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New Nikon Monarch 5 ATB 8x42 Binoculars Review
The Nikon Monarch 5 ATB 8x42 Binoculars are one of the best bird watching binoculars you can purchase. There's been a name change with these - they used to be called Monarch ATB Binoculars or the Monarch III, but are now simply the
Monarch 5 line. The view all models in the popular Monarch line, view our comparison tables on our Nikon Monarch Binoculars review page.
We've done a lot of research before choosing our binoculars and decided upon the Nikon Monarch 5 ATB 8x42 Binoculars for several reasons. For the price and all the below features, we really couldn't find a better deal. We use them for leisure
bird watching activities as well as in our professional work doing bird surveys.
Monarch 5 Features:
Dielectric, ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) high reflection mirror
coated, phase-corrected prisms for sharp, clear images
Fully multi-coated lenses provide maximum brightness, contrast and true color
Eco-Glass lenses made without led or arsenic.
State-of-the-art lightweight construction - weighs only 21.5 ounces
Oversize, easy-to-use, smooth central focus knob
Multi-setting, easy turn, click-stop eyecups
Internal blackening - minimizes light loss inside binocular tubes
ATB - All Terrain Binocular - ultra-rugged rubber-armored, roof-prism design for outdoor use and abuse
Latest price for the brand new model of Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars at Amazon (which usually has the lowest price with free shipping):
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Annual Binocular's Review:
The Nikon Monarch's are:
...clearly the top-rated of any mid-priced, full-power birding binoculars. These lightweight, waterproof, and very comfortable binoculars focus down to 6 feet (they were given the name "Monarch" to attract butterfly watchers) and
offer an image and feel that surpasses many models costing two or three times more.
Only in a direct comparison with the top-priced binoculars could our reviewers discern the narrower, slightly duller image, which was not quite sharp at the
edges. But with a street price well under $300, the Monarchs are a steal.
Our Nikon Monarch 8x42 ATB Review:
We are very happy with the Monarch's. The image is fantastic, the bins are very
comfortable to hold and we love that they are waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof. You can feel that they are constructed well and are rugged enough to take some outdoor abuse.
We use them for work doing bird counts as well as for leisure birdwatching and
haven't been let down yet.
I really don't think you can beat the Nikon Monarch's for the price unless you consider something like these Zeiss
8x42 FL T Binoculars (over $1,000).
We use our Monarch's for bird watching, but we know that hunters also love them for their crisp, clear images and lightweight, rugged construction as well.