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Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black)

B&H # NI8X42M3Q Mfr # 7540
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Product Highlights
  • Eco-Glass Optics: Lead and Arsenic-Free
  • Roof Prisms with Phase-Correction
  • Silver-Alloy Reflective Prism Coating
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Nitrogen-Filled, Water and Fogproof
  • Click-Stop Rubber Eyecups
  • 24.1mm Eye Relief
  • Rubber Armored Body
  • Tripod Mountable with Optional Adapter

The black 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular from Nikon combines lead and arsenic-free Eco-Glass optics with a weather-sealed housing to create a general purpose optic that delivers image quality and reliability. Nikon’s All-Terrain Binocular (ATB) series delivers impressive brightness and contrast in a set of glasses that won't break the bank, making the Monarch series a favorite among naturalists and hobbyists alike.

This 8x configuration of the Monarch 3 features a 9.8 ft close focus distance, equipping it for almost any close to mid-range observation. Highly-reflective silver-alloy prism coatings and phase-correction allow the Monarch 3 optics to render a bright image that is color-faithful and rich with detail. Additionally, Nikon uses twist-up eyecups that have multiple clip-stop positions and a generous 24.1mm eye relief to provide a comfortable viewing distance for almost any observer.

Optical Performance
  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective lenses: 42mm diameter
  • Eco-Glass: Lead and arsenic-free optics
  • Roof prisms with phase-correction to preserve clarity and detail
  • Multi-layer silver-alloy prism coating maximizes brightness
  • Anti-reflective multicoated lens system
  • 9.8 ft close focus distance
  • 24.1mm eye relief
Use and Handling
  • Twist-up eyecups with multiple click-stop positions
  • 1/4"-20 threaded mount for tripod adapter
Construction Details
  • Nitrogen-filled housing for fogproof and waterproof performance
  • Rubber armored body with textured gripping surfaces
  • Weight: 24.9 oz
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8.0x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 6.3° (actual)
Field-of-View 330' @ 1000 yd / 109.56 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8' / 2.99 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 5.3  mm
Eye Relief 24.1  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 57 - 72 mm / 2.24 - 2.83"
Dioptric Correction Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Optional)
Dimensions 6 x 5.1 x 2.1" / 15.24 x 12.95 x 5.33  cm
Weight 24.9 oz / 705.92 g
Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black)
  • Neck Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Tethered Objective Lens Covers
  • Limited 25-Year Warranty
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    Nikon8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black)
     
    4.6

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (29)
    • Strong construction (22)
    • Waterproof (22)
    • Works well with glasses (19)
    • Close focus (14)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Bird watching (26)
    • Wildlife viewing (21)
    • Sporting events/concerts (8)
    • Hunting (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (22), Avid adventurer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (19), Yes (8)

    Reviewed by 31 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent all-round Binocular

    By ONA Manager

    from Jupiter, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

      Purchased 12 pairs of Monarch 3 Binoculars for use by school groups during field trips.

      These Binoculars are a great all round Binocular - good value for money and sturdy enough to stand up to use by school kids!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Good glass gives sharp focus!

      By Bill

      from AL

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

        I wanted small binoculars for bird watching and to enhance my distant vision when on outdoor excursions. These fit the ticket with a great, sharp focus, the ease of use, and the convenient case which fits on a belt.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Second to none

        By Nocklist

        from Michigan

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

          I booked a trip to Alaska and was in the market for a binocular to get up close with the local wildlife. I chose Nikon because their glass is second to none and I guarantee you that I was not disappointed. The optics are crystal clear, even in low light conditions. It is without reservation that I would highly recommend the 8x42 Monarch for anyone looking to get up close and personal with nature under a variety of conditions.

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          5.0

          An excellent product for a beginner

          By Susan

          from DeLand FL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Sporting Events/Concerts
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

            These binoculars are easy to use with my glasses. They fit to my face quickly. My husband and I both use them so that feature is very helpful. They are light weight and easy to carry. Every easy to focus both clear and far with your finger as you scan the horizon.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Totally impressed!

