What Is A Monopod (and when to use one)

What Is A Monopod? (and when to use one)

If you are a regular binocular user, you’ll be aware of the tremors. That natural shake we all get when holding an object for any length of time. That shake isn’t usually too much of a problem unless you’re using high-powered binoculars when it blurs the image to unrecognisable levels.

Have you considered a monopod to combat this annoying problem?

What Is A Monopod?

Everyone is familiar with a tripod for supporting binoculars and many people will be aware of the Binopod by now too, but what’s a monopod?  Well, a tripod has three legs, a Binopod has two legs (or supports) and a Monopod is a single support pole. Used in the world of cameras (especially used at sports events and concerts) monopods have now been adapted for use with binoculars.

Why Use A Monopod?

It’s all about stability really, stability and moveability. A tripod works well but can get in your way depending on where it’s positioned. A monopod has only one leg and so is always out of the way. But it allows you that stability to use higher powered binoculars without experiencing any shaking or blurred images.

Monopods are usually sectional which means they’re easy to pack/carry and just slot together to reach the required height. They are lightweight allowing them to be carried over long distances with no difficulty.

How Does A Monopod Work?

There is a myth going around that you need to hold the monopod to keep it steady, that might be true of some monopods but there are models available that have different foot settings for different conditions. Some work on solid (hard) ground with three feet set in a triangular arrangement for stability. There are others that have a pointed end that can be pushed into softer ground.

When To Use A Monopod


Monopods can be used in many situations but are best used to provide support for high-powered binoculars to provide an unshaky image. Easy to carry and pack, the monopod can be taken on walks, hikes etc and assembled in seconds to provide the support you need.

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Monopod?

There are a number of benefits to using a monopod which include;

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Portable
  • Diversity Of Uses (cameras, binoculars etc)


It’s always going to be far more comfortable to rest your binoculars on a monopod than to hold them continuously. The adjustable stick can be made to be the perfect fit for your eyes.


Weighing in at around 0.77 of a pound, the monopod is light enough for virtually anyone to carry.


The monopod either folds or dismantles to a really small size depending on the make and model you choose.


Due to it’s small, compact size and lightweight, the monopod is extremely easy to carry. Making portability an absolute ease.

Diversity Of Use

By using different adaptors, the monopod can be used to support binoculars, cameras, camcorders etc. Many monopods have the ability to be used with tilt heads and gimbals for ease of manoeuvrability.

How Much Does A Monopod Cost?

A monopod to be used with binoculars costs between £20.00 and £300.00 depending on the make and model you choose.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a monopod good for?

A monopod is good for supporting the weight of your binoculars allowing you to see images that are clear and not blurry due to natural arm tremors.

Which is better: monopod or tripod?

Monopods have a greater range of portability whereas a tripod has a better stability.

Is a monopod worth it?

A monopod is worth it for creating a stable support for binoculars allowing a clearer image with less blur.

Can a monopod stand on its own?

Monopods can stand on their own either by a three footed base, or a sharp point that pushes into the ground.