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Old 12-08-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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I ordered a pair of these as a gift should they be fine for deer hunting use? There isn't any long range used needed so, I ordered the 8x in black. Thanks!
http://www.basspro.com/Nikon-Monarch-5-ATBBinoculars/product/12022205005928/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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They are great binoculars. Might be a little bulky for some hunters.

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Monarchs are decent binoculars. They are a good, solid product from a very reputable company and they will do all most hunters would ever need or ask of them.

Optics geeks (like me) tend to find them somewhat lacking but, we're often not terribly reasonable about our demands.

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I use a pair of 10x50 Nikon binoculars for deer hunting. They are a bit bulky but I like them. Where I hunt, the deer regularly frequent an area 400 to 500 yards from my stand. The higher power is good for watching them. I can't shoot them, not only is the distance a little far, but they are also on the wrong side of the fence.

I have a Nikon Buckmasters 3-9x40 scope on my NEF Handi Rifle in .30-06. This deer I shot yesterday with it.

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For Eastern whitetail hunting I think 8x is about perfect. I personally use a pair of Bushnell Legends 8x32s, and they have performed very well for a number of years. The smaller objective lens saves a bit on bulk and weight.

For hand-held use 10x is as high as is recommended. Above 10x it becomes difficult to hold them without noticeable hand shake.

For hunters out west who spend lots of time glassing, you may find the higher powers more desirable, but they will be using tripods or window mounts to hold them still. Good glass becomes a much higher priority when you spend lots of time looking through the lens.

For the use you described it sounds like you made a good choice.

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Those be great bino's . I have a 20 year old pair in 10x power thats surved very well from upclose to to far off the think about shooting.

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