Gun World - - Scope-eye Chronicles -

You know how a roll of quar­ters in your hand feels kind of sat­is­fy­ing? The Vor­tex Solo R/T (re­con/ tactical) 8x36 monocular is sim­i­larly sat­is­fy­ing.

It’s just the right di­am­e­ter and weight, and it has a volup­tuous, curvy feel. The skin is slightly sticky, or rather tac­tile, and en­sures a pos­i­tive grip. It sim­ply feels right.

It’s a mid­sized op­tic that’s large enough to be used for ex­tended pe­ri­ods with min­i­mal fa­tigue. A rather large exit pupil of 4.5mm means that it can be very use­ful in low-light con­di­tions. This monocular has a unique util­ity clip than can at­tach to PALS straps, belt or pocket.

This monocular fea­tures the Vor­tex R/T rang­ing ret­i­cle, which can be fo­cused in­de­pen­dently from the im­age. The eye­cup is com­fort­able and helps steady the op­tic when us­ing only one hand. For glasses-wear­ers, the eye re­lief is gen­er­ous. It comes with a nice pro­tec­tive case. This prod­uct has a life­time war­ranty—and few peers. and Zeiss. They de­liver deliri­ously color-sat­u­rated views with lit­tle dis­cern­able dis­tor­tion. Some are wa­ter­proof, and oth­ers of­fer vari­able mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. Al­most all come with a pro­tec­tive case and lan­yard. A fa­vorite Car­son 7x18 Closeup model I keep in my Jeep has a close fo­cus down to 10 inches. I’ve used this fea­ture to view small parts, bugs and sliv­ers in fin­gers.

Con­sider a monocular for light­weight travel. In ad­di­tion, think about stow­ing one of more of these tiny and in­ex­pen­sive spot­ting scopes in places you might not have con­sid­ered pre­vi­ously—the pocket of your car door or in your tackle box, for in­stance.

They are cheap enough to give as great gifts, and they are also a smart way to in­tro­duce mag­ni­fied op­tics to young­sters, who some­times might have ini­tial dif­fi­culty un­der­stand­ing how to use binoc­u­lars. Be­sides, monocular users tend to look cool us­ing them ... whether they are or not. GW

The Ger­mans are elegantly rep­re­sented in the monocular cat­e­gory.

The Vor­tex Solo R/T with a .30-06 car­tridge for size com­par­i­son

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