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Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular 8x42

Hands-on Review

by Diane Porter

Nikon Monarch 5 BinocularA classic binocular

The Monarch 5 binocular is a classic. It's been around for years, with slight changes in its name but the same design and good optics. Not only has it stood the test of time — it has been a perennial favorite!

Incorporating ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses and dielectric prism coatings, it provides a bright, clear image, with better resolution in our tests than most other binoculars in its price range.

At 20.8 ounces, the Monarch 5 is lightweight for its size. The armoring has a pleasant texture. The contoured barrels are comfortable to grip, with gentle swells that keep the lugs from bumping into your hand.

The focus knob is so smooth and precise you could measure all other focus knobs in comparison to it. Nikon really does know how to make focus knobs.

Eye relief

The eyecups snap precisely to your choice of four positions. With a maximum eye relief of 19.5mm, we believe it will accommodate everyone, from people who wear no glasses to those whose glasses ride far from the eyes.

Diopter adjustment

On the diopter adjustment ring, indentations for the center are easily visible, even in poor light. We thought the adjustment ring a tad on the stiff side. However, if you are the only person who uses the binocular, a bit of stiffness there shouldn't matter much. You set the diopter once, and then you don't have to keep fiddling with it. In fact, it's an advantage that it can't easily get accidentally moved away from your setting.


You are protected a lifetime limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship. If your Nikon Binocular is found to have defects in material or workmanship, Nikon Inc. will, at its option and without charge, repair or replace the product. This warranty is available for the lifetime of the product. It is only for the original purchaser and is not transferable.

In addition to the above warranty, your Nikon binocular requires service or repair not covered by Nikon's 25-Year limited warranty, Nikon also has a "NO FAULT Policy. "

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