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Carson CloseUp 7x18mm Close-Focus Monocular (CF-718)

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  • The Carson CloseUp fully coated lens offers all the magnification benefits of a standard 7x power monocular plus extreme close focus to 10-Inch
  • 472 feet field of view at 1,000 yards
  • Compact and lightweight - 1.8 ounce
  • Includes a soft pouch, carrying strap and lens cloth
  • Great monocular for low vision reading
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Carson CloseUp 7x18mm Close-Focus Monocular (CF-718) + HDE® 15x - 55x Zoom 21mm Compact Monocular
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Product Description

The CF-718 Close-Up from Carson Optical offers all the benefits of standard 7x power Monoculars plus an extreme close focus of only 10-Inches. You'll be able to view details of faraway objects as well as the objects right in front of you. This Monocular is so compact and lightweight you can take it with you anywhere. The CloseUp Monocular is perfect for butterfly viewing or low vision needs.Warranty: At Carson, we manufacture only the highest quality monoculars. We're so confident in our products that we back them with a No Fault, No Hassle Warranty! In the event that your monoculars get damaged, regardless of cause, Carson will repair or replace them for a total cost of 15.00 Dollars, which includes all return shipping and handling fees. NO HIDDEN CHARGES! If your monoculars are found to have manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship, Carson will repair or replace your monoculars and return them FREE OF CHARGE.

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  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 1.8 inches ; 2.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0010KZJXC
  • Item model number: CF-718
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,450 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Small compact and easy to fit in shirt pocket, when hiking etc.
Rocketman
It has the additional advantage of being able to focus at an extremely close distance, I believe of about 10 inches!!!
Michael J. Schmidt
As expected, the closer the object, the more you have to crank the focus to get the image sharp.
John

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Schmidt on September 14, 2009
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The Carson Close-Up Monocular is a great optical device! It has excellent optics, is easy to use, is small and light weight. It has the additional advantage of being able to focus at an extremely close distance, I believe of about 10 inches!!! This makes it great for looking not only at birds, distant mountains, etc. but also at paintings in museums, cool things I don't want to touch - like spiders or bugs, etc. It appears to be well built and sturdy too. It's quite compact and lightweight, lighter than a tiny monocular I had planned to take on an upcoming trip. This Carson monocular has replaced my old monocular and because of its small size and weight it will likely replace my binoculars for birding, hiking, etc.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Voiceover Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 27, 2010
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Lightweight and compact enough for a shirt pocket, with a small lightweight black nylon belt pouch and lanyard included. But I'm a little disappointed with this item despite having researched it thoroughly and having modest expectations.

Its optics are quite good at close distances; for a nature walk, you will see excellent detail on an interesting plant, leaf, etc. But don't expect it to also serve for long distance viewing.

In my experience it is NOT a viable longer distance substitute for binoculars. I can't make out street name signage or park trail signposts at a distance, for instance. It won't help with the street sign at the end of my block 100 yards away. So it's very good close up for enjoying details of a flower, a leaf, a seashell , but not very helpful as a trail-hiking navigation tool.

Birdwatcher's note: This does give pretty fair results out to about 60-80 feet, so if you're fairly close you might get a better look at a bird in a very nearby tree. But (to my eye) beyond 60-80 feet you're out of range and it's not very helpful.

It requires two hands to focus the lens.

Build quality and small carry case are fine. It feels sturdy enough, and I've dropped it once or twice and it was fine. The 'lifetime warranty' requires you send in a $12.00 check for service, LOL, which is about what the unit costs new.

As a plus, this item might also be very useful at museums, to see details of items in glass cases or hung on walls behind barrier ropes.
I give it only 3 stars because it's just not useful for the distance work I would have liked to use it for in addition to the closer work--and at close work, it's just fine.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Natural on September 5, 2012
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I've had two of these for about two years now (car and house) and think it is the best monocular out there. I have them on neck lanyards (they weigh next to nothing) so as not to drop or lose them or have them stolen. Love to watch the hummingbirds up close thru the window with it. Also a MUST when shopping if you have old eyes like mine ... it is the ONLY visual aid that will let you actually READ the price sticker on the BOTTOM SHELF at the big box stores without crawling on your knees (tho you may look kind of silly doing it). It also works perfectly for reading all the impossibly fine print on the wall menu in the fast food joints ... also silly looking, but at 71, I don't care.

This is a high quality product and the only negative about it is that all your friends may try to steal it.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By K. Hammel on February 4, 2010
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Highly Recommended. 4.5 Stars. Under $15. I can use it even with my safety glasses on but I lose some width looking through the scope. Works for me. Only bad point is the thin, black, string holder would make a great garrote to get yourself killed. It is not for any workplace. OSHA would never approve the string. Replace it with a safe, breakaway ribbon like I did & you have a 5 star, very sharp, mini telescope with a UNHEARD of CONTINUOUS FOCUS down to 10 inches. It only uses one focusing ring while a rival close focus monocular forces you to use a 2nd focusing ring for distances within 6 feet. If the 1st ring on the rival monocular isn't all the way back, it won't focus. Lightweight. I use the close focus end of the scope at work, (for distances between 2 - 10 feet), to read labels from a lift. I had no fogging problems.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Kim on June 12, 2010
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I'll be darned. This monocular actually delivered as advertised. I think most of us know that when you purchase any optical instrument at very low price; chances are that somewhere along the way it will have problem. Another Carson product I purchased in the past (zoom microscope) was exactly like that. It was very difficult to focus, very narrow field-of-view and simply pain to use.

This monocular, conversely had been opposite. As others have already noted, it really does do excellent job of extreme close focus. This monocular is so low priced that you don't have to baby it. If you lose it or break it then just buy another one.

FYI in case you decide to purchase this. If you're sensitive to glue or plastic smell you may need to aerate it first because my monocular smelled when I first opened the box and used it. Also, people with extreme near-sight vision wearing glasses may have some problem focusing on certain objects like plants or forest.

Update: 10/04/12

I lost my original monocular so I placed order for replacement. The new one unfortunately will not focus clearly. No matter how much I tried to adjust the focus, the object I am looking will not lose the blurry picture. Hence, I am dropping my ranking to two stars. Being that this monocular's low price tag, I am just going to toss it away.
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