            By grillguy

            from Oak Harbor, Ohio

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction
            • Waterproof
            • Works Well With Glasses

            Cons

            • The Lens Caps Fall Off

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Sporting Events/Concerts
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

            I wanted a decent pair of binoculars to watch birds in my backyard. I had a very old pair and thought an upgrade was in order. As is my habit, I researched via the net and the Monarch 3 kept popping up as a good introductory solution. Now for my story: I had ordered the binoculars from[*]. A day later, I was still researching my purchase only to find out that Nikon was having a sale for $50.00 off! I immediately cancelled my order with [*]. I then started placing my order with Nikon only to find out that they were charging tax and shipping which didn't save me that much in the long run. All the retailers except one, B&H, were charging the regular retail price. Imagine, an honest retailer, passing the savings on to the customer. As well, B&H did not charge tax or shipping AND I received my binoculars in 4 days! Thank you B&H. Now on to my review. I have never really looked through a decent pair of bino's. I wear glasses and I can keep them on, no problem, by utilizing the click adjustments on the eye pieces. Secondly, these things are bright! I was blown away by the difference from my cheap pair. The details that I can see are, well, I can see them...nuff said. I imagine people searching for high end models are saying "newbie" under their breath reading this but I like them. I have Nikon photo gear and these bino's live up to my expectations of Nikon OPTICS quality. I do have an issue with the lens caps. As other reviewers have said, the eyepiece covers fit very loose and come off easily. Nikon, you have known about this for some time. FIX IT!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great product, great service

            By Tomas

            from Franklin Lakes, nj

            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

            We needed some binoculars for a trip to Costa Rica. The salesperson patiently reviewed different products and showed us the pros and cons of each and helped us select the product that was best for our needs. The free parking was a huge bonus so we will not have trouble coming in the next time. Next time will be soon and for a full function Nikkon camera. I'm sure the salespeople will help us out. We had to return a Bushnell pair of binoculars that did not suit our needs, and they were very efficient in handling the return. Great store, but even for the mad house it is on a Sunday, worked very smoothly.

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            5.0

            Perfect for backyard birding

            By Bird Peeper

            from Stamford,CT.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

              I did some research and was looking for something that was well suited for amateur birding and these were perfect. I looked no further, for the amateur who isn't looking to spend a bundle these do quite nicely indeed. Everything I was looking for and more.... Easy focus, durable, waterproof, comfortable in the hands, easy grip finish, lens caps, case, neck strap, and they look nice too. I'm very happy with the purchase and also glad I didn't have to spend a fortune.

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              5.0

              great value

              By Colour Man - painter

              from Troutville, VA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching

                Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                These were a gift for my wife, who loves to walk and bird watch. She has found them quick to adjust and have a wide view and clarity to the image. We would recommend them to others too.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Good quality rugged binoculars

                By Al Photo

                from Miramar, FL

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Quality Lenses
                • Strong Construction
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                • Can Fog Up

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Sporting Events/Concerts
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                For amateur bird watching and general use these are great. Feel very well made. They do fog up in high humidity though which is a bit of a disappointment and the reason they don't get 5 stars from me.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great binoculars

                By BobfromFPL

                from Plantation,FL

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                  Very bright with a long exit pupil which is great for eyeglass wearers.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Binoculars

                  By Bick

                  from Delaware

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Waterproof
                  • Works Well With Glasses

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                      I bought the Monarch 3 binoculars to replace a very old Pentax set I had. Really a great purchase for my use in birding. Have used them several times in the field (wildlife preserve) and am delighted. They work great for me since I wear trifocals. Also, B&H prompt shipping was great as usual.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great product!

