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    Posted: January/17/2021 at 16:02
Since I have a tremor in my right hand I was considering a monocular instead of a pair of binoculars. 

Looking for something with as good glass as I can get for final minutes of legal light and a wide FOV.

Or is a good pair of binoculars going to out perform a good monocular?

Any thoughts?
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I don't have much time with a monocular. But their seem to be some good ones. I have a lot of time with spotting scopes and compared to binoculars, with good ones I can glass all day. That doesn't happen for me when using one eye with a spotter.
Maybe some light weight binoculars would help for one hand use. I'll spend the day with some smaller binos watching the birds and deer tomorrow one handed.

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I have been watching the critters the last few days with binoculars and one handed. I have been using 10x42 Meopta and 7x42 Zeiss Dialyt. There is some shake and I can do it for short periods of time. I can't say a monocular would be any better, though.

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Thanks Doug.
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My only monoculars are a range finder and a night vision device. I could not use a monocular of their size for regular glassing. 
I spent some more time one handed glassing using the 10x42 Meopta, 7x42 Zeiss and added a 15x80 Steiner. For one handed viewing the 7x42 wins, hands down. The lower magnification helps reduce the effects of movement.


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Thanks again Doug. I appreciate it.
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I have had these several years and like them. The Zeiss monoculars are also ones you should consider.  I don't do well with binoculars but this I like. 


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https://www.swfa.com/zeiss-8x20-designselection-monocular-1.html?___SID=U


Zeiss 8x20 monocular .... I wouldn't mine having one of these. 

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Thanks Wes!
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Unfortunetely, there aren't a whole lot of high end monoculars with large enough objectives to be good in low light.  

The best compact one is probably the Leica 8x20, and it is amazing for how good it is given the small size, but it is not exactly a low light monster.

Vortex used to make 10x50 and 15x50 monoculars.  10x50 was quite nice in low light, but naturally it is discontinued.  15x50 was a little hard for me to handhold for any length of time.  They do have a 8x32 version that is adequate.

Honestly, the only monocular that I have been using with any regularity is the 7x25 in my Sig LRF and it is surprisingly good, but Leica and Swaro do have better optics in theirs.

Maybe something like this is worth considering?
https://www.swfa.com/leica-7x24-rangemaster-crf-2400-r-rangefinder.html?___SID=U


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There are some compact spotting scopes that can be used as handheld monoculars when equipped with a straight eyepiece, but that is likely larger than what you are looking for.

Sig makes a 10-20x30 stabilized monocular, but I have not seen it.


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Thanks ILya! I was considering the Leica 8x20, but I like your idea of using a range finder.
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I have been using my Sig Kilo 1400 8x20 LRF for viewing. I can't hold steady with one hand. If a rest against something or use two hands it is acceptable, but not for long. The optics aren't too bad, either.
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I know it has been a while and you no doubt have made your decision. Yet I thought I would toss my 2 cents in.
I have tried many monocular over the past 60 years and I have never found one that will provide the quality of view that a decent pair of binoculars can. That said, I wondered what you use was for a monocular? Spotting scopes are great but normally need a tripod to get steady views, and I have one that works well, like others have said, with a straight lens. I also own a small spyglass, like the ones used on ships or by my relatives, the pirates. lol That unit is best braced on a tree limb or some part of my vehicle to keep it steady. 
I suppose I have to come back to the "what are you doing with it" question. it is the same question we all ask about binoculars. BTW, a good SLR with a nice zoom lens works good in many situations.
I hope you have found a great solution and that you are glassing at will.

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Hey CaptRedbeard, is that the Whitefish Point Lighthouse?
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I wish I knew! It is a stock picture that Opticstalk provided. Very fuzzy. I've got a new one of Pigeon Point lighthouse I will be posting soon. It is one of my favorites.

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I just looked it up Doug and I think you are correct.
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I'm down from Whitefish Point. It's a great area with few people.
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