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Nice Handheld Spotting Scope,
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This review is from: Celestron Outland 6x30 Monocular, Black (Electronics)
I bought this for use as a handheld spotting scope at an indoor handgun shooting range. I wanted to be able to see where my shots land, especially at the intermediate and long distances (15-25 yds.) without having always to use the motor to retrieve the target.
(1) Celestron is a familiar name in telescopes, so I assume (rightly or wrongly...) that the optics of the Outland are at least average to above average.
(2) The coated, 30mm objective lens of this monocular has good light-gathering, yielding a pretty bright image. (Keep in mind, your eye's pupil, normally is around 5-6 mm, so we're talking about a 25-36 times greater light-gathering power of the objective lense over your eyes!).
(3) The 6x magnification is perfect for my needs. Greater magnification, and the field-of-view would probably be too narrow, and it'd be hard to hold the scope image perfectly still without a stand (no place to mount it, anyway...). Lesser magnification, and it'd be useless for seeing longer distances (also, for closer distances, there'd be no point in using a scope. My eyes aren't that bad!).
(4) The minimum focal distance (ie., the "near focus") of 13 feet (4-1/3 yards) isn't a constraint for short distances I need it for at the range -- 7, 10, 15, 20 and 25 yards.
(5) It comes with a nylon belt holster, convenient for when there is no ready place to lay this monocular down. Also comes with lanyard that can go around your neck (or around your hand, if you are worried about dropping it).
(6) It has a rubberized body which extends out past the objective lens about a cm so you're less likely to ding/scratch it. The eye-relief shroud both protects the eyepiece lens and keeps your eye at the right distance for optimal matching of your pupil to the exit pupil of the scope.
(7) Lastly, it was reasonably priced, at $27 (free Amazon shipping for being over $25).
(a) At ~4.5" (12 cm) and ~7.5 oz. (217 g) it's a smidge on the large side (not sure why or even if the bulge in the middle of the scope is necessary or if it was some stylistic thing...). Consequently, I can't put it in my shirt's breast pocket, and it won't fit in my jeans pockets without effort. S'ok, since I'd put it in the scope's holster when there's no place to set it down.
(b) The focusing ring is very stiff. And it's hard to turn, since the ring is somewhat narrow. On mine, there is a hitch in it about 2/3rds way in one direction (When I 1st got it, I was very disappointed that it wouldn't focus very well anywhere close to the 13' "near focus"... At some point, I got brave enough to push past the hitch, and then it focused fine, to as close as ~10', actually); the hitch isn't so bad that I'd return it for another (the hitch is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5).
All in all, it was a very good buy for my purposes.