                      By Tim

                      from Northeast, PA

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Close Focus
                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Waterproof

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bird Watching
                        • Wildlife Viewing

                        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                        Lightweight
                        Crisp focus
                        Can focus at close range for warbler ID

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Great Binos - Look No Further

                        By MikeTheDrummer

                        from Toms River, NJ

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Pros

                        • Quality Lenses
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Waterproof
                        • Works Well With Glasses

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bird Watching
                          • Hiking
                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                          Been looking for a good pair of binoculars for birding, outdoors & hiking that feel comfortable with glasses. They're waterproof, not very heavy, very clear bright quality lens.The one confusing thing about them is that they come with a diopter adjustment ring on the right eyepiece but it does not turn.I would have given them 5 stars, except the eye piece lens cap fits loose and doesn't stay on very well. This is minor since I don't have it hanging from my strap and only put it on when I store the binoculars.Overall I have been very pleased with them. Experienced birders highly recommend these as the best binos equivalent to much more expensive ones.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great Optics

                          By DaveW

                          from Mt Prospect, IL

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Close Focus
                          • Great Optical Quality
                          • Quality Lenses
                          • Waterproof
                          • Works Well With Glasses

                          Cons

                          • Unexpected Early Failure

                          Best Uses

                          • Bird Watching
                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                          I purchased 2 pair of these binoculars - for myself and my wife. One pair failed pretty quickly, but B&H was excellent about doing a replacement. OK, that's probably a fluke - the second pair was fine. I must say that the optical quality of these binoculars is spectacular. Extremely bright image, very sharp, easy to focus. I could not be happier with the quality.

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                          4.0

                          Excellent for bird watching

                          By Marv

                          from Long Island, NY

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bird Watching
                            • Wildlife Viewing

                            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                            Sharp and quickly focus for back yard birding.

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                            4.0

                            Love the Nikon Monarch 3 8x42's

                            By Don

                            from St. Petersburg, FL

                            About Me Professional Guide

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Quality Lenses

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bird Watching

                              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                              I liked my original Monarch 8x42's but these are even brighter with a sleek new attractive design.

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                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Very good birding binocular

                              By MP

                              from Iowa

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Quality Lenses
                              • Strong Construction
                              • Waterproof
                              • Works Well With Glasses

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                                  I was looking for a good pair of binoculars for birding that had long eye relief because I wear glasses and the Monarch 3 8x42 is exceptional. Because the eye relief is so long, this is the first pair I've owned that I didn't have to put the cups down all the way. I like that they are waterproof, they aren't to heavy, optically very clear and bright and come at a good price point. I would have given them 5 stars, except the eye piece lens cap fits loose and doesn't stay on very well. This does not bother me as I prefer not to have it hanging from my strap when in use and only put it on when I store the binoculars. Overall I have been very pleased with them.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Value

                                  By Avid Bird Photographer

                                  from Santa Clara, CA

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Quality Lenses
                                  • Waterproof
                                  • Works Well With Glasses

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Bird Watching

                                    Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                                    These are great binoculars for birding. Another reviewer claimed that these were the #1 rated birding binoculars, but that is incorrect. That would be the Monarch 5. The Monarch 5 has the following advantages: slightly smaller, lighter, better prism coating (brighter), and closer minimum focus distance.The advantages of the Monarch 3 are lower price and longer eye relief. However, the longer eye relief is not necessary for any normal eyeglasses. I have to turn the eyecups out to the first click in order to use them with my glasses. Still, the lower price outweighed the advantages of the Monarch 5 for me.

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                                    5.0

                                    Just what this hunter ordered!

                                    By Todd

                                    from Deer stand in Minnesota

                                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Lenses

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Hunting

                                      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                                      As an avid archer, I am always looking for quality equipment that will perform in all weather conditions. I had read many positive reviews about these glasses and how they perform. I am writing one of those today. These are just what this hunter ordered. Light, bright and durable. I have been using them in my scouting efforts and an very pleased with the coated, fog proof lenses. Coupled with the Archers Choice Rangefinder, I am definitely ready for the hunt.

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                                      5.0

                                      Fantastic viewing

                                      By A photographer

                                      from Richmond, VA

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Bird Watching
                                        • Wildlife Viewing

                                        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 3 ATB Binocular (Black):

                                        I bought these for my wife for Christmas for bird watching. The clarity and depth perception on these is fantastic. Fit and finish are exactly what I'd expect from Nikon. Smooth and quick focus knob operation.

                                        About the only thing to complain about is that you can't put them in the case while they're positioned for your eye width. The binoculars have to be returned to flat/widest in order to fit in the case. The eyepiece covers do bend and cover the eyepieces without changing the eye spacing. However since they're waterproof, the case isn't really needed outside.

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