19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Excellent - consider the 8x36 model if you wear eyewear,
This review is from: Vortex Solo 10x36 mm Monocular (Electronics)
This review is for the 8x36 model, which is identical to the 10x36 in outward appearances. However, except for the obvious difference in magnification, the 8x36 gives you 18mm of eye relief (the 10x36 gives you 15mm). If you have eyewear, that extra eye relief is appreciated. I can easily use the 8x36 while keeping my eyewear on. The twist-up eyecup is a nice feature: it should be twisted down for those wearing glasses.
I used to own a Brunton Macroscope. It also has good optics, but it is not as compact or as comfortable to hold as this Vortex Solo. The Brunton Macroscope design lends itself to being mounted on a tripod. The Vortex's design lends itself to being carried and held by hand.
Others have commented on the exceptional quality of the optics and design of the Solo. All around, I give it 5 stars because I don't have any complaints or pressing suggestions for improvement.
Useful Tip with regards to focusing: there's a small dimple on the focus ring. The manual doesn't mention it, and you may not even notice it if you aren't looking for it. If you turn the ring so that the dimple lines up with the small arrow on the top of the grip, it will be pretty much in-focus for distant objects. If your vision is a bit different, it will still make a useful reference point.
A lot of reviews seem to focus on the carry case. I'm probably one of the few who actually "like" the case, but I can see why others may disagree. Basically, it's a minimalist case, very light and breathable. It's just enough to protect the lenses while being transported in a pack or pocket. It also won't trap moisture like a fully enclosed case. There's a belt loop on the case, but I probably wouldn't use it while on rough terrain. Regardless, even if the case weren't included, I'd still recommend this scope.
I can also vouch for OpticsPlanet, one of the distributors for Vortex: they shipped my order within a reasonable timeframe and it arrived packaged well.