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#1 dd61999

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Posted 04 August 2020 - 12:09 PM

need something minimal for traveling and don’t want to feel big bulky binoculars in my pants pockets for concerts and casual sight seeing. Even my Nikon 7x20 binoculars are to big

has anyone tried the Leica monovid, what’s your feedback



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Posted 04 August 2020 - 12:17 PM

A monocular?! shocked.gif confused1.gif 

 

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Posted 04 August 2020 - 12:22 PM

Not a Monovid, but a double Monovid, the Leica Ultravid BR 8x20

I though about the Monovid but binocular viewing is so much better and the Ultravid is still very very tiny, so I decided to go binocular here too :-)

 

I really like the Ultravid, the optical performance is outstanding.

I had the Trinovid 8x20 before and the Ultravid is a big step forward.

 

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Posted 04 August 2020 - 12:59 PM

A monocular?! shocked.gif confused1.gif

 

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Yes, while I’m not a huge fan. I think it’s compactness and only weighing 4 ounces lends itself well to day trips where you are more active and don’t necessarily think you need an optic. But wish you had one when you discovered a new spot. Especially when your pockets are already full with other EDC gear



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Posted 04 August 2020 - 01:26 PM

I have used some Opticron monoculars, 8X25 and 10x25 models, later I was able to use a Leica Trinovid 8X20 for a season, and the difference in quality and comfort between the two was like overnight ... the little Leica seemed to me a technological marvel very high quality and infinitely more comfortable than the used monoculars .. it is also very small (something that can be a double-edged sword) ..
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Posted 04 August 2020 - 01:43 PM

Another vote for the Leica Ultravid 8x20.  Outstanding optics, and they're unusually small when folded, fitting in a shirt pocket easily. 


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Posted 04 August 2020 - 02:41 PM

At $469, the Leica monovid costs about $400 more than I'd be willing to spend on an 8x20 monocular. But monoculars are certainly useful for astronomy, and they obviously deliver more per unit of weight, and yet more per unit of size, than binoculars. That's because by most measures two eyes are less than twice as good as one eye, and because you don't need to lug around the complex machinery to keep both optical systems aligned.

 

I have two monoculars that I use reasonably frequently. My Nikon 6x15 goes with me pretty much everywhere, as well it might considering its minuscule size. I use it mostly during the day for reading the odd street sign or identifying the odd bird, but I do use it at night when it's all I have handy. It does show far more stars than I can see with my unaided eyes as well as the few dozen brightest Messier objects, but 15 mm is pretty minimal for astronomy.

 

I take my old Orion Eagle Eye 8x32 monocular when I expect to do more extended viewing, either day or night. It has enough oomph to do many of the things that 7x35 binoculars can do, including detecting quite a lot of DSOs and scouting out star-hops before I attempt them in a telescope. Yet it takes up far less room, which is very handy when my accessory backpack is already almost full.


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Posted 04 August 2020 - 03:12 PM

At $469, the Leica monovid costs about $400 more than I'd be willing to spend on an 8x20 monocular. But monoculars are certainly useful for astronomy, and they obviously deliver more per unit of weight, and yet more per unit of size, than binoculars. That's because by most measures two eyes are less than twice as good as one eye, and because you don't need to lug around the complex machinery to keep both optical systems aligned.

 

I have two monoculars that I use reasonably frequently. My Nikon 6x15 goes with me pretty much everywhere, as well it might considering its minuscule size. I use it mostly during the day for reading the odd street sign or identifying the odd bird, but I do use it at night when it's all I have handy. It does show far more stars than I can see with my unaided eyes as well as the few dozen brightest Messier objects, but 15 mm is pretty minimal for astronomy.

 

I take my old Orion Eagle Eye 8x32 monocular when I expect to do more extended viewing, either day or night. It has enough oomph to do many of the things that 7x35 binoculars can do, including detecting quite a lot of DSOs and scouting out star-hops before I attempt them in a telescope. Yet it takes up far less room, which is very handy when my accessory backpack is already almost full.

Thanks, I have considered the Nikon 5x15. But it seems to be only available in Japan. Plus I’m hesitant to spend $250-300 on it when Nikon USA will not honor the warranty. 



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Posted 06 August 2020 - 01:46 PM

There are the unfortunately discontinued ZEISS 6x18 pocket compact binos,

 

https://www.ebay.de/...ksAAOSwh3VfIDCw

 

I am using the 8x20 BC Leica Trinovid Titanium Edition,

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 02:23 PM

There are the unfortunately discontinued ZEISS 6x18 pocket compact binos,

Oh yes, and there were also ZEISS 4x12 - also discontinued.

