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Which has better light transmission and carity the Nikon Monarch UCC 4-12x40AO or the Sightron SII 3-12x42AO?  Is it worth the extra $50-$75 for the Monarch?

 

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That depends on who you ask.  I prefer Sightron S2 to Nikon Monarch.  I am sure Cheaptrick will chime in shortly and tell you that Monarch is better.

Both scopes are good.  I do not have a 3-12x42AO Sightron, but I do have a 4-16x42AO and I am very impressed with it (I also have three other SIghtron scopes).

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My esteemed colleague is correct.

 

I like the Monarch, but the two are very good as koshkin stated.

 

I'd take a Conquest over both of them.

 

But, I don't care for an AO on a big game hunting rifle.

 

Best of luck and welcome to the forum.

 

 



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Personally, I would get the Monarch.  The Sightron appears to be a very fine scope, and it may even be better than the Monarch for all I know.  But, I never see them for sale in my area and most people have never heard of them.  Everyone is familiar with Nikon.  Thus if yoiu ever decide to sell the scope the Nikon will be much easier to unload.

 

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

I do not have a 3-12x42AO Sightron, but I do have a 4-16x42AO and I am very impressed with it (I also have three other SIghtron scopes).

Ilya

 

Hey koshkin do you do any big game hunting? If so when you are looking at an animal is the reticle so small that you loose where the crosshair is placed? Have you shot at running animals with it? And I was just wondering why do like the Sightron better than the Nikon?

 

Then there is the question of light transmission and carity........

 

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I've never taken a shot at a running animal with it.  The reticle is not so small that you loose it easily, but like with most non-illuminated scopes in low light you loose the reticle while you can still see the animal.  I once spent some time looking at a dark target with a few different scopes after sunset and in every occasion I lost the reticle before I lost the sight of the target.  Even thick non-illuminated reticles can't hold a candle to a proper illuminated reticle in this regard.

 

If low light is a major concern I would highly recommend a decent illuminate reticle scope or on of Trijicon's Accupoint hunting scopes.  I recently played with 1.25-4x24 and liked it very much.

 

My 4-16x42AO is sitting on a varmint gun.  For big game hunting I'd go with something with lower magnification and wider field of view.

 

As for why I prefer Sightron, optically S2 and Monarch are comparable, but to me Sightron has somewhat more forgiving eye relief and better W/E adjustments.  Considering that SIghtron is a bit cheaper I'd go with it.

 

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

I've never taken a shot at a running animal with it.  The reticle is not so small that you loose it easily, but like with most non-illuminated scopes in low light you loose the reticle while you can still see the animal.  I once spent some time looking at a dark target with a few different scopes after sunset and in every occasion I lost the reticle before I lost the sight of the target.  Even thick non-illuminated reticles can't hold a candle to a proper illuminated reticle in this regard.

 

If low light is a major concern I would highly recommend a decent illuminate reticle scope or on of Trijicon's Accupoint hunting scopes.  I recently played with 1.25-4x24 and liked it very much.

 

My 4-16x42AO is sitting on a varmint gun.  For big game hunting I'd go with something with lower magnification and wider field of view.

 

As for why I prefer Sightron, optically S2 and Monarch are comparable, but to me Sightron has somewhat more forgiving eye relief and better W/E adjustments.  Considering that SIghtron is a bit cheaper I'd go with it.

 

Ilya

 

Thanks for your input you've been very helpful.

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