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Old 12-12-2017, 02:30 PM   #1
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Nikon MONARCH 7 8x42 BINOCULARS

Yesterday I received a package thinking it was something I had ordered. WOW these beauties were setting inside. Two hours latter I was still amazed at the clarity and ease of use, distance .. these bino's are amazing! turns out Santa (DW) ordered them for me , boy I love Santa and yes I feel a little bad about opening them but.. boys will be boys.
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Yesterday I received a package thinking it was something I had ordered. WOW this beauties were setting inside. Two hours latter I was still amazed at the clarity and ease of use, distance .. these bino's are amazing! turns out Santa (DW) ordered them for me , boy I love Santa and yes I feel a little bad about opening them but.. boys will be boys.
I purchased a pair of Nixon binoculars for my wife last Christmas
She too was amazed at the clarity.
Good to hear that Santa had you on his nice list.
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Old 12-12-2017, 02:52 PM   #3
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I purchased a pair of Nixon binoculars for my wife last Christmas
She too was amazed at the clarity.
Good to hear that Santa had you on his nice list.
That Santa sure is a nice guy/gal !
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Well worth buying good quality like Nikon. I know from experience on the boat that better quality glasses give you much better light.
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Old 12-12-2017, 03:26 PM   #5
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Well worth buying good quality like Nikon. I know from experience on the boat that better quality glasses give you much better light.
True that, I just had no idea what quality bino's are like. Just before my wife took them out of my hot little hands to wrap them up, I looked up at stars WOW, my old bino's would not even work towards sunset.
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Old 12-12-2017, 03:27 PM   #6
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I've been dragging a pair of Nikon 8 X 42 s around the mountains, on horseback and hiking for about 18 years and they are still bright, clear and in focus. Santa is good for sure!!!!
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Aren't they kind of big to lug around when hiking?
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Good questions. Good glasses are bigger but you can actually see something out of them
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Big glasses

I looked though some Nikon Acculons at the Mississippi Rally and for the price of them I felt they were pretty darn good. When we were forest lookouts we had a pair of Forest Service Zeiss 10 X 50s. Best way to use them was with your elbows on the railing setting in a chair. I had my own Swift Audubons in 7 X 50 that were pretty good 47 years ago and a whole lot lighter.
One can spend a lot on good glasses but I have found durability and waterproof features to be more important than weight as everything is a lot lighter than it was 50’years ago. Who
would have thought that dragonfly and butterfly watching with binocs would ever be a popular pastime?
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We found the better the bigger the heaver . The larger ones need a mono pod .. A single leg to support the weight . They can get heavy real quick and your arms start to shake .
I have a small set with a built in camera ... shoot and down load . but the batteries only last about 6 picks ... A bit of a toy really.
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Aren't they kind of big to lug around when hiking?
It’s a trade off between size and clear optics. When you look for hours at a time for gray bighorn sheep in gray rocks, or watching grizzly bears on distant slopes (best place for them is distant) I favour the optics. As a wildlife biologist, the clearer a person can see things the better. I think these Nikon’s are comparable to some other well known brands at half the price.
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Long ago my wife and I went on a guided birdwatching trip. We had stopped at a pond and the guide (a wildlife biologist) was naming the various birds... but I couldn't see the small shorebirds he was talking about. He seemed puzzled, looked at my cheap binoculars, and handed me his backup pair... and the indistinct variations of brown along the water's edge suddenly became little birds! The image in the cheap binoculars didn't look fuzzy, but the ability to resolve detail was wildly different.

My recently I had a relatively inexpensive set of Nikons, which were rendered unusable by water. Now I have a waterproof mid-range Vortex pair.
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I have a my Brunton Echo 8 X 25 binocs for bird watching. They are light and compact. I always have to double check to ensure I'm looking through the right end, and by then, the bird has buggered off.

Here's a link to The Wirecutter review of best binoculars.
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-binoculars/
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Guess I need to go find a good pair to compare to my not so good ones. I've never noticed anything bad about my little Nikon's but it could just be a case of I don't know what I'm not seeing, as Brian points out.
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Love my Nikon monarch 5 8x42s.
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