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Vortex Solo 8x36 Monocular

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Optical power in a small package is the name of the game with the Solo monocular. Featuring a 36mm objective lens for excellent light gathering, the Solo will spoil you with its bright views offered through fully multi-coated optics. Weighing in at less than ten ounces and measuring just under five inches, this dependable monocular will quickly become important for your daily use and beyond. Protected by the Vortex VIP warranty, the Solo will be around for generations.

Optical Features
Fully Multi-coated Lenses Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Construction Features
Rubber Armoring Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Adjustable Eyecup Twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Design Features
Waterproof Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the monocular.
Fogproof Barrels are filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter 36 mm
Field of View 393 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief 18.0 mm
Close Focus 16.4 feet
Weight 9.7 ounces
Length 4.9 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Case
  • Neck strap
  • Belt clip

Total Reviews: 20

Average Rating:

Vortex Solo 8X36 Monocular - 01/09/2015

by Chuck M. from Texas

I needed something that would give me good low light performance for dawn and dusk bowhunting. I wanted something with better low light performance than compact binoculars and something lighter and less bulky than full size binoculars. The Vortex monocular has worked great on both accounts.

Vortex Solo 8x36 Monocular - 10/18/2014

by Earl D. from Westerville, Oh

This is a very good monocular for the money. I also own two 8x25 Vortex Solo Monoculars, but I like this one better. The 8x36 Solo gives you a bigger field of view and a brighter image. I like the metal clip. When I am working outdoors I can slip the monocular on my belt. This give me both hands free without having the monocular swinging around on a neck or wrist strap.
Now the every Solo Monocular I've owned has a stiff focus wheel, but they do loosen up with use.
And it only takes a quarter turn to go from close to far. For me, I only use a monocular in special situations. I keep one in each car's glove box. I always take my 8x36 Solo in my gear bag.

solid performance - 03/06/2014

by Timothy Williams from United States

I bought the 8x36 for myself and the 8x25 for my wife. We've had them for about 2 years now. Mine live in my pack and and hers live in her car. Both have proven extremely durable and useful. Both have great optical clarity for the price / size. Both came with the same case which works well for the smaller one but is inadequate for the larger of the two due to the extra weight/bulk causing the belt loop to unsnap. This snapping belt loop almost caused the loss of the larger one!

The field of view, stability, and image brightness of the larger one is much better than that of the smaller. Its the one I recommend if you have the space for it

I've found that the difficulty in focusing that some have mentioned for the 8x36 is caused by overtightening of the eye cup assembly (which has a left hand thread bty) which binds the focusing wheel. Mine bound so tightly that the whole objective assembly turned on it's threads instead of the focus wheel. This could be easily fixed by a shim inside the eye cup assembly that limits the depth of tightening. Does eagle optics/vortex read their reviews? We shall see. Once I slightly loosened the eye cup assembly the focus ring was buttery smooth!

Cycle Birder - 01/02/2014

by Ed from AR

Purchased for use while on bicycle and motorcycle. Decent optical quality in a smaller, portable package (than binoculars). A small amount of silicone liquid on the focusing ring reduced the stiction mentioned by many other reviewers.

Monocular review, Vortex solo 8 by 36 mm - 04/17/2013

by Mike p. from Menasha wi

I have used monoculars in the past so I knew what to expect. Not the same as binoculars. However for my use they are ideal, trout fishing,seeing insects on the water. We took them for a test drive this weekend . The quality is very good ,focus clarity edge to edge, ease .of use with glasses, plus easy to hold steady. Anyone looking for a monocular should look at the vortex 8x36 .

Monocular 8x36 Solo - 03/21/2013

by Joseph C. from Wichita Kansas

Purchased for bow hunting, wanted to lessen my load to the field.
Easy to use, small , and has excellent field of view. When not hunting it fits nicely in center console for roadside viewing. Good price and good quality, it's a BUY.

Not quite - 09/12/2012

by Vince from Oregon

The center field of this optic is very sharp, but..... that area is not very large and the outer field is quite blurry. So I did not keep this scope. I also found it difficult to focus due to the stiffness of the ring and the blurry edge field.

BTW, I love my Vortex 8x28 binocs. I wish they'd make a scope that was half of that binoc.

Vortex Solo Monocular is a good value - 09/04/2012

by David T. from United States

Preamble: No Monocular will provide the same experience as a binocular. Some things like tracking moving objects /Field of View will not approach what a binocular can. Given that...

The Vortex Solo 8x36 is a compact good value optic. The center sharpness was good, contrast, eye relief and depth of field very good. Edge to edge sharpness falls off a little, but is not objectionable. The color rendition is excellent. The package includes a nifty case and lanyard, though missing eye piece cups. With no worries about wet weather or collomation, this is a nice little optic to drop in a purse, bag, glove compartment or backpack and go!

vortex solo 8x36 - 08/04/2012

by jeff j. from buffalo new york

this is my first monocular,i must say i did alot of research. I think the optics are great,focus is easy to use. The monocular is very sturdy and seems to be made very well.The lifetime warrenty is the added bonus not many companies can offer this.I guess if i had to ccomplain about somethig it would be the case, although i keep mine in the compartment of my field bag.I would recomend this monocular,the price may be a little steep but it is worth it.

vORTEX MONOCULAR 8X36 - 12/18/2011


Owning several binos, Leupold 10x32 GR,and Yosemite 6x30, Zeiss NATO, Tasco 7x50 etc, I decided to buy something to carry along always with me light, simple and tough. After long and arduous research I decided for the Vortex mono.
The unit has fairly decent optics, good finish,looks good but I have several comments almost complaints.
1)No rainguard, no lens cover.
2)Poor carrying case, big open on the sides poor design.
3)Heavy monocular, needs to be held two handed.
4) Difficult to adjust, if ever.
If I would go at it again, I would not buy a monocular but a small super compact waterproof bino.

