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Monocular vs Binocular for saddle hunting

Weldabeast

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Dig ur elbows into ur body and use 1 hand to support the other making 3 points of contact. Look at what u want to see with both eyes open, raise monocular into the line of sight with dominant eye. Find target with both eyes open then close ur non dominant and u should be seeing ur target thru the lens. I'll put my index finger on my cheek or forehead and u should have as steady a sight pic as binoculars. Or use ur bow to steady like a rangefinder
 

Tyrus

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I hunt where it’s thick enough where either are just extra weight. Could see where they are beneficial for watching deer where more open like out in mid west
 

raisins

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I have used binos for years, but have recently moved to mono due to an eyesight issue which makes using binos impossible ( unless I close one eye and use as a mono).

If I could still effectively use binos, I would. But then again I am not a weight weenie.

I have the vortex 8x36 and 10x36. For swamps and in general, the 8 is better. More light gathering, bigger field of view and strong enough for what I need. I carry both in a Rick young outdoors bino case and harness. I decided I would leave one back that didn’t get used as much. I may eventually leave to 10 back.

I went through a multitude of Amazon purchases and returns for monoculars last year. I wanted to try and get something better,but none compared to the vertex in low light viewing. None. Take that for what it is worth if you choose the monocular route.

Bino or mono, I would recommend buy the highest quality glass you can afford. It does make a difference. And a nice Rick young outdoors harness makes them easy to carry/use.
This one?


I have the Solo 8X25. I figured if I hardly use it, I might as well get the cheapest/lightest. It can easily go in a pants pocket. It's very good for the price.
 

raisins

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Dig ur elbows into ur body and use 1 hand to support the other making 3 points of contact. Look at what u want to see with both eyes open, raise monocular into the line of sight with dominant eye. Find target with both eyes open then close ur non dominant and u should be seeing ur target thru the lens. I'll put my index finger on my cheek or forehead and u should have as steady a sight pic as binoculars. Or use ur bow to steady like a rangefinder
I learned a lot from that, thanks.
 

philsanchez76

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2021 is the year of weight savings. One sticking, new lighter saddle, minimalist backpack. Think I will pull the trigger on a mono this year too. My diamondbacks are nearly 1.5 pounds and I only use them maybe once every other hunt right at low light. Thinking the mono should be able to pull this duty at least mostly as well and live in my pocket instead of bouncing around on my sternum.
 

Zero One Actual

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2021 is the year of weight savings. One sticking, new lighter saddle, minimalist backpack. Think I will pull the trigger on a mono this year too. My diamondbacks are nearly 1.5 pounds and I only use them maybe once every other hunt right at low light. Thinking the mono should be able to pull this duty at least mostly as well and live in my pocket instead of bouncing around on my sternum.
This is my thought process exactly also hence my original question.
 

sojourner

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This one?


I have the Solo 8X25. I figured if I hardly use it, I might as well get the cheapest/lightest. It can easily go in a pants pocket. It's very good for the price.
Yes, that exact same one. Everything I have read is that, all other things being equal, the larger the objective lens size (36 versus 25), the better the light gathering for low light. Also found in my research that the lower power has a wider field of view. IMO, the larger field of view is better for scanning / picking up something I want to view.

The vortex, from comparing them to monoculars purchased at Amazon and returned, had way better low light viewing.
 

sojourner

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2021 is the year of weight savings. One sticking, new lighter saddle, minimalist backpack. Think I will pull the trigger on a mono this year too. My diamondbacks are nearly 1.5 pounds and I only use them maybe once every other hunt right at low light. Thinking the mono should be able to pull this duty at least mostly as well and live in my pocket instead of bouncing around on my sternum.
You might be interested in the Rick young outdoors bino harness. Very light, can be configured to use different ways, can hold Bono’s, monos, range finder, etc. …

I find that if my monocular is at the ready all the time when out in the woods, rather than just in a tree, it gets way more use.

Check out RYO marketing. Pay attention to about 2:15 to 2:25 to address the bouncing.

 

OspreyZB

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I would look at the 8x32 diamondback hd's since you have a gift card. A friend of mine has them and they're surprisingly decent for the price. Maybe order the binos and a monocular and see which one you prefer. Unless you're dead set on ultra-light weight, I think you'll appreciate the extra field of view, perceived brightness, depth perception, and ease of view through the binoculars. Also, that Rick young harness is awesome. You'll barely notice the 16 ounce diamondbacks riding on that harness.
 
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