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Nikon Sport Optics 7542 MONARCH 5 8x42 Binocular - Black

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Objective Lens Diameter 42 42 mm 42 42
Item Weight 1.5 pounds 1.34 pounds 2.25 pounds 1.75 pounds
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MONARCH 5The new Nikon MONARCH 5 All Terrain Binocular couples bright, high-resolution optics with legendary ruggedness in a package that is light enough to carry all day. Incorporating Nikon's exclusive Eco-Glass (made without the use of arsenic or lead) for all lens and prism elements, the roof prism MONARCH 5 features dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coatings for extreme brightness, superior sharpness and incredible low light performance. The tough, full rubber armored body is O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for a lifetime of waterproof, fogproof reliability. Available in 8x42, 10x42 and 12x42 black and Realtree APG models.

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Product Dimensions 5.7 x 5.1 x 0.1 inches
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
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ASIN B006J0BP0E
Item model number 7542
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4.8 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #3,970 in Camera & Photo
#297 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Binoculars
Date first available at Amazon.com January 1, 2012

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I did quite a bit of research before buying a Monarch 5 10x42 for a trip last fall. They are great especially for more open spaces, i.e. whale watching migratory birds etc. but I did find them more challenging for bird watching in the woods. Cornell University did a thorough review of binoculars I found helpful. [...]
The article is very helpful if you are not sure what you need and they rated the 8x42 Monarch 5 as best mid price binocular with performance that challenges $1,000 models. So I purchased them for a Christmas gift for my wife and I.

Have to say I love the 10x42 but believe the optics are even better on the 8x42. They are very bright, no distortion and incredibly fast and smooth focus. These Nikons don't use the folding eyecup on my old binoculars ane while some reviewers did not like them as an eyeglass wearer I find them superior especially if you will share the binocs with someone who does not wear glasses.

There are a lot of less expensive options out there, but this really is a case of you get what you pay for. I recommend them.
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These are the ubiquitous "birding" binoculars used by birders everywhere. There are certainly better binoculars with better optics at significantly higher price. They're light enough to wear around your neck without a harness, the lens covers come on and off easily, the optics are better than my eyes, and images seem "brighter" than comparably priced binoculars I've seen. Mine have been rained on numerous times and splashed with seawater while sea kayaking. They cleanup easily and I can't complain, except the right eye adjustment seems a little stiff, perhaps by design. 8X is strong enough to see details in birds at reasonable distance, and the image is bright enough, even in low light, and field of view at 8X is wide enough to follow birds in flight. There is a compromise drawn among competing requirements of power, image brightness, field of view, overall weight and price. This compromise seems ideal to me. More than 8X gives concern of too much "shake" and larger optics of too much weight. I don't want to pay three times as much for only incrementally better or brighter optics or marginally less weight. The waterproof design gives some psychological comfort when it suddenly begins to rain. I've given mine hard use in the last year and they still work fine, so I have no complaints about durability. Nikon optics supposedly have good warranty repair service, in case they do get damaged, a claim I've heard but have not had occasion to test.
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By Claudia on February 8, 2013
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I bought these for some birding I was doing in the Everglades...I am a rank amateur but I enjoyed having them. In the Everglades you are usually some distance from the birds and these brought them close enough for me to see how many chicks were in the nests of bald eagles and ospreys. These binocs are powerful but still light weight enough to take along. I wear glasses and didn't have trouble using them with and with out glasses. Wish I had gotten a strap to keep them close to my chest rather than having them swinging around when walking.
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I purchased these bins for birding, bird watching, a recently picked up hobby. After reading through and comparing a lot of bins out there I caved in and paid for these optics. Only one minor complaint is maybe the next strap could have been more padded, but that's the least of my concerns. The optics are wonderful especially for an eye glass wearer such as myself. I still get the full view due to the generous eye relief. I purchased the 8x42mm for birding, I could have gone to the 10x50 but I was concerned on the shake. I'm an extremely frugal guy when it comes to spending money, but if there is quality I don't mind paying for it. I know that Swarovski/Leica/Zeiss are all top notch, but I can't spend $2,000+ for birding bins. These bins are awesome for the price. I was super undecided, ended up ordering Nikon Action 10x50, Monarch 3 10x50, and Prostaff 7 10x50 along with these. The actions are the cheapest but I figured I might as well grab a pair with fog proof and water proof, so I'll be returning those. The Nikon Actions have terrible eye relief. I get clippings and I don't get the full field of view.

Just a tip for folks looking into bins. I'd suggest going to the local Big 5 or sporting goods store and just try out different models to see the quality and price of each one of them. This is where the difference really came in. A lot of the models we saw gave us "double vision" because of the optics being off center and feeling the higher end models really made my decision to go up in price with the pair of bins.

I went to Big 5 to check out bins and learned a lot comparing the low end sub $100 models, and sub $200 models. Right now my GF has the Leupold Rogue 8x50 but I might let her choose between the Monarch 3s and Prostaff 7s as a present and return the Big 5 pair.
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By BobZoom on November 7, 2012
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We have 3 pair of Nikon binoculars and the Monarch 5 are my favorite. They are brighter and sharper than the Action 10x50 and the Prostaff ATB 10x25.

For bird watching in the field my wife uses the Prostaff (because they're small and light. we're both lugging cameras with long lenses.) and I use the Monarchs. The Action binoculars are relegated to observing the back 40 through the kitchen windows. The others are good binoculars. The Monarch 5's are great.
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