Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

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    Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pieces of equipment. One of the best non LRF ranging optics i've used.
    Glass is very clear on it with objective focus and reticle focus. It is small and stays out of the way while beating around in the bush. Has a light shield on the eyepiece to keep glare down from the sun. Decent Lanyard (although not tactical environment friendly) with a snap on clip for quick detachment.
    It is surprisingly easy to hold stable either freehand or braced up against an object. Readily handy to grab at a moments notice to get eyes on. It has 3 quick ranging silhouette outlines for quick ranging on human targets. With vortex's unconditional lifetime warranty it gets used and abused without worry.
    An obj lense cap that snaps shut would be a nice accessory or addition to it.
    Only negative thing i'd have to say on it is the carrying case. It provides less protection for the optic than i'd like. Belt strap is poorly secured (by a small light duty snap). I revamped my carrying case for it though with little effort.
    I'd recommend this piece of gear to anyone that still practices old school ranging techniques.

    overall rating 8 of 10
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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    This is not the first time I've heard good reports on this monocular. I rather wonder how the non-ranging versions work. I'd like to get a chance to try the 10x36 sometime.
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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    The are great little Monocular. I used the to locate targets and guide shooter on to target. The Vortex Viper R/T 8x28 Tactical Binocular are also great for that.

    We have them in stock.

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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    I'm with all of you. My only complaint would be it needs a lens cap, as noted by GWHLP - I'd like to see a flip-up, or something on a cord, so I don't lose it like everything else I handle. Otherwise, I think it's a bargain.

    Mark H.

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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    What I've never been quite sure about is the quality. The price is so low that I just wonder.

    Would you say it's a good monocular or just good for the price?
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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    Very clear image through it. price is reasonable mainly because the magnification is only 8x fixed. Are you going to see bullet holes at 500 meters through it? no way. It does have high quality glass in it though and works great for what it was designed to do. (light weight, moderate magnification, large field of view, and range estimation)
    not just good for the price.. but a good monocular in general
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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    In case anyone in unfamiliar with the reticle:



    http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-o...g-reticle.html

    Mark H.

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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    These must be popular - I notice that places are often out of stock.
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    Re: Vortex Solo R/T 8x36 review

    That is correct. Vortex occasionally has trouble keeping up with demand. We have 18 in stock as of 1:00pm CDT on 7/31.

    Mark H.

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