nikon2Every outdoorsman needs a pair of binoculars and many of us own more than one set. After using Nikon’s Monarch 7 10×42 binos this season, I know the Monarchs would make a great addition to your collection of outdoor gear.

I’ve enjoyed using the Monarch 7 binos this year for the simple fact that they work well. I don’t know why, but I sometimes have difficulty using vision enhancement devices such as binoculars and scopes. I have perfect vision and have always relied on my natural eyesight to see things near and far. But, of course, when I’m in the field hunting or wildlife watching, I need something that enlarges my point-of-interest. And I need to it work quickly. Mostly, I need something that allows my eyes to adjust to the device quickly.

For me, the Nikon Monarchs work perfectly. The 10×42, of course, refers to a 10x magnification and a 42 mm objective diameter. This combines to provide a wide apparent view of 60.7 degrees. The view through the finders is crisp and bright, almost providing a high definition image. Looking through the Monarchs, I see images that are crystal clear and so focused they appear holographic. The first few times I looked through the binoculars, I was reminded of those children’s pop-up books. Each layer I looked at – each distance – was its own separate image.

I like the adjustability of these binoculars, as well. Every user is different – we all have different vision and come in different sizes. To compensate for this, binoculars come equipped with retractable eyecups. The turn-and-slide rubber eyecups used by Nikon allow the user to position the eyes on the eyecups at the correct eyepoint. What does this mean to the user? A simple twist of the eyecups adjusts eye relief, allowing the user to avoid both the crescent-shaped shadows that move around the optical field and the constricted or vignetted view. This doesn’t come as news – eyecups have been a part of binoculars for a long time – but Nikon’s multi-click eyecups provide easy and quick positioning that works perfectly for me every time.

As with other products by Nikon, the Monarch 7 binoculars are waterproof (max. depth of 1 meter for up to ten minutes), can be used in conditions of high humidity, dust, and rain without risk of damage, and are designed to resist condensation and mold.

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