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Nikon Monarch Laser 1200 Rangefinder 8358
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Most Helpful Positive Review We got a winner here, folks!
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Nikon sets the bar for practical hunting

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on April 30, 2013
I purchased a Nikon 1200 rangefinder after trying two inexpensive, entry-level rangefinders. The inexpensive rangefinders started to hesitate on ranging trees after 400 yards. The Nikon 1200 gives instant readings at double that distance, though it will hesitate, too, when the distances get over 1000 yards. For practical hunting where someone wants a quick reading on an animal around 300-400 yards away, or where someone needs to filter-out a closer tree or branch and read the more distant object, the Nikon immediately pays for itself. This is where the bar is set for serious hunters. The Nikon 1200 rangefinder makes a great pair with the Nikon 10-42 Monarch binoculars.

The only way to outclass these would be to spend $2500 for the Leica Geovid binocular-rangefinder in one package. I've compared the Geovid in hunting conditions and can honestly say that the Nikons took a very respectable, almost imperceptible, second place, despite the huge price differential. The Nikons are a great value.

Pros: It is able to make instant readings well-beyond normal hunting distances
Cons: it is a separate unit, not built-in to a binocular...
Would recommend: Yes
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Maybe faulty unit, so far very disappointed

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on January 28, 2012
I bought this Nikon after researching rangefinders that can measure out to 1K m/y and settled on this one. I am not sure if this is a faulty unit. I was only able to range out to ~200m or so and not beyond that. I tested out on a slightly cloudy day and a very sunny day here in beautiful Austin from up on the hills here. I tried to range buildings, light poles, bridge, cars parked in a parking lot. The only thing it was able to consistently range was a light pole about ~200m away. I am not sure if its a faulty unit, returned it to get a Zeiss Victory 8 x 26 PRF Rangefinder instead....
Would recommend: Yes
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Nikon Monarch

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 27, 2011
Excellent tool. The accuracy of the measurement range at the highest level. Measures the distance without interference, even on the water. Super. Highly recommend.
Pros: Excellent tool
Cons: no...
Would recommend: Yes
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Monarch Gold 1200 Rangefinder

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, IN Written on July 22, 2011
I like my new Nikon 1200 Rangefinder. I find it very easy to operate with reliable yardage results. I like the fact that the viewfinder is not cluttered with a bunch of information I don't want to see every time I look through it. My only gripe is that there is no adjustment of the backlight feature. It's ON or it's OFF.
Pros: Fast, excellent image clarity, not too heavy.
Cons: No backlight intensity adjustment...
Would recommend: Yes
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nikon vs leica

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on May 29, 2011
Bought the Monarch laser 1200 and was quite happy with its ranging capabilities. Optics are slightly degraded by what looks like the visual display overlapping the optics. It is therefore not as nice optically or as small as the leica that my brother purchased. It is however very good value for money and does the job well.
Pros: good value for money
Cons: would like it smaller....
Would recommend: Yes
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Nikon Monarch Laser 1200 Range Finder 8358

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on December 18, 2010
Works night or day, measured light pole in the dark at 651 yards with just enough light to make out what it was and to my surprise it was right on. Measured billboard at 1323 yards in daylight and only 3 yards short had no idea it would measure that distance. Deer at 436 spot on, wow. Nikon has it right for sure. Glad I made this choice. One day service from Opticsplanet, could not ask for more. Very Happy.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Ease of Use, Light Weight
Cons: None so far....
Would recommend: Yes
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We got a winner here, folks!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AZ Written on May 28, 2010
After a long search, I was left with two choices. This Nikon 1200 or the Leica Rangemaster CRF 1200. Leica has the better name and finer laser but it has three big drawbacks. 1) only water resistant up to 1 meter. 2) $150+ more than the Nikon 1200. 3) relies on an antiquated "reflective" laser ranging. This Nikon is waterproof! It also ranges in the dark since it does NOT use reflective technology like most other laser rangefinders! At under $400, it's a great value for something that ranges up to 1200 yards/meters. Easy one-button operation and one-button mode change. Nice battery saver feature and the 7x zoom is FANTASTIC! The view is also not cluttered with a bunch on useless junk so you get full view of what you want to range. It also has a backlight feature for low light use. The ranging time is fast... almost instantaneous. FREAKING AMAZING! No regrets here!
Pros: Lightweight, ranges in day or night
Cons: Does not adjust for trajectory, just line of sight....
Would recommend: Yes
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Nikon Monarch Laser 1200 Rangefinder 8358

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on June 21, 2009
Superior product. Fast, compact, accurate and the targeting system is really easy to use. I own a Leica 1200 and this unit is by far easier to use.
Pros: totally positive
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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