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Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black)

B&H # NI12X56M Mfr # 7519
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Waterproof & Fogproof
  • Wide Angle
  • Roof Prism
  • 5.5° Angle of View
  • Includes Tripod Adapter

The Nikon 12x56 Monarch Wide Angle Waterproof and Fogproof Roof Prism Binocular is built to handle the real world with brilliant optics and proven ruggedness. Waterproof and fogproof Nikon Monarch ATB Binoculars also feature phase-correction, high reflection mirror-coated prisms, fully multicoated lenses, and turn-and-slide rubber eyecups with multi-click stops.

Note! Covered by Nikon's 25-year no-fault repair/replacement policy

Phase-correction coated high index prisms
Fully multicoated lenses for bright, clear images
Ultra rugged, rubber-armored design
100% Waterproof and fogproof
Click-stop turn-and-slide eyecups for easy usage
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 12x
Objective Lens Diameter 56 mm
Angle of View 5.5° (actual)
Field-of-View 288' @ 1000 yd / 95.62 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 32.8' / 10.00 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 4.7  mm
Eye Relief 16  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 60 - 72 mm / 2.36 - 2.83"
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Optional)
Dimensions 5.7 x 2.8 x 7.8" / 14.48 x 7.11 x 19.81  cm
Weight 2.60 lb / 1.18 kg
Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black)
  • Semi-Rigid Nylon Case with Belt Loop
  • Woven Strap
  • Eyepiece Rainguard
  • Tethered Push-On Objective Caps
  • Tripod Adapter (for Binoculars with a 1/4"-20 Threaded Tripod Socket)
  • 25-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Nikon12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (10)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Close focus (5)
    • Works well with glasses (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife viewing (8)
    • Hunting (6)
    • Bird watching (5)
    • Sporting events/concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (6), Avid adventurer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular Dream Season

    Camo was a bonus option i wanted that other binocular makers didn't seem to offer. How I decided on this pair was I looked through a pair of Swarovski 8x36's as a standard...Read complete review

    Camo was a bonus option i wanted that other binocular makers didn't seem to offer. How I decided on this pair was I looked through a pair of Swarovski 8x36's as a standard and compared them to 7 or 8 different binoculars. I tried the Leupold, Bushnell, Barska and Nikon in a couple different powers and the Nikon really stuck out. The Nikon Monarchs were the closest in clarity and quality to Swarovski and at a quarter of the price. The next week I tried multiple brands at Cabelas and still didn't see what i was looking for for the price. Last week I went out and bought the Nikon Monarch ATB 12x56 Camo Dream Season Binoculars for 449 bucks. What I found after a weekend of heavy use hunting coyote and glassing was that the 12 power was tough to keep stable while standing but sitting with my elbows to my knees solved the problem. They are fairly heavy but well worth it for the confidence you get knowing you have an advantage once you stop and settle into your glassing position. The 56mm objective lenses really brought out the light in last hours of hunting. Although these binoculars have some minor limitations the pluses with the Nikon 12x56s greatly out weighed the cons on this trip. The eye relief could be better. The screw cap on the other side of the focus fell off and is gone now, and the Monarch emblem is falling off already. I'm not too worried about those because they really haven't affected their performance.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Bargain with compromises

    Great: Focus control is smooth and precise; lenses are sharp and bright with apparent wide FOV; weight and balance in the hands allow easy hand holding despite 12x; comfy neck strap; Read complete review

    Great: Focus control is smooth and precise; lenses are sharp and bright with apparent wide FOV; weight and balance in the hands allow easy hand holding despite 12x; comfy neck strap;
    Not So Great: Touted as an astro entry level, but chromatic abberations are very apparent, however, at this price point cannot expect too much; min inter pupil distance is almost not close enough for my rather wide head and not workable for my wife's normal width head - try before you buy; minimal eye relief does require straight ahead eye orientation to avoid black outs, but very workable, 2mm more would be great -- try before you buy;
    Bottom Line: Quality matches the price, but I was left hoping for a bit more

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    4.0

    A good buy

    By Boof

    from Australia, Victoria, East Gippsland

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Close Focus
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • Waterproof
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hunting
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

      glassing for deer across gullys.
      excellent vision.
      not to heavy.
      Ideal for deer hunting and wildlife watching.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent field glasses

      By Marsden

      from Maryland

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

      Used for wildlife sighting.
      Excellent optics, magnification, light capturing.
      Bulky.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      $100 cheaper than anyone else

      By gtpjared

      from woodruff, utah

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hunting
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

        I have the smaller nikon 10x42's and the 10x50's but these are a ton better. They pull much more light which is perfect for dawn and dusk spotting. They do add some weight but are worth packing in for the better image. I checked several places before buying these and they've beaten everyone else by at least $100. Thanks!

