Monoculars are ideal optical accessories that are ideal for quickly scoping the landscape and bringing objects into clear view. They are more compact than binoculars and can be tucked away in a pocket before slipping them out and up to the eye. It is lightweight, simple to use and particularly affordable.

The models with larger objective diameter lenses will afford you the clearest pictures over long distances. Finding the best combination of power within a compact size that is covered by a tough and durable outer shell should be the task any hunter is after.

The more usual required viewing distances that are required by the archer are not particularly far and that is why we are limiting out selection of monoculars to those with magnification levels on the low side. This list compares monoculars that offer around 6X to 8X magnification and with an objective lens diameter starting at around the 25mm mark.

Comparison of the Best Monoculars for Archery

Listed below is a selection of compact monoculars that have been used and highly recommended by 3D shooters and other archers. The basic specifications of magnification and objective diameter have been provided along with the length of each model. Also provided is the manufacturer's recommended price, a figure that is more often than not an indicative figure that is regularly beaten by retailers everywhere.

Make / Model

Mag.
8x

Obj. Lens
42mm

FOV
393ft @ 100yds

Length
5.5"

MSRP
$185.00

Mag.
8x

Obj. Lens
25mm

FOV
n.a.

Length
3.6"

MSRP
$179.00

Mag.
8x

Obj. Lens
25mm

FOV
378ft @ 100yds

Length
4.4"

MSRP
$69.00

Mag.
6x

Obj. Lens
30mm

FOV
551ft @ 100yds

Length
6"

MSRP
$46.95

Mag.
8x

Obj. Lens
32mm

FOV
394ft @ 100yds

Length
5.5"

MSRP
$142.90

Mag.
10x -30x

Obj. Lens
21mm

FOV
178ft @ 100yds

Length
4.2"

MSRP
$49.99

Mag.
8x

Obj. Lens
30mm

FOV
122ft @ 100yds

Length
5.5"

MSRP
$159.00

Detailed Description of Monoculars for Archery

Now that we have had a chance to take a brief look at the more portable monoculars available on the market that will be greatly suited to archery we will get a more detailed look at each model. Below is a short review of each monocular along with product specifications and listed features. Read through the details of each to get a better understanding of what it is that differentiates each product.

Zen-Ray ZRS HD 8x42 Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Diameter: 42mm
  • Field of View: 393 feet / 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 17.3 mm
  • Close Focus: 6 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 5.5” x 2”
  • Weight: 10 oz

This is a solidly built monocular that is particularly light weight for an instrument that is constructed with a metal alloy casing. It features HD image resolution that ensures particularly sharp clarity and definition. One of the special features that has been built in is VivdBrite Dielectric Prism Coating that maximises the brightness.

It comes with a large ergonomic center focus knob to make it easy to use and it has been constructed to be 100% waterproof and fogproof. This is achieved by argon charging the chassis.

This monocular is a little larger than those regarded as pocket sized but it is very handy for keeping close for quick acquisition. It is very effective in its light gathering ability and provides a sharp and clear image in low-light conditions. It comes with a soft belt case.

Minox 8x25 Macroscope Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Diameter: 25mm
  • Close Focus: 14 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 3.6” x 2.2”
  • Weight: 150g

The Minox MS is the type of pocket-sized monoscope that is capable of being used one-handed, perfect for the archer who wants to take a quick reading. The 8x magnification is suited for distances experienced in the 3D archery field.

It is suited for viewing both close up items and objects that are up to 120 yards distant. The close focus distance is only 14 inches (35cm) making it possible for close observation of smaller objects.

The lens features a turnable eye-cup to make it more usable for people wearing glasses. It is both dust and waterproof and has been argon gas purged to prevent fogging.

Vortex Optics Solo Waterproof Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Diameter: 25mm
  • Field of View: 378 feet / 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 15 mm
  • Exit Pupil: 3.13 mm
  • Close Focus: 6.4 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 4.4” x 2.2”
  • Weight: 5.6 oz

This is another compact monocular that is perfect for the archer either in the 3D field or out hunting. It is a lightweight unit that has a rubber armor cover so that it is easy to grip and control single-handed. It is small enough to tuck into the pocket where it can then be quickly drawn out and used.

