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In a previous thread (Best $200 or less Bino?) Midwest_Hunter brought up the idea of a Monocular.  He uses an 8X36.  I had a few questions about Vortex and I believe that Vortex is what he has?
 
Now getting ready to make a purchase, I see that Zen-Ray also has a line of monoculars (ZRS HD)
 
Anybody have experience with either of these?  Any other brands to consider?
 
Klamath:
In the above mentioned thread, you mention that "I use with complete satisfaction a Zen Ray ZRS HD" bino.  You also state that "I am seriously thinking of getting one (monocular) to have handy to keep on my person."
I assume that you would / are considering the Zen-Ray?  Any experience to compare / contrast the Vortex monocular with the Zen-Ray?
Any others to be considered?

Thanks all in advance......



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Originally posted by robbie robbie wrote:

Klamath:
In the above mentioned thread, you mention that "I use with complete satisfaction a Zen Ray ZRS HD" bino.  You also state that "I am seriously thinking of getting one (monocular) to have handy to keep on my person."
I assume that you would / are considering the Zen-Ray?  Any experience to compare / contrast the Vortex monocular with the Zen-Ray?
Any others to be considered?

Thanks all in advance......

Seems like I'm always "seriously considering" some optic or another Smile.  That includes monoculars at various points in time.  Actually I have a pretty specific use in mind for them.  What would be nice is a small, pocketable optic to use for checking sprinkler line alingment before turning the line on (are the heads at the other end straight?).  Usually I can see it well enough but sometimes I wind up taking a walk I didn't need to take, or even worse not taking a walk I should have taken.  Irrigating is a wet, mostly two handed operation and a monocular in the pocket would sometimes be nice to have.  I think about one every irrigation season, and this might be the season I do get one.  It seems like some other optic interest always comes up and uses up what funds I am willing to spend.  Sometimes some mundane sort of thing like new tires for the pickup gets in the way too.  So I have not yet goten a monocular.  I probably will not spend much money on one either.
 
I would consider the Vortex.  I have not looked at the Zen Ray.  I would not be interested in a monocular for hunting.  Binocular vision is not something I'm willing to sacrifice there.


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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

I would not be interested in a monocular for hunting.  Binocular vision is not something I'm willing to sacrifice there.


It would get tiresome using a monocular as much as a person uses binoculars while hunting.
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I hunt in pretty thick woods here in Wisconsin, so a monocular is nice to grab to check out movement. I don't tend to sit behind my binoculars while out hunting, but it really depends on the terrain. For glassing or extended use, a nice pair of binoculars is the way to go.
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Thanks for the responses.  I certainly agree that a monocular is NOT the go to hunting optic.  However, I'm sure I will have one in my pocket.
I'm really wanting this this thing to:
1. Just have in the car to be able to grab or carry whenever.
2. For my mom to carry to the barn on her farm as she may need a close up view of any cattle situations.
 
I'm ordering 2 of them today.  Think I will get an 8x25 and 8x36.  I'm pretty sure I will keep the 36, but I want my mom to try both as I bet she will like smaller better.
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I am also in Wi and  Bino all the way, if you really want a monocular use a good range finder.
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Are those Vortex monoculars you ordered, robbie?
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yup - on the phone with them as I type
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If the ZRS HD monocular is as good as their HD binoculars, the optical quality will no doubt beat the Vortex one. Does it have the same dielectric prism coating?
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