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Though new to this board, I am not new to the world of optics.

I have read thru many threads and am delighted to see the depth of knowledge regarding FOV, light transmission, etc. and an appreciation of quality glass. Also impressed with the general knowledge of history of various  products and manufacturers, thus the following questions;

Let me give you some back ground info... I have an older Nikon binocular. It has been on countless hunting trips and has suffered drops, kicks, bangs and general unintended abuse that is inherent with life in the outdoors.

I purchased this binocular in 2004, probably made in 2003 or earlier. Then a few years later a plethora of lesser models were available from Nikon. My binocular is simply a Nikon Monarch. No additional descriptive nomenclature on the product nor paperwork accompanying it.

When I purchased a Swarovski CL three years ago I thought it would replace the Nikon, however, the more I compared the two the more impressed I was with the old Nikon; clear, bright, sharp, solid low light delivery and only a bit of fuzz around the edges... now my question;

Did Nikon elevate this old binocular with the "X" and later 5 or 7 nomenclature while innovating a slew of lesser models under ATB label? I have yet to find anything its equal on the low side of Monarch 7.

I paid approximately $350 for this binocular in 2004.

Thanks for your assistance and I wish a blessed 2015 for all.

Wf




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The original Monarch was a grey armored binocular and was not phase corrected.  I believe it was phased out for the Monarch ATB, which is a green armor binocular.  I had the first green ATB I got in 2002.  Decent binocular, but I'd sure never in a hundred years think a Swarovski was not as good.

Nikon did all sorts of pretty meaningless "upgrade" permutations of that ATB design.  There were a couple where the addition was only one of dielectric prism coating.  Then there was the Monarch 3 then the 5 that seemed to offer not much more than marketing psychoanalysis.  Seemed to me they were going to get all the mileage it was possible to get from that ATB design.

The X was a different animal.  I always thought that whoever put that incredibly stupid rod in between the barrels need the woodshed treatment.  It was narrow fov as were all of the Nikon stuff.

As far as I'm concerned there is most anything in its price range that is as good or better than the original ATB.  Mine gave way to a Vortex Viper and I now have more 8x42 binoculars than I can shake a stick at.

The 5 is the first decent upgrade in my opinion.  The Monarch 7 is the upgrade Nikon should have done in the first place.  It upgrades the original ATB in all ways.

Sorry for not responding to a legit question sooner, but somehow I simply missed seeing your post.  While I'm at it welcome to OT.




Edited by Klamath - January/18/2015 at 11:18
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Thanks Kal, Good information. This particular binocular seems to be good in all respects, including durability.

It seems that you are confirming my notion that it is a pretty decent optic and later iterations offered little if any improvement.

Now,, to qualify my Swarovski comment, the Swaro is indeed better, however, side by side with the Nikon (which apparently is an ATB without a label, the Nikon is quite impressive.

Many thanks for the reply,

Wf
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

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As far as I'm concerned there is most anything in its price range that is as good or better than the original ATB.  Mine gave way to a Vortex Viper and I now have more 8x42 binoculars than I can shake a stick at.
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No. sorry for the mis-impression, I do not think the Nikon Monarch in any iteration below the Monarch 5 is able to stand up to the across the board competition from other brands.
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