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Evaluation: Nikon Monarch Binoculars
By Patrick Gordon
Jul 27, 2006, 07:13

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I received the Nikon 8x36 Monarch ATB binoculars for field testing about a month ago and have been using them almost daily since.  Nikon has hit the nail on the head with these bow hunting friendly binoculars.  Testing went as follows:

General:    Nikon products are always well made.  These binoculars look and feel solid.  Each function operates smoothly and effortlessly through all it's ranges.  It comes in a soft carry case with eye cups.  One of the things that I liked is that it has built in eye relief for people with glasses.  I personally don't wear glasses, but I called a friend who did to try them out.  He says it's a feature long overdue and was highly impressed.  For those who don't wear glasses, we only need to hold the binoculars away from our eyes about an inch or twist the eye cups to extend them out to the perfect distance.  The binoculars were also easily used and adjusted with one hand, which is nice in the field.

             Another notable is that the Monarch ATB is waterproof/fog proof.  One of the first things I did was toss them into the sink and fill it up to make sure.  Definitely waterproof.  According to manufacturer, just let them dry out before you operate any functions again and they will work perfectly.  Which incidentally, they did and do.  I also tossed them into the refrigerator and after they had chilled sufficiently, I ran to the window and gave it a look.  They didn't fog, but I'm not sure how scientific my testing was.  Like the time I tested electrical resistance in a frog when I was a kidů..but that's another story.

Optics:    I can't say enough about great optics.  I personally have never owned what I would call a quality pair of binoculars, but I used some of the best in the military and I do know the difference.  These armored binoculars have some of the best lenses I've had the pleasure of using.  They are multi-coated and very hard to pick up any kind of glare from the sun.  I have spent hours studying one of the woodchucks that is digging up my backyard and I can honestly say that from between 60 and 70 yards, I can almost count the whiskers on his nose.  It was a shame to see him go so suddenly.  If you are one of those people who think they don't need binoculars while stand hunting, you are mistaken.  The next time you are sitting up in your tree with thick vegetation all around, take your binoculars and really look around.  I guarantee that you miss things easily with the naked eye.  Try a pair of the Nikon Monarch ATB and tell me how much it changes your hunt.

Technical Specs:    
-  Magnification:: 8x
-  Objective Diameter (mm): 36
-  Angular Field of view (Real): 7
-  Angular Field of view (Apparent): 56.0
-  FOV @ 1000yds (ft.): 367
-  Close Focus Distance (ft.): 8.2
-  Exit Pupil (mm): 4.5
-  Relative Brightness: 20.3
-  Eye Relief (mm): 17.0
-  Size (L&W) Inches: 4.9x5.1
-  Size (L&W) MM: 124x129
-  Weight (oz/g): 19.8/560

Design:      4.5 of 5
        The protective caps that slip over the eyepieces -- included with the Monarch -- did not stay on and I lost them the first time I used them while hunting.  I would love to see Nikon include some caps that clip on and pop up like a scope cover when needed.  It was the only thing about the Monarch ATB's that I would change.  A day in the woods with me and they will need lens protection.

Durability:     5 of 5
        Built like a rubber armorized tank

Ease of Use:      5 of 5
        Easy one handed use!

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