Engineered with a high-quality roof prism and fully coated lenses, the Opticron 8x20 Gallery Scope pleases the art critic and nature lover by delivering bright, sharp images. Pop this 3.7 inch monocular in your pocket and you are ready to close focus on an object at just under 12 inches away.
||Increase light transmission with a single anti-reflective coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces.
||Optimize light transmission.
||Rolls up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
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Comparative review of 3 8x monoculars
A reviewer from LA
This review will compare the following 3 8x monoculars. These are:
1) Opticron Galleryscope 8x20 (the one I purchased from Eagle Optics). $125
2) Opticron Trailfinder II 8x25. $60 at a well-known online retailer
3) Minox macroscope 8x25. $160 at a well-know online retailer
In a few words, #2 (Opticron Trailfinder II 8x25) was the clear winner for me. Before I go into details as to why, two important facts about me and the intended usage for the monocular.
- I wear glasses, so good eye relief is very important
- I primarily will use the monocular when hiking, to observe far away things (meaning focus will nearly always be constantly set at infinity)
1) Opticron Galleryscope 8x20
* all metal body, well made (in Japan). Nice, compact case.
* can focus close (1 foot)
* compact body
* easy focus
* very short eye relief. That translates into an image much smaller and darker than other 2 models. Main reason why I returned it. Though I did not test it as such, situation may be much better if you don't wear glasses.
* eyecup is of the folding rubber kind. If one has to switch between someone wearing glasses, and someone who does not, this is much less convenient than a twist-up/down variety.
2) Opticron Trailfinder II 8x25
* largest picture of all. Tie for brightest with the Minox.
* eyecup is the twist up/down variety. Convenient.
* compact (though less so than the 8x20 one), rubber-armored body.
* best value of all. Which includes the price, but also the largest offering (belt pouch, 3 lens covers, laniard)
* only one, but it is a big one and could be totally off putting for some users. Focus mecanism is hard to operate, with the adjustment lever always being in a "stuck" mode initially. But fear not, when unstuck, then it operates easily. But that stickiness creates a delay in focusing, meaning you might miss a quick moving subject. For me that was not a problem, because it will alaways be set to infinity, but if you want to quickly alternate between subjects at different distances, do not pick this model.
3) Minox macroscope 8x25
* good, bright image (though eye relief a tad worse than the 2nd Opticron)
* somewhat chunky body enables good handling
* easy focus mecanism
* close focus (down to a feet)
* bulkiest of all. I was looking into something to carry in a regular (non-cargo) pants pocket and it gets tight. A belt pouch is provided, but it feels a bit akward, dangling there.
* priciest of all.
Finally, if I was going to be a heavy monocular user, I would gotten the Leica one that will get everything right. But the $500 price made it a non-entry vs. the second Opticron ($60) for me, as I will use the monocular very unfrequently.