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Outstanding lightweight quick-to-go optics!,
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This review is from: Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular with MRAD Ranging Reticle (Electronics)
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. As a bonus, the mil-rad reticle, with familiarization can become an exceptional tool in-and-of-itself as a range-finding instrument.
For retention afield, this monocular has an excellent metallic clip for use on a belt, waistband, MOLLE, or secure to a pocket. It also has a neck lanyard with a quick-detachable clip which is the perfect length for this tool.
This optic is the one that will always go with you, especially when you want to travel light and fast, and the binoculars stay home, this little jewel will find a place in your pocket, on your belt or around your neck. It's simply too handy and too useful to leave at home!