If you are a serious hunter or just a hunter who demands the best from their equipment, the Nikon Monarch 7 series of rifle scopes and binoculars are among the highest-rated products currently on the market.
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- 1 Who Is Nikon?
- 2 What Is the Monarch 7?
- 3 What Are Some of the Different Models of the Monarch 7?
- 3.1 Nikon Monarch 7 2.5-10×50 SF 30mm Riflescope, Advanced BDC Reticle
- 3.2 Nikon Monarch 7 4-16×50 SF 30mm Riflescope, Advanced BDC Reticle, Matte Black
- 3.3 Nikon Monarch 7 4-16×50 SF 30mm Riflescope, IL Advanced BDC w/ Dot Reticle, Matte Black
- 3.4 Nikon Monarch 7 3-12×56 SF 30mm Riflescope, Advanced BDC Reticle, Matte Black
- 4 Another Excellent Monarch 7 Product
- 5 What Is the Warranty on the Monarch 7?
- 6 Our Verdict
When it comes to hunting, you do not want to rely on an inferior scope that will let you down when you really need it. Our Nikon Monarch 7 Scope review will give you all the information you need about this premium line of scopes to help you determine if they are the right equipment for you.
Who Is Nikon?
Nikon is one of the leading manufacturers of optical and imaging equipment in the world. Begun in 1917 in Japan, it began with the merger of the three leading optical manufacturers of the time. Over the years, it has expanded its line of products to include almost anything that utilizes an optical lens. They produce microscopes, binoculars, cameras, and most importantly for this article: riflescopes.
All the extreme precision that Nikon has come to be known for in their cameras are available to the serious hunter in their various lines of rangefinders, field scopes, binoculars, and rifle scopes.
What Is the Monarch 7?
Nikon makes several levels of equipment designed for different price ranges and quality. The “Monarch” series across their diverse products indicate Nikon’s top of the line, premium, highest quality products they offer.
And within the Monarch series itself, Nikon offers various options to coincide with different price ranges. This helps match your budget to the features you’re looking for.
Launched in 2014, the Monarch 7 is the premium level of Monarch models. When they first came on the market, Nikon only offered two models: the 2.5-10×50 and the 4-16×50. While both of these are still made today and represent some of the finest Nikon products, they have expanded the Monarch 7 line to include several options for any hunter to find exactly what they are looking for.
Monarch is the best of the product lines, and Monarch 7 is the best of this category. So if you are looking for only the highest quality products on the market when it comes to hunting equipment, the Monarch 7 series are among the finest you’ll find.
What Are Some of the Different Models of the Monarch 7?
The Monarch 7 series all come with larger objective lenses than most other models. At 50mm, you can expect a lot of light to flood the aluminum tube. This is particularly useful if you plan on shooting for long distances or in low light conditions like dawn or dusk. With the larger objective lens, more light comes through giving you brighter images.
You can also adjust the magnification of this scope from 2.5 times for closer targets, to 10 times for targets further away. This makes it a versatile tool that can be calibrated to whatever your situation.
One of the features that hunters find most attractive about the Nikon rifle scopes is the Advanced BDC reticle. The reticle (which refers to the crosshairs that appear as you look through the scope) allows you to compensate for things like distance and wind on the fly. The center of the scope is focused on a standard cross, and below these are dots to indicate where you should aim at different distances.
With the advanced BDC reticle, you also get marks to the side of the circles which allow you to compensate for 10 miles an hour cross winds.
To set your scope properly, Nikon offers their Spot On™ technology to match your exact rifle and ammo. This technology can be downloaded to your mobile device and accessed in the field for precision spotting. There is no need to guess where to aim at various distances. With this technology, you can be sure of reliable targeting every time.
To adjust distance, focus, or compensate for parallax, Nikon has fitted these scopes with side turrets. This allows for easier and more natural settings while in the firing position. These turrets are spring loaded to make it easier to return to zero as well as screw on covers to protect them from being moved while in transport.
The Monarch 7 also comes with a decent eye relief which will allow you to keep your rifle in a natural firing position while you aim.
If you are a serious hunter who needs the closer range of the 2.5 magnification, this is one of the best models you can get.
The 4-16×50 Monarch 7 is a nice “in-between” model of the series. This model comes with all the same great features as the 2.5-10×50 model we looked at above, but with a different magnification range.
