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Nikon 8.5x56 Monarch ATB Binoculars 7517
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My binoculars are used for spotting aircraft from a distance of about 1500 feet to 5 miles. At age 69, I have good distance vision and use binoculars...
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Great low light binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on June 28, 2012
These are bright. They compare favorably to Nikon 10.5x45 Monarch X. Ok they are not quite as sharp but not really far off. I was birding toward Dusk and using a pair of Cabelas Alaskan Guide binos. The trees were backlite which made viewing difficult. The Alaskan Guides had terrible glare. Luckily I brought the Nikons along. When I switched the glare was very well controlled. I could see the color of a scarlet tanager well against a dark tree that was brightly back lite. It was getting dark when I was driving out of the park and spotted an owl aboyt 75 ft away in a tree. I pulled over and the Nikons clearly separated the grey and brown in the owl from the green in the tree with only minutes of daylight left. The Alaskan Guides gave me a dark image in which I could not differentiate the owl from the tree. Through 8.5 x 56 I had a great view of the owl for 10 more minutes until it was dark. Are they as good as my Swarovski EL's or my Nikon Premeirs? No the Alphas win easily in resolution and detail. But the 8.5 x 56 really holds it own especially in low light. The field of view may be narrow for an 8 power but it is pretty sharp edge to edge. I am very sensitive to binos that get blurry outside of a small sweet spot. I could happily carry these birding or nature observing anywhere(as long as my arms held out) and be happy with the results. Best Under $400 binoculars I have seen. But I hear the Monarch 5's are sharper yet!
Pros: Bright, sharp to edges, good glare control
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Nikon 8.5x56 Monarch Binoculars

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, GA Written on January 22, 2009
Bought the binoculars for deer hunting, especially for very low light conditions. Even though they are very clear under most conditions, they didn't quite meet my expecations at low light - especially being 56mm. Otherwise, they are fine binoculars in this price range for most any user
Pros: Well constructed, easy to use, very clear
Cons: May be slightly heavy for some users...
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Nikon 8.5x56 Monarch ATB Binoculars 7517

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, MT Written on March 18, 2008
My binoculars are used for spotting aircraft from a distance of about 1500 feet to 5 miles. At age 69, I have good distance vision and use binoculars without wearing my vision corrective glasses.
The Nikon 8.5x56 Monarch Binoculars are the best, by far, of the 6 binoculars I use for this purpose.
The depth of field, from the 56mm objective lenses, makes it possible to view aircraft at changing distances without changing the focus or the eyepiece diopter adjustment. The viewing emage is large and bright.
The 8.5 power is a good compromise between magnification and hold ability.
This binocular is large and heavy, but both are worth the effort needed for the results.
Pros: Good optics - very good depth of field
Cons: Large and heavy...
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