Review: Barska Blackhawk 10x40 Monocular

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Alan WF
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Review: Barska Blackhawk 10x40 Monocular

At the end of last year, I commented here that I was thinking of getting a monocular to complement my camera while birding, and that I’d get back with my thoughts. Well, I’ve published a review on my website:

Review: Barska Blackhawk 10×40 Monocular

My summary is:

I do find the monocular useful and enjoyable to use when birding. I think I’m getting good value for $56.

The image quality is acceptable for my needs. In the center of the field, I see good detail, contrast, and color, but further out there are obvious optical problems. Fortunately, birds are typically small, and I can easily observe them in the center.

There are times when I want more magnification (which is why spotting scopes exist), but its contribution to my experience is definitely worth its weight, size, and low cost. I’m happy that it appears to be very robust. It’s a useful complement to my camera and long lens.

Regards,

Alan

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