Rated 5 out of 5áby 3
Rated 5 out of 5áby Bird Watcher Take them everywhere!
Light and easy to handle, these binoculars are great for everything but especially "birding".
February 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Upstate NY Naturalist Excellent Value Binoculars
I spend a lot of time using binoculars and the Monarch 5 are some of the best around for the money. I had a set of Monarch 3 and Santa brought the Monarch 5 for my wife. The Monarch 5s seem to be just a bit better in low light but otherwise I can't tell the difference and so the review is based on several years of experience with the Monarch 3 and 2 weeks in Costa Rica with the Monarch 5. I like them because they are relatively small and light (not a compact set, however). They easily fit in a fanny pack when I am hunting and are also comfortable to carry around all day birding in rough terrain. They can focus on very close objects which makes them great for looking at butterflies, humming birds, frogs, lizards... I can work the focus with one hand which is nice since I usually have a bird book or a rifle in the other. They also fit our 7 year old aspiring naturalist and he can focus them easily. They have very good optics and provide good performance in low light conditions (no, they do not match the quality of Zeiss/Swarovski but they also don't cost over $1K). We took them on a 2 week trip to Costa Rica and they performed beyond our expectations. We have (accidentally) verified that they are waterproof and my Monarch 3s have taken several small tumbles off the tailgate, out of the backpack... and have held up well. If I lost these today, I would buy another set on my way home from work!
PS: Our guide in Costa Rica had a older set of Monarch 3s
January 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby BP Bino review
A great pair of Bino's. super clear and durable too. They collect a lot of light during twilight hours!The sale associates were a great help.
October 27, 2013