The beginning of the 20th century was marked by a significant leap in the development of various technologies used in most areas of life. Evolving, a person began to understand that it is almost impossible to quickly achieve success in any matter with his own skill alone. Certain devices, complex mechanisms or other devices that facilitate work and create more favorable conditions for its implementation always come to the rescue.
In this way, many devices were invented, such as electronic money. What is special about them? However, with their help, it became possible to conduct money transactions between counterparties located in different parts of the world. The invention of penicillin in the first half of the 20th century marked the beginning of antibiotic treatment in medicine, which significantly accelerated the treatment of people with serious diseases. All these devices are actively used every day by different people because they are universal and relate to those spheres of social life that take place quite often.
At the same time, there are such devices that are suitable for a specific group of people, that is, they have a specialized use. These are the devices that are used, for the most part, in military affairs, on hunting, in security activities, on a certain type of transport, etc. By virtue of their properties and purposes of use, they are those devices without which the activities of representatives of the above-mentioned professions will be incomplete and less effective. One of these devices is a monocular, which, together with other optical devices, serves as a mechanism for improving the visibility of other objects and their visual perception. However, the monocular, like any other invention, has its scope of use, its functions and must be used in accordance with established instructions. We will talk about such features of the monocular, the conditions under which it is appropriate to use it, and the differences between the monocular and other optical devices.
What is Monocular
A monocular is a certain opposite of binoculars in terms of external features. From the outside, this device resembles a small telescope, which is quite compact and consists of a single lens, unlike binoculars. The mechanism of its work consists in the possibility of visualizing an object that is located at a distance from the person observing the surrounding reality. Knowing this and the following information will help the potential user understand the advantages and disadvantages of using a monocular in various situations and make the right choice when purchasing this device.
Why choose a monocular?
Advantages are the business card of any device. It is on them that we focus the greatest attention. First, it is the compactness of the monocular. It is available for purchase in various sizes, but the smaller monocular are particularly popular. It will not take up a lot of space in a backpack, and its ease of transportation allows you to take with your other useful devices that will find their use. It is also both an advantage and a disadvantage that the monocular has only one lens through which the image is displayed. The advantage in this regard will be the ability to focus attention on a specific object at a distance, and the disadvantage is that due to the strain on only one eye, using the monocular for a long time is uncomfortable.
A monocular is suitable for those purposes when a person wants to look at something rather quickly and the object is at a short distance from the observer.
Understanding the differences between monocular, binoculars and spotting scopes
The differences between a monocular and binoculars are quite significant. The first difference is that binoculars have two viewing tubes with lenses. Closely related to the first difference is the second, which consists in the fact that the area of reflection in binoculars is much larger than that of a monocular. In addition, the use of binoculars is a priority for those people who will observe the object in the field for a long period of time, because using two eyes at once for this is more natural for a person and more comfortable at the same time. Binoculars can be used both during the day and at night, and the monocular is mostly used only during the day due to rapid eye fatigue.
When studying the properties and functions of a monocular, it is often compared to spotting scopes (scopes) due to their similar scope of application. So, both the monocular and the spotting scope offer their users a single tube for observing objects. In fact, the sight is the same monocular, but with enlarged lenses that allow you to see at greater distances from the observer. A monocular is smaller than a rifle scope and more compact. However, the optical sight is more comfortable to use, as it contains quite a lot of lenses that can be removed and used depending on the situation. This helps the eye to relax more and get used to adverse environmental conditions faster, especially when used at night.
Choosing the right monocular for you
The choice of a monocular that will be suitable for each situation depends on the quality parameters of the monocular, its properties and the material of manufacture.
Monocular Magnification and Objective Size
Monocular magnification is characterized by an increase in the visibility of the picture at long distances. There are monocular with a magnification of 5-10 times, and there are those that magnify the object by 15-20 times. That is, such monocular make it possible to get a better picture of the object and to see it better, even if it is quite far from the observer.
The next characteristic that distinguishes one monocular from another is the diameter of the lens. Its size determines the amount of space that will be displayed to the user while viewing the environment. Monocular with a larger lens diameter are less convenient because they are larger and less compact. However, they are more actively used at night because they allow you to see objects in low light.
Field of View, Eye Relief, Lens Coating
Each monocular has its own field of view. Here you need to remember that the larger the size of the lens, the greater the approximation possible and proportionally a closer picture and a smaller part of the area on the surface are displayed, respectively. Therefore, the use of one or another lens affects the field of view of each monocular.
As already mentioned, using a monocular can be stressful for the eye, and it is necessary to choose a device with such a lens that allows the use of a monocular even for those people who have vision problems. On average, we are talking about 12-17 mm or more.
Lens coating is another important feature. In addition to the fact that such a coating should be of the highest quality, it also affects the brightness of the resulting image. In addition, sometimes users request a waterproof lens, which allows you to forget about all possible problems that can be encountered with conventional equipment.
So, a monocular is a rather effective device that finds its use in many spheres of life, and the correct choice of which allows you to see objects at a considerable distance and get a high-quality picture. Each user chooses a monocular according to his goals and preferences. It is important to familiarize yourself with the instructions for use of each device before using it and to follow it during the entire period of use.