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Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Sefrez on Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:38 am

I bought these a little over a month ago and they have seemed to perform fine and still are. There is this one thing that has been nagging me though. It is the armor. It is basically loose like mid way on each barrel. When I am handling them it will kind of "pop" under my fingers as the rubber binds and unbinds to the (metal?) barrel. You can also hear it. So my question is: Is this at all to be expected and I am being picky or is it not? You would think that the armor would be glued or something but there is obvious space between the rubber and the barrel. It may only be 1/64" but still obvious, if you know what I mean. Thanks for any thoughts!
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:23 am

Hi

No, I don't think you are being picky at all. It sounds exactly as you describe - the glue didn't take, correctly. I'd contact Nikon and have them handle it under warranty or return them to the where you bought them if it has been a recent enough purchase.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Sefrez on Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:14 pm

Hey,

Thanks for the response. I, at the time, didn't know I was still in the return time date, so I just returned them. I actually went to exchange them but the morons at DickSportingGoods didn't know the difference between display and new packaged in the back over the phone. That is, I called them and they said they had them and that I could exchange them. I get there and they have none, but rather offer to give me the display. I said no right on the spot as that is a bad idea. It is no telling what they have been through.

So anyway, I got my money back and am going to get something from elsewhere, maybe from here. :) I don't mind getting the Nikon Monarchs again because, as I said, I was going to happily exchange them. But my question now is, should I or is there a better option for ~$300-~$350? Of course I am speaking in comparison to the NEW Monarchs with the dielectric coating and increased brightness. (Nikon Monarch ATB 7295)

I would honestly prefer Japan made, but I think that there are none in this price range. So my second question would be, what is the cheapest Japan made Binocular that I can get, and at that, would it necessarily be better built than China? Because I know that is not going to be an absolute fact.

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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Jne_K on Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:30 am

HI

You can certainly get as good as the Monarch for $300, as this is the most competitive price point in the binocular market, but for $300, no, you won't get better, not as far as I am concerned.

There are relatively few options if you do not want made in China. One, is the Leupold Cascades. It used to be made in China and, as far as I know, it still is. I don't actually rate it as good as the Monarch, but it is one option. The Leupold equivalent of the Monarch is the Olympic and that is made in China. In fact, side by side, the Olympic and the Monarch are very similar.

My favorite bino made in Japan anywhere close in price to this is the Swift Audubon 828 HCF and a fine binocular it is. Build quality and, especially, handling are top of the line. If Swift ever drops these, I will be very upset. Have sold a lot of these to friends and they never stop thanking me.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Sefrez on Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:54 pm

Hello,

Thanks for the reply. As far as the Leupolds being around the same when it comes to optical quality as the Monarchs, I would say it would be safe to just stick with the Monarchs out of those options considering I have already owned them and liked them.

As for the Swift, it looks quite solid and I am sure it will bring in quite a bit of like with the 44/8.5 ratio. Though I am preferably looking for a 10x(42-45). I have seen these bino's show up on the right of the website quite a bit:
http://www.opticsplanet.com/vanguard-10 ... -1042.html
And
http://www.opticsplanet.com/vanguard-en ... ulars.html

Though I don't know much about them.

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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Jne_K on Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:37 pm

Hi

Glad to help.

As for the Vanguards, have not seen one, yet, on this new binocular, so we'll just have to wait until someone has had a chance to review one.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Sefrez on Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:59 pm

Hey,

I think I might actually try and up to the Vortex Talon HD. I believe it is still made in China, though do you think it would be a plus to the Nikon Monarchs I originally had? Also, do you know if this is a backorder item or a ready to ship item?

Thanks again.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Jne_K on Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:11 am

HI

I can't claim it would be an upgrade, though it is certainly a good alternative. Part of that higher price for the Talon is gong to be the open bridge design, which is more costly to produce than a conventional bridge design found in the Monarch. HD optics can add a touch more resolution and contrast, too.

Just give our customer service folks a call on availability as I do not have access to inventory info.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Alfred on Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:38 am

Hi.
I need Your opinion about Nikon Monarch 10x42 ATB, Nikon Monarch 10x42 ATB All-Terrain Binoculars and Nikon Monarch III Dielectric ATB 10x42. Could you give me some recommendations wich is The best to hunters and better to use in low light performance
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:59 am

Hi Alfred

Choose the camo version if you think camo is important for your hunting, but it is the same bino, otherwise, as the standard black version. As for the dielectric, on paper, at least, the dielectric will have the best light transmission, though we are talking a couple percentage points at best. Personally, I think you will do fine with any version of the Monarch.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Alfred on Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:08 am

many thanks for the response and have a nice day.

Jne_K wrote:Hi Alfred

Choose the camo version if you think camo is important for your hunting, but it is the same bino, otherwise, as the standard black version. As for the dielectric, on paper, at least, the dielectric will have the best light transmission, though we are talking a couple percentage points at best. Personally, I think you will do fine with any version of the Monarch.
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Sefrez on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:11 pm

Yeah I haven't tried the older Nikon Monarch's but the new ones with the dielectric coatings are good. The camo is going to cost you a bit more, but it is the same optics, as Jne K said. Note though, that the black ones are not really black but rather a dark blue/green. It's a good shade.

I ended up getting the Vortex Talon HD's. OpticsPlanet did not have them in stock but that is because they ship directly from the manufacture. Funny as it is though, Vortex Optics is not too far from OpticsPlanet so it really changes nothing in the time it will take for it to be delivered. Fedex actually says tomorrow is the estimated date for delivery. :)

I also contacted Vortex Optics and they said that the Talon HD has the dielectric prism coating and that what they call "HD" glass is simply ED glass, or extra-low dispersion. So I am hoping that with that and the ED glass it will be just as good as the monarchs, if not better. I like the near focus specs of 6 feet with 10x. :)
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Alfred on Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:47 am

Many thanks for Your coment :)
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Re: Nikon Monarch ATB

Postby Jne_K on Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:22 am

Glad to help, Alfred
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