Nikon 12x42 Monarch 5 Water Proof Roof Prism Binocular with 5 deg. Angle of View, Black, U.S.A

Nikon Monarch 5: Picture 1 regular $346.95

About Nikon Monarch 5

The new Nikon 8x42 MONARCH 5 combines the superiority of Nikon's ED (extra-low dispersion) Glass with Fully Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses to deliver images that are extremely lifelike in color and detail. The MONARCH 5 also features a lightweight design, turn-and-slide rubber eyecups and long eye relief, making this binocular comfortable and easy to use.

Lightweight Champion of Dawn & Dusk
Even with an uncontested heritage of all-conditions optical performance, the all-new MONARCH 5 further elevates its game with improved agility and advanced low light brilliance. By shaving nearly an ounce of weight from its rugged frame, the new MONARCH 5 is more athletic than ever, while the addition of Nikon ED glass lenses puts it in a class of its own for battling darkness with sharp, high-contrast views.

Nikon's ED Glass Lenses The Difference Is Clear
All MONARCH 5 binoculars are now built with Nikon's legendary ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lenses, which correct chromatic aberrations across the furthest limits of the visible light range and effectively compensate for color fringing. Even when observing objects that would make chromatic aberration the most apparent such as adjacent whites and blacks the images will maintain superior contrast and resolution thanks to the ED glass lenses. The improved resolution also provides brighter, more natural looking images, making the MONARCH 5 a serious contender to be your "go-to" binocular for years to come.

Extremely Portable Now Lighter Than Ever Before Almost a full ounce lighter than its predecessors, the new MONARCH 5 is even easier to take with you on your next outing. Its small size, combined with a sleek easy-to-grip body design, makes it the ultimate binocular to carry with you.

Enjoy Comfortable Viewing Nikon's High-Eyepoint Design
Nikon has manufactured the MONARCH 5 binoculars, as well as many other of its optics, with a high-eyepoint design. This provides a clear field of view for everyone, even when the user is wearing eyeglasses, with sufficient space between the user's brow and the binocular's eyecups.

Greater Light Transmission Fully Multicoated Eco-Glass Lenses
Multilayer coatings, which provide an even higher light transmittance across theentire visible light spectrum, are applied to all of the lens and prism surfacesthat transmit light. This minimizes the loss of light due to reflection, thereby ensuring a more natural, clearer view.

Rich, Accurate Colors Dielectric High-Reflective Multilayer Prism Coating
he same brightness as that perceived by the naked eye, and clear high-contrast images that display accurate color reproduction.

Turn-and-Slide Rubber Eyecups
The turn-and-slide rubber eyecups allow users to adjust the eye-relief for a custom fit - providing a full field of view and maximum comfort during extended periods of use.

Durable Rubber-Armored Body
Built to handle any environment, the MONARCH 5 has a rubber-armored coating to withstand extreme use and provide a non-slip grip, even in the wettest conditions.

Smooth Central Focus Knob
With this simple and intuitive design, bringing objects into focus has never been easier.

Waterproof and Fogproof
MONARCH 5 binoculars are Nitrogen filled and O-Ring sealed for complete waterproof and fogproof performance.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Quality lenses (29),Waterproof (23),Strong construction (22),Lightweight (21),Works well with glasses (15),Compact (14),Close focus (13)
Best Uses:
Wildlife viewing (28),Bird watching (27),Sporting events/concerts (13),Hunting (9)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual/ recreational (19),Avid adventurer (10)

Nikon Monarch 5 Features

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Legendary Nikon ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass Lenses
  • Dielectric High-Reflective Mulitlayer Prism Coating
  • Fully Multicoated lenses
  • Waterproof/Fogproof
  • Flip-Down Objective Lens Covers
  • Phase-correction coated prisms
  • Smooth central focus knob
  • Multi-setting click stop eyecups
  • Precison aligned optics
  • Durable and protective rubber-armored coating

Nikon Monarch 5 Specifications

Type of Prism
Roof prism
Real Angular Field of View
Field of View at 1000 Yards
Exit Pupil
3.5 mm
Eye Relief
15.1 mm
Close Focus Distance (ft)
Rubber Coated (Armored)
5.7" x 5.1"
21.6 oz.
Phase Coating
Dielectric Coating
ED Glass
Mfr #

