Hawke Endurance ED Marine 7x42 Compass Monocular review

A monocular that’s ready for whatever the ocean can throw at it

Hawke Endurance ED Marine 7x42 Compass Monocular
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Outwardly similar to Hawke’s own 8x42 monocular, this alternative offers waterproofing and fog-proofing for outdoor use and lets us take it to the high seas for salty aired observation, adding in a high-visibility floatable strap with it, in case it should tumble overboard. Further helping this monocular stand out from alternatives is an onboard compass with a rangefinder ‘recticle’ to allow us to pinpoint the distance between ourselves and whatever we’re viewing through the eyepiece on the horizon.


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    Solid build quality

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    Waterproofed to depths of one meter for 30 mins

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    Compass and rangefinder included


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    A niche product

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    Extra seafaring features unnecessary for some

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At first glance, the Hawke Endurance ED Marine 7x42 compass monocular looks very similar to the same manufacturer’s green-liveried Endurance ED 8x42 monocular. The former, which we’re writing about here, is blue, slightly bigger, and heavier, yet at the same time comes with a less powerful 7x magnification rather than 8x. The other notable exception is the built-in compass. Yes, as the model name suggests this one is at home at sea, if you catch our drift, with puns very much intended.

Arguably the reduced magnification also means there’s less chance of us suffering a shaky image when we’re bobbing along on the waves and holding it up to one eye. As we’d expect given its particulars, this monocular is waterproofed to an IP67 rating, meaning it’ll withstand being dunked to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. Along with this, it is nitrogen purged to prevent fogging in moist environments. A monocular with extra bells and whistles then; but does it chime with us?

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.