Best Budget Monoculars
In this category we have selected the best budget monoculars. These are monoculars which cost less than $100. They offer good quality and they perform well too. You may choose from different models with various features and prices range from $50 to $200.
There are many reasons why one would want to buy a budget model over another one. One reason could be the price difference. Another reason might be that you do not need a high resolution image or you just prefer a lower priced model.
The main advantage of these budget models is their affordability. If you are looking for a low cost alternative to binoculars then these will definitely fit your needs. There are many other advantages too like ease of use, portability, and durability.
There are several brands which make these models. Some of them include: Leupold, Orion, Crayford, and others.
Below you can see some images of different models which we think are suitable for birding purposes.
1) Orion SkyQuest XT6i 6×42 Binoculars – Price Range:
$49-$199 (Currently Discounted at $39)
2) Celestron NexStar 4SE 20mm f/3.
5 – Price: $169 (Currently Discounted at $89)
3) Leupold 114548 Golden Eagle 12×50 – Price:
$149 (Currently Discounted at $85)
How to Choose the Best Monocular
There are many factors which influence the final decision when choosing a monocular. There are two main types of monoculars which are used for different purposes. These types are Porro prisms and roof prisms. Monoculars with roof prisms are more common and they are easier to use.
They are more compact too, having a length of about 3″ and a width of 2″. The focus is achieved by turning the eyepiece. Roof prisms reduce the amount of light that enters the lens from the sides. When you compare them to other types of monoculars they also reduce the size and weight. Roof prisms are best for people who mainly use them for travelling.
The porro prisms are the oldest design for monoculars. They allow you to easily observe an object located at a distance. This type of monocular is best for people who intend to use it mainly to watch an object which is located somewhere in the open. Other types of monoculars are: Compound, Cassegrain, Catadioptric and digital.
When using a monocular it is important that you know how to focus it. You will need to adjust the focus in order to get a sharp and clear picture. There are three types of focusing mechanisms: Focusing by hand, focusing with twist mechanism and focusing with push-button mechanism.
For bird watching or stargazing you will also have to choose between roof prisms and porro prisms. For mainly outdoor use, roof prisms are recommended since they are more resistant towards dust and water.
Monocular Buying Tips
It is really important to know what you are going to use the monocular for, before actually buying one. Having a few ideas about your needs will help you narrow down your options and pick the right model for you. Also pay attention to the size of the objective lens. The bigger it is, the higher the amount of light that will enter through the lens.
More light means a better image quality. If you are going to use the monocular during dawn or dusk, then a big objective lens is highly recommended.
Use it for bird watching or stargazing?
Go for a roof prism monocular.
Do you want to use it mainly during the day?
Then a porro prism model would be a good choice.
Know what your final price range is going to be?
You can start eliminating options from there.
– Consider the size and weight as well. If you want something portable, then a smaller monocular would be better.
– Think about whether or not you will need special coatings. If you are going to be using the monocular during dawn or dusk, you should get a model with special day/night lens.
– Your actual field of view is also something that you need to take into account. For example, a person who is going to use the monocular for hunting would need a wider field of view, so he can have a better perspective of what is happening around him. However, if you are going to use the monocular for bird watching, then a narrower field of view would be a better choice since it will allow you to concentrate on a specific area.
– Finally, think about the size and weight. If you want something small and portable, then a smaller monocular would be a good idea. On the other hand, if you are going to use it for bird watching or stargazing, then a bigger and heavier monocular would suit your needs better.
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