If you are looking for the best monocular for bird watching, sightseeing, sporting events, and other outdoor activities, it is important to find a powerful viewing device that affords you to see your subject in impressive details, that will survive a drop or a splash, that is easy to carry around, and that will fit your budget. We’ve looked into three monoculars and evaluated them based on these criteria.
Whether you are a bird watcher, sports enthusiast, concert-goer, or visually-challenged, you may find your match in the following monoculars:
Roxant Grip 6 x 30 High-Definition Monocular
The high-definition monocular by Roxant features a retractable eyecup and molded grip. It is fitted with high-end, fully multi-coated (FMC) glass optics and a clear BAK-4 prism. It possesses a 6 x 30 magnification power.
It is supplied with a carry pouch with belt loop, a cleaning cloth, and a neck strap. It measures 5.5 x 2 x 2 inches and barely tips the scales at 7.8 ounces.
- With its retractable eyecup, the Roxant grip monocular can be used with or without your eyeglasses.
- It would have been great if it were waterproof. If you’re buying a monocular for indoor application, this may serve you well. But if you’re looking to get one to match your active lifestyle, this won’t last you long.
MeeQee 10 x 42 Monocular Telescope
This waterproof, dust-proof, and shock-proof monocular is fitted with fully multi-coated (FMC) green film lens as well as a clear BAK-4 prism. It boasts of a 10x zoom in a 42-mm super, ultra-wide angle, lens. This black monocular is equipped with adjustable eyecups and a tripod interface.
It comes with a phone tripod with a smartphone clip, a wrist strap, eyepiece and lens protective covers, a cleaning cloth, a carrying bag, and a manual.
It measures 6.1 x 2.3 inches and weighs 8.99 ounces.
- It is lightweight and easy to adjust.
- It provides you a good view even in poor lighting.
- The tripod is a bit flimsy.
- The camera attachment design needs to be improved.
Gosky Titan 12 x 50 High-Power Prism Monocular
This black Gosky monocular features a 100% nitrogen-filled construction with shock-absorbing rubber armor and a sizable focusing wheel. It is waterproof, dust-proof, and shock-proof.
The monocular is equipped with a fully multi-coated (FMC) green film lens as well as a clear BAK-4 prism. It is designed with an impressive 12x magnification power and uses a light-gathering 50mm objective wide lens.
It comes with a quick alignment smartphone adapter so that you can capture and record what you see and share them later with family and friends. It is compatible with a wide range of phones, including new and old iPhone models, LG, Samsung, Sony, and Note.
It also has a tripod hole at the bottom of the monocular so that you can connect it to a tripod with a binocular adapter.
Aside from the monocular and adapter, this kit comes with an eyepiece and lens cover, a carrying bag, a cleaning cloth, and straps.
It measures 2.09 x 2.95 x 5.31 inches and weighs 13.89 ounces.
- The fully multi-coated lens and large BAK-4 prism allow you to see bright, crisp, and clear images.
- Its rubber armor affords you a good grip of the monocular.
- Because it is sealed with 100% nitrogen, your view is not distracted by fog, moisture, or rain.
- The smartphone adapter design needs improvement to provide more stable support. As it is, the attachment is shaky and makes focus adjustments particularly challenging.
- You might need to work on a tripod if you wish to take pictures or videos that are not blurry with your smartphone.
- It would have been great if the eyepiece and lens covers were attached to the monocular to avoid losing them.
Aside from the all-black color, the MeeQee, Roxant, and Gosky monoculars share a lot of design elements. They are all equipped with fully multi-coated (FMC) green film lens and BAK-4 prism that allow for more light, and that afford you brighter images.
And weighing only 7.8 to 13.89 ounces or less than 0.4 kilograms, they are lightweight devices to carry around for bird-watching, hunting, and other outdoor activities.
But clearly lagging behind the Gosky Titan and MeeQee telescope monoculars in the design department is Roxant’s grip model. Unlike the two, it is not designed to be waterproof, dust-proof, or shock-proof.
It also lacks the smartphone attachment feature that the two have, which are useful in taking and sharing photos or videos of your finds.
There is not much to say though about the smartphone attachment for either Gosky Titan or MeeQee. While it does work, you may not be very confident in using them with its wiggly fit.
Of the three monoculars, Gosky Titan is the most powerful with a 12 x 50 magnification power. MeeQee offers a 10 x 42 viewing, while Roxant has a 6 x 30 magnification power.
As to which will survive various weather conditions, Gosky Titan and MeeQee are easy choices. Sealed with 100% nitrogen, they are waterproof and will provide an unfiltered view of your subject.
No fog, moisture, or water blocking your view! This is probably the most important reason why they are good candidates for the best monocular for bird watching, sports events, and more.
Gosky’s Titan monocular is the most expensive of three, followed by Roxant and MeeQee respectively. Gosky’s model is almost double the price of its two contemporaries.
If you are looking for the best monocular for bird watching, sports events and other outdoor activities, the MeeQee, Roxant, and Gosky monoculars make good companions. Depending on your intended application and budget, you can find a good match in any of them.
But if you see getting a monocular as some kind investment, you should get the Gosky Titan model. With its powerful 12 x 50 zoom and color-enhancing FMC green film lens and BAK-4 prism, you’re sure to enjoy the crisp and clear details that it affords you.
Plus, you can share your amazing and delightful finds to family and friends by attaching your smartphone to it to take pictures or record videos. Moreover, it is built to survive the rigors of outdoor life being waterproof, dust-proof, and shock-proof.