Nikon Monarch 5 Reviews

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(based on 30 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Reviewed by 30 customers


Very sharp and light


from Philadelphia, PA  -  Casual/ Recreational

I use the binoculars mainly for viewing wildlife including birds and butterflies. The best features are: - very lightweight compared to other binoculars and also waterproof - this important when taking them hiking - Very sharp image - Close focus great for identifying butterflies and dragonflies - I like the capability to adjust the eyepieces to allow me to wear my glasses Somewhat narrow field of view and some more expensive binoculars may perform better in low light. But I knew this when I purchsed them and the binoculars are better than I had expected




from SF Bay Area  -  Avid Adventurer

I've been using a small pair of Nikon for years (and a huge set of Celestron when I'm close to home)-- these are every bit as bright as the much larger & heavier Celestrons. Excellent size & weight. I wouldn't backpack with them but very easy to carry and I am small-ish. I was also concerned that pupil distance would be small enough and it's fine too. If you are using a pair of 10 year-old binoculars -- buy these and see how beautiful the world is!


Inexpensive doesn't mean inferior.


from Western New York State  -  Avid Adventurer

I'm a serious birder and have used many different binocs over my 60 years of wildlife viewing. My Monarch 5 8x42's are equal to most if not all the brands I've tried. Their attractive pricing and good quality have made them popular with many of the birders I know.


Bring nature in close


from Las Vegas, NV  -  Avid Adventurer

I bought the Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular because I do a lot of nature photography and needed to take a clear close look at long landscapes, birds, wildlife or potential action like calving glaciers or breaching whales. I have used other brands for years and have been satisfied but felt I needed something lighter and more weatherproof. These fit the bill perfectly. Scenes are clear and bright and the wide neck strap makes them easy to wear while hiking. The light weight and compact design also make them easy to fit in a camera bag or backpack without sacrificing other equipment.


Monarch 5s are great!


from Longmont, CO  -  Avid Adventurer

The Nikon Monarch 5 10x42 binoculars are a great product. I bought a pair last year and my wife and I liked them so much we got ourselves another pair recently. We also convinced three of our friends to get a pair. Which was easy after using ours. We use the binoculars primarily for birding. Why are they great? They are extremely bright. They have ED glass to correct chromatic aberration which allows us to see details better. They are not heavy to carry. The only drawback for me is that i have to remove my glasses. I already do that with my camera so I just use a glasses neck strap.


Great Buy


from Logan, UT  -  Casual/ Recreational

I work as a wildlife researcher so good binoculars are an essential tool for my job. That being said I still can't justify spending thousands on binoculars. I've been waiting to pick up a pair of Monarch 5's for a while and when Adorama had these on sale with an included binocular harness and Maglite Mini I went for it. So far I am very impressed. Great clairity, good low light usability, all in a lite, compact design. I agrea with other reviewers that the cover for the eyepieces is horrible. It certainly doesn't effect the actual binoculars but the fact that Nikon could include such terrible eyepiece covers warrents the 1 star reduction. Otherwise great binoculars at an affordable price.


Fantastic performance at low light level


from Charlotte  -  Casual/ Recreational

I'm an avid bird watcher. My yard overlooks woodland, a long pond and golf course beyond. The Nikon Monarch 5 provides superb detail and fast focus at every distance. The overall feel and balance is great. Results are amazing at twilight watching the pond to the northwest. I'm not crazy about the protective cap for the eye pieces and will probably detach it from the strap. I should have bought the optional binocular harness and will if I can figure out how to buy it on the Adorama site.


good enough


from columbus, OH  -  Casual/ Recreational

I use this product for birdwatching. I haven't use it for long now but I can guaranty the optical cuality is good, just minimal distortion only aparent when moving following a flying bird, and minimal chromatic aberrations only aparent when looking an object iluminated from behind


Wonderful binoculars


from Columbus , OH  -  Casual/ Recreational

These binoculars are as advertised. Sharp, rugged adaptable. Works well with eyeglasses. Optics are superior as you would expect from Nikon.


Great Binoculars


from Huntington, NY  -  Avid Adventurer

These binoculars are an excellent buy, especially from Adorama, I was told they were backordered and would expect to wait, 2 days later they were at my doorstep. I could not be happier with Nikon's clarity and quality, you can't go wrong t this price level!

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