It comes with the prism-roof optics and 50mm fully multi-coated objective lenses. This scope will give you excellent images with color fidelity and vividness.
Given the different magnification of this model, though, it is better suited to those who will not be hunting up close. Even if you are not planning on shooting at thousands of yards away, this model will give you greater options when the game is farther off.
If you plan on shooting for longer distances, this model would be preferable to the 2.5-10-x50.
This Monarch 7 features a nice little bonus that some hunters will really enjoy. It has all the same magnification as the previous model. It also has the Spot On™ technology and BDC reticle.
The difference with this model is the illuminated reticle. When you look through the scope, the center cross hairs will be illuminated with an orange dot. This makes it easier to see the center of the scope and aim your rifle.
Some hunters may find this feature superfluous, but if you have any trouble with centering a scope on your target, this feature could lend you the advantage you need.
With a 56mm objective lens, this Monarch 7 is the largest offered by Nikon. This bigger objective size is not really meant to increase the magnification. It only comes with 3-12 times, which is lower than other models.
The larger objective lens is meant to let in more light so that you can more easily see your target. This will have some advantages for shooting farther distances as it can get somewhat dim the farther out you go.
This model comes with all the other advanced features of other models (not the illuminated reticle, though). If you are looking for a scope that is going to really let the light through and help pick up targets in low-light, this model is a great option.
Another Excellent Monarch 7 Product
Of course, if you are a serious hunter, you need more than just a quality rifle scope to bag that big or elusive game. Before you can set your sights, you first have to spot the animal, and that’s not really the job of a rifle scope.
For that, you need a high-quality pair of binoculars as well. And if you are going to invest in the best rifle scope, you should not go cheap when it comes to your binoculars. Fortunately, Nikon also offers a Monarch 7 series of high-end binoculars to accompany your Monarch 7 rifle scope.
The first thing you will notice when you look through these Monarch 7 binoculars is their amazing field of view. “Field of view” refers to the width across you can see (usually at 1,000 yards). These binoculars will give you approximately 420 feet field of view at 8 times the magnification. What this means is that when you peer through the binoculars, images will appear 8 times larger than they do with the naked eye, and you will be able to see 420 feet across.
That should be more than enough to scan your hunting area for wildlife. They can also be focused at close range down to around 8 feet. So, if you need to keep an eye out for game that might be nearby, these binoculars will do that too.
And with this great field of view, you will also get remarkable image clarity. These Monarch 7s use a roof prism to reflect the light coming through the objective lens to give you superior color fidelity and contrast.
These come with Nikon’s ED (extra-low dispersion) glass lenses which are also fully multi-coated. This means brighter colors and sharper images for you. It will feel like you are standing right next to the wildlife. The coating on the lenses also helps to protect them from collecting particles and dust. This should help keep your binoculars free from any interference without having to constantly clean them.
The housing that holds the lenses is fully nitrogen filled which makes the lenses fogproof and waterproof. There is no need to worry whether these will give you great image clarity in damp conditions. And since so many animals are best hunted at dawn or dusk when you can expect changes in humidity, these binoculars will always be ready to go in helping you find your targets.
And with 42mm objective lenses, you should have plenty of light flooding the binoculars to give you great images even in low-light. These binoculars also come with end caps that attach directly to the binoculars. All you have to do is flip them down and they will stay right with you. There is no need to worry about losing these protective caps and damaging your binoculars.
At around 1.3 pounds, these are not the lightest binoculars on the market, but they are not the heaviest either. They will feel solid and dependable in your hands. They are ergonomically designed to handle well and fit naturally with your eyes.
They have a generous eye relief (which refers to the distance your eyes need to be from the eyepieces to see images clearly). Those who wear glasses should have no trouble using these binoculars without having to remove them.
No serious hunter should be without a pair of high-quality binoculars, and these Monarch 7s certainly fit that bill.
What Is the Warranty on the Monarch 7?
Excluding any electrical components, Nikon offers an amazing warranty. If anything should happen to your rifle scope or binoculars, Nikon will repair or replace them for life. They have a strict “No Fault” policy which means your total satisfaction is their greatest concern. Nikon makes some of the best products on the market and they are willing to back them up with this warranty.
If you demand the best, it doesn’t get much better than the Nikon Monarch 7. A premium line of products manufactured with extreme precision and top-of-the-line components, these scopes will help ensure that when the big game crosses your path, you will have every advantage.