Exploring the Outdoors with the Nocs Field Tube: The Ultimate Adventure Monocular

Introducing the Nocs Field Tube, a compact and waterproof monocular designed for birdwatching, stargazing, sightseeing, whale watching, sports viewing, and much more. Announced today (May 23) by Nocs Provisions — renowned for their lightweight and waterproof binoculars — the Field Tube stands out with its sleek design, especially in the eye-catching Corsican Blue.

Enhanced Features: Optics and Durability The Nocs Field Tube is an enhanced version of the popular Zoom Tube, offering improved waterproofing and an advanced optical formula. These updates promise clearer, more vibrant views with minimal aberrations and reduced fogging.

Hands-On Experience in Seattle I had the opportunity to test the Nocs Provision Field Tube around Seattle, Washington, exploring urban landscapes and observing wildlife. Here’s an in-depth look at its features, performance, and how it compares to its predecessor.

Price and Availability

The Nocs Field Tube is available now for $125 through Nocs Provisions, offered in two zoom options: 8x and 10x. The 8x model is available in Corsican Blue, Coral Red, and Banana Slug Yellow, while the 10x version comes in Ponderosa Green, Paydirt Brown, and Oxblood Maroon. Each purchase includes a “no matter what” limited lifetime warranty, encouraging adventurers to use their monoculars freely, with the assurance of lasting quality.

(Image credit: Dan Bracaglia/Future)

Optical Advancements

The new Field Tube features scratch-resistant, multi-coated lenses that minimize ghosting, lens flare, and chromatic aberration. Its updated optical system includes seven lens elements in five groups, a significant upgrade from the Zoom Tube’s four elements in two groups. This allows the Field Tube to focus as close as 7.4 feet, compared to the 10 feet minimum focus distance of its predecessor.

Sample Photography

With the Field Tube mounted on a tripod, it’s straightforward to align a smartphone camera with the monocular’s eyepiece and capture sharp images. The Field Tube excels in center sharpness, as demonstrated in images of the Space Needle and Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, taken from about a mile away using an iPhone 12 Mini.

Superior Waterproofing

One of the most significant improvements in the Nocs Field Tube is its enhanced waterproofing. The previous Zoom Tube was rated IPX4, meaning it could withstand light rain. In contrast, the Field Tube is IPX7-rated, capable of submersion in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. While the Field Tube doesn’t float, its nitrogen-filled internal chamber and O-ring seal prevent fogging, ensuring clear views even in wet conditions.

Design and Ergonomics

The Field Tube retains the stylish design of the Zoom Tube, featuring an oversized focus wheel and a twist-up eyecup for adjustable viewing relief. The rubber coating with a wave design pattern not only looks cool but also provides a secure grip. Weighing in at 8.4 ounces, the Field Tube is slightly heavier than its predecessor but remains lightweight, thanks to its thermal plastic frame. It’s also equipped with a built-in tripod thread mount and a carrying strap loop.

Comparison with the Zoom Tube

Priced $50 higher than the Zoom Tube, the Nocs Field Tube justifies the cost with its advanced features. The improved waterproofing, enhanced optical formula, and fog-resistant chamber make it a valuable upgrade. For those who value durability and superior optics, the additional investment is well worth it.

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