Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, actually I’ve no idea… it’s too far away to tell.
We’ve recently become more interested in bird-spotting when we go out with the dog. There’s an impressive number of Skylarks twittering away in the field above our house as I type this and we spotted a Red Kite last week. But walking with a smelly bounding hound we’re never going to get that close to the wildlife so we sometimes need a little help. And that’s where the cheap and cheerful Luger MM 6 x 18 comes in.
Weighing in at a puny 75g, which is as much as an energy bar, and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Luger MM is one of those items you can throw into your backpack and forget until you need to be able to see far away.
It has a 6x magnification, which is to say that it makes things look 6x bigger than they really are. I’ve attempted to illustrate this by taking a photo through the Luger MM using my SLR. It’s a bit blurry (my fault), but you get the idea.
The optics and quality of sight is very good indeed. It’s very clear and not foggy at all. The eyepiece is a soft rubber which is pleasant to use in the cold, and the body itself is a matt-finished aluminium. I’m not sure I like the aluminium because it feels too easy to scratch. I’d have prefered something coated or rubberised.
Attached to the monocular is a horribly cheap wrist-strap which isn’t adjustable and is completely out of place on the otherwise well-finished product. It is supplied with a faux leather case, but this case lacks any way to attach to anything, which is another oversight. A belt loop or carabiner lash would have been a saving grace.
But it’s certainly not all doom and gloom. At under £15, the Luger MM is a much cheaper, easier to carry and less fragile alternative to binoculars. I’ve found it very useful for both idle curiosity and bird-spotting.
SUMMARY: The Luger MM is a neat little monocular. Its tiny size and great clarity make it a great deal at under £15. I don’t like the aluminium finish, cheap strap and un-attachable case, but can’t deny that the monocular itself is a well built product.
- Magnification: 6x
- Objective lens diameter: 18 mm
- Colour: Silver
- Exit pupil: 3 mm
- Field of view (m/1000): 157
- Twilight factor: 10.4
- Near focus (Minimum distance from object): 5m
- Focus system: Center focus
- Weight: 76 g
- Length: 77 x 38 mm
Tags and search info for this review: This is a monocular review. GearWeAre.com tests and reviews monoculars, outdoor gear and camping equipment.