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Zeiss Miniquick Monocular 5x10 T*
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1 21913 Tue October 13, 2015
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100% of reviewers $199.00 8.0

Description: At just 23 g the MiniQuick® 5x10 T* is as light as a feather and as slim as a fountain pen. It can be clipped onto your clothing comfortably and unobtrusively using the clip provided. The MiniQuick® has astonishing capability and makes a superb, high-quality gift.
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Registered: August 2014
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 110
Review Date: Tue October 13, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $199.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Small, Lightweight
Cons: Dim, No lens protection

The Zeiss Miniquick Monocular 5x10 T* is a very interesting optical device. It provides 5 times optical zoom, with adjustable focus, in a form factor approximately the size of a Sharpie.

The tiny form factor allows for the user to truly carry this item at all times, and in all situations - whether it be outdoors, casually in the city, or even in a suit.

The objective lens measures only 10 mm, and the housing, at it's thickest point, measures 17.4mm in diameter, and tapers to approximately 15.5mm near the ocular lens. The image is quite remarkable, given these dimensions. I was expecting a tiny pinhole view, however, the FOV is quite satisfactory. The image is very sharp and clear up to about 80% from the centre. I would compare it to the previous Zeiss Conquest line (non-HD). It is fairly easy to stabilize the image - simply use your index finger and curl it into a circle to brace the monocular against your eye socket.

The only real downside of the image has to do with its 10mm objective and 5x zoom. The exit pupil is a tiny 2mm. This makes it very unsuitable for any low light viewing. The brightness suffers slightly even on a cloudy day. At night time, under street lights - don't even bother, as you'll see more with the naked eye. However, under daylight conditions, the image is bright and very clear.

The other downside is that mine did not come with a case. I have heard that they used to come with one, but not anymore. It was fairly easy to find a case that would work for this - I found an e-cigarette leather zip up case. Either way, I don't think a case is the best way to carry the optic. The outer housing has a clip, like a pen clip. This allows the monocular to be clipped inside a pocket. However, there are no lens covers, and I do not think that throwing an unprotected lens into a pocket is the best idea. I would be nice to include some rubber caps to cover both sides of the tube. I am still looking for something that will fit property - I have read that some have found lip balm caps that work well.

On a positive note, the focus ring is easy to adjust and is precise.

Compared to the other monocular that I own - a Vortex Solo 8x36, the Zeiss has noticeably superior glass. Again, the small objective lens of the Zeiss is its greatest downfall and greatest asset at the same time. I could also add that I purchased the Vortex first, then realized that there's no way that I could carry that daily, hence the tiny Zeiss.

This monocular is great for everyday use. If you suddenly come across an interesting bird on the way to the office, or want to read a street sign without getting out of the car, this is perfect. I wouldn't recommend it for sustained viewing though.

In summary, this is a high quality, very unique monocular that I would recommend to anybody looking for an optic that is easily carried everyday.
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