphone the Celestron Outland X is astronomy-centric making this a digiscoping option

Includes smartphone adapter
Large objective lens
Twist-up eyecups

Relatively heavy
Smartphone adapter is fiddly

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Popular Photography

Best for stargazing

High twilight coefficient
Tripod included
Includes a cell phone mount
High magnification level

Bulky

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We ranked Roxant Grip Scope #6 in April 2024 because:

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

Best Value

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

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

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Target Tamers

Best Budget Monocular

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

Focusing issues

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BestReviews

Most portable

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.

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

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We ranked Hawke Endurance ED 10x42 #7 in April 2024 because:

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

Best waterproof option

Clear optics
Fog and water proof
Superb quality

Needs a ball and socket head to mount on tripod

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T3

Best rugged monocular

Useful 10x magnification plus above-average 42mm lens
Waterproof and fog proof construction
Top-of-its class optical performance

Better glass bumps up price tag

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Space Exploration and Astronomy

Best for ruggedness — this lightweight and waterproof monocular is ideal for observing in the wilderness

Excellent optics
Astro-centric specifications
Waterproof and fog-proof

Large for a pocket
Eye relief isn't great

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We ranked Barska Blackhawk #8 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best monoculars” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Barska Blackhawk as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OpticsMag

Nitrogen purged and sealed
Non-slip diamond pattern rubber exterior

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

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BestReviews

Best of the best

With features like multi-coated optics and BK-7 prism, this monocular provides clear and vivid images.
Dry nitrogen sealed and rubber coated, this monocular can hold up to drops, water, and fog.
Textured grip on handle makes this easy and comfortable to hold without slippage.

Larger than expected and may not fit comfortably in all pockets.

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We ranked Gosky Titan #9 in April 2024 because:

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

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

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

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Target Tamers

Best to Use With Smartphone

Price
Smartphone capability
High power
BaK-4 glass
Weatherproof

Some quality control issues

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BestReviews

Best Magnification

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

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

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We ranked Hawke Endurance ED 25mm #10 in April 2024 because:

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

Best for travel

Reasonable price
Good general-purpose monocular

No compass

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T3

Best lightweight monocular

Compact and solid
High quality optics
Useful 10x magnification

Binoculars might be better for birdwatching

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We ranked Emarth 10-30X50 Zoom #11 in April 2024 because:

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

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

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

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Target Tamers

Best Zoom Monocular

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

Narrow field of view

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We ranked Vortex Solo Tactical R/T #12 in April 2024 because:

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

Best for Target Shooting

8x32 configuration
Mrad ranging reticle
Good eye relief
Reticle focus
Vortex tough

Not tripod adaptable

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Popular Photography

Best for hunting

Lightweight
Rangefinder Capabilities
Rugged Build

Magnification could be higher

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We ranked Vortex Recon RT #13 in April 2024 because:

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

Best for Hunting

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

Narrow field of view
Very expensive

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Space Exploration and Astronomy

Best for wildlife, the Vortex Recon R/T has massive magnification on this hunting-centric monocular

Carry clip
15x magnification
Tripod thread

Very expensive
Small exit pupil
Not good in darkness

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We ranked Opticron BGA WP #14 in April 2024 because:

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

Best for Backpacking

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

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

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Best Binoculars Reviews

Best Birding Monocular

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We ranked Hawke Nature-Trek #15 in April 2024 because:

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

Best Powerful Monocular

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Digital Camera World

Best for bird watching

Fantastic optics for the price
Robust waterproof and nitrogen-sealed body
Light and compact

Focus ring can get stuck

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We ranked Vortex Recce Pro HD #16 in April 2024 because:

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

Best Hunting Monocular

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Target Tamers

Best Under $300

ED glass
XR coatings
Ranging reticle
Lightweight/compact
Weatherproof

Folding eyecups

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