Monocular telescope: treat yourself to an exclusive panoramic view !

Elegant and timeless, monocular telescopes are ideal for those who like to spend their spare time observing landscapes and animals in their natural environment. With Futura Space, enjoy high quality models and contemplate nature like a true professional!

Enjoy close-up observation 

A telescope halfway between the astronomical telescope and binoculars, the monocular telescope does not offer a stereoscopic view like the latter since it is monocular, but it does, however, grant an incomparable quality of observation. The panorama viewed seems close, as if you were there!

You can thus observe many details, such as a boat sailing in the distance, an animal located several hundred meters away or impacts on a target if you practice archery. The vision can be more or less close, depending on the models.

Some models, anti-fog, waterproof and equipped with ED glass allow a high contrast and optimal light transmission, you will obtain for example a magnification up to x60, which is consequent!

Some monocular telescopes  have an angled viewfinder ideal for bird watching.

Although the scope is often portable, it is also available on a tripod and is therefore practical for long observation sessions. Whether you are passionate about ornithology, landscapes or forest animals, you will surely find the monocular telescope you need at Futura Space!

What is the difference between Astronomical telescope and Monocular ?

On first look, monoculars look like a miniature refractor telescope. Where the light enters through one end and you see the magnified image on the opposite side. But this is where the similarities end. Monoculars can be seen as a combination of an astronomical telescope and a binocular.

It has a single eyepiece like a telescope but you hold it like a binocular. They are much smaller than even the tiniest telescope in the market and needs absolutely no setup. You simply pull it out of your bag and use it straight away.

Monoculars are modified telescopes.

Monoculars are modified telescope which uses a series of the lens and sometimes prism to zoom distant objects. It is substantially smaller than a telescope and more compact than a binocular telescope. This simple design makes it easy to carry, some of them can even fit in the palm of your hands. That is the reason they are useful for hiking and hunting trips where you do not want to be weighed down by equipment. In addition to that, a monocular is very inexpensive and can be found as cheap as a few bucks. Simple cheap monoculars have just 2 lens but high-end monoculars come with a prism between the lens which folds up the rays to make the length of the monoculars smaller while having a higher magnification.

Monoculars zoom is different.

Generic monocular comes with zoom – in the range of 4x to 10x. Now it is possible to go for higher zoom levels but it will substantially affect the quality of the image. The field of vision will get narrower in addition to that less light will enter the scope due to its small aperture resulting in a dull image.

The higher zoom levels will also require a tripod to make the image stable. For these reasons, monoculars with higher zoom levels are avoided by professionals. An 8x zoom monocular is considered standard. Now, this is where the telescope enters the scene.

An astronomical telescope is generally used at places where you want >30x magnifications. It is a better option if you want to gaze at far objects like a mountain top or celestial bodies like the moon. An astronomical telescope has a wider aperture which means they can collect more light from far objects resulting in a better-brighter image.

Why to choose a monocular telescope ?

Mentioned earlier, monoculars are used in run and go situation and most of them require almost no setup. Telescope, on the other hand, are bigger bulkier and require a lot of extra equipment and settings. Due to their very small field of view, a small hand movement or vibration can result in a blurry image. They always need a stable tripod. In addition to that, a telescope is made of multiple parts like eyepieces, which needs proper adjustment and calibration. A monocular is a self-contained unit, which does not have separate bits and pieces like an astronomical telescope. They come with a zoom knob which is usually present near the eyepiece and a focus adjuster which takes little to no effort to set up.

Types of monocular.

Monoculars come in various forms with a number of features. Some of the most common monoculars are listed below :

  • Galilean type Zoom monoculars
  • Compass monocular
  • Night vision monoculars
  • Infrared monocular
  • Thermal imaging monoculars
  • Range finder monoculars

Is watching a planet possible using a monocular or you need an astronomical telescope ?

A basic monocular has the zooming power of 8x in addition to that its aperture is very small. The only celestial body you would be able to see is the moon. In that also you would not be getting a close view. Astronomical telescope has a larger aperture and greater magnification power which makes them ideal for observing planets.

Summary : Astronomical Telescope or monocular ?

Choosing between a monocular and an astronomical telescope depends on what you want to use it for and your budget. If you are looking for a portable, easy to use scope for your hiking trip and wildlife safari.

Where you pull a scope out of your pocket and take a peek, a monocular would be the right choice.

On the flip side, if you want to observe mountain tops, moon, planets, stars or anything which is really far, an astronomical telescope is the right equipment for that task.

Finally, if you are still not sure about what you want to choose, or if you are just curious to equip yourself with the best equipment to fit any situation, just take a look at our telescope collection.