Feb 042010
 

The new NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars with a dielectric high-reflective multicolor prism coating are available. This coating will assure uniform and high transmittance in full visible range for bright and natural color images.  When comparing the Nikon 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars to the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 All-Terrain Binoculars a slight difference will be noticed when viewing blue objects, but the biggest improvement is  the increased brightness of the objects you see.  Below is a table showing all the specifications for the new Nikon 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars.

NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8x42 Binoculars
NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8x42 Binoculars
Magnification8X
Objective Aperture42 mm
PrismRoof
Lineal Field of View330ft/1000 yds (110/1000m)
Angular Field of View (degrees)6.3
Eye Relief19.6 mm
Exit Pupil5.25 mm
Close Focus Distance8.2 ft (2.5mm)
Central Focus WheelYes
Relative Brightness28.1
Fully Multi-Coated lensYes
Dielectric High-Reflective Multilayer Prism CoatingYes
Phase CorrectionYes
Eye CupsMulti-setting click stop eyecups
Weight21.5 oz (610g)
Length (L x W)5.7 x 5.20 in (146 x 129 mm)
WaterproofYes
Fog ProofYes
WarrantyNikon is dedicated to quality, performance and total customer satisfaction. If your Nikon Binocular, Spotting Scope or Fieldscope requires service or repair not covered by our 25-Year Limited Warranty, Nikon will repair or replace it (even if it was your fault) for just $10, plus return shipping and handling.

Check my posts- Easy Steps to Choosing the Right Bird Watching Binoculars for helpful ideas on selecting binoculars or for my review of the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 ATB Binoculars.

I recommend the NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars if you are in the market for a new pair of quality yet affordable binoculars. Click to order your NIKON 7294 Monarch 5 8×42 Binoculars.

UPDATE:  Nikon has changed the name of the Nikon Monarch ATB III to Nikon Monarch 5

 

Feb 032010
 

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Whether you are watching birds at your bird feeder or on the trail use your Nikon 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars to get a close-up view.  The new 7294 Monarch III binoculars will provide brighter and sharper images which will make bird identification much easier.

These have just been released. Click here to order your Nikon 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars.

UPDATE:  Nikon has changed the name of the Nikon Monarch ATB III to Nikon Monarch 5

Jan 262010
 

Nikon 7430 Monarch 8x42 All-Terrain Binoculars

Nikon 7430 Monarch 8x42mm All-Terrain Binoculars

In my last post I reviewed three quality and yet affordable ($200-$500) 8x42mm binoculars. I reviewed the Leupold Pinnacles 54504 8×42 binoculars, the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 All-Terrain binoculars and the Eagle Optics Ranger SRT 8×42 binoculars. This post will explain why I recommended the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 All-Terrain binoculars.

After comparing the three binoculars I found that the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 All-Terrains are lightweight and I can easily carry them all day while bird watching on the trails. My hands comfortably wrapped around the body of the binoculars and they felt very good in my hands.

Even though the center focus wheel on the three binoculars is similar I give a slight edge to the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 All-Terrains. I feel that it is quicker and easier to fine tune the image with the Nikon binoculars.

The precision-aligned optics of the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8×42 All-Terrain binoculars is evident in the clarity of the image. You can clearly see the feather details and markings of the birds which makes identification easy.

The Nikon 7430 Monarch 8 x 42 mm All-terrain binoculars and Eagle Optics Ranger SRT 8 x 42 mm binoculars have warranties that cover damage to the binoculars (even if it’s your fault). Let’s face it, when we are out in the elements anything can happen. The warranty on the Leupold Pinnacles 8 x 42 mm binoculars 54504 covers defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. It does not cover damage from misuse.

All three had a nice eye relief but the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8 x 42 mm All-terrain binoculars had a slight advantage over the other binoculars. I highly recommend the Nikons for eyeglass wearers.

The chief complaint of the original Nikon 7430 Monarch 8 x 42 mm All-terrain binoculars was that the lens caps were not attached (easy to lose) and cheaply made. That problem has been addressed and is no longer an issue.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology did a review of many different binoculars. There were 27 in the mid price range ($200-500) and they said that the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8 x 42 mm All-terrain binoculars were “clearly the top-rated of any mid-priced, full-power birding binoculars. These lightweight, waterproof, and very comfortable binoculars focus down to 6 feet and offer an image and feel that surpasses many models costing two or three times more. Only in a direct comparison with the top-priced binoculars could our reviewers discern the narrower, slightly duller image, which was not quite sharp at the edges. But with a street price well under $300, the Monarchs are a steal.”

Pete Dunne wrote a review in Birder’s World in which he recommends the Nikon Monarch: “There are others in this price range that are comparable, but for some reason, after an hour of testing and comparing, this is the glass buyers walk up to the counter with.”

I recommend the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8 x 42 mm All-terrain binoculars for their overall quality and affordability. This binocular can easily compete with higher priced ones.

The NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8×42 mm Binoculars are now available. Click to read my review of the Nikon 7294 Monarch III (now Nikon Monarch 5) 8×42 Binoculars.

NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8x42 Binoculars

NIKON 7294 Monarch III 8×42 Binoculars

For more information about the Nikon 7430 Monarch 8 x 42 mm All-terrain binoculars click the link below:

http://www.yourbirdfeeder.com/RecommendsAmazonNikonMonarch

Check my post Easy Steps to Choosing the Right Bird Watching Binoculars for helpful ideas on selecting binoculars.