The Minox Minoscope is so comfortable in the hand and delivers such bright views you won't leave home without it tucked in your pocket. Featuring a convenient twist-up-and-down eyecup with an easily accessible focus ring, the versatile Minoscope is protected with waterproofing, fogproofing, and rubber armoring. Minox offers a 5-year limited warranty on this monocular.
||Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on at least one lens surface.
||Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
||Rolls up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
||Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope.
||Barrel is filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
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I recommend Pentax Papilio instead
Noah L. from Newburyport, MA
I ordered the Minox 8x25 minoscope because I wanted a pocket-sized optic suitable for watching insects at very close range, as well as other wildlife. I already had a pair of Pentax papilio 6.5x21 binoculars which are excellent and focus almost as close as the minoscope, but are neither truly pocket-sized nor waterproof. The optical quality of the papilios is superb considering that they only cost a little over $100.
When I opened the minoscope, which costs substantially more than the papilios, I was disappointed by the optical quality, which is passable but not excellent. The prism housing appears to partially obstruct the optical path, and I wonder if this is part of why the contrast is no better than okay. But the real killer is the 8x magnification in combination with a rather awkward focus mechanism. 8x in a monocular is actually very shaky, and turning the focus ring makes the image positively dance. So although once you've focused it, you can brace your hand against the bridge of your nose and get a reasonably steady view, chances are you'll then see that the image isn't even in focus because you couldn't see it clearly while you were focusing. Then you have to focus again, and by the time you get an acceptable view, the bird or insect you were watching will probably be gone. It's a shame Minox only makes this in an 8x model, because 6x would be much more usable.
I decided to send this product back, and I don't recommend it unless you absolutely have to have the smallest size you can. I also tried a much more expensive Zeiss 6x18 monocular which was better, but suffered from some of the same problems. At 3 times the price of my papilios, I sent it back too. If you want a very close-focusing optical instrument at a reasonable price, I highly recommend the 6.5x21 papilios. The 8.5x21 pair, which I also tried, is less pleasant, darker, and more shaky, but the 6.5x model is a joy. Just be careful you get one that's aligned properly; mine was slightly out of alignment and I had to send it in for warranty repair. I think the (outstandingly useful) converging objective mechanism may make them more vulnerable to misalignment than standard binoculars.
Roger L. from Oberlin, OH 44074
I purchased the minoscope for my wife as a Mother's Day present. She loves it, both for the optical qualities and the convenience; she can take it just about anywhere, from working in the yard to road trips. This is my third purchase from Eagle Optics, and I've recommended you folks to my students and colleagues.