Nikon Monarch 7 8×42

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Objective diameter:  42 mm
Magnification:  8 x
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 17 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 13.5 mm
IPD: 56  – 74 mm
RFOV:  8.0  degrees = 140 m
AFOV (according to spec.):   58.4 degrees
AFOV (measured, rounded): 62 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.2 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: > clockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 295 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (estimate): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 5 dpt*
Prism system:  Schmidt-Pechan
Waterproof: yes
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 715
Made in: China
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel



Nikon complemented its famous “Monarch 5” line of instruments (see separate posts about “Monarch 5 16×56” and “Monarch 5 20×56”) with a series named “Monarch 7”, similar to the Monarch 5 but with much wider field of view. Nikon sold** four Monarch 7 models: 10×42, 8×42, 10×30 and 8×30. All of them  feature decent optics and mechanics and represent a good middle class in binoculars, available at competitive prices. They are placed somewhere between the lower middle class Nikon Action EX series and the upper class Nikon Monarch HG line. Above average sized field of view and compact build are characteristic for the Monarch 7 models, including this 8×42.

see separate posts about
“Nikon Monarch 7 10×42”,×42/
“Nikon Monarch 7 8×30”,×30/

** in 2021, the Monarch 7 line was repaced by the Monarch M7 line

see also separate post about “Nikon Monarch M7 8×42”,×42-to-be-updated/





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