- New dialectric high-reflective multi-layer coating provides crisper, clearer and brighter images
- 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof
- Ultra-rugged, rubber-armored, roof-prism design for comfort and durability
- Lens cover caps are a little loose and sometimes come off
- Some eyeglass wearers have difficulty adjusting the eye relief
- Neck strap not as comfortable as others
Nikon Monarch binoculars are a mid-level priced binocular that offers features of higher-priced models, especially with optic quality. The new models have a high-reflective, dialectric coating that makes images very bright and clear through the lens. Monarch ATB (All-Terrain-Binoculars) are completely waterproof and fogproof which is essential for outdoor use. The roof-prism design and rubbor armoring creates a comfortable fit in the hands and an easier grip, especially for long-term viewing.
Nikon Monarch binoculars come in several sizes including 8x42, 10x42 and 12x42. The 8x and 10x magnification levels are the most popular because they offer a good balance between magnification, objective lens size and corresponding field of view. When you go higher in magnification, the shake of your hands holding the binocular is also magnified. This means that your image will also be shaking, so unless you have really steady hands or are planning to use the binoculars with a bipod, lower magnification is better. Also, the higher magnification binoculars will be heavier and bulkier to carry which makes long treks become uncomfortable. A heavy binocular around your neck becomes noticable real fast. Because of the above reason, the 8x42's are favorite bird watching binoculars and hunting binoculars
At a price under $300 for the Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 and 10x42, you really cannot go wrong. Comparables in the $200-$300 price range from Bushnell, Leupold and other popular binocular brands lack the higher quality optics and coatings. You will have to pay more to get the equivalent features. These Nikons also come in a higher-end model called the Monarch X. They currently come in two sizes, 8.5x45 and 10x45. What is different than the cheaper Monarch models? They have even better coatings and optics and are especially optimized for low-light viewing conditions, such as at dusk or dawn.
In summary, if you are looking for a mid-priced binocular than the Nikon Monarch binoculars are at the top in their class. You would be hard-pressed to find a waterproof/fogproof binocuar with dialectric mulit-layer lens coating, rubbor-armored body, phase-corrected prims at a lower price. Yes, you can get cheaper binoculars, but unless you really cannot afford $200-$300 for a pair, the Monarchs are your best bes. Likewise, you can buy a more expensive pair of binoculars, but several experts have noted that the Monarchs perform very close to the higher-end binoculars. So unless you have money to burn, give the Monarchs a try and you most likely will not be disappointed.