One of my Christmas gifts I received this year was a new hand held telescope since my old one was wearing out after 2 years. It is the the same as the old one, a Vanguard Dm-6250 Monocular. I just throw it in my pocket and take it where ever I go since I have low vision and it gets pretty abused. I can’t count how many times the old one has been dropped or fallen off of the couch and still works. It just isn’t quite as clear as it used to be and my girlfriend saw that.
It can do the close focusing which is very useful to me at times and of course does the distant focusing. This is what I use most of the time to try to read signs or watch movies. I use it to watch TV all the time. It’s more comfortable to watch television sitting or laying on the couch than it was when I used to always sit practically on top of the TV.
Te build quality of these things is pretty good. Much better than the ~100 monocular I bought a few years ago that broke when I dropped it once on the carpet. THe replacement for that one also fogged up inside after getting it wet once and that has yet to happen with the cheaper Vanguard ones. Granted the more expensive one was a bit clearer but a lot of good that did when they weren’t reliable.
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I would suggest anyone who is visually impaired look into this brand as a cheaper alternative to the more expensive ones since it works quite well.
The rubber on the outside of it is nice compared to the slippery metal of the others I’ve had. It makes holding it a little bit easier and less likely to slip out of my hands. The new one seems to be a bit shorter than the old one but also seems clearer than the old one was. The old one had a bit of glare when looking towards bright lights but the new one does not have that issue. It was never a big deal because I don’t tend to look towards bright things.
I really dread the day that they stop making these and I have to find an alternative because it was hell trying to find one that works good for me and is as durable as the Vanguard Dm-6250 Vanguard Dm-6250 Monocular is for me.
If this is something that you think might help you or a friend or loved one check it out:
Vanguard Dm-6250 Monocular