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Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black)

B&H # NI8X42M5 MFR # 7576
Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Eco-Glass Optics: Lead / Arsenic-Free
  • Dielectric Multicoated Roof Prisms
  • Fully Multicoated Optics
  • Fiberglass-Polycarbonate Housing
  • Center Focus Wheel
  • Nitrogen-Filled Fogproof / Waterproof
  • Turn-and-Slide Twist-Up Rubber Eyecups
  • Rubber Armored Body
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The 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular from Nikon combines fully multicoated optics with a rubber armored fogproof housing to produce the image quality and handling that is characteristic of Monarch series binoculars. This iteration of the Monarch 5 features extra-low dispersion (ED) lens elements that transmit bright images with enhanced color fidelity and contrast. To preserve the image quality of these high-transmission lenses, Nikon also outfitted this Monarch 5 with phase-corrected roof prisms. Using dielectric coatings, these prisms align incoming wavelengths of light and render well-defined edges with lifelike color.

This version of the Monarch 5 all-terrain binocular boasts the same weatherproofing and functionality as its predecessor. The 8x42 configuration of the Monarch 5 has a 6.3° angle of view and can focus to within nine feet, making this set of glasses well-suited for birding, hunting, and almost any close to mid-range glassing activity. A nitrogen-filled fogproof housing provides this set of binoculars with the build quality needed to endure a long day of observation in unforgiving conditions. Non-slip rubber armoring, twist-up eyecups, and a comfortable 19mm eye relief equip the Monarch 5 binocular with the features needed for reliable and comfortable outdoor viewing.

Optical Performance
  • 8x magnification, 42mm objectives
  • Extra-low dispersion glass elements
  • Eco-Glass optics: non-toxic glass contain no lead or arsenic
  • Fully multicoated optics, Dielectric prisms
  • 331 foot field of view at 1000 yards
  • 6.3° angle of view, 47.5° apparent viewing angle
  • 19.5mm eye relief, 8.2 foot minimum focus distance
Use and Handling
  • Twist-up rubber eyecups
  • Center focusing wheel
  • Neoprene neck strap included
Construction Details
  • Nitrogen-filled fogproof and waterproof
  • Fiberglass-infused polycarbonate housing
  • Rubber armored body
  • 21 oz weight
Prism Type Roof
Magnification 8.0x
Objective Lens Diameter 42 mm
Angle of View 6.3° (actual)
Field-of-View 331.33' @ 1000 yd / 110 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 8.2' / 2.50 m
Exit Pupil Diameter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Eye Relief 19.5  mm
Interpupillary Adjustment Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dioptric Correction Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focus Type Center
Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Optional)
Dimensions 5.71 x 5.08 x 2.13" / 14.5 x 12.9 x 5.4  cm
Weight 20.81 oz / 590 g
Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black)
  • Neoprene Strap
  • Case
  • 25 Year Limited Warranty
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    Nikon8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quality lenses (25)
    • Strong construction (21)
    • Waterproof (20)
    • Works well with glasses (18)
    • Lightweight (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird watching (26)
      • Wildlife viewing (21)
      • Sporting events/concerts (9)
      • Hunting (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (20), Avid adventurer (10)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (28)

      Reviewed by 34 customers

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      4.0

      Birding

      By Smit

      from Atlanta

      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

      I use these for birding. They are about the minimum angle width for following birds in flight. They allow a decent amount of light in for overcast days. I would recommend as a high quality introduction to birding.

      Pros:
      Decent amount of eye relief for wearing with Glasses. Comfortable strap. Goes from indoors to outdoors without fogging. Easy to adjust.

      Cons:
      The eye cap doesn't stay on well. Eye relief does not stay extended.

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      5.0

      i would buy this product again

      By joejester

      from parsippany,nj

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

        how sharp the focus and great vision

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        • No

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        5.0

        Bang for the buck

        By marklankton

        from Boulder CO

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • 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 5 Binocular (Black):

          I bought these binoculars for birding, and have been extremely pleased with them. I'm primarily a photographer (--------) and routinely carry a nice 500mm telephoto lens on the camera. These binoculars have a similar "reach" or perhaps a bit more, and have a much larger field of view and apparent light-gathering power. They are a joy to use. I wear glasses, and for me one big selling point was the generous eye relief. They work wonderfully.Side note: I bought a second pair for my wife, and that pair survived a trip down a carpeted flight of stairs with no ill effects. Whew.

