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Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 vs Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42 (1 Viewer)

Solar Cycles

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I’ve now decided after ordering several 8x32 models I need to go with 8x42’s.

I now have the Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 along with the Diamondbacks HD 8x42. I’ve got them both for 14 days before I make a decision which one is right for me.

There’s really not much in them as far as I can see, I don’t really suffer from seeing much chromatic aberration so this isn’t an issue for me. Both binoculars deliver an equally bright image with sharpness appearing much the same through the image. One thing of note ( bar FOV ) I do find a difference is the magnification on both of these. The Monarchs appear to my eyes to be more like a 10x, is this down to the narrower FOV or some other factor?
 

Bob_McBob

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FWIW I also initially ordered the Monarch 5 8x42 as my first serious set of binoculars, and I also returned them after trying binoculars with a wider FOV. The view is so much more comfortable I would never go back, and I'd absolutely take the Diamondbacks over the M5.
 

Solar Cycles

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FWIW I also initially ordered the Monarch 5 8x42 as my first serious set of binoculars, and I also returned them after trying binoculars with a wider FOV. The view is so much more comfortable I would never go back, and I'd absolutely take the Diamondbacks over the M5.
Thanks Bob.
I was surprised how little there is between them optically, with the omission of ED glass in the Diamondbacks not really an issue as I couldn’t differentiate between the two. I’m sure the more knowledgeable amongst you would be able to mind you.🙂
 

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