It features a fully multi-coated glass surface that ensures the images are displayed in sharp, bright contrast. The unit is fully waterproof with o-ring seals to prevent moisture or dust from entering. It has been nitrogen gas purged to make it fog-proof. The eyecup is adjustable at a twist to help fit it to the eye and to accommodate viewing either with or without eyeglasses.

Celestron Outland 6x30 Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 6x
  • Objective Diameter: 30mm
  • Field of View: 551 feet / 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 20 mm
  • Exit Pupil: 5.0 mm
  • Close Focus: 13.1 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 6” x 3”
  • Weight: 8 oz

This is an example of a quality monocular that is available at an extremely affordable price. It features 6X magnification and an objective lens diameter of 30mm and has a nice wide field of view at 10.5 degrees. It displays the images in a nice bright and clear way through multi-coated lenses. For some people, the Close Focus minimum of 13 feet may be a little long but for most archers this distance shouldn't be a problem.

The monocular has been equipped with the types of basic features that you would expect that will ensure it will prove its durability out in the field. It has a rubber coated housing that will soften any sudden knocks. It is also waterproof and fog proof to ensure the clarity is maintained.

Another aspect that ensures it will serve the bow hunter or 3D archery competitor well is the compact size so it can easily fit in the pocket. It can be taken out and used single-handed without having to put down the bow.

Barska 8x32mm Waterproof Level Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Diameter: 32mm
  • Field of View: 394 feet / 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 13.6 mm
  • Exit Pupil: 3.0 mm
  • Close Focus: 13.7 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 5.25” x 2.75”
  • Weight: 10.4 oz

Here is another low priced lightweight and compact monocular that provides a more than adequate optic that will give you a clear image. It provides 8x magnification and an objective diameter of 32 mm. It has multicoated optics and a BK-7 prism for greater contrast and clarity.

The exterior of the housing is encased in a diamond patterned non-slip rubber armor so there will never be a problem with properly gripping it. There is a center knob for easy focus with one hand.

For archers it is a handy, highly portable optic that is weatherproof and fog proof. It can be stored in any small pocket but there is a wrist strap for added security and it also comes with a carrying case.

Brunton Echo Zoom Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 10x-30x
  • Objective Diameter: 21mm
  • Field of View: 178 feet / 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 12 mm
  • Exit Pupil: 2.4 - 1.8mm
  • Close Focus: 10 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 4.2” x 1.4”
  • Weight: 3.2 oz

This is a particularly useful monocular for the archer, primarily due to the diminutive size that it has. It is a very lightweight zoom monocular that allows a range of magnification from 10x to 30x. The objective diameter is 21mm and its close focus minimum is 10 feet.

The body is housed in aluminum to provide a sturdy outer shell. It provides clear and sharp images being equipped with multi-coated lens and BaK-4 prism glass.

The reports are that when it is being used on the low power setting of 10x the clarity is far better than when it is zoomed right up to 30x. Another drawback that has been mentioned by some customers is the small field of view that it offers which makes it a little difficult to stabilize on a target. To that end, it does come with ¼” thread built in so that it may be mounted on a tripod.

Opticron 8x30 Waterproof LE Monocular

Product Specifications

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Diameter: 30mm
  • Field of View: 122 feet / 1000 yards
  • Eye Relief: 25 mm
  • Close Focus: 13.1 feet
  • Dimensions (HxW): 5.5” x 1.9”
  • Weight: 8.9 oz

This is a powerful yet compact monocular that has been designed to be fully waterproof. It has a thick rubber outer covering for a protected shell and the finger grooves make holding and viewing a comfortable experience.

The multi-coated optic lens and the nitrogen gas filled chamber ensure that it is not only waterproof but will also remain fog proof. It is a handy glass that would suit the distances checked on the 3D field.

The design allows for single hand use and the rubber eye cap ensures that it is compatible to those wearing glasses.

There are probably a few different important aspects of the monocular you choose for hunting, whether it be with a rifle or bow, that go beyond how clearly or sharply they bring the image into focus. The size and ease of use of the monocular will be important factors in making your decision.

Ideally, you will want to buy the smallest, most lightweight monocular available while still maintaining strength and durability. It would be particularly handy if you could reach down and pull the monocular out of your pocket and use it one-handed.


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