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Mid-priced Binoculars Review
Nikon Monarch "ATB"
(renamed Monarch 5)

by Michael and Diane Porter

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Michael and Diane Porter wrote the following article, which also appears in the January, 2012, Bird Watcher's Digest.

This review of the Nikon Monarch ATB is part of that review.

Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42 (Monarch 5)
Overall Score: 4.38 (0ut of possible 5.0)

Nikon Monarch ATBA best buy. The Monarch ATB earned an excellent 4.5 optical resolution score, earning a fourth place overall rating, while competing against binoculars costing up to twice as much.

At 21.5 ounces it was the second lightest-weight binocular in the survey. It’s hand friendly, with lugs that don’t poke the hand, eyecups that twist-click up neatly, outstanding 19.6mm eye relief for eyeglasses, and one of the smoothest, most precise focus knobs of the lot. Focus knob turns 1 ¼ turns lock to lock.

Beginning in January 2012, the Monarch ATBs were renamed the Monarch 5 Series. They sport a new logo on the body but are otherwise unchanged.

Pro:Long eye relief; light weight; outstanding value for a low price.

Con: Minimum focus distance is 9.8 feet

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