Whether you are looking to buy your first set of binoculars or even looking for an upgrade, the new Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars in either 8×42 or 10×42 are a good choice.

The Nikon Corporation was started in 1917 and it is safe to say that they have a good knowledge of optics. They have quality optics from their top of the line EDG Binoculars all the way down to entry level products. The new Nikon Monarch 5, which is a mid-level binocular, brings in some great new upgrades and makes it a great asset to any optics arsenal.

The 10X42 test models we used have been totally redesigned for 2013 and they lack nothing in quality. Out of the box, the housing is a sturdy and rubberized armor coating which provides for a very solid grip even when wet. They are a compact sized binocular that fits well in your hand or on a tripod. Overall size is 5.7” high by 5.1” wide. They are built with a single hinge which helps to reduce the weight of this compact binocular and they tip the scale at 21.6 ounces. All lenses are multi-coated to achieve the greatest brightness with good edge to edge clarity and even better is the fact that Nikon installed ED Glass lenses in this newly upgraded set of optics. The Dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coating is usually reserved for Nikon’s top tier of optics, but is also being added to these new binos. These binos are waterproof down to 1 meter or 3.3 feet for up to 10 minutes so a drop in the water won’t ruin them and we put this to the test during our field testing process. The diopter for adjusting each individual eye for the user is on the right barrel of the optics and has a center focus adjustment. The Monarch 5 binos are nitrogen filled and sealed to make them fogproof. Field of view at 1,000 yards is 288 feet. The roll up eye cups for those who wear eyeglasses are some of the best on the market regardless of price. They are heavy duty with 3 specific stops and one is sure to be the correct eye relief for the glasses you are wearing. The flip down objective lens covers, which usually get lost on the first usage on most, binoculars will be there for years to come because of the new design.

These binoculars are priced extremely well and a great value at $299.95 suggested retail price, but from September 21st through November 17th, during Nikon’s Monarch Madness Promotion, you can get an additional $50.00 off at the register when you check out.