Nikon Binoculars - What's all the fuss about?

by James Markham

Man using Nikon binoculars in bush

The Nikon range of sports optics has something for everyone, regardless of your price range or activity. Whether you’re after binoculars, rifle scopes, spotting scopes or range finders, Nikon’s offerings will have you covered.

Established in the early 1900’s Nikon have used their many decades in business to perfect a sports optic for every condition that’s built with high quality materials regardless of its price tag.

Nikon Binoculars - what's all the fuss about?!

Binoculars are one of the main Nikon product lines offered by ScopeUout here in NZ.

But with seven different lines of binoculars on offer, the question that customers ask us most often is ‘Which type of Nikon binoculars is the most appropriate for me, and what are the differences between each range?”

The article below should give you a clearer understanding of Nikon’s range, and remember, if your question isn’t answered below, just get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help you figure out which binoculars are for you.

The Nikon binocular range

Nikon binoculars available in New Zealand from ScopeUout can be broken down into seven main ranges that differ in quality, features and price, from the highest quality Nikon Monarch 7’s, down to the more affordable Nikon Sportstar range. Below, we will examine the main features of each range and what they’re best used for.

  • Nikon Monarch 7
  • Nikon Monarch 5
  • Nikon Prostaff 5
  • Nikon Aculon
  • Nikon Action
  • Nikon Travelite
  • Nikon Sportstar

Nikon Monarch 7

Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars in use

The Nikon Monarch 7 range is right at the top of Nikon’s binocular offerings. These binoculars are the highest quality Nikon binoculars available to purchase in NZ from ScopeUout, and are packed with high end features and components. Alongside this, they are built of the highest quality materials and are extremely durable. Nikon Monarch binoculars are available in two of the most popular binocular configurations; 8x42 and 10x42.

Binoculars from this top of the range line encompass a wide range of features. Most notably, they are built with high quality glass that is covered in a a variety of coatings, allowing them to produce the highest quality, brightest, most true to life images. In particular, Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars have multiple dielectric and phase correction coatings added to their glass, and are also fully multi-coated to reduce light reflection. In addition, one of the elements of their objective lenses is also made from ED (extra-low dispersion) glass, which minimises colour fringing.

Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars have a scratch resistant coating on the outside surfaces of their objective and eyepiece lenses to protect them from general wear and tear. In addition, these awesome binoculars remain waterproof in up to 1m of water for up to ten minutes…just in case you drop them over board! And, whats more, they won’t fog up and ruin your view when you use them in changing temperatures.

Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars feature a wide field of view which makes them a fantastic option for birders and hunters. Basically, these binoculars offer you a really wide view of your surrounding landscape meaning you can see as much of it as possible from one position.

To conclude, if you’re after top of the line optics that produce awesome, true to life images and are ideal for bird watching and hunting, and you don’t mind spending that little bit extra, then the Nikon Monarch 7 binoculars are for you.

Nikon Monarch 5 Binoculars

Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars in use

Nikon continues to offer fantastic quality optics through their Nikon Monarch 5 range, which have many similar features of the Monarch 7’s but come with a slightly lower price tag. Similar to the 7’s the Monarch 5’s are waterproof and fog proof and they also have a similar design to their more costly counterparts. The glass in the Monarch 5’s also has an extra low dispersion element and is treated with multiple dielectric and phase correction coatings as well as a full multi-coating meaning that these binoculars product the bright, clear and true to life images you’d expect from the Monarch range.

The most notable difference between the Monarch 5 and 7’s comes down to the field of view that they offer. The Nikon Monarch 7 8x42’s offer an exceptionally wide 140m view at 1,000m and their Monarch 5 counterparts offer a slightly narrower field of view of 110m at 1,000m. In short, the view that you can see through the Monarch 7’s is 30m wider (at 1000m) than that of the Monarch 5’s.

For their fantastic mid range price, Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars offer almost identical qualities as the higher-end Nikon 7’s and cause less damage to the wallet. If you’re a hunter, nature enthusiast or avid bird watcher, these binoculars are a steal. At ScopeUout, Nikon Monarch 5 binoculars are available in 8x, 10x and 12x configurations with the ever popular 42mm diameter lens.

Nikon Prostaff 5 Binoculars

Nikon’s Prostaff 5 range of binoculars come in either 8x or 10x42 configurations and 10x and 12x50 configurations for those looking for larger objective lenses. This affordable range of binoculars is specifically designed for customers who are wanting great performing binoculars in the low to mid range price bracket.

Binoculars in the Prostaff range are lightweight, have multicoated lenses, are waterproof and have a long eye relief making them comfortable for eye glass wearers to use. Binoculars from the Prostaff 5 range are durable and ideal for the whole family to use whilst nature watching, hiking, or spectating at sports games. They are fantastic all round binoculars available at an awesome price.

Nikon Aculon A211 Binoculars

The Nikon Aculon A211 range is the largest on offer from Nikon at ScopeUout NZ, with models available in all of the below specifications:

With such a wide range of combinations of magnifications and lens sizes available, the Nikon Aculon line has a model for all day to day activities. Binoculars from this range are especially popular with users who do not require top of the range quality and features, but simply want a set of well made binoculars to get a closer look at an animal or bird of interest on a morning walk, enjoy clearer views of the landscape around them whilst tramping, or want to get a closer view of the pitch during their child's Sunday sports match.

Nikon Aculon binoculars have a porro prism design and are built to last thanks to a rubber armour that offers shock-resistance. They have multicoated lenses, and most models have aspherical eyepiece lenses which reduce image distortion even at the lens periphery.

Nikon Action EX Binoculars

Nikon Action Binoculars

Nikon’s range of Action EX Binoculars are part of their Standard lineup of sleekly designed porro prism binoculars. This awesome range of affordable, mid priced binoculars features advanced optical technology and intelligent designs. Available in 7x, 8x, 10x, and 12x  magnification and corresponding 35mm, 40mm, 50mm lens diameters, all models offer a bright field of view that is sharp and undistorted right up to the periphery. These versatile binoculars are great for tracking athletes heading for the finish line and are just the thing for budding nature enthusiasts.

Nikon Travelite VI Binoculars

Travelite VI binoculars from Nikon do what the say on the tin. Part of Nikon’s Compact range of binoculars, these binoculars are light weight and small enough to take anywhere with you whether you're traveling down the road or around the world. Available in 10x25 and 12x25 configurations, Travelite binoculars are ideal for travel, spectating at the theatre and catching a sports match. All models in the range have multicoated lenses, and aspherical eyepiece lenses which reduce image distortion even at the lens periphery. These awesome binoculars have all of the features you need without costing the earth.

Nikon Sportstar Binoculars

Nikon Sportstar Binoculars

Also part of Nikon’s Compact range, binoculars in the Sportstar line are also ideal for travel, sightseeing and, unlike the Travelite range, these binoculars can be used in all weather conditions thanks to their waterproof finish. Models in this range have a sleek, folding design allowing you to slip them in to your pocket at a moments notice. They're available in 8x and 10x magnification with a compact 25mm lens.

Something for everyone

That’s a wrap for dissecting the in’s and out’s of Nikons wide range of binoculars. We’re hoping that this article will has answered all of your burning questions about our Nikon products, but if we’ve missed anything out, then feel free to give us a call or drop us an email. If, like many of our customers you’re now ready to become a proud owner of your very own Nikon binoculars, then jump right over and browse our entire range of Nikon binoculars now!

Images sourced on the internet from Nikon, Atwoods and Carbelas.

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