Monocular vs Binoculars: Which Should You Use?

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The main difference between a monocular and a pair of binoculars is obvious. Binoculars have two viewing tubes, while a monocular has one. But are two tubes always better than one? Well, the short answer is no. There are many occasions where you’d probably prefer using a monocular to a set of binoculars. However, in […]

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Binoculars vs Telescopes: When to Use Which?


With so many different types of optics out there, using the right one for any given situation can become confusing. Take binoculars and telescopes, for instance. Each of these can be used for a wide variety of situations including some that overlap. Both binoculars and telescopes magnify far away objects in order to let you […]

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What is The Bluewater Astronomical Society?

Disclaimer: Optics Mag has no affiliation with the Bluewater Astronomical Society (BAS). This article is for informative purposes only. Likewise, BAS does not endorse any product recommended on this website, nor will they see economic gain from this association. Click here to visit the official Bluewater Astronomical Society’s website. What initially started as a donation […]

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What Was About?

photographer observing the night sky

Getting into astronomy can seem like a daunting task. There’s so much to learn and figure out, and many college courses devoted to each aspect of astronomy. And that’s not to mention the equipment you need to properly observe space, and the know-how to use that equipment. A telescope is great, but if you don’t […]

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4 Best Spotting Scopes for Digiscoping in 2023 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

a spotting scope for digiscoping

Digiscoping is the practice of attaching an optical telescope, monocular, or spotting scope to a digital camera to take high-quality pictures at magnifications the camera cannot handle on its own. While you might think that this may run you hundreds of dollars, as camera zoom lenses often do, you can save a lot of money […]

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5 Best Thermal Monoculars of 2023 – Top Picks & Reviews

a thermal monocular

Thermal Monoculars are a big investment, but people often don’t put enough thought into their purchase. Instead, they buy from the same brand they’ve used before, even if the new model isn’t as good as their old one or try to get the best value by purchasing the most expensive model, even if it’s not […]

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5 Best Night Vision Monoculars under $500 – Top Picks & Guide 2023

a night vision monocular

Night vision monoculars can be an expensive investment. High-end models can cost thousands of dollars, but the good news is that you can get a high-quality monocular for far less than that. Of course, you’re still making a big investment, and you want to make sure that you make a good one. If you’re shopping […]

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5 Best Compact Spotting Scopes of 2023 – Top Picks & Reviews

a compact spotting scope

You may think that spotting scopes have to be large and bulky, which means that a trusty pair of binoculars may be the better choice if you’re looking for field-ready portability. If that’s what you think, however, you couldn’t be more wrong. There are a ton of compact spotting scopes on the market today, which […]

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5 Best Budget Night Vision Monoculars under $200 in 2023 – Top Picks & Guide

a budget night vision monocular under $200

Night vision equipment can be a very expensive purchase. The first way you can save yourself some money is to invest in a monocular, which has much of the upside of other kinds of night vision equipment but comes at a much lower price. You can also save money by getting well-informed before you buy. […]

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5 Best Budget Binoculars under $100 of 2023 – Top Picks & Reviews

best budget Binoculars under $100

Binoculars range from inexpensive toys for children to professional models that cost thousands of dollars. In some instances, even those expensive models aren’t worth the money. Most people will be content with something near the middle—not dirt cheap but not arm-and-a-leg, either. It’s entirely possible to get a decent pair of binoculars without breaking the […]

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