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Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular with MRAD Ranging Reticle

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4.6 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
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  • Ultra Compact and Lightweight
  • Ranging reticle for holdover and windage corrections
  • Waterproof and Fogproof
  • Reticle Focus for sharp reticle image
  • Flared Eyecup blocks stray light
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Product Description

Vortex Solo Tactical R/T 8x36 Monocular with Reticle Focus Ultra-compact and lightweight, the Solo Tactical R/T monocular delivers big-time optical quality in a palm-sized package. Built to exceed your expectations with generous eye relief and optical performance normally reserved for binoculars, the Solo R/T delivers bright, clear views anywhere. The R/T ranging reticle for precise target range estimation features mrad-based subtensions also includes a secondary quick-ranging system with silhouettes. The reticle focus ensures a sharp reticle iamge at all distances.   Optical Features   Fully Multi-Coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.   Construction Features Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the monocular. Fogproof Nitrogen gas purging delivers fogproof and waterproof performance. Rubber Armor Provides a secure, non-slip grip, and durable external protection.   Convenience Features   Reticle Focus Ensures a sharp reticle image at all distances. Utility Clip Allows for multiple attachment points and quick field access. Flared Eyecup Blocks stray light and folds up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses. Ultra Compact and Lightweight. Ranging reticle for holdover and windage corrections. Waterproof and Fogproof. Reticle Focus for sharp reticle image. Flared Eyecup blocks stray light.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 3 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004WFYG0Y
  • Item model number: SOL-3608-RT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 21, 2011

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During my research for a monocular I repeatably was confused if there was a reticule marking range estimates (Mrad) or not.
This does.

Construction:

Very solid. This is in no way cheaply built. Conforms to the hand nicely too.
Controls:

You have two controls, image focus and reticule focus.
image focus is obvious but the reticule focus is for some kind of past complaint that the reticule would be blurry.
Basically - set it so it's perfect and never touch it again.
Carry case:

This made me laugh when I saw it. It's "custom" all right. Doesn't mean it's good. nudge it a bit and your optic might fall out. Nice big open spot to let the environment scratch the lens.
The belt loop is a snap on loop. Not sturdy for a pound heavy monocular. If you're climbing and it falls loose, your consolidation is it's in the case as it falls I suppose.

My advice?
Sew the loop so it's permanent.
Turn the case inside out and sew patches of cloth on both sides closing the gaps. I had some leather lying around (black leather) and sewed it on. Looks 10x better and 100x more sturdy. Beats buying a new one and after all, it is "custom" made for it. Too bad they didn't spend an extra 20c on cloth for each one but oh well.

Reticule:
Uses Mrad measurement. Basically you need to know the height in yards and how many mrads it takes. TargetHeightx1000/mrads.
very accurate. Tested it out on some houses (using 10ft for a story) and cross referenced with Google Earth - correct distance.
If you hate math, go for the cheaper non reticule sponsoring monocular. I think they're $90.

Optics:
Very clear.
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Since I volunteer for Search and Rescue, this item has totally come in handy-- and all the guys are both jealous and impressed. The range finder is easy to use (I'm a novice) and one of the SWAT sniper guys that is the unit is teaching me more on how to scope objects better. I've used it dozens of times within 1 month for both personal and volunteeer work. As far as the carrying sack that previous reviews have complained about: NO LONGER are they used. The newest one is well-reinforced material albeit it's a little big for the monocular. I just sewed some extra velcro to tighten things up better. It comes with a handy clip also. Cheers!
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This monocular is highly under-rated. The optics are exceptionally crisp and clear with no fringing or vignetting discernible.

The mil-rad reticle and the silhouette outlines make range-finding both concise and expedient. Just a little time invested in familiarization with the reticle features, makes range estimation intuitive and effortless. It also serves as an excellent backup to laser rangefinders in case of electrical failure of these devices.

The monocular in generously rubber armored and appears is constructed to withstand continual use in most any environment. The body of the unit is very ergonomic, the focus ring situated perfectly for ease of access, and the resistance in the ring is perfect for fine focus adjustment and holding that setting without being unduly difficult to rotate, even with a gloved hand.

The fold down eye cup is also a nice touch with the side-light diffusing feature. It really does help when there is bright sun behind and to the side when using the unit. A good feature with a nice touch.

Optical clarity is outstanding as is brightness of image and ambient light transmission. Dusk and dawn reflect the superiority of this monocular to other optical products! The light gathering ability of this 8x36 optic is simply stunning, especially for the price point!

While weight of this unit might put some people off, it is no more, and certainly less than most ultra compact binoculars, and the visual acuity combined with the brightness of image of this Vortex Solo R/T shames most of those product. I would FAR rather carry the Solo R/T into the field than any of the ultra compact binoculars, both for compactness, quality of image and portability.
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I have just received the Solo Tactical RT 8x36 monocular, and so far I am impressed. The build quality seems very good. The lenses are clear, producing a great image and FOV. The reticle is also very good, both the graduated mils scale and the silhouette-style layovers. The dials for adjusting image and reticle focus, are suitably firm but usable. I also like the overall feel of the rubberised protection and grip.

The down side is that the "pouch" provided is next to useless, and is essentially open on two of its four sides; which seems like a good way to loose the monocular, especially if you don't make sure you hook the belt clip onto the pouch for added security. Additionally the belt clip itself does not seem overly sturdy. Based on a previous customer reveiw I purchased a flash-bang pouch to hold the monocular (and had already received that when the monocular arrived), it works very well.

If I was purely reveiwing the monocular I would probably give it five stars; however the issues with the pouch and clip, which lets face it are part of the price, prevent it from acheiving perfection. The monocular own its own is excellent.
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