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Orion 10x42 Waterproof Monocular (Black)

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  • Compact and portable monocular perfect for hand-held scanning and magnified study of distant birds, wildlife, and scenery
  • Waterproof rubber-armored construction for viewing in virtually any weather - but submersion or scuba diving is not recommended!
  • Conveniently compact at just 6.1-Inches long, and lightweight at just 11 ounces
  • Fully multi-coated 42mm diameter optics with anti-reflection coatings ensure maximum light throughput and bright, clear views
  • Amazing close focus of just 20-Inches - view even up-close birds and objects with 10x power magnification
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Technical Details

  • Waterproof

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.2 x 2.2 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002T3H49Q
  • Item model number: 08431
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2003

Product Description

When you want close-up views of distant objects, but have limited space for optical gear, a quality monocular is your best bet. Sometimes, a binocular or spotting scope is simply too large and cumbersome to bring along on family trips to the beach, sports games, or on camping excursions to scenic locations. The Orion 10x42 Waterproof Monocular is conveniently compact and portable, so you can enjoy magnified views of distant wildlife, birds, scenery, sporting events, and even the Moon without packing a lot of bulky equipment. What's more, its rugged, rubber-armored body and waterproof construction make the Orion 10x42 Monocular ideal for use in virtually any weather conditions. The Orion 10x42 Waterproof Monocular is advantageously small in size, but it provides big optical performance thanks to its 42mm aperture objective lens and quality BK-7 roof prism. All optical surfaces of the 10x42 Waterproof Monocular are fully multi-coated to ensure maximum light throughput so you can enjoy bright, vivid views, even in low-light conditions during dusk and pre-dawn hours. The monocular's wide 5.9 degree field of view provides a nicely sized window with 10x power magnification, so it's easy to track moving target objects during use. But what if that bird you're looking at decides to land on the very tree you're standing under? Not to worry -the Orion 10x42 Monocular features an amazing near focus distance of just 20-Inches - more than adequate for viewing even extremely close-by quarry with 10x power magnification. Eyeglass wearers will appreciate the Orion 10x42 Waterproof Monocular's comfortable, 17mm long eye relief, as it allows you to leave corrective lenses on during use. For those who don't wear glasses, or who prefer to remove them when using optical instruments, the 10x42 Monocular features a twist-up rubber eyeguard to help properly position your eye to take in the entire field of view comfortably.

Customer Reviews

Easy to focus.
BeccaM
Very handy & compact enough to fit in my bdu thigh pocket.
JJL
The image is clear and bright.
Brian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Craig H. Kinsley on April 23, 2010
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I was in the market for an inexpensive monocular for animal behavior observations. Something that was portable, durable, waterproof, and uncomplicated. Having had a lot of experience with optics fron Orion, including owning a telescope of theirs that I just love (the XT12 Intelliscope Dobsonian, modded with Televue lenses, Starlight Instruments focuser, and ScopeBuggy). I saw the new 10x42 monocular and it seemed to be just what I was looking for. This little thing is just great. It comes with with a little neck cord that cleverly screws into the base where a tripod or monopod would go, and it has a carrying case. The optics are Orion-quality -- sharp and bright -- with magnification that provides resolution but not at the expense of clarity. For the price, the features of the Orion monocular far exceed what it costs. Orion, again, delivers on its promise. Thanks to them for producing such a fine product.
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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Arnold on April 30, 2011
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The Orion 10x42 Waterproof Monocular is a pretty good solidly built monocular for $40. It's made of a soft yet durable material to withstand scratches and hopefully accidental drops.

It comes in a case (really just a cloth cover, it won't protect the monocular very much from drops), and a lanyard that hooks onto the hole where a stand should screw in. It has a big focusing wheel near the end and a fine focusing wheel near you. It has an eyepiece that is meant for non-glasses viewers when unscrewed and for glasses when screwed up.

I mainly had two problems: I kind of wanted the focusing to be farther, but the farther the monocular can see, the harder it is to have it stay still (which is why a stand comes in handy), and the monocular is BIG. It is about six inches long and about an inch wide. I wanted something pocket-sized, but that's just a personal preference. I searched for a while for an inexpensive monocular that gives crystal clear vision.

If you are looking for what I was and don't really mind the size, then this monocular is the way to go. Just be SURE to CHECK the magnification; make sure it fits your needs. As a quick reference, 10x42 means HOW MUCH MAGNIFIED x HOW MUCH LIGHT IT CAN TAKE IN.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By T. Currie on May 14, 2010
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This is an excellent scope! The eyepeice rotates out so you can press your eye to it without hitting the lens, even eyelashes. This eliminates the "black half moon you cant see through" effect entirely. Super bright, excellent near and far focus. Pay attention to the 10x42 so you know what the rating means and you will be thrilled if this is what you need. Orion's customer service is also 5 stars.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KTS on April 23, 2011
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I bought a 170 dollar Minox 8x and sent it back. You can read my review of that monocular too. I bought this and find it vastly superior in terms of clarity, light capture, and image quality. It works very well in low light, has great eye relief, and although not a crystal clear image, it is very, very, good. The only thing is it is on the big side. It is really half of a comparable 10x binocular. It is about 2 inches longer, a bit fatter, and several ounces heavier than the Minox 8x that I got it to replace, but at less than half the price, I can live with it. I also have to keep in mind that it is 10x not 8x. Over all, for most purposes, this is a brilliant product. I recommend it to anyone who wants real magnification and clarity of image. I have only had it a day so can't speak to durability. My only complaint is the way the neck strap attaches. It screws into the tripod socket, which is stupid. Absent some unforeseen failure in the mechanism, I expect to be very happy with this product for some time. I will post updates after I use it for a while, but at this price, it is well worth it. I would recommend to a friend and I would buy it again.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on May 16, 2013
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I have had this Orion monocular since June 2012. It has been great up until yesterday, when it made contact with water for the first time. I went hiking through a near by forest with a friend, and we had to cross through areas with small waterfalls. I had never tested this product's "water-proofness" or water resistance, but I didn't think that I had to. When I went to use this piece, I found that it was fogged up. So when I got home I took the pieces that I could apart, and found moister in every layer of lens. Everything else in my pack survived except this monocular. I don't think this product is really even water resistant. So I bought this monocular to be able to use when wet, and it did not perform. If you intend to buy a monocular for the same reason, then don't buy this one.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ilaboo on January 3, 2011
After getting moisture in it Orion told me it is water resistant that is not made to be able to fall into water--the optics are very good no complaints and it focuses very close maybe 8 feet. Orion replaced it with no aggravation
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Shari Isaac on January 21, 2011
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I bought this because I have very low vision and I need a mono-scope to see everything from my toes, menus at fast food restaurants to street lights. What I really like abut the mono-scope is how easy it is to find things through the viewfinder. The image is also large and very clear with no obvious distortion around the edges.

My biggest complaint is the size. It does not fit into most pockets of skirts or pants. It is quite large both in diameter and length. It does have a neck strap, but its size makes it uncomfortable to have it just hang on you neck if you are shopping or riding a bike. It takes up almost half my purse. It is taller than a plastic juice glass and wider than my wrist (and I am not skinny).

Now to end on a positive note. You can focus it at a certain distance and it will stay focused at that distance. So if you are watching a play you only have to focus it once for the whole play. This helps if you want or need to look at something quickly.
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