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    The way to MY binocular

    It sounds like you are happy with the Viper and don't want to spend a lot more money. I'd like to say I would keep the Viper if I were in your situation, but I was in your situation and now I have a Monarch HG...
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    The future of the Nikon Monarch HG line

    Better CA control. Maybe a slightly faster focuser, but that is really a matter of taste.
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    Nikon focusers - do they turn clockwise to infinity like the big three?

    I don't think they are inconsistent. I think they are all CW to infinity. I have examples from 6 different lines of nikon products (4 binoculars and 2 scopes) where this is the case.
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    New Monarch M7 8x30 - release date Oct 2021

    I wouldn't expect the M7 to compete with the Ultravid. The MHG would likely be a 'fairer' comparison, with better optics all around. I have compared all three of these next to each other (old M7 of course), and found the M7 to be a bit lagging behind the other two. It is still a great binocular...
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    Looking for mid-range 8x32s

    There is a new Monarch M7 8x30 coming out next month. $480 from Nikon. There is a post about it in the Nikon forum
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    New Monarch M7 8x30 - release date Oct 2021

    I think the ~25% increase in price would be worth it even if it was the same binocular with a much better rubber coating, though I don't like the increase in weight. It is still very lightweight, but the old 8x30 was best in class at 435 grams. The new M7 is slightly heavier than the Maven B3...
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    New Monarch M7 8x30 - release date Oct 2021

    Same m7 optics in a new package that has a similar look and diopter to the MHG? Looks nice
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    Nikon Monarch HG 8 x 30 Review

    I don’t have the MHG 8x30, but I have the 8x42. It is very resistant to glare. I have compared it side-by-side extensively with the m7, Kowa BDII, and victory FL. The MHG is definitely the best of this bunch, generally speaking. The only downsides are CA and I find the focus speed a bit on the...
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    Do I need a pair of 10x to go with my 8x? What are your thoughts?

    I know a number of birders who carry an 8X and a scope and a number of birders that carry a 10x and a scope. I don't think I know anybody that carries an 8x and a 10x. It is generally a matter of preference between 8x and 10x (or 6-7x), but none of these is a substitute for a scope.
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    That's funny, I literally handled both of these binoculars this weekend, and agree. My BDII 6.5x32 probably could not be trusted to live in the car, and its focuser is not as smooth. I have fallen in love with its ergonomics and immersive view though.
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    Indeed. My beat-up 8x30 M7 has been living in my glovebox for the last 1-2 years, so it has seen anywhere from -10 to +95 Fahrenheit and the focus is still perfect. Nice even resistance with no slop.
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    Help wanted with shortening my shortlist of 8x32 binoculars for < 300 € (Vanguard, Nikon, Opticron, Bresser)

    FWIW I love the rain guards on the monarch 7 8x30. Better than other binoculars I have tried, including the MHG
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    best binos for preteen boys, under $200?

    This is probably good advice. I’ve never looked through them but based on spec and reputation they are probably a winner. The prostaffs are too, but the FOV is tight
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    Do I need a pair of 10x to go with my 8x? What are your thoughts?

    I fully agree, except that I would not get a non-waterproof scope. I have a 60 ED fieldscope II, and while the view is great, it is not waterproof which makes it unusable in many good scoping situations. If I was looking for a budget scope I would probably settle for something slightly lower in...
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