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Found a good Monocular

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JustSomeDude 20-Mar-17
StikBow 20-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 20-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 20-Mar-17
StikBow 20-Mar-17
GLF 20-Mar-17
cut it out 20-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 20-Mar-17
biggamefish 21-Mar-17
Twisted Branch 21-Mar-17
PECO 21-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 21-Mar-17
Newhunter 21-Mar-17
PECO 21-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 21-Mar-17
Bob 21-Mar-17
Andy Man 21-Mar-17
r-man 21-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 21-Mar-17
Twisted Branch 21-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 21-Mar-17
JusPassin 21-Mar-17
tradmt 21-Mar-17
r-man 21-Mar-17
JustSomeDude 21-Mar-17
tradmt 21-Mar-17
warden415 22-Mar-17
From: JustSomeDude
Date: 20-Mar-17




Finally...I've returned like 10 monoculars over the last few years.

Polaris Optics Outdoorsman 8x42. $55 shipped. It is built like Binos broken in half with a focus wheel that works perfectly one handed. It's 6" long and the focus wheel sticks out the side a bit.

I've only looked through them in low light indoors but looks good. The lens caps are attached. Neck strap...claims to be waterproof.

More compact monocs I have tried looked terrible and required two hands to focus.

The trick to using monoculars and avoiding eye fatigue is to not squint with your other eye, Most of the time, you can leave your other eye open once you get used to it.

From: StikBow
Date: 20-Mar-17




I had -still have it- one when I lived back east. Useful as heck back in closed in woods. Out here in Nevada, good bino's save shoe leather. The mono would not work for me out here.

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 20-Mar-17

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In TN, I like my 6x Leupold binos. Here they are for comparison

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 20-Mar-17




When I am hunting, I mostly use Binos just when I am getting ready to move or go around a turn/enter a clearing etc. If I am hunting in a tree saddle, I will look around if I am getting ready to reposition myself or get a drink of water or something...just to make sure I am not about to get busted.

If I can see unaided, noticing squirrels moving around at 100+ yards, the binos are just extra movement. But using them to look THROUGH trees/grass is a big advantage.

If I can keep a Mono in a handy chest pocket for quick use, I might be covered with these.

From: StikBow
Date: 20-Mar-17




I am originally a Kentuckian -just north of Nashville- and you are covered for your area

From: GLF
Date: 20-Mar-17




I use a Leupold 8x range finder for my coyote contracts so I also use it as a monocular when I need one.

From: cut it out
Date: 20-Mar-17




Always wanted to try one. I use Steiner 8x32's and they are really nice but like the idea of a monocular.

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 20-Mar-17




I took it out briefly at last light and it seemed good. I wasn't in the woods though. Miles ahead of the other monocs I tried

From: biggamefish
Date: 21-Mar-17




Check out vortex's Monocular it is very good for the price.

From: Twisted Branch
Date: 21-Mar-17




JSD...I was wondering if you knew what the difference between the Tracker and the Outdoorsman was? Thanks, Chuck

From: PECO
Date: 21-Mar-17




I have a Vortex mono it is great glass.

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 21-Mar-17




This is at least ten times better than a vortex solo

From: Newhunter
Date: 21-Mar-17




Swarovski have the best of the best, guess mine are 30+ years now. Clear as gin.

From: PECO
Date: 21-Mar-17




I don't know, I really like my Vortex, but have nothing to compare it to. Also, it was free! I got it in a swag bag at an archery demo.

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 21-Mar-17




The one handed focus was a big deal for me as well

From: Bob
Date: 21-Mar-17




Thanks for the tip. Here in pa we have a point per side restriction when deer hunting and I have a hard time holding my bow and using binos to check the points on deer. I have tried a cheap monocular and it was worthless, I will give this one a try.

From: Andy Man
Date: 21-Mar-17




Have a really old Zeiss monocular- use it for groundhog hunting, never really seemed to need it deer hunting?

small & Handy

From: r-man
Date: 21-Mar-17




I have been using rifle scopes for a monocular for ten yrs or so . But I may give these a try .

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 21-Mar-17




They have a 30 day no questions asked return policy.

"JSD...I was wondering if you knew what the difference between the Tracker and the Outdoorsman was? Thanks, Chuck"

Hmmm, the specs look the same.

From: Twisted Branch
Date: 21-Mar-17




I thought so too.

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 21-Mar-17




I think they'll tell you. They are attentive sellers. I've gotten emails directly from them asking if I had any problems or questions

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 21-Mar-17




I think you need to think about what it is you're hunting. For me, I hunt hard wood timber, can't see more than 200 yards most of the time.

What I need is high light gathering, not high power. Ideally I'd like a monocular that was about 6 x 40.

If I spent lots of time out west, then I'd go for a 10 x 50.

From: tradmt
Date: 21-Mar-17




I bet it would be real handy for those times when I'm getting close and need to pick through the grass and sage looking for antler tips and ears. I can 'one hand' my 10x42 Vortex but a monocular would be easier and faster. I'm gonna start looking around.

From: r-man
Date: 21-Mar-17




6-28 by 40m would be ideal mono , I like to count tines

From: JustSomeDude
Date: 21-Mar-17




My cheap Leupold 6x binos handle fine one handed. They're just still bigger than you want them to be if you aren't using them a lot

From: tradmt
Date: 21-Mar-17




Yeah, I live behind my bino's so I would use the 10x42's most of the time but a small monocular might work pretty slick for the final approach of a stalk.

From: warden415
Date: 22-Mar-17




They look good. Went on their site and didn't find the Outdoorsman model but found 2 other 10x42 that look similar? I sent them a email to ask what the differences were?





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