Vortex Monocular - 09/28/2011

by Carroll from New York

I'm very happy with this monocular. It's very clear and bright. Like others have said, it's alittle bigger than I expected, but it's still half the size of a pair of binos.
Since I only see out of one eye, might as while carry something smaller than binos.
My only complaint would be the focus nob is alittle tight.
All in all, I think it's a great glass.

Quality Produce - 09/03/2011

by Paul from Illinois

Not an expert, but feel this is a good quality produce. This is my first experience with a Monocular. As others have said it is not real small. Focusing knob moves pretty hard, but you learn to work with it. The 8x36 gives it good light, but you have to work to hold it steady.

Great value - 08/29/2011

by Joe from Oregon

This monocular was exactly what I was looking for. It has very clear optics, wide field of view, compact, well built at a good price.

Great Scope, Great Price! - 06/22/2011

by CE from Alexandria, NH

Bright, sharp and clear, even in low light; comfortable in the hand and a snap to focus; rugged and compact, the Vortex 8x36 is a terrific choice and a great value for the price. I didn't like the belt-clip on the monocular itself, so took it off by backing out the Allen bolts (no problem); and I stitched close the holster's belt clip so the snap wouldn't let go on the trail. Others have noted that the scope is slightly larger and heavier than might be ideal -- maybe so -- but you won't find better optics or a more rugged all-weather monocular for the money. Great to have, fun to use, and built to last.

Vortex Solo - 05/08/2011

by Brooks from Birmingham

I needed a good optic for hiking because binoculars, even compacts, were proving too bulky for long hikes. The optic needed to clip on my belt and be compatible with eyeglasses. The Vortex Solo worked just like I had hoped. Very sharp and tough but easily carried on my belt without getting in the way. I can ignore it until I need it, and it provides all the performance I would ever need. Eye relief is comfortable as well.

Great vision! - 04/30/2011

by G Scott from California

This monocular has great clarity and light. Easy to handle but just a little bit bigger than I was expecting. If it was just a bit smaller, it would be 5-stars. Regardless, it's a great tool and I would purchase it again.

Good value - 04/28/2011

by Nico from CA foothills

I've owned and/or used several visual aids in my quest to identify birds while on backpacking trips in the CA Sierra Nevada. This monocular has several things going for it:


1. Brightness. The size of the objective lens allows for bright, well-lit images--even in low lighting conditions.

2. Magnification. The magnification level is not so intense that it is difficult to focus on a bird that is sitting still or hopping around. The added benefit of a monocular is that you can use your "unoccupied" eye to track the larger movements of the bird, thereby allowing you to bring your monocular back onto your subject.

3. Weight. Binoculars of similar magnification and brightness are heavy. This monocular, although somewhat heavier than I would have liked for a backpacking trip, is still lighter than a comparable pair of binoculars.

4. Price:value ratio. For the quality, the price is great!


1. No lens caps. Really? I understand the armor design, especially of the objective lens, made positioning a lens cap difficult, but Vortex really should have taken the effort to make it so you could put a lens cap on this monocular.

2. Holster. Although the interior of the holster is fuzzy (was this intended as a lens cap substitute?), which is a good thing, the strap on the back has snap-tab. Did I mention I'm often backpacking when using this thing? I don't want the holster to get snagged by a bush, etc. and come off of my waist or sternum strap.

Over-all I'd say this monocular was a good deal. And the price:value ratio is too good to ignore.


As good as advertised - 03/20/2011

by jomsomet from San Antonio

This is my first use of a monocular sight - I bought it for those walks when a pair of binoculars was just too much to carry. This Vortex Solo fits into a pocket and is easy to carry around. I use it primarily for bird watching when I am just out and about. The optics are much better than expected. I get a lot of light through the lens and it is easy to see all the little nuances of color on the birds. Focusing is really straight forward and the focus dial allows fine tuning for small changes in distance, like one tree to the next as the bird moves. The monocular is an excellent addition to my optics inventory.

Vortex 8X36 Monocular - 12/30/2010

by Harold from Colorado

Very happy with this purchase. The images are very bright and sharply focused. Focus is easy to achieve and adjustments for eyeglasses works very well.

While the size is a bit larger than monoculars with less magnification or smaller lenses, the trade off between size and image quality are well worth it. Even at this size, it will fit in a pocket or purse very easily. We take it everywhere.

Vortex Monocular 8X36 - 09/09/2010

by Jefferson from Bend, OR

Great monocular. A little bigger than I expected, but still half the weigh of Binos! good clarity and light gathering. My only complaint is that the carrying case is useless (does not fully enclose the monocular and there fore keep dirt and dust out) and there are no lens caps. I was expecting it to come with caps similar to a gun scope...
However, as a useful scope for the sort of work I need it for, on hikes and surveys, to have handy in my breast pocket, this is great.

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