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        • No

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Overall Package

        By PL

        from Jersey

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Gritty focus knob

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Sporting Events/Concerts

        Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

        This is my third pair of Nikon binoculars and overall they deliver the quality and performance that I've come to expect. Housing is solid and shock-resistant, fog/waterproof construction makes them usable over long periods of time. I noticed comments about the eye cap not fitting properly and this seems like a design choice to me to allow for the cap to stay fit when the binoculars are articulated. Only drawback I would identify is that the focus knob is not as smooth as I'd like or expect - works fine, just a peeve on my part.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Binoculars

        By John

        from Arizona

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hunting
          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

          They are very nice. I am amazed at how much light comes through the lenses. The image is bright and clear. They have a nice solid feel
          to them and are comfortable to use. They have a good adjustment for wearing or not wearing glasses. For this you rotate a little sleeve on each eye piece in or out to adjust the eye relief. It is the most comfortable pair of binoculars I have used with glasses. The 12 power works great for me. Two of the knocks these binoculars got in reviews were the lens caps and the width of the lenses. I can see how the lens caps on the front may wear out over time. They are attached and fit inside the tube. The back lens caps do not seem to fit very well.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular Dream Season

          By EDWARD $

          from Seattle Wa

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Unstable

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Hunting
          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

          Camo was a bonus option i wanted that other binocular makers didn't seem to offer. How I decided on this pair was I looked through a pair of Swarovski 8x36's as a standard and compared them to 7 or 8 different binoculars. I tried the Leupold, Bushnell, Barska and Nikon in a couple different powers and the Nikon really stuck out. The Nikon Monarchs were the closest in clarity and quality to Swarovski and at a quarter of the price. The next week I tried multiple brands at Cabelas and still didn't see what i was looking for for the price. Last week I went out and bought the Nikon Monarch ATB 12x56 Camo Dream Season Binoculars for 449 bucks. What I found after a weekend of heavy use hunting coyote and glassing was that the 12 power was tough to keep stable while standing but sitting with my elbows to my knees solved the problem. They are fairly heavy but well worth it for the confidence you get knowing you have an advantage once you stop and settle into your glassing position. The 56mm objective lenses really brought out the light in last hours of hunting. Although these binoculars have some minor limitations the pluses with the Nikon 12x56s greatly out weighed the cons on this trip. The eye relief could be better. The screw cap on the other side of the focus fell off and is gone now, and the Monarch emblem is falling off already. I'm not too worried about those because they really haven't affected their performance.

          Share this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great binocular

          By DG

          from Burke, VA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

          I am very satisfied with the quality of this binocular.
          Picture is clear and sharp.
          The only cons I can think of is the weight. But for such type of binocular this is normal.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nikon quality is excellent as expected.

          By Chuckie cheeseburger

          from Springfield, MO

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Archery tournaments
          • Hunting

          Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

          Adjustable eye cups are weakest point of design.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          More than the eye can see

          By Jack

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Compact
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Hunting
          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

          My 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular are all that I hoped they would be. An excellent product for watching sports, nature and even the stars. The price was right [...]

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Bargain with compromises

          By John Robinson

          from Calgary, Canada

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Focus control
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Chromatic Abberation
          • Eye relief
          • Pupil distance

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Nikon 12x56 Monarch ATB Binocular (Black):

          Great: Focus control is smooth and precise; lenses are sharp and bright with apparent wide FOV; weight and balance in the hands allow easy hand holding despite 12x; comfy neck strap;
          Not So Great: Touted as an astro entry level, but chromatic abberations are very apparent, however, at this price point cannot expect too much; min inter pupil distance is almost not close enough for my rather wide head and not workable for my wife's normal width head - try before you buy; minimal eye relief does require straight ahead eye orientation to avoid black outs, but very workable, 2mm more would be great -- try before you buy;
          Bottom Line: Quality matches the price, but I was left hoping for a bit more

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