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  Oh no, jpc!
  Posted by: canoeswithduckheads on Jan-28-14 8:55 AM (EST)

Not to step on no heels or nuthin', but that looks like it'll give ya a bad case of that there Planter's fascia, Mr. Peanut.

I found that I went more often to a Brunton monocular model I had (I think it was an 8X Lite-Tech model) than the Steiner Marine binos I carry in small drybag while canoeing, both at the expansive salt marshes of Assateague National Seashore, and especially when on some twisty creeks and rivers around home here, when a curious sparrow-form presents itself within the bank thickets. The little mono was always quickly and easily drawn from within pfd pocket, and, for the most part, seemed fairly impervious to the occasional wet-exit faux pas or thunder shower that I'd find myself in.

They did fog up quite terribly, perhaps after a year of use, on an occasion when I left them in my pfd pocket as it hung beneath a tarp during a 2+ hour deluge at Raystown. Later, the eyepiece lens just rotated right off the barrel one day - I guess the gasket seal and/or crimp-stops had worn down. Well, disappointing though it was, the Lite-Tech model had only run me about $22 when I'd purchased it, so at about $11/yr. I wasn't too offended. Just gave me reason to consider purchasing a more reliable model the next time. (It's been three years, and I'm still sans monocular - I've just squinted more at bank birdies, lately.)

But, if I were to get back into more frequent and serious spotting of oyster catchers and errantly migrated water ouzels, I beleive a quality monocular - especially if it possessed some style of slide-style focus to facilitate one-handed use whilst the other hand clings to a bracing or bank-clamping paddle - would definitely be on my purchase order. Till then, I'm a slow draw with those optically excellent Steiners.

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