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Vortex Vortex 8×36 R/T Tactical Monocular Review

The Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular is a compact and lightweight product ideal for users who want a product suitable for travel and don’t want to lug around a heavy item. It has a very useful reticle to help give a very accurate range estimation, a feature that others of its kind do not offer.

Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

Experiences with Monocular

Many people have used this monocular by Vortex and shared their experiences on websites and forums. Let me summarize them for you.

Almost all the consumers who have used this monocular have given 5-star ratings to all features of the Monocular.


Here’s a list of the features of the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular and how they have really gone above and beyond to help me out.


The incorporated O-ring helps to prevent not only water from getting into the monocular and damaging it, but dust and debris too. This allows the product to perform well in various types of environments. So, travelling with the product to different settings and using it is a walk in the park.

Rubber Armor

This rubber does exactly what it says on the tin and is a very handy addition to the monocular. It protects the product, offering a durable protective layer to the outside of the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular. Being made out of rubber offers the added security against slipping.

I found this very helpful when I was using it, especially in humid conditions. I haven’t dropped the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular yet but I am very sure that the rubber armor will absorb a lot of the impact force, making it very shock resistant.

Roof Prism

A roof prism is a great construction design choice. It not only increases the durability of the product, it also allows it to be a more compact size. This makes it easy to be transported around and removes the bulky feel other monoculars have.


The performance of the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular is greatly increased thanks to the fogproof design integration. The nitrogen gas purging means that no matter how high the fog levels are, I was still able to see. A handy additional I found very useful in multiple locations.

Utility Clip

This utility clip makes it very quick and easy to attach to multiple points, including pocket edges, vests and equipment. I found this very useful as I didn’t have to hold the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular constantly and didn’t have to worry about putting it down and mislaying it. Such a versatile option.

Adjustable Eyecup

One problem I’ve always had with monoculars is the eyecups. I wear glasses and have issues trying to see the reticle image without them. I need my glasses constantly. For that reason i was very happy to have come across the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular with its adjustable eyecup.

It folds down and down to ensure users have a comfortable view whether they have glasses on or not. It’s also flared to eliminate any stray light that tries to penetrate. And it’s rotatable too to create a custom fit.

Reticle Focus

The reticle focus on the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular is the highest I’ve ever come across. I was able to see a very sharp reticle image no matter how far away I was. Long distance, short distance, neither was a problem.


Light transmissions are increased thanks to the multiple anti-reflective coatings on all of the glass-to-air surfaces. And more light means more visibility which really helps to improve the quality of the images I could see. Very handy indeed.


Let’s get into the impressive specs for the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular.

Objective Lens Diameter

36 mm

Linear Field of View

393 ft / 1000 yd

Close Focus

16.4 ft


10.2 oz


5.3 in


2.3 in

Eye Relief

18 mm

Exit Pupil

4.5 mm


8 x

Hand Grip Width

2 inches

Angular Field of View

7.5 degrees

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Here’s the downsides I found with the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular, and believe me when I tell you this. They were few and far between.

Carry Case

The carry case is weak and kind of useless if I had to be completely honest. It’s supposed to be a custom made one but it definitely doesn’t tick all the boxes. It’s quite spacious but considering the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular doesn’t come with a lens cover there’s no protection against scratches. The only consolation I had if I dropped it, was that at least it would be somewhat protected. Not the greatest protection at all.

This is easily fixable by purchasing a new case. Me being the tight arse that I am, decided to just turn the case inside out and reinforce it with some extra material. Didn’t take too long and definitely saved me from buying a new one.


The reticle requires math to use well. It uses Mrad measurement, and when I bought it I had no idea what this was. After a bit of research I realised that I needed to know the height in yards and how many mrads it takes. The equation that I found out on the internet was this: Target Height x 1000/Mrads. Once I found this out I had it sorted.

Utility Clip

The utility clip is cheap and flimsy. I was quite disappointed by this as I would assume that such a good quality product would come with some decent quality accessories. That’s not the case though, as I saw earlier with the carry case.

This clip doesn’t fill me with much confidence of it attaching to much and holding on securely. I had to buy a new one just so I didn’t have to constantly worry every time I attached the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular to it.


Overall this product is amazing. There are hardly any faults with the actual product itself. The accessories on the other hand are a disappointment. So my suggestion would be to not think purchasing the Vortex Vortex 8x36 R/T Tactical Monocular is a good deal because of the included extras. Buy it because the product itself is worth it. And buy some new accessories if you do.

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