Rated 5 out of 5 by grouselady monocular
What a wonderful optic for watching birds out the window! I was pleasantly surprised at the clarity. It is now in its case by the window nearest the birdfeeder ready for use any time. Definitely worth the investment.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BarnegatBayman Great for impromptu bird watching
The review title says it all...
February 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by BirdSurveyor Some basic Problems
I received the first of these as a Christmas gift. The focus ring didn't work, and the rim that is to be turned back for people with eyeglasses would not stay back. I returned the first one, and ordered a replacement. On this replacement, the focus ring did work, but the rim again would not turn back and remain. So I gave up and simply cut it off with my pocket knife. Nevertheless, I am surprised that LL Bean offers such an inferior product.
January 28, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Northwoodsexplorer Poor review
It arrived and I was excited but trying to use it caused frustration. It would not focus or even move when trying to focus.
January 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by OldOneEye Useful and Necessary
The monocular is handy and provides decent vision and clarity equivilent to binoculars of equal price range. I have only one eye and so it is a great match for me. The focus function is exceptionally stiff to use, but that is OK because once set for outside long distance use I do not intend to change it. The attachment straps are a fine addition to the product. The only drawback for a glasses wearer are the fold down eye cups that don't. They are three times the thickness of others I have experienced; therefore, they must be held folded with two hands and snap back against the glasses with significant force. Reguardless,I will replace my binoculars with this item.
January 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by beanshopperva Stocking stuffer gift for son
Exactly what he wanted, as he can't be bothered with a traditional set of binoculars. Fits nicely in shirt pocket. Quick & easy focusing - unlike binoculars.
December 31, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by NancyGK waste of money
Sorry, LL Bean, but this item should be taken out of your catalog. I bought one thinking it would make a good gift. I find it's hard to focus on any object, near or far. Everything is blurry. Just don't like it.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cococuntcreamcare Great for bird feeder watching
I was shopping for clothes and saw this little Monocular. I had just put up a bird feeder outside my window and ordered this little glass. It came almost immediately and now sits right next to me. I work on the computer I write a blog and when I look up and see something different the glass lets me watch my fine feather friends without even a second before they fly away. I am seriously thinking of ordering another one for the car. The bulk of binoculars plus the speed of flight makes me very glad I made this great purchase
December 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by philje Monocular was just what I needed.
The monocular arrived promptly as usual. The only problem was that the focus ring was very stiff when I first tried it, to the point that I thought it wasn't adjustable at all. But, after a few minutes I got it moving and it works fine although still a little stiff. The clarity of the magnification is exceptional for the price. I am using it just to keep in the car for observing occasional wildlife, and to have in my pocket while trout fishing for the same purpose.
November 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by anotherOldGuy undecided
I haven't really used this yet. Yes, it is much lighter than binoculars, but it seems a little heavy for its size. The focus mechanism seems a little stiff. A small movement of the focus ring causes dramatic changes to the focus. I was expecting to be able to fine tune the focus a little more than I can. The jury is still out. It might be that I will really enjoy this or it might go the other way.
September 18, 2014