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Nikon Monarch 3 10x42 Review

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Re: Nikon Monarch 3 10x42 Review

Postby Birdie on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:47 pm

Im hoping you can help me. Im trying to decide between the Monarch 3 and the Monarch 5. I am willing to spend the little extra to get the dielectric coating but I really like that they fixed the lens covers and attached them on the 3. Do you know if the 5 has the new lens covers or are they using the older model faulty ones for the 5. Also, I was thinking of going with the 8x but you are all going with the 10x. I am using my binoculars for birding 90% of the time. Please advise and thank you.
Birdie
 

Re: Nikon Monarch 3 10x42 Review

Postby Jne_K on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:48 am

Hi

I would not let the lens covers issue bother you in the least. I don't use objective lens covers - ever - and after forty years of birding and using binoculars on an almost daily basis, I have yet to scratch an objective lens. Especially for birding, I would just leave them in the box. If you take the time to mess with the lens covers when you see a bird, you will lose a lot of birding opportunities. If you leave the covers dangling, they will sometimes obscure your view. I regard them as a rather useless accessory. Rainguards I do use - those are useful - but not objective covers.

Absolutely no difference between an 8x or 10x as to number of birds identified in the field and the 8x is easier to steady and has a wider field of view, making it the easier binocular to handle. I use both 10x and 8x for my birding. Really just a personal preference.
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Re: Nikon Monarch 3 10x42 Review

Postby Birdie on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:24 pm

[quote="Jne_K"]Hi

I would not let the lens covers issue bother you in the least. I don't use objective lens covers - ever - and after forty years of birding and using binoculars on an almost daily basis, I have yet to scratch an objective lens. Especially for birding, I would just leave them in the box. If you take the time to mess with the lens covers when you see a bird, you will lose a lot of birding opportunities. If you leave the covers dangling, they will sometimes obscure your view. I regard them as a rather useless accessory. Rainguards I do use - those are useful - but not objective covers.

Absolutely no difference between an 8x or 10x as to number of birds identified in the field and the 8x is easier to steady and has a wider field of view, making it the easier binocular to handle. I use both 10x and 8x for my birding. Really just a personal preference.[/quote]
Thank you so much for your quick response. I spent days researching binoculars and sometimes I think you just get caught up on something as silly as lens covers. You're absolutely right, I never use the ones I have now so why did I over think it. I think it must have been delirium from 4 hours of reading about binos. Any way, I went ahead and purchased the Monarch 5 8x and can't wait to try them out. Thanks again for your help.
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Re: Nikon Monarch 3 10x42 Review

Postby Jne_K on Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:28 am

You are so very welcome. Enjoy those Nikons!
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