I have a pair in my collection...

 

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The Ultravid are the smallest - and the best :-)

 

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Posted 06 August 2020 - 06:27 PM

My little red Monovid is cute, small, high quality, better optics;

but I use my 8x25 terra compacts and Kowa 6.5x32s more,

just easier to use-unless I want an extreme closeup.

 

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 06:29 PM

Having had the Leica 8x20 Monovids for a few years when they were introduced to the market, I can confirm their views of the heavens are superb for their mono aperture and magniification. Most compact 8x20 views with good nearby capabilities. Adding the close-up magnifier was to bothersome for my liking though and they are nowhere near as nice to hold and view through as their compact binocular cousins, such as the Leica 8x20 Ultravids. Compactness and nearby capabilities were a distant second to my 3x12 Zeiss monocular. So I ended up selling my Monovid 8x20. But it was and is a very nice compact instrument with astounding brightness and contrast for their 20mm monocular views.
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Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:37 PM

I was going to buy the Monovid a couple months ago. Same reason as you, pretty much a take anywhere optic that doesn't get in the way.

I chanced upon a used Swarovski 8x20 for a good price so bought that. I love them. Both the Swarovski 8x20 and Leica Ultravid 8x20 are under 8 oz and fit a smaller form factor than the Zeiss and new style Swarovski pockets. That small form factor let's them fit in a pocket easy, about the size of a wallet. That being said, they still aren't as small as a Monovid.
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Posted 08 August 2020 - 07:47 PM

Okay, I just have to ask.

 

If a Monovid is a monocular, is a Trinovid a trinocular? That's what I always think of when I hear the name.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 07:01 AM

Trinovid is their classic line of binoculars, blijkt their 10x25 nee in the 1990’s and you can still het them new today. Optics of the Ultravids are substancially better though.
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Posted 09 August 2020 - 08:22 AM

Okay, I just have to ask.

 

If a Monovid is a monocular, is a Trinovid a trinocular? That's what I always think of when I hear the name.

Bison too.



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Posted 09 August 2020 - 08:31 AM

Trinovid is their classic line of binoculars

Sure, I know that. But who invented that name, and what was it supposed to imply? Three times as new, therefore three times as good? It still makes me think of three eyes -- just can't help myself.

 

I think there was a one-page cartoon article in Sky & Telescope back in the 80s showing various odd contraptions, including a space alien viewing through trinoculars. I also remember the "deluxe image inverter," which consisted of a scaffold and rope so that you can hang from your ankles while looking through your telescope.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 08:36 AM

My little red Monovid is cute, small, high quality, better optics;

but I use my 8x25 terra compacts and Kowa 6.5x32s more,

just easier to use-unless I want an extreme closeup.

 

edj

so, what do I do with an optic that I really like,

is more inconvenient to use that my pairs of binoculars,

that I should sell but do not want to,

and hate to see it just setting on a shelf

 

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shocked.gif  I put it in my go pack incase of a crisis

hopefully will never need,

but could be lifesaving in case of an emerengy waytogo.gif

 

edj



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 09:11 AM

so, what do I do with an optic that I really like,
is more inconvenient to use that my pairs of binoculars,
that I should sell but do not want to,
and hate to see it just setting on a shelf

question.gif

shocked.gif I put it in my go pack incase of a crisis
hopefully will never need,
but could be lifesaving in case of an emerengy waytogo.gif

edj

What a shame to just let the little Monovid sit in a bag, never to see the light of day. If it was me I'd keep it by the door, ready to go on any sort of spontaneous walk or hike where I don't feel like taking binoculars.

If this is how you use your Terra pockets, well I would sell the Monovid and buy a nice Eyepiece or something.

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 02:30 PM

The sarcasm is deep on this thread



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 08:20 AM

What a shame to just let the little Monovid sit in a bag, never to see the light of day.

....I would sell the Monovid and buy a nice Eyepiece or something.

You do raise an interesting, but off topic, question. 

Many of us have multiple optics,

how ofter should we use them to justify keeping vs passing on to others

 

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Selling or donating to others may stimulate  interest in the hobby,

or deprive a dealer of a new sale.

 

edj


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Posted 06 September 2020 - 10:28 AM

ok, I rescued the Monovids from the go-bag

replaced with compacts,

and took a hike with both Monovids and binoculars.

binoculars easier for distant viewing,

but Monovids unbeatable for small flowers

 

closer and sharper than pentax papillos,

but papillos cheaper and easier to use.

 

edj


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