Carson CloseUp 7x18mm Close-Focus Monocular (CF-718)
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- The Carson CloseUp fully coated lens offers all the magnification benefits of a standard 7x power monocular plus extreme close focus to 10-Inch
- Field of View: 432 feet at 1,000 yards
- Compact and lightweight - 1.8 ounce
- Includes a soft pouch, carrying strap and lens cloth
- Great monocular for low vision reading
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This is a high quality product and the only negative about it is that all your friends may try to steal it.
Its optics are quite good at close distances; for a nature walk, you will see excellent detail on an interesting plant, leaf, etc. But don't expect it to also serve for long distance viewing.
In my experience it is NOT a viable longer distance substitute for binoculars. I can't make out street name signage or park trail signposts at a distance, for instance. It won't help with the street sign at the end of my block 100 yards away. So it's very good close up for enjoying details of a flower, a leaf, a seashell , but not very helpful as a trail-hiking navigation tool.
Birdwatcher's note: This does give pretty fair results out to about 60-80 feet, so if you're fairly close you might get a better look at a bird in a very nearby tree. But (to my eye) beyond 60-80 feet you're out of range and it's not very helpful.
It requires two hands to focus the lens.
Build quality and small carry case are fine. It feels sturdy enough, and I've dropped it once or twice and it was fine. The 'lifetime warranty' requires you send in a $12.00 check for service, LOL, which is about what the unit costs new.
As a plus, this item might also be very useful at museums, to see details of items in glass cases or hung on walls behind barrier ropes.
I give it only 3 stars because it's just not useful for the distance work I would have liked to use it for in addition to the closer work--and at close work, it's just fine.Read more ›
I bought two more when the price dropped to 10 dollars. Did I mention that the optics are particularly good. This is something you could carry with you all the time. I highly recommend it for anyone with low vision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have low vision and actually own several monoculars, including two of these. I find them very helpful. The close focus aspect is well worth purchasing. The optics seem fine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kosraedan
it works well for looking closely at things just out of arms reachPublished 2 months ago by Todd Wasson
I keep this little scope handy in my car for reading signs and bumper stickers, etc. It works great.Published 2 months ago by John A. Johnson
This unit really does focus up close. I have poor vision, so I use this to check the rain gauge and bird feeders on our deck. I love it.Published 2 months ago by jonathan dahm
This monocular is really compact and easy to focus. As you might expect from the price, the optics are not very sharp. Read morePublished 3 months ago by chipmunk headache
Piece of garbage, no field of view and no power. Also, the worst clarity of the three optics I purchased at the same time. Buy the HDE 15-55!!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by William