Ask a number of birding enthusiasts what the best binoculars are and most of the time you’ll hear brands such as Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss, etc. Nikon is often left of the list. This is a shame, because Nikon has a few models that are perfect for bird watchers and compare admirably with the more expensive and so called top-of-the-line models.
Nikon has a long history of producing quality binoculars and makes a wide variety of binoculars. Models include their ProStaff Waterproof, Premier LX SE, Action Extreme ATB, StabilEyes, Travelite, Ocean Pro and many more. Perhaps one of their best models for birding is the Monarch ATB, in particular the Nikon 10x42 Monarch ATB model which are not only great for bird watching but for almost any other activity you could think of.
The Nikon 10x42 Monarch ATB Binoculars have features that rival optics costing upwards of $1000, but for a fraction of the price. They’re waterproof and fogproof. They are also very rugged, coming with a rubber armor and shockproof body. The optical clarity and colors are outstanding. The knob for focusing is easy to access and large, making it quick and easy to focus. Nikon offers a lifetime no-fault guarantee, so it’s possible this could be the last pair of binoculars you will ever need to buy.
Additional Nikon 10×42 Monarch ATB Binoculars Features:
Magnify Power: 10x
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 millimeters
Eye Relief: 15.5 millimeters
Weight: Very Light 21.2 Ounces
Multi-coated for luminous, crisp, unclouded, and clear optics
Extended viewing made easy with precision align optics
Easy to operate. Great style.
Rain Proof, Water Proof, Fog Proof
Solid and rugged construction with rubber armor and shockproof
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Birding Related Reviews of the Nikon 10×42 Monarch ATB:
“I use the binoculars for birding and the viewing and animals and wild life have found the 10x42s to be outstanding. They are small and compact, lightweight, bright, and the colors are sharp. I’ve used them now on many bird watching expeditions and have been able to spot birds that those with more expensive optics were having trouble seeing. I highly recommend these.”
– Mandy G.
“I love these binoculars. They are great for everything from bird-watching to spotting wildlife in fields and valleys. I’ve owned a number of binoculars and these are my favorite for watching birds.”
– Mike S.
"I have tried many types of binoculars (including the top of the line models) in the field and these binos match up against the very best. The big model binoculars such as Swarovski, Leica, and others are wonderful but not worth the enormous price difference. I use the Monarch 7432 10x42s for everything from birding, to watching bears in Alaska, to staying on top of the action at the Steeler game. In all situations, these binoculars perform great."
– Sam W.
The overall reviews of these binoculars are outstanding. See all reviews here.