Binoculars vs. Monoculars

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Kiwi Binoculars carries high-quality binoculars and monoculars. Some are unsure of the differences between monoculars and binoculars, so today, we’ll explore the differences and which variety is better for specific applications.

Binoculars, as the term “bi” in the name suggests, are comprised of two telescope-like tubes mounted on a single frame, used to view distant objects and landscapes. Monoculars are comprised of a single telescope-like object. It’s used for the same purpose as binoculars, only the subject views from one eye only.

Generally speaking, monoculars tend to be more portable and convenient, as they easily fit in your pocket. Monoculars feature the same magnification capabilities as binoculars and they work in the same basic way. They are most commonly used for recreational activities like hiking, golf, along with bird watching, nature watching and other activities where you’re viewing something that’s fairly stationary.

The main drawback is that some find monoculars uncomfortable, since you must close one eye while the other looks through the monocular eyepiece. And since you’re using only one eye, effective depth perception can be rather difficult.

Binoculars have two eyepieces, so many favour them because they offer a more natural viewing setup. Since you need two eyes for accurate depth perception, binoculars provide better acuity, particularly as it applies to depth perception. This makes binoculars a bit more comfortable for situations where the viewing area features a lot of movement, such as a concert or sporting event.

Since monoculars essentially feature half the quantity of high-tech optical equipment, they tend to be more affordable and you can typically purchase a much higher quality monocular with a greater degree of magnification for your dollar. Whereas on the other hand, binoculars tend to be a bit heavier and more costly since you have twice the optical components.

Both monoculars and binoculars use the same method for evaluating magnification. There are two numbers that indicate the magnification level, such as 8 x 50. The first number indicates the magnification level – 8 times magnification – and the second number indicates the diameter of the lens in millimetres. Models that feature a power optical zoom will have two numbers at the beginning, separated by a dash.

Kiwi Binoculars has an array of different binoculars and monoculars in prices that are sure to fit your budget. We also carry a variety of telescopes, opera glasses, and accessories such as lens cleaning kits, tripods and beyond.

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