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I just bought a 1x4x20 nikon Monarch African series. I love the scope, it seems like it will be an awesome piece of hardware. I am a little curious about what im interpreting as paralax-like movement of the reticle??? I have the scope mounted and when looking into the scope if I move my head at all or cant the gun the reticle seems to move as well.
I can't seem to really describe the issue very well. But basically, it seems that if I hold the gun on a rest and lay the crosshairs center on a target then move my head without moving the gun-the crosshairs appear to move off the target in the opposite direction of where i move my head. I have never noticed this on any other scope I own. Perhaps because the field of view is so much larger on this scope it is simply more apparent? Any thoughts?
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For me parallax problems can be a deal breaker on a scope. I found that the  focus adjustment (reticle) can change the parallax profoundly and if you are not aware of this it can take you for an accuracy ride! This is why I like a lock on the reticle focus! I have found some scopes are way more prone to this than others as I have no problems with 4200's while I can't even use others, I think it can depend on your eyesight. At any point I now check all my scopes for this problem. Another thing is that the higher the power, the more pronounced this problem will be. A low power scope with this problem is, in my humble opinion, JUNK!
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Originally posted by Sandracer Sandracer wrote:

For me parallax problems can be a deal breaker on a scope. I found that the  focus adjustment (reticle) can change the parallax profoundly and if you are not aware of this it can take you for an accuracy ride! This is why I like a lock on the reticle focus! I have found some scopes are way more prone to this than others as I have no problems with 4200's while I can't even use others, I think it can depend on your eyesight. At any point I now check all my scopes for this problem. Another thing is that the higher the power, the more pronounced this problem will be. A low power scope with this problem is, in my humble opinion, JUNK!

It depends on the distance to the target. Most fixed focus centerfire scopes like the Monarch African are set to be parallax free at 100yds. If the OP is testing his scope at say 50yds and moves his head then yes parallax will show up - that's normal. It shouldn't be off by much but it will show up. It all depends on the range he's testing at.
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Originally posted by sholling sholling wrote:

Originally posted by Sandracer Sandracer wrote:

For me parallax problems can be a deal breaker on a scope. I found that the  focus adjustment (reticle) can change the parallax profoundly and if you are not aware of this it can take you for an accuracy ride! This is why I like a lock on the reticle focus! I have found some scopes are way more prone to this than others as I have no problems with 4200's while I can't even use others, I think it can depend on your eyesight. At any point I now check all my scopes for this problem. Another thing is that the higher the power, the more pronounced this problem will be. A low power scope with this problem is, in my humble opinion, JUNK!

It depends on the distance to the target. Most fixed focus centerfire scopes like the Monarch African are set to be parallax free at 100yds. If the OP is testing his scope at say 50yds and moves his head then yes parallax will show up - that's normal. It shouldn't be off by much but it will show up. It all depends on the range he's testing at.

Of course you are correct and at less than 100 yards, with animals large enough to eat you, what difference would an inch one way or the other make?
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