Nikon Monarch 5 Binocular Review
by Michael and Diane Porter
In this review, we look at Nikon's new version of the ever-popular mid-priced Monarch binocular, the Monarch 5.
In 2012, Nikon changed the name on one of the most popular binoculars in the history of optics. The Nikon Monarch ATB became the Nikon Monarch 5. It seems to have almost exactly the same optical qualities and mechanics, the only significant change being the printing on the body of the binocular.
Nikon Monarch 5 8x42
At 21.5 ounces it is one of lightest-weight full-sized binoculars we have surveyed. It’s hand friendly, with lugs that don’t poke the hand and eyecups that twist-click up neatly.
If you wear glasses, you'll appreciate the outstanding 19.5 mm eye relief that lets everybody, even eyeglass wearers, see the whole field of view.
It also has one of the smoothest, most precise focus knobs in the business. Focus knob turns 1 ¼ turns lock to lock.
An improvement of new Monarch 5 over the older (ATB) model is that the new model can focus as close as 8.2 feet, compared to 9.8 feet in its predecessor.
What's the competition?
The advantage of the Diamondback is its wider field of view — 420 feet at 1000 yards, compared to 330 feet for the Monarch 5.
Other than the Diamondback, you can't match the Monarch 5 at the Monarch 5's price.
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