Nikon Monarch Hg 10×42 Binoculars


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An outstanding pair of roof prism binoculars, the Monarch HG 10x42s are slim, lightweight and incredibly easy to use. Nitrogen-filled, they’re also fog-proof and waterproof which means they’ll keep up with adventurous photography, in any weather conditions. We would recommend these 10x42s to anyone who wants some of the best optics on the market. The only way they could improve is if there was in-built stabilization – otherwise, they’re almost faultless.


At A Glance

Magnification 10x
Objective Size 42mm
Eye Relief 17mm claimed, 15mm measured
Actual Field of View 6.9°
Apparent field of view 62.2°
Close focus <2m (my measurement)
Transmissivity 92% claimed
Length 145mm
Weight 680g claimed, 700g measured (incl obj caps)
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The Nikon Monarch HG 10×42 binoculars are roof prism binoculars designed with a Field Flattener Lens System and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass to provide some of the sharpest edge-to-edge views you can get. Built to the same high standard as their premium lenses, the Monarch HG line is designed for wide-field observing of birds and tracking of wild animals. Everything that these binoculars ship with feels premium, whether it’s the carry pouch, the neckstrap, or the lens caps.

At 10x magnification, they’ll get you comfortably close, visually, to your subjects, and with 42mm objective lenses they’ll let in a good amount of light to perform well even during twilight hours. Fortunately, these binoculars have been purged with Nitrogen which means they won’t fog up when observers move between cold and warm areas, plus their build is completely waterproof so you can use them in pouring rain or, if you drop them in a body of water, you can comfortably take your time fishing them out as they’ll be fine in up to five meters for up to ten minutes.

Upon opening the box of the Nikon Monarch HG 10×42 binoculars one thing is immediately apparent, everything looks and feels premium. From the excellent solid build quality, we’ve come to know and love from Nikon to the comfortable grip, the way the eye relief and dioptre operate, and even the gold flashing across the instrument. No stone has been left unturned in the design department.


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