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Minox 7x42 MD C Monocular (Black)

B&H # MI7X42CM MFR # 62209
Minox 7x42 MD C Monocular (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Integrated Magnetic Compass
  • Ranging Reticle with Mil Marks
  • 342' Field of View at 1000 Yards
  • Weatherproof, Submersible to 3.3'
  • Fold-Down Rubber Eyecup
  • Black Rubber Armoring
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The black 7x42 MD C Monocular from Minox combines a weatherproof housing and an analog magnetic compass to create an ideal handheld optic for a wide-range of activities, whether you're on the trail or at sea. An inverted-T crosshair reticle features mil hash marks on the longitudinal and latitudinal axes, providing the observer with a tool for estimating the distance to, and size of, objects. A built-in analog compass displays the directional reading in degrees at the bottom of the field of view. A water-sealed and armored housing, subzero temperature tolerance, and fold-down eyecup equip the black 7x42 MD C with the features required for a durable and dependable monocular.

Optical Performance
  • 7x magnification
  • 42mm objective
  • 6.5° angle of view
  • 45° apparent viewing angle
  • 374' field of view at 1000 yards
  • 20.5mm eye relief
  • 6mm exit pupil
Use and Handling
  • 360° magnetic compass
  • Inverted-T ranging reticle with mil hash marks for estimating object distance and size
  • 0 to 80 mil longitude and latitude range
  • Fold-down rubber eyecup
  • Flip-down objective cover
Construction Details
  • -4 to 122°F operating temperature
  • Submersible to 3.3' (1m)
  • Black rubber armoring
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 7x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 6.5°
Field of View 342' @ 1000 yd (113 m @ 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance Not specified by manufacturer
Exit Pupil Diameter 6 mm
Eye Relief 20.5 mm
Waterproofing Waterproof, submersible to 3.3' (1 m)
Operating Temperature -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Dimensions 5.6 x 2.6 x 2.4" (14.3 x 6.5 x 6.1 cm)
Weight 13.1 oz (370 g)
Minox 7x42 MD C Monocular (Black)
  • Soft Case
  • Wrist Strap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Minox7x42 MD C Monocular (White)
     
    5.0

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          5.0

          nice package

          By prion

          from northern Vermont

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Target Acquisition
          • Quick Compass

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Maritime Navigation

            Comments about 7x42 MD C Monocular (Black):

            Minox (to their credit) puts threaded mounts on nearly all of their optics. That this monocular has none is an indication of its special purpose. That purpose is determining azimuth at sea to determine position and calculate bearing. Secondarily, it assists in estimating distances to objects of known size. Finally, it works as a normal optical magnifier. That it's very good at that last application gives an idea of the quality of the unit.

            I haven't used it yet (no liquid water where I live for a few more weeks) so I can't gauge its waterproofness. Non-waterproofness is why I finally gave up on Steiner. Optically, though, this is close to Steiner's equal in a far more comfortable, convenient size. Its only visible limitation is lack of electric compass illumination, which means you may need to shine a torch or headlamp on the translucent window when natural light is dim, but you'll be using one or both by then anyway. Internal illumination can be handy but battery access is a breach in the housing, and batteries are trouble, so I don't count that a detriment. I've actually removed all the batteries from all of my illuminated compasses. Compass (1° increments) is quicker to settle than Steiner's (which is saying something), reticles are as fine, image is not as bright (few are) but perfectly serviceable, and this is designed to be held with one hand (back-of-hand padded strap included); Steiner marine binoculars are definitely a two-fisted proposition: rugged and beautiful but 3X the size, > 3X the mass and 5X the price, + all of mine have leaked.

            I'm looking forward to using the Minox MD C on the water, but that's also the qualification of this review: I haven't yet.

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            5.0

            Solid performance

            By Grinch

            from Texas

            Comments about 7x42 MD C Monocular (White):

            Well made, good low light performance due to large exit pupil. Compass readable and stable. Great for navigation and taking bearings. Solid construction.

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            5.0

            Excellent monocular for buoy races

            By Gabriel

            from Newport Beach, CA

            About Me Avid Adventurer

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            Pros

            • Depth Of Field
            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Yachting

              Comments about 7x42 MD C Monocular (Black):

              I took a leap of faith based exclusively on Minox brand reputation to buy the 7x42 MDC monocular given that I couldn't find significant hands on reviews. I certainly do not regret the decision. First I ordered a cheaper monocular with similar specifications (Celestron Oceana 8x42) from another store, but came with an air bubble in the compass and questionable workmanship overall. With the price and quality of a toy, it went back the same day.
              The Minox monocular was available only at B&H, at all the other stores was backordered to about 3 months. The white version was not available yet (Jan 2014). I must appreciate the prompt delivery and the technical details provided by the customer service over the telephone from B&H.
              I purchased the monocular for use in boat races to quickly spot the marks and take a compass reading. Tested already in two major ocean regattas, the monocular proved extremely useful for that purpose. Compared to a stabilized binocular that is expensive, bulky, and battery hungry, the 7x42 monocular does not provide the same magnification nor image stabilization. However, I had no issues spotting the inflatable marks at few miles away in flat to moderate ocean conditions. The lower magnification (7x compared to 12x) and the high quality of the optics that are giving bright and sharp image with a large and deep field of view made spotting of the marks much faster.
              The Minox monocular will fit in a larger pocket, but I wish it was more compact (maybe a 7x30-35 version). The size is adequate for a 7x42 optical instrument, basically it is a half of a binocular with same specs. I found the compass on the top to be slightly unusual positioned for the hand grip and I tend to constantly cover the white spot where the light comes into the compass.
              Focusing with one hand is almost impossible. Although smooth, the adjustment ring is firm, maybe because is waterproofed, but there is a pleasant surprise: the depth of field is so good that I never had to adjust the focus during the boat race. Also has a large white mark on the ring that will tell if the instrument is already in the same focus position. The relatively firm focus ring will prevent accidentally changing the position in the pocket.
              The compass is accurate and it was matching the reading of the boat instruments. The integrated mil graded reticle is useless for my purpose but others may find it useful. For distance reading I'm using a performant laser range finder.
              The front lens cap is useful, but the back lens cap was lost during the first race, therefore dust is unavoidable on the ocular. The adjustable eye relief cup comes handy when used with sunglasses and definitely higher quality than a foldable rubber cup. I had no problem using it all day with polarized sunglasses on.
              The wrist strap is not that handy, especially wearing sailor gloves; a neck lanyard would be a more useful in my opinion. It also came with a hard case (clamshell with a zipper) mainly for storage, and instructions that include how to use the mil-graded reticle.
              Overall I'm very satisfied with the performance and the quality of the relatively inexpensive Minox 7x42 MDC.

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              5.0

              7x42 MD C Minox marine rangefinder

              By Michael

              from Colorado, United States

              About Me Avid Adventurer

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              Pros

              • Accurate Ranging
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Security

              Comments about 7x42 MD C Monocular (Black):

              This is a marine monocular with a reticle scale intended to calculate the distance to ships at sea, and the height of ships at sea. And it requires some math calculations. The brightness, color rendition, resolution, and clarity are superb. It's perfect for range finding the distance to offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico or Emirates.

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