Docter 8×21 C Monocular Review: Wish There Were One in My House

Docter 8x21 Monocular
Docter 8×21 Monocular

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Want to feel a little like James Bond? The Docter 8×21 C Monocular can give you that feeling, if only for a few minutes.

This tiny monocular fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the small size that makes you feel like a secret agent when you use it. Continue reading “Docter 8×21 C Monocular Review: Wish There Were One in My House”

Nikon 5×15 High Grade Monocular Review: Like a Rock

Nikon 5x15 Monocular
Nikon 5×15 Monocular

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If you’re looking for a monocular that is tiny and doesn’t take a hand as steady as a rock to use, check out the Nikon 5×15 High Grade (HG) monocular.

There seem to be two versions of the Nikon 5×15 monocular in the market. One is white and the other silver. One has the part number 7391 and the other 7394. One is often called the Nikon 5×15 High Grade monocular and the other the HG5x15D.

They both appear to be essentially the same Japanese made unit, so I will treat them as one and the same in this review. Continue reading “Nikon 5×15 High Grade Monocular Review: Like a Rock”

Vortex Optics Solo R/T 8×36 Monocular Review: Great, If You Can Do the Math


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Vortex Optics Solo R/T Monocular is a very popular model. The 8x magnification is just right. The size and weight are just right. The price is just right.

But is this recon / tactical (R/T) monocular just right for you?

I’ll take a look at the details here to help you decide. Continue reading “Vortex Optics Solo R/T 8×36 Monocular Review: Great, If You Can Do the Math”

Vortex Recce Pro HD 8×32 Monocular Review: When You Need an Offset Reticle

Vortex Optics Recce Pro monocular
Vortex Optics Recce Pro monocular

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When you need a high-quality, well-built monocular with an offset reticle, look no further than the Vortex Recce Pro HD.

The key word here is “Recce”. It is pronounced “recky” and is derived from the terms reconnaissance and reconnoiter. For the curious, check out this Wikipedia article about Recce. Continue reading “Vortex Recce Pro HD 8×32 Monocular Review: When You Need an Offset Reticle”

Zeiss Mono 10×25 T Monocular Review: Bigger Is Not Always Better

Zeiss Mono 10x25 T
Zeiss Mono 10×25 T

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Did you ever wish for a smaller version of your binoculars? Are there times while out on a hike when you just don’t want a relatively heavy piece of optical equipment hanging around your neck? If so, the Zeiss Mono 10×25 T monocular could be the solution to your problem.

Zeiss actually makes several monoculars in their Mono line. I’ll take a brief look at each of them along with the MiniQuick 5×10 T monocular. Continue reading “Zeiss Mono 10×25 T Monocular Review: Bigger Is Not Always Better”

Leica 8×20 Monovid Monocular Review: Is Great Glass Good Enough?

Leica Monovid 8x20 monocular
Leica Monovid 8×20 monocular

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A monocular is a relatively simple optic device compared to something like binoculars or a full-blown telescope. In this Leica 8×20 Monovid review, I’ll try to point out what makes this particular monocular special and different from the rest of the pack.

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Armasight (FLIR) NYX-14 Night Vision Monocular Review: When You Need Military Grade Optics

Armasight NYX-14 Gen 3+ Ghost night vision monocular
Armasight NYX-14 Gen 3+ Ghost night vision monocular

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Talking about night vision optics can be confusing. NYX-14 is really a category of military grade (MIL-STD-810) monocular that includes several models and generations of gear. There are also several NYX-14C models that are intended for photography purposes. To add to the confusion is the fact that the original manufacturer, Armasight, was recently acquired by FLIR. (Currently, the FLIR website has as category of products labeled “Armasight”.)

In this review, I’ll try to sort out the major differences among the models and generations (mainly Gen 2+ and Gen 3) of Armasight NYX-14 night vision monoculars to give you some idea of what is available and what might best serve your needs. Continue reading “Armasight (FLIR) NYX-14 Night Vision Monocular Review: When You Need Military Grade Optics”

Best Monocular Overview and Review: So Many Options

Leica 8x20 Monovid
Leica 8×20 Monovid

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There are literally hundreds of monoculars in the market today. In this article, I’ll try to help you find the best monocular for your needs, one that is worth the money and is one you will want to use virtually every time you go outside. Continue reading “Best Monocular Overview and Review: So Many Options”

Zeiss Victory RF Series Binoculars Review: Pricey But Worth It

Zeiss Victory RF 8x45 rangefinder binoculars
Zeiss Victory RF 8×45 rangefinder binoculars

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Zeiss makes 4 models of rangefinder binoculars in their Victory RF series. In this review, I’ll look at each of them, mainly so you can see the similarities and differences from one model to the next.

If you already know you want one of these top notch Victory RF binoculars, you can click one of the links below to check the pricing on Amazon.

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Swarovski EL Range 8×42 W B Rangefinder Binoculars Review: Very Good All Around

Swarovski 8x42 EL Range rangefinder binoculars
Swarovski 8×42 EL Range rangefinder binoculars

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With Swarovski, it’s usually all about the glass. That is, Swarovski is known for optics with exceptionally good lenses and prisms. Are the Swarovski EL Range 8×42 W B rangefinder binoculars any different?

I’ll take a look at them with you in this review to try to answer that question and more. Continue reading “Swarovski EL Range 8×42 W B Rangefinder Binoculars Review: Very Good All Around”