Are you interested to know what a monocular isor how to use it? If yes, here is all the information about how to use a monocular.
A monocular is like half part of a binocular and it is a small device that helps visiting distant objects. You could use a monocular through one eye. As a monocular is small and light; so, it is easy to use and is more movable than a binocular.
Why use a monocular
A monocular is such an optical device that is very easy to carry in bag, purse or even pocket. It could be useful for you in many ways. If you are interested in camping trips, night vision or wild life view, you could take a monocular with ultraviolet light for proper vision.
Another thing which I would like to say that you could avoid the unequal eyesight problems by using a monocular. It is more suitable than binoculars because a binocular pair is costly than monocular and could cause problem for your unequal eyesight. It is better to use monocular as it is made with single lens only for one eye.
How to use a monocular?
A monocular doesn’t have whistles or many bells like other optical products. You just need to follow some technical ways to focus on distant things or objects. Generally, there are three ways for proper vision using monocular and they are- looking through the monocular, tracking and tracing your target and maintaining your monocular. Let’s have a look in these steps.
Looking through the monocular
Step 1: Using the best vision for your eyes becomes a necessity if you have weakened visualization. It is better to use the dominant eye. Hold up the monocular against your dominant eye. Use the same side hand to hold it.
Step 2: If you have glasses on your eyes, you don’t have to take it off. Let your monocular set against the glasses. You might need to fold the rubber end down to help your vision. In this case, you should select a monocular which offers 14mm of your eye relief. because using this type of monocular, you would be able to hold your monocular 14mm against your eye and see properly. You could see the eye relief on the manufacturer’s guide or on the monocular box and choose the right one for you.
Step 3: Grip the barrel near the visual lens and you have to hold the monocular as close as possible of your eye without touching. Maintaining the focus,close your other eye and fixed the monocular. For keeping the arm still, you have to keep the elbow against the body.
You could also hold your wrist with the other hand and fixed the monocular. Otherwise, lay down on the stomach and put your elbows on the surface and have a steady view. Don’t touch the lens of the monocular.
Step 4: You have to adjust the focus of your monocular. Some type of monocular could be adjusted using your both hands and some require 1 finger rotation. If you find the view blurrier after focusing, just rotate the monocular dial in other way to make it clearer.
Tracking and tracing the target
Step 1: Before using the monocular, locate your desired object. Point yourself towards your targeted object by pointing toes and nose. Keep an eye towards the object before raising the monocular. If you lose the sight after placing the monocular, open other eye and try pointing the right direction using the monocular.
Step 2: To observe a moving object, follow the target by turning your head gradually. If the object moves a great space, you have to move your whole body towards its direction. But ensure that the monocular shouldn’t move. Rapid movements could cause losing the track of the target.
Step 3: If the target moves farther or closer, you have to focus the dial lens. This could help viewing the target clearly when moving. Focus the monocular lens according to your body and head movement. You should practice this to learn focusing accurately and quickly.
Step 4: Do not run, walk, drive or paddle when you are focusing the target with the monocular. Because it might cause you injuries or you could lose your object.
Maintaining the monocular
Maintain your monocular is one of the most important things to do. You should follow some steps to complete your task easily.
Step 1: Almost all monoculars come with a belt or strap and you should wrap the belt around your neck or wrist. This would help you to protect the monocular from breaking or dropping. This becomes a necessity if you are around water. falling into the rivercould make the monocular wet or damage it.
Step 2: Buying a waterproof monocular might be expensive for you. Thus, you should use zipped bags to store the monocular when you are done using it. Ensure that the bag is sealed properly so that the water couldn’t get inside it.
Step 3: After using your monocular, set the lens cap to its place to prevent damage from water, dust or other debris.
Step 4: You might find that your monocular becomes blurred because of the dust in the air. You should clean it to avoid obstructing view. Use a glass wipe for cleaning the lens but window cleaners, tissue or toilet papers might cause scratches on the lens. Thus, it is better not to use these things to clean the lens.
Though a monocular is overlooked sometimes, such device could be beneficial for hobbies such as birding, amateur astronomy, sightseeing, hunting and so on. If you know the proper process about how to use it, you could find wonderful things around you. This is all about using your monocular with care.