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    Wanting a high quality monocular. Request any links, advise, brand suggestions.

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    Does it have to be a monocular?

    The Leica Monovid 8x20 is not bad (around $460.00 at Amazon). But if I were to buy a monocular, I would consider a range finder monocular. The are a little bulkier but most are monoculars already, with the addition to a range finder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    Does it have to be a monocular?

    The Leica Monovid 8x20 is not bad (around $460.00 at Amazon). But if I were to buy a monocular, I would consider a range finder monocular. The are a little bulkier but most are monoculars already, with the addition to a range finder.
    I have never used a Range Finder, so that is something I could consider. I would like higher magnification then 8X and a larger objective lens then 20mm. I think 15X56 with high quality glass would be perfect. My guess is range finders don't work for general spotting of game.

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    I have a Leupold 10-20 X something monocular. (Years ago) I was talking to the Leupold reps. at a sportsman show and he was talking up a new binocular. I asked if the factory had any returns they would sell me to cut in half as I only needed to carry half of one. He pointed me to the 10-20. I don't see it listed on their site any more.

    It's a different shape, but almost as large as their small 25X spotting scope they use to sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    I have never used a Range Finder, so that is something I could consider. I would like higher magnification then 8X and a larger objective lens then 20mm. I think 15X56 with high quality glass would be perfect. My guess is range finders don't work for general spotting of game.
    Wouldn't that be classified as a spotting scope? I can't imagine a 56 objective lens that would be useable without a tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Wouldn't that be classified as a spotting scope? I can't imagine a 56 objective lens that would be useable without a tripod.
    You are probably correct. The monocular I have seen are around 4x to 8x and don't have a big lens up from. Also, anything above 8x tends to amplify the movements from hand shaking and the rest.

    I see some in this page, but I don't think that they aren't high quality glass:
    https://www.amazon.com/high-power-mo...23&ref=sr_pg_3

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    https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.co...Review-251.htm

    Vortex Recon RT 15x50 Monocular Review

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    https://www.bestbinocularsreviews.co...Review-251.htm

    Vortex Recon RT 15x50 Monocular Review
    Sounds like a good monocular, and it has a tripod mount, something that is needed from a tad before 10x, and up. But for that money I would just buy a Vortex spotting scope, or one like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Leupold-12037...ateway&sr=8-32

    Now, for a pocket monocular the 8 x 20 Leica is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    Sounds like a good monocular, and it has a tripod mount, something that is needed from a tad before 10x, and up. But for that money I would just buy a Vortex spotting scope, or one like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Leupold-12037...ateway&sr=8-32

    Now, for a pocket monocular the 8 x 20 Leica is perfect.
    The GOAL is replacing binoculars. Because of loss of vision in right eye do to age-related macula degeneration. I have four spotting scopes, and I can still use those with only one eye. I want a quality monocular, to replace five pair of binoculars, including 15X56 Swarovski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AGL4now View Post
    The GOAL is replacing binoculars. Because of loss of vision in right eye do to age-related macula degeneration. I have four spotting scopes, and I can still use those with only one eye. I want a quality monocular, to replace five pair of binoculars, including 15X56 Swarovski.
    Makes lots of sense. Maybe the Vortex (link posted above) would be a good choice for you? Call the local Sportsman Warehouse and see if they have one you can take a look at. Now, the link below is for B&H Photo & Video store in NY, and the monoculars listed would give you an idea of what is available:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...00&mxp=1%2C000

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    Now, the link below is for B&H Photo & Video store in NY, and the monoculars listed would give you an idea of what is available:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...00&mxp=1%2C000

    Thank You, I appreciate the help.

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    I have enjoyed my Leupold Gold Ring 10-20x40mm compact spotter for 15+ years. I just looked online and am surprised to see that they still make it. It's exactly like half a bino. The next time I come to Hope I'd be happy to let you check it out. I think mine is Made in the USA, not sure if they still are.

    https://www.leupold.com/spotting-sco...0x40mm-compact

    https://www.amazon.com/Leupold-10-20.../dp/B00SBPP9CU

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