Hawke Nature-Trek 15x50mm monocular review #35201

The higher magnification of the Hawke Nature-Trek 15×50 monocular makes it ideal for long distance subjects such as Plane , Ship spotting as well as distant terrestrial targets.

With such high power, holding steady will be an issue. But this model comes with a handy hand grip and mini tripod. The case is a standard nylon option with belt loop and room to fit the mini tripod inside. There is a tripod thread on the body if you wish to attach to a full sized tripod, car window mount etc.

Despite the (on paper) narrow view of 66m @ 1000m, it seems very comfortable to look through. Sadly only 10mm eye relief makes it unsuitable for spectacle wearers. The eye cup does not twist out.

The exit pupil of 3.33 is not as wide as many combinations such as 8×42, but is more than adequate to give a bright image with true colours. Contrast is a little down on the 10×50 version, but well within tolerances.

Handling is very easy with a large and smooth focus wheel which can be used with gloves on.

Despite being best for long distance, the close focus of only 2.5m is excellent and an added bonus. Weight is 415g. Other specs include BaK-4 prisms, fully multi-coated optics and nitrogen waterproofing.

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