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Currently for deer hunting I carry a pair of Nikon Action 10x50 Binocs, The reason I chose them is, for their price, they offer excelent optics. My only gripe is their size and weight, it's just a bit too much to carry all day. I've considered going to a pair of roof prism binocs, but I run into two problems, #1, to get the same image quality as the nikons, I've got to go up a good bit in price, and #2, I'm blind in my left eye, so half of the money I'm spending on binoculars is for optics which I'll never look through, and only make for extra weight and bulk. This brings me to monoculars, The IOR and Zeiss lines, as well as the Minola, are all in my price range, but no local stores seem to carry them, so I've never been able to look through any of them to compare to what I'm currently using. Will a quality monocular stack up to the optics in a good set of roof prism binocs, or are they just cheap junk for hikers and tourists?

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I love my IOR Monocular and use it quite a bit on my Army Weekends Ranging Targets.  I have never had any problems with vision or fogging.... 

Just a great piece to add to your hunting equipment.

 

http://www.valdada.com/vn/ior/01n

 

 

MP-8 Reticle too......

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You might also consider a binocular harness.

http://opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=6419&PN=2
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Since you are blind in one eye, any binocular - no matter the quality - would seem to involve quite a bit of waste.   I don't think that I could justify any binocular were I in a similar position. Personally I would recommend you look at the Leupold Gold Ring 10-20x40 spotting scope.  It is VERY compact.  It comes with a comfortable neoprene neck strap and also quite easily would fit into a jacket pocket.  It is extremely easy to use handheld. It would be a definate improvement over your Nikons. What's even better is its ability to zoom into 20x.  For this you would likely need to brace it up against a pack, tree, or rock, or mount it on a small tripod but, it is a very handy ability.  I have used mine for about 3 or 4 years as my backpacking scope and it proved to be a fantastic little scope.

 

Oh yes, and the optics are superb and unlike most other monoculars on the market, they include a full-size (40mm) objective lens.  You can therefore, count on good performance in low light conditions, especially at 10x.

 

Here's a link...

http://www.swfa.com/pc-6190-347-leupold-10-20x40-compact-gol den-ring-spotting-scope.aspx



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