Binoculars tend to be the go-to choice when it comes to bird watching and observing wildlife. They are undoubtedly an excellent choice when participating in these activities. However, they are not the only option that is available.

Scopes and monoculars offer a streamlined alternative approach to using binoculars. Designed to be lightweight and compact, these scopes offer the same high quality optics in a much smaller package. Perfect for carrying around in your pocket and ready to go whenever you are. There are many reasons to opt for a monocular over a tradition set of binoculars.

We understand that it is not always easy to find the most suitable option with all of the possibilities out there. That is why we have decided to take the time to fully detail each scope for you. Below you will find our top picks for all scopes and monoculars that we currently have available.


1. Viking Cygnus 8x25 Monocular (£29.95)

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Rubber-armoured build
  • Powerful 8x magnification zoom
  • Waterproof and durable

Designed to be lightweight and compact, this scope delivers high quality optics in a neat package. Pairing the highly ergonomic rubber-armoured body with powerful fully-coated lenses makes this a great purchase at an affordable price.

The introduction of the BAK-4 roof prisms ensures that high quality is at its highest. Specially designed to allow maximum light intake in to the monocular, these prisms provide a crystal clear image. Combining this with the fully-coated lens creates a sharp high contrast image by reducing the internal inflection. Additionally, the Viking Cygnus offers a close focus zoom for object under 1.6 metres away. Perfectly designed for time spent bird watching.

Finally, the full rubber-armour build provides the monocular with a high level of durability. Built to withstand all weather conditions, the design allows this scope to thrive in all environments. The compact lightweight design also makes this perfect for carrying around in your pocket. Weighing in at only 131g with a total length of 11cm, it is clear to see why the Viking Cygnus is the ideal travel companion.

This is an excellent introduction to the world of scopes. It offers everything that you could possibly need, and packages it well in tight compact design. Those that are more experienced can find a higher spec model available within this range. The Viking Cygnus 10x42 Monocular (£48.95) also comes highly recommended and includes some additional accessories.

Read More: Customer Reviews for Viking Cygnus Monocular


2. Viking 10x25 ED Monocular (£109.95)

  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Waterproof
  • Supplied with case and wrist-strap

Providing the perfect combination of lightweight design and superb optics, the Viking ED Monocular is a great choice to consider. Ideal for bird watching and taking on hikes, this scope will make the perfect addition to your next adventure.

The introduction of the Extra-low Dispersion lens ensures that the image appears crystal clear - even in low light conditions. Furthermore, focusing is quick and precise enabling you to make quick adjustments to focus on objects. Achieved through the introduction of grooved focus ring, it has never been easier to quickly adjust the close focus zoom (1.6 metres).

Designed to be lightweight and compact, the Viking ED Monocular is the perfect size for your pocket. In addition to this, the scope comes included with a carry case and wrist-strap for added protection.

Read More: Customer Reviews for Viking 10x25 ED Monocular


3. Viking 12-36x50mm Swallow Spotting Scope (£134.95)

  • Lightweight and portable spotting scope
  • Twist down eyecup for spectacle wearers
  • Powerful magnification optics
  • Supplied with carry case

The Viking 12-36x50mm Swallow Spotting Scope is an essential piece of kit for all avid bird watchers. Well suited for travel thanks to the compact design and inclusion of a carry case.

Designed to offer a powerful magnification lens which is easily adjustable, this scope rivals many high-end binoculars. Contrast and resolution have been perfected to ensure that image clarity is as high as possible. Additionally, the introduction of the nitrogen-filled lens prevents fogging and ensures a crystal clear picture even in poor conditions.

Built for use in all conditions, the spotting scope is completely waterproof and extremely durable. Perfectly suited for traveling and moving from one location to another without any problems. Furthermore, this comes included with a carry case for an added level of protection.

It is important to note that the spotting scope does not come with the tripod stand. However, the tripod can be purchased separately or even purchased together as a bundle.


Viking Swallow 50mm Scope with Velbon M47 Tripod (£149.99)


Featuring a clean and simplified design, the Velbon M47 tripod is an essential piece of kit. The incorporation of modern materials allows the tripod to be lightweight, yet still sturdy and reliable. Additionally, the inclusion of the Quick-Level locking mechanism on the legs ensures that packing and folding is easy and efficient.

Designed to be easily adjustable, the tripod includes a centre sliding column to allow fine height adjustment and a spirit level. This has been purposely constructed to ensure that the tripod is always balanced - especially on uneven ground.

If you are an avid bird watcher, then this is the scope for you. Built to offer a high magnification scope which is easily adjustable, as well as being lightweight and travel-friendly, it is the perfect companion for next adventure. Pairing this with the tripod will provide you with steady high-quality images at all times.

Read More: Customer Reviews for Viking 50mm Swallow Spotting Scope