With its legendary MONARCH bloodlines and enhanced optical system the all-new MONARCH 3 can maximize every hour you spend in the field with incredibly bright, high-resolution views from the first rays of light until the very last. Designed for a lifetime of tough use with multi-click, turn-and-slide rubber eyecups, long eye relief and a new lightweight and rugged, yet sleek and comfortable ATB body
I ordered these to use for hunting applications (scouting turkeys and deer). I went with the 8x over the 10x for their improved relative brightness and low-light performance. It's amazing how clear the image is through these as compared to my previous pair. The focus adjustment is smooth & quick and holds the setting without wandering or creeping. The adjustable eyecups are really nice since I usually wear glasses unless it's really cold (then I wear contacts). The binoculars may be fogproof but my glasses aren't! Using these binoculars will definitely make it much easier to observe and pattern animals with less risk of being spotted by them first. I know that the hardcore birders out there swear by their "basic black" binoculars but I went with the camo model instead. Let's face it...they have just more of that COOL FACTOR!
I did my research, and chose the Nikon Monarch as the best I could find under $300. I would have liked to jump to binoculars with image stabilization, but I didn't want to spend that much.
I bought these after having 10x50 Nikon Action Extreme ATB binos, which were awesome, if a bit too powerful, and of course, fairly large. Actually I have barely used these Monarch 3s yet, and I am still coming to terms with their ergos, particulary getting the twist-up eye cups set right (I wear glasses). Also they seem to much more particular about the spread (my term) of the eyepiece lenses than the porro prism EXs I had previously, but I feel certain that I will get that figured out. The objective lens caps, being captive just flip down, which means they will get used more frequently than on the EXs, for me at least. The lens cover for the eyepiece end of things is junk, and will not stay put except when they are in the case with the lid closed, so room for improvement is needed there. The image is very bright, which means they should also be great in low light, and the 8 power is easier to hold steady. Also Adorama had the best price delivered, and quite quickly besides. I would recommend these for pretty much any use.
Great binoculars for birding. I use them almost daily while walking the dog and on hiking adventures. Found recommendation for these binoculars on a birding website and we are thrilled about our purchase.
Well-designed binocs for the field. The optics are crystal clear and easy to focus. There is large eye relief and a wide view range for their size. Small extras such as the flip-on dirt/rain covers help keep the binocs clean in the field. They are alleged to be waterproof (I hope not to verify this in a total-immersion situation). Although not heavy, it would be nice if they were a bit lighter, but this may not be possible without reducing optic quality. Excellent quality, and good value.