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Leica 8 x 20 Monovid

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Leica 8 x 20 Monovid

From the most trusted and sought-after optics maker, comes a simple — but highly practical — way of seeing the world. Nothing on the market is as compact and powerful as the Leica Monovid.

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From the most trusted and sought-after optics maker, comes a simple — but highly practical — way of seeing the world. Nothing on the market is as compact and powerful as the Leica Monovid.

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From the most trusted and sought-after optics maker, comes a simple — but highly practical — way of seeing the world. Nothing on the market is as compact and powerful as the Leica Monovid. And measuring only 4" and weighing a mere 4 ounces, this minuscule telescope can be stowed, forgotten, and then rapidly deployed on the go: for the next bird sighting, home run, guitar solo, or full moon. Waterproof to 16.5', the Monovid is housed in a nitrogen filled aluminum body that will not fog up and is guaranteed to take a serious beating. We appreciate Leica's inclusion of a separate, and easily attachable, macro lens which allows for magnified viewing of insects, butterflies, and other infinitesimals. The Monovid and macro lens are all stowed in a compact leather case with magnetic closure.

Specs
  • Roof Prism
  • Close-Up Lens Included
  • Waterproof: submersible to 16.5’
  • Fogproof
  • 8x magnification
  • Objective lens diameter: 20 mm
  • Exit pupil: 2.5 mm
  • Angular field view: 6.3°
  • Linear field of view: 331’ @ 1000 yd
  • Eye Relief: 15 mm
  • 3.9” (length) x 1.4” (diameter)
  • Weight: 4 oz.
Materials
  • P40 Phase Correction Coating
Origin
  • Made in Portugal
Notes

When choosing a binocular or monocular, it's most important to understand how you intend to use them. Large objective lenses can be heavy and cumbersome when traveling, but may be worth their weight when called upon for low light situations. Similarly, higher magnification factors can be useful for long range spotting, but can increase the possibility of eye fatigue when used for extended periods.

The monocular is most easily classified as a miniature telescope. Its small size, and light weight make it perfect for traveling or inconspicuous use. Historically this made them popular for use in warfare and espionage. Nowadays, they’re as popular with hunters and golfers as they are with generals and covert agents. Because they lack binocular vision, monoculars are best for quick spotting rather than tracking movement.