Product Type: Luger binoculars
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Great little performers at a reasonable cost!
Luger MD 6 x 30 Monocular
Member Name: DirtyDonkey
Luger MD 6 x 30 Monocular
Advantages: Light, ease of use
Disadvantages: Not a high quality optic
I was looking for something to assist on my wildlife photography jaunts and forays when a bird watching friend recommended to me the Luger MD range of monocular scopes, instead of the usual range of binoculars telescopes and dedicated bird scopes available on the current sub £50 market.
He had been using this brand for years and was thoroughly impressed with their overall performance over price ratio.
I settled on the 6 X 30 option as a compromise between price, carry weight and usability.
The optic gives a generous 6 x magnification, (making the image appear 6 times closer), ample for helping in most wildlife photography scenarios and general hill-walking.
Giving a field of view of 30 degrees, this works out at a width of 183 meters over a 1000m view using a 30mm diameter objective lens and a 5mm exit pupil.
What was impressive was the lightweight, easy to carry weight of just ¼ K - 250g including the supplied zipped case, which also has a handy belt loop retainer.
A good quality microfibre cleaning cloth is also supplied in the manufacturers box, as is the case and a carry strap.
The unit is well constructed and does not feel at all flimsy, plasticy or cheap, and fits snugly in the hand making it very comfortable for use, especially when using while walking.
The unit has an eye cup to make viewing even more comfortable and this retracts when not in use.
When in use the overall length of the unit is only a very compact 130mm, or 116mm when the eye cup is retracted.
As I normally wear glasses I was impressed by the ability to twist up the eye caps allowing viewing when wearing glasses, albeit at a slight distance back from the unit.
Optically, the image is very crisp for such a economical device, giving only slight distortion at the outer edges of the viewable range. Very reasonable considering the price.
Focusing is achieved by moving the focusing ring located behind the eye cup and this was found to be very smooth and reasonably accurate.
The unit has an integrated tripod mount for longer time use and that was found to be an invaluable extra when laid up by a river, watching out for some very shy otters.
The unit works well in falling light, unlike some units of a lower quality and using at dawn or dusk did not cause any undue issues.
Although not advertised as ruggerised or waterproof this monocular has had quite a rough ride from me as it is being dropped constantly and has been submerged in water, including sea water, more than once and continues to give excellent service after a quick rinse under the tap.
I am unsure as to the technical coating specifications of the lenses but they do seem to have some form of anti-scratch resilience, and with me using them they probably need this!
I am sure they will still be in service for many years to come, and offer a great viewing option for a reasonable outlay.
Much lighter and easier to use than a pair of binoculars, the Luger 6 x30 offers a great asset for any photographer, hill walker etc.
Summary: Great compromise of price, weight and quality