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          5.0

          well thought-out purchase

          By paintgirl

          from SC

          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

          Gift for my son, avid hunter, esp. archery. These Monarchs are highly rated, lighter weight than 10 x 42, with a broader visual field as well, for his style of hunting. Arrived well packaged. Have ordered many times from here...my go- to website.

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By None

          from Colorado

          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

          Just what I was looking for. Light. Crisp focus

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          5.0

          I would recommend this to my friends.

          By kcloudview

          from Santa Fe, NM

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching

            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

            I'm a first time birder, but wanted something really good without being too expensive. It may be normal now, but I love the attached lens covers so you can't lose them. I love that you can use it with or without glasses and there is an adjustment for it. They are lightweight. Perfect for me!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great pair of binoculars.

            By Marc B

            from Las Vegas

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

              I was looking for a moderately price pair of binoculars. I have had a pair of Nikon binoculars for 20 years or so but wanted to get something up to date.I wear glasses so I wanted a pair with good eye-relief. This pair is outstanding. They are very easy to set up. The focus is very easy to adjust.I am very happy with this purchase.

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              5.0

              Perfect for my close-set eyes

              By Cindy

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quality Lenses
              • Small Interpupillary Dist

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bird Watching
                • Wildlife Viewing

                Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                I previously owned Nikon Aculon 8x42, my first pair for birding. They are very good, but a bit too heavy and I thought I could look for something a little better. My selection of binoculars 1st depended on the interpupillary distance being small enough for my eyes. I thought I could do research online, but unfortunately specs don't always include this measurement and sometimes the models change (tried Eagle Optics Ranger and their older model would fit me, but the newest ones did not). Anyhow, B&H were amazing. Yossi helped me try out models in my price range. The best test was focusing across the street into some dimmer/darker windows to compare what I could see. Since I have purchased these, I have taken them birding on the cloudiest of days - great optics. I compared them to the Monarch 7 which optically is better, but a bit heavier and obviously more expensive. The focus wheel is snug, but not tight. The diopter adjustment is very tight, which is preferred but easily accessible while looking through - unlike the ones that you have to pop out. My deciding points were a) interpupillary distance was perfect for me (fit first!) b) cost c) brightness d) weight. I've used them a handful of outings so far and love them!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Everything I was looking for

                By Usagi-chan

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                  I needed binoculars with a narrow interpupillary distance. Although the specification says 56 mm for the minimum IPD, it looks like the actual IPD is 55 mm which worked out great for me. These binoculars are also lighter than most 8 x 42 binoculars. The fog proof feature is also great. The one thing that I wish it had was a larger field of view, but that might be impossible to have without compromising the other great features of this binocular. I liked the neck strap that it came with and also the case; pretty decent quality for the included accessories.

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                  5.0

                  Nikon Monarch 5 8x42

                  By nina

                  from mpls

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Bird Watching
                    • Wildlife Viewing

                    Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                    These are great binoculars, the optics are wonderful. the eye piece lens caps suck. Not sure what to do about that, Thinking about making my own,I'm Happy. B and H was fast and efficient as usual.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I'm heading to Africa with my binoculars

                    By dolphin lady

                    from Middletown RI

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Waterproof

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                      So far so good. After looking at birds in my back yard I think they will do just fine on trip.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Bought primarily for birding

                      By Rich

                      from Grand Lake, CO

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Bird Watching

                        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                        So far so good - a good value. Have been using the Monarch 5's for about a week. They are well-built with excellent resolution and clarity. I bought based on Cornell University's Ornithology website review.

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                        5.0

                        Treated Ouselves to Birding Binoculars

                        By Vooc Mui Hech

                        from Pennsylvania

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Quality Lenses
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Waterproof

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bird Watching
                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                          AFter years of using binoculars that were not so great my wife and I treated ourselves to good binoculars. Waterproof, great bright images, good feel int he hand and not too heavy on the neck.

