Top positive review
Good product and good service
2 May 2017
. Clear optics, some minor edge distortion but overall a nice bright clear picture
. Very good in low light: It is night time now and I can see two distant street lights about 1/4 of a mile away, but cannot see any detail nor the road with my naked eyes. But with this monocular, light-wise, I can see the street as If I was standing under the street light.
. The adjuster is excellent both in terms of position and tension. It Is really easy to adjust one handed with this monocular. It is a superb design for observing moving objects like birds and planes.
. Acceptable when using free handed, but I really need to rest my elbows on something to give a completely steady image
. Acceptable field of view, but not great
It is good to have lens caps. There are quite a few monoculars that do not come with them even reasonably high end ones.
The carrying case is great, attractive and well made.
The tripod is poor. I don't expect a tripod at this price, but since one is included it could be made fit for purpose. The size is great for me as a backpacker. The balance is not perfect, but I don't care about that either. The real problem is that you cannot adjust the vertical angle on it. The locking mechanism for the ball joint is poor. You're not going to get a good ball joint in an inexpensive tripod, so I'd recommend a simpler mechanism that allows for reliable vertical adjustments.
Note For bird watchers:
I would really recommend the 8x42 monocular by Polaris. I've heard it said that if you're carrying an 8x and a 10x and you see a bird, 9 times out of 10 you would reach for the 8X and the 10th time you would think about the 10X and then pull out the 8X. I think that advice is spot on. 8X monoculars typically give you a much wider field of view with a stabler image. It is really difficult to make out additional detail with a 10x or 12X because you simply cannot hold the image steady enough to make it matter. For me the overall bird watching experience is far more enjoyable with the 8x.
Lastly, there was a small problem with my order as fulfilled by Amazon. But Wingspan/Polaris resolved it quickly and to my satisfaction. The customer service is good.