A Beginner’s Guide to Using a Monocular Telescope

Monocular word is derived from two Latin words, “Monos,” which means “single or one,” and “oculus,” which means eye. The best-known example is a monocular telescope. So, a monocular is a device (like a telescope) designed for one eye. It uses a lens and prims to produce magnified images by focusing light, and the result leads to compact designs because of the prism system. It’s a mini version with a one-eye spotting scope. It is very small and thin, making it easy to be placed in a purse or pocket. Monocular telescope allows us to enjoy the view when we don’t want to use both eyes and both hands (An eye and one hand is needed to hold monocular).

We have many optical devices to magnify the images of distant objects. Still, people prefer monocular because of its small size and available at affordable prices with the amazing quality of results. Remember that monocular produce only 2-dimensional images, while binocular produces 3-dimensional images (assume that one has a normal binocular vision). Monocular shares some binocular and spotting scopes, but its small size makes it different from them. 

Generally, the monocular telescope comes with zoom – in the range of 4x to 10x. But now we can find higher and higher zoom levels in it, which increases the quality of vision.

High definition monocular telescope provides HD, clearer, and brighter view. These high definition monocular come with high-quality BAK4 prisms and coated lenses (with multi-layers).

Images produced by these monocular have superior contrast with excellent resolution. They are also designed for hard weather conditions as the upper part is sealed with O-ring and fog resistance with waterproof material.  

Types of Monocular Telescope: 

Monoculars come in different forms, which varies from several features. Some of the most common types of monoculars are:

Infrared monocular, Range finder monoculars, Compass monocular, Galilean type Zoom monoculars, Night vision monoculars, Thermal imaging monoculars 

Working of monocular: 

Monocular is relatively long with a straight optical path. It consists of one tube, a single lens, eyepiece, and handheld (used by one hand to handle). 

When light passes in monocular through prism lenses, it magnifies the object (or target ) to make a clear distant vision. Prisms are usually used to change the optical path to make shorter devices, but sometimes it acts like a therapeutic lens that helps it turn the user’s eye in the right direction. 

Here an important point to mention is this. These prism lens does not act as an optical lens. Whenever light passes through it, the lens bends it towards the base, the object which is visible through the prism moves towards the pointed direction. The prism lens’s magnification power directly impacts sight, as it causes a single vision in variable orientations and directions instead of double vision. 

The optical devices with different lens sizes usually yield adequate power for many people, but adding a bigger lens makes the device heavy and bulky as well. But these bigger lenses provide us wide and bright view. 30mm and 42mm is typical lens size that works properly with monocular.

How to use a monocular telescope?

Mostly, using your dominant eye is great for a monocular telescope. Remember that both eyes of the same person have many differences in viewing the same thing. Use the same side of the hand where the dominant eye is because it causes interruption to maintain position, the adjustment will be difficult, and crossing the hand will lead to bad views.

You can also use your wrist to hold it. Just try to keep your keep and ocular lens more closely as much as you can. Setting up your focus is also an important step to get a clear vision. Use adjustments mention in the manuals to maintain the focus. 

Don’t remove your eyeglasses to keep your eye near the ocular lens if your eyesight is weak because monocular will not help you maintain strong eyesight, lol.

It is a good technique to set your target before managing your position and direction of monocular. Stay still while finding the target the first time. Your target may be hidden if you will keep on moving. If you lost your target, don’t remove monocular. Just use your free eye to find the target again. If you target a moving object, then keep changing the monocular position as your target change. 

Advantages of Monocular Telscopes

The main advantage is that the monocular telescope is much smaller in size as compare to other devices. We can keep them in our pockets or purses. Monocular is best for observing any moving object (target). They are also used while hunting, climbing a mountain, fishing, camping, low vision reading, or observing birds or wildlife, keeping yourself on the safe side. So, it is a good option to keep the monoculars along with you throughout your trios and outing without any problem. Some monocular allows us to stream real-time and save experiences on an SD card. They can be used in harsh weather conditions.

Professionals also suggest night vision monocular as they don’t kill one’s night vision. These night vision monoculars simply enhance the light and work to amplify the light rather than dependent on the light present there. This helps you to sight better at night.

The high quality of the magnification is seen through the monoculars. Zoom magnification may be available as it is available for the binoculars. It is not only a single device having zoom magnification. Some of the high- quality cameras also have zoom magnification functionality. Some low-budget devices show zoom magnification, which is very much attractive for the readers on the paper, but actually, it produces magnification, which has a narrow field of view. 

In short, Monoculars have the best zoom and magnification quality, which enhances and broaden the field vision.

So, are you ready to get your very own Monocular telescope? Well, don’t wait anymore and get one today!