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                          5.0

                          Nice feel, high quality imagery

                          By H2O Person

                          from Savannah, GA

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bird Watching
                            • Wildlife Viewing

                            Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                            We use this binocular for wildlife and marine scene viewing. The design provides an excellent balance among weight in hand, ruggedness and image quality. The value for money also is excellent. One of the best binoculars reviewed by Cornell labs (for birding).

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                            • No

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very Good Binocular

                            By Eduardo Costa

                            from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Bird Watching
                              • Handled Astronomic
                              • Wildlife Viewing

                              Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                              I liked a lot : faithful and vivid colors, internal blackening, screw baffles to eliminate internal reflections near the prism, ED glass, coating of lenses and prism, phase correction works near perfection, stability and extension of focus (from near to more than infinity), light-weight, small, ergonomics, neoprem neck-strap, suitable price for the results .I liked : almost imperceptible curvature of field with virtually flat image, edges almost no distortion, chromatic aberration residual and astigmatism are too low, median depth of field, good internal deflector for side lights midway between the objective lens and prism, very good level of contrast, very sharp image, accurate focus, diopter adjustment, blackened inner, eyerelif, cover of objetive lenses are rubber and securely fastened by straps around the optical tube, quality of bag.Disliked : It could block a little more UV but this does not become a problem, the cover of eyepieces lenses are plastic and will need replacing before it breaks, bag could have strap buckle at the waist as to Monarch X, the eyepieces lenses came with oily residue and it was necessary to clean, could have screen baffles near the objective lens to further improve the contrast on observations at noon on sunny days.Will be used primarily for handled astronomical observation (8x 5mm exit pupil) and second binoculars for birdwatching. It is quite usable for observation of landscapes and small wildlife. I would rate 4.75 considering price and features, gained 5 stars by rounding.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Binocular has met expectation thus far

                              By Tomo

                              from Canyon Lake, TX

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Bird Watching
                                • Observing Butterflies

                                Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                                The product was purchased for observing wildlife, both at home and in the field. It has been used mostly for bird and butterfly counts in a nearby state park. It seem well built, is a reasonable weight and the non-slip surface works well. The close focus ability is what prompted to me to choose this binocular and it has worked well for observing butterflies in the field.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Happy With Purchase

                                By Islander

                                from Washington State

                                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Works Well With Glasses

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Bird Watching
                                  • Wildlife Viewing

                                  Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                                  A clear, bright image without begin too bulky or heavy. The adjustable eyecups make it easy to use with or without glasses.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Excellent optics for the price!

                                  By Brettjet

                                  from Central Washington

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Close Focus
                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • 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 5 Binocular (Black):

                                    I was looking for the best optics on a budget. These
                                    binoculars fit the bill! Everything is bright and they show colors and defintition very well. With the ED glass and muli-coatings I see many years of use.

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Fabulous value

                                    By M at the Marsh

                                    from Garrison, NY

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Quality Lenses
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Waterproof

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                                        I tried these binoculars out at Bass Pro Shop before ordering them on B&H photo. I knew I wanted them the second I picked them up, but I am not well-versed in binocular lingo, so I asked the opinions of some of my seasoned co-workers before committing to them. I was told that the Monarch 5 8x42s were the best pair of binoculars you could get in this price range, and so far I completely agree. My first adventure with the Monarchs was to search for Snowy Owls, and I was amazed at the level of detail I was able to see. I am very pleased with my choice.

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Number 1 in its class

                                        By CEWAIT

                                        from Ocoee, FL

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Close Focus
                                        • Compact
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Quality Lenses
                                        • Works Well With Glasses

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Bird Watching
                                          • Sporting Events/Concerts
                                          • Wildlife Viewing

                                          Comments about Nikon 8x42 Monarch 5 Binocular (Black):

                                          These are the best binoculars I have looked through in quite a while. We purchased a pair of them so that we could take advantage of birding while in Florida. They are fairly light and super sharp

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