There is a list of essentials you need to put in mind when going out to buy a monocular. Here is the Buyers guide to monoculars:
F.O.V. is an acronym for Field of View and describes the distance between the left and the right side of the picture. The field of view tends to shrink when you look at objects through magnified optics. The field of view is also directly proportional to the magnification of the monocular I.e. the higher the magnification the bigger the field of view. Buying a monocular with a much large field of view enables you to see moving objects easily compared to monoculars with a smaller field of view. For this reason, it is advisable to buy a monocular with a large field of view if you’re intending to use it for watching fast movement sports such as hockey and football.
One of few things that set a spotting scope and a monocular is magnification. Although it is advisable to purchase a monocular with the highest magnification, you need to put into consideration the purpose of the device. For instance, if you are an avid bird watcher, you will want to purchase a monocular with a larger magnification powerful enough to see birds in finer details. If you intend to use the monocular for watching close objects such as a soccer match then you need to purchase monocular with relatively smaller magnification. However, larger magnification doesn’t always mean the bliss. A high magnification monocular adjusted to its maximum magnification can be almost impossible to use. A slight movement even that produced by breathing can disrupt the view. Therefore, you may be required to buy tripods to prevent the undue swaying of the device. Buying the tripods and the monocular is quite costly.
Better yet, you can simply opt to purchase monoculars that come with fixed magnification range to remove the inconvenience that comes with adjustments and need to purchase separate trips.
No one wants to buy a fragile monocular that crumbles into pieces when dropped on the ground. The first level of durability in monoculars is known as the junk level. Monoculars in this category can survive light abrasions but can’t leave the ground intact when dropped. They cost 10 bucks or less. The second level includes the average monoculars designed for bird watching and lots of other outdoor activities. This category of monoculars has an impressive level of durability because they can survive a fall. Better yet, their optics tend to be fog, water, and dust resistant. The third level is known as the tough optics. They are designed to withstand incredible insults involving kicking, burying in snow and submerging in water without damage. They are mostly used by hunters, hikers, and other extreme adventures. Therefore, buy a monocular that is rugged enough to fit your needs.
Size and weight
Size and weight is a factor for an obvious reason; portability and comfort. A heavy optic will be heavy to carry around and uncomfortable to use especially with one hand. To prevent developing fatigue, consider buying a monocular that is light-weight and easy to hold with one arm.
This is the ability to mount a camera on your monocular and capture photographs for later use. If you are a photographer who likes taking photos with finest details then you should consider buying a monocular with digiscoping capability.