Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 Review

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As a rule of thumb, in life, you get what you pay for But ever so often, and much to our delight, a product comes along that delivers value way above its price tag. Has Nikon managed to accomplish this feat with its mid-range Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 Binoculars? As you will find out below, in terms of build quality, magnification, ergonomics and eyeglass friendliness, the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 easily surpasses the competition in its class.

Designed with needs of bird watchers in mind, this tripod compatible product comes with an extra low dispersion glass which is typically seen only in high-end binoculars. Along with its superior low light performance, the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 stands ahead of its rivals in terms of its wide field of view that affords users a wider slice of the action.

Features of the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42

What are the features that you must know?

Nikon Monarch 7 8x42 Review

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Eye friendliness

As mentioned above, eye friendliness ought to be one of the top consideration for rating Any Binoculars. More particularly, for people who wear eyeglasses, it is critical that binoculars render crisp images. With Nikon Monarch 7 8×42, the 17.1 mm eye relief does work efficiently well and offer no room for complaint in this price range.

This set of binocular comes with rotating up and down eye cups with two indents to gold them in place for non-extended and fully extended modes. They come with adequate rubber covering to secure the rain guard in place.

Design and build quality

Unsurprisingly, the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 feels solid and well built. Aside from its top-notch materials and build quality, you would be immediately struck with its light weight and ease of use The poly-carbonate body of Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 has been reinforced with fiberglass resulting in a sturdy product that does not compromise on comfort.

In terms of ergonomics, the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 continues to impress with its weight, grip, and ease and closeness of focus. When you are spending a lot of time outdoors looking for wildlife action, you ideally want a pair of binoculars that doesn’t tire your hand with its weight and allows a comfortable grip without the risk of slipping. Beyond these basic essentials, Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 has a nifty padded rubber armoring at the bottom of the barrel to assist in resting your thumb and facilitating a better grip.

Lastly, the tripod compatibility of Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 amplifies the versatility of this binocular and sets it apart in its class. Tripod compatibility eliminates natural human movements and jerks that compromise the field of view and allow users to exploit the full capabilities of this product.

The focusing apparatus

The Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 truly comes into its elements when you fiddle with its focus wheel. This buttery smooth apparatus turns almost 1.5 times in clockwise direction as you progress from close focus setting to infinity mode. The transition is hugely impressive and contrasts well with even some high-end binoculars.

While there are people who prefer a single clockwise revolution when it comes to focusing adjustment, we believe that 1.5 times allows for a smoother, and finer focus adjustments. At the end of the day, it is a matter of preference. While people used to single clockwise revolution would eventually get used to it, the new users would undeniably find 1.5 revs more precise and easier to operate.

Water and fog proof

Nikon Monarch 7 8×42, designed for extensive outdoors usage, is both water and fog proof. The set uses circular rings and Lubricant and strategic points from where moisture is likely to creep in Effective across a wife range of temperatures, users can make use of this binocular in humid locations without worrying about foggy optics.

Optical performance

Field of view: The Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 delivers a stunningly wide field of view with an angular field of view as much as 8 degrees. This effectively means users can enjoy a field of view as wide as 419 feet at 1000 yards. Compared to the competition, this binocular stands apart in terms of packing activity in your view.

The depth of view: Depth of view is important because it allows you to not worry about focusing as you reduce or extend the distance from the object of your view. The Nikon Monarch 7 8×42, once again, excels with its Porro prism to deliver 3-dimensional images and makes you fiddle less and less with its focus wheel.

Viewing colors: The high end extra low dispersal glasses used in Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 ensures that the integrity of color resolution is maintained flawlessly.

Low light performance: Typically, binoculars with roof prism design suffer from light transmission issues. However, the dielectric layers on its prism ensure that Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 captures light in smallest of corners and delivers a superior low light performance.

Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 – Video


  • Extra low dispersal glasses for superior low light performance.
  • Top notch build quality and ergonomics.
  • Top notch eye friendliness measures.


  • Heavier than the previous Monarch 3 series.

Features at a Glance

  • Waterproof
  • Central focus
  • 8x magnification

Product Specifications

  • Magnification – 8.0x
  • Objective Lens Diameter – 42mm
  • Angle of View – 8.0° (actual)
  • Field-of-View – 420′ @ 1000yd / 139.44m @ 1000m
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 8.2′ / 2.50m
  • Eye Relief – 17.1mm
  • Tripod Mount – Yes (Adapter Optional)
  • Dimensions – 5.6×5.1″ / 14.22×12.95cm
  • Weight – 22.9oz / 649g
  • Shipping Weight – 1.95 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are these comfortable to use while wearing glasses?

A: After using these binoculars for several months, I can, unequivocally, say that they are most definitely comfortable to use while wearing eyeglasses. The adjustable rubber eye cups protect both the binocular and your eyeglasses.

Q: Anyone knows the difference between this Monarch 7 and the Monarch 7 8×42 ED ATB?

A: These are the Monarch 7 8×42 ED ATB. ED=extra low dispersion glass, ATB all terrain binoculars.

Q: What is the field of view at 100 yards or 1000 yards?

A: The real angular field of view is 8 degrees, which works out to just Under 140 meters at 1000 meters. The impressive statistic of the 8×42 Monarch 7 is the brightness of the image (28.1).

Final Verdict

As mentioned at the outset, every now and then comes a product that upends the rules of the game for competition. We believe that Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 is one such product incorporating definite high-end features at a mid-range price. There is no rival product we can recommend at this price range.

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