With this powerful mini-telescope with superb macro everything is clear..
Innovative and showing all the classic technical capabilities of the MINOX company is the best way to describe the MINOX Macroscope. This unique compact miniature telescope, measuring just 92 x 57 x 44 mm that fits neatly into the palm of the hand, gives the user not only high optical performance but an extremely close-focus distance of only 35 cm.
In combination with the 8x magnification, the MINOX MS 8x25 Macroscope allows a close-up detailed study of all kinds of subjects and objects, ensuring that the user can even observe wildlife and insects in great detail at close range without disturbing them. Enter the world of macro with a highly portable and compact mini-telescope!
The short and compact telescope body, designed by Volkswagen-Design, is destined to meet many other demands put on it also. With a field of view of more than 114m, the compact MINOX Macroscope is just at home being used as a normal telescope, just as you would a full sized scope. Viewing a historical tower on a sight-seeing trip or big events in a stadium or concert hall, the new compact Macroscope is ideal. It also has the added advantage of being handy and easy to use for partially sighted people.
MINOX have made this technically possible due to the extremely short and compact build of the MS 8x25 and the clever use of Porro prisms which by their very nature provide naturally high light transmission. The lens diameter of 25 mm combined with its innovative optical system and high quality multi layer coating of the optics, ensures bright images with high contrast and accurate colour rendition under all conditions.
Designing the Macroscope, MINOX engineers combined past know how and the latest technology as used in the new MINOX 'High Grade' range of binoculars. For example, the Quick Close Focus (QCF), a new type of focussing mechanism which allows better and more accurate focussing.
With just a single turn of less than 360° of the focussing ring on the lens it is possible to adjust the mini telescope to any setting from close-up to infinite.
Despite its lightweight, around 150 grams, the Macroscope features tough rubber armouring to protect against everyday wear and tear and along with a special sealing technique is internally purged with special Argon gas to not only minimise internal corrosion and prevent internal fogging during quick temperature or humidity changes, it also ensures that it remains waterproof in bad weather conditions and even in water down to 5 metres.
For those who wear spectacles, the full field of view is visible due to the extended exit pupil. The twist-up/twist down eyecup is an important feature for both spectacle and non-spectacle wearing users.
Reviewed by 4 customers
Shorter front focal distance = shallower depth of field and smaller field of view. That's inescapable optics. The quality of this device is apparent when focussing up close. Depth of field is paper-thin and field of view = ~3cm, which makes this practically a low-power two-hand-held one-light-path dissecting microscope, which is crazy, but it works because the glass is superb and chassis easy to hold securely. Of course, a tripod is always a good idea, and this monocular is threaded for a tripod (as are all Minox binoculars and monoculars, as every binocular and monocular on earth should be), but the advantage of this monocular is its diminutive size and negligible weight so it has to work without a tripod. It does that in spades. When it's dangerous, inconvenient, impossible or forbidden to use a hand lens or naked eyeballs for close inspection at close quarters, this is the next best thing. Light gathering is surprisingly good for a 25mm objective lens, a function of quality glass in inherently more efficient prisms. The "case" is only a sturdy draw-string bag with a carabiner grommet. It's not much protection and only barely encloses the monocular. Without lens caps, one lens or the other is left at least partly exposed. Easy fix: some plastic film cans fit the eyepiece ring as if custom made for it. Scissor off the top 2/3 and you have a lens cover better than most OEM. You'll still lose it eventually but then you'll just make another. The objective lens is deeply recessed; it doesn't need a cover. The supplied carabiner and neck strap are also weak but easily swapped out for sturdier versions if you're going to use them. The monocular fits in a jacket pocket. In sum, this "Minoscope" isn't a great microscope, spotting scope, binocular or hand lens, but it's a great invention. It does a good job in each category, with a shape/size that encourages keeping it always handy. Its limitations are barely enough eye relief (12mm) and borderline too much magnification (8X), but in the art of balancing optical compromises, approaching useful limits without stepping over is no sin. In image quality, where the only compromise is with cost, Minox has done something remarkable: this is a brilliant bit of optical kit for a very reasonable price. There are plenty of toy monoculars on the market. This isn't one. This one is excellent.
First thing about this Monocular is it is not a TOY!! That is why it costs what it does. This is a great close inspection tool also and would be at home in any inspectors and for that matter Investigators pocket. while not cheap it would appreciated by anyone that likes quality optics especially as a lifetime gift for a young student. excellent compact scope when you don't want to or can't carry Binos My only concern is the case as it does need to be larger to fit the scope better. There is an Night Vision lens case avail that fits this perfectly but you will have to look for it
The Minox microscope is the leatherman of quality optics. It is relatively compact and light, very well made and gives a clear, bright, magnified look at things near and far. Especially wonderful if you can't see up close anymore. It is 5 stars in all ways except for the cheap bag which is too small for complete protection and/or lack of lens caps. Minox hit the ball out of the park and then neglected to walk the bases. I can imagine the bean counters wringing their hands with glee as they anticipate the extra 50 cents they will make on each sale by going with too small of a bag and no caps. I would have paid a few bucks more for an equally well thought out way to protect my macroscope while out and about. All in all I could find nothing close to this veristility, functionality and quality for under $500.
I commute hundreds of miles weekly through wildlife areas and along migratory flyways. The Minox Macroscope is easily carried around my neck and I can pull over & stop the car and quickly spot & watch birds & animals. Using the macro capability for close study of bugs is neat! This is a very affordable gadget compared to Zeiss or Leica monoculars. BTW, this is less carry weight than binoculars!