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Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby prairies on Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:45 pm

Hi. I recently found your site and am reading as much as I can to make a list of potential binos. I 'think' I am looking for a 8*40ish bino as I want to use them for a variety of different tasks: finding interesting places to observe so I can go to them to take pictures from, birding and other animal observation, as well as the occasional look at the stars. Being a camera guy, I understand the price/lens quality issue, so I am looking at binos at various price categories so see what is best for me which is probably for a first set of binos under $800. Hope this makes sense.

You have frequently referred to the Nikon Monarch as a good introductory bino, but was wondering what you thought of the Nikon Monarch X.

As I have binos in various price points, are there other binos that I should look at other than: Nikon Monarch, Bushell Legend HD - when it comes out, Carson XM-HD, Swift HCF, Pentax DCF-SP,Leupold Pinacles.
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Re: Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:43 am

Hi

The Monarch X is basically a slightly larger Monarch with an open brideg construction. That's going to give better handling as a rule, but I'd suggest you try one, first. As to the extra size, I don't see that as significant jump in performance.

You are at a very competitive price point in this area. Good news is that it is tough to make a mistake, but that also means you will never find a "best" either.

Of the ones you list, I like the Pinnacles or the Swift 828 - they get you Japanese made binos at a very reasonable price.
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Re: Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby prairies on Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:04 pm

Thanks so much. There is not much selection up here, they have a little of this and that, but I did get to test an 8*40ish in one binocular, 10*40ish in another, and 10*50, and I think that the 8's * 40ish suit me best as I guess I shake more and they seem easier to hold and get a clearer view.
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Re: Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:35 am

Hi

I agree. Awfully hard to beat an 8x42 as a do-everything bino.
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Re: Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby prairies on Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:55 pm

Hi again. Have you used the Vortex Stokes DLS 8*42? If so, how do they compare to the Pentax DCF SP and ED?

Thanks so much.
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Re: Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby Jne_K on Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:12 am

Yes, in the same ball park as the SP, but not quite to the ED in terms of contrast and resolution.
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Re: Nikon Monarch X and others

Postby JR on Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:08 pm

prairies wrote:Hi. I recently found your site and am reading as much as I can to make a list of potential binos. I 'think' I am looking for a 8*40ish bino as I want to use them for a variety of different tasks: finding interesting places to observe so I can go to them to take pictures from, birding and other animal observation, as well as the occasional look at the stars. Being a camera guy, I understand the price/lens quality issue, so I am looking at binos at various price categories so see what is best for me which is probably for a first set of binos under $800. Hope this makes sense.

You have frequently referred to the Nikon Monarch as a good introductory bino, but was wondering what you thought of the Nikon Monarch X.

As I have binos in various price points, are there other binos that I should look at other than: Nikon Monarch, Bushell Legend HD - when it comes out, Carson XM-HD, Swift HCF, Pentax DCF-SP,Leupold Pinacles.

I have a pair of the Nikon Monarch X Binoculars (8x42) that i picked up last month. I would highly recommend this product as I am very happy with the quality of the glass.
JR