Nikon 7430 Monarch 8x42mm All-Terrain Binoculars
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- Ultra rugged, rubber-armored, roof prism design
- Multicoated lenses for bright, clear images
- Precision aligned optics for extended viewing
- 100% Waterproof/Fogproof
- Extended eye relief and central focus for viewing convenience
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|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 6 x 7.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.93 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.89 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.05 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
In the store I compared these with the same power Leica. The Leica was nice but a lot heavier. I could tell the Leica was better, but not three times the price better. It was dusk, overcast and drizzling (ideal conditions for trying out binoculars). For example, I was looking at the brick work under the awning on a building about a block away from the store. I could see more detail in the brickwork and felt more `there' with the Leica. In brighter conditions the difference is less noticeable and I like the lighter weight of the Monarchs.
On the Amazon trip I has the opportunity to compare binoculars with other people. Most people had brought cheaper binoculars and I think as a result their wildlife watching experience was compromised. The only people who had brought comparable binoculars were avid bird watchers. They had Opticrons which are in the same price ballpark as the Leica. Again, they are excellent binoculars but not three times better.
I like the hard rubber-armor construction. It does not become slippery when wet. They feel solid but light.Read more ›
I originally purchased them for hiking and long range mountain scanning in southern Oregon, and while initially perplexed between the 10X or 8X version; I found the extra sharpness of the 8X resolution negated the need for a 10X magnification, because they rendered so much detail.
With the 8X, I spotted a fire lookout station that I'd never seen before, on a mountain 15 miles out of town. Quite remarkable. Added to that, was the research at Cornell University's Ornithology Center on the web. Birdwatchers extraordinaire; who called them a steal. I concur. I never thought I'd be so happy paying this price for binoculars, but it was a no brainer. Tack sharp, lightweight and well worth owning.
So why only 3 stars? For it's price class it deserves 5 stars, but my example began fogging internally on an Elk hunt in otherwise benign conditions. A fluke? Others on the net have noted significant variability within the model line suggesting quality control issues with these Chinese made binoculars.
I returned them to my local Cabela's and was refunded without question so did not deal with Nikon directly (25y warranty, FYI). If I can't find a better bin for similar money (considering Eagle Optics Ranger's, Vortex Vipers, Bushnell Elite e2, etc...), I may get another pair, after looking through several at the counter and doing my own 'testing' once I get them home. Hope that helps.
The good... pretty much everything else about them is perfect. For the price, you probably won't find anything better. I used some similarly priced Eagle Optics for a while (2 summers as a field biologist) and I like these a bit more. I have used a few pairs of Leica and Swarovski that are way outside of my price range: they are pretty similar optically (but great eyepiece covers...) $2,000 binoculars are better than these, but not all that much better, and certainly not $1,750 better. If you are in the under $500 budget- these are probably the best you can get. My mom has the 10x42 monarchs, they are just as good. 8x42 will inherently have better low light ability, better field of view, better depth of field, and less problem with shake; 10x42 will inherently have better magnification/detail. If you aren't sure what you are looking for or are a beginner birder, get 8x as they are a bit more versatile and easier to use (wider field of view). 8x will excel in the forest, with fast birds, at dawn or dusk, and anytime you may have shaky hands (while hiking up hill, for instance). The 10x are probably better for shore birds, hawks, and small birds that are still.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use these to scan the fields around my house and carry them in my truck when I'm going somewhere that I may have a use for nocs. Crystal clear and up close for all my uses!Published 18 months ago by Sgt_Bart
Many people have told me these are the best binoculars ever, and now I believe it. The cap for the eyepieces does not stay on, practically unusable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary D.
These are great binoculars for the price. You'll need to pay a thousand dollars more to buy a set with significantly better optics.Published on April 23, 2014 by The Traveler
Fantastic binoculars. Lightweight, bright and great for kids too.
Note: I wear glasses and use these without removing my glasses.
I like these binoculars very much. They have adjustable eye pieces that accomodate people, like myself, that wear glasses. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by James J Healey
I've been using these binoculars for at least 4 years. All birding. I've used these binoculars on scores of birding day trips in Western North Carolina and low country of South... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by L. Pellegrini
These binoculars are really nice. The visual acuity is outstanding, and the ease of use is wonderful. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Tami J DuBow