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Nikon Unveils New High-Resolution Binoculars

Nikon recently unveiled its most advanced, high-resolution binoculars – the MONARCH HG family.

“Every precious moment one spends in the field deserves the advantage of extraordinary performance -- to this end, Nikon engineered the optical system of MONARCH HG around its signature ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass and enhanced multilayer lens and prism coatings for brighter, higher resolution viewing,” according to a Nikon press release.

Nikon's all-new Field Flattener Lens System works in conjunction with MONARCH HG's extraordinarily wide field of view -8.3°and 6.9° respectively in the 8x42 and 10x42 models-to provide a sharp, clear view to the lens periphery, the release states.

Field of view for the 8x42 model is 435ft@1000yds and 362ft@1000yds for the 10x42 model.  High-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms while dielectric high-reflective multilayer coating is applied to the roof prisms, achieving a bright view of up to 92% or higher light transmittance, and natural color fidelity, according to the release.

“From eyecups to objective lenses, the new patriarch of the flagship MONARCH family pushes binocular performance to higher levels through design, technology and 20 years of MONARCH ATB-building experience,” the release states.

MONARCH HG's body is die-cast magnesium alloy. Providing optimum strength, impact resiliency and weight reduction, the slim body profile is further enhanced with rubberized panels to provide a sure grip in any conditions.

To assure long-term optical acuity, scratch-resistant coatings protect MONARCH HG objective and eyepiece lenses, while interior lenses are shielded from fogging with an extreme waterproof rating that assures fog-proof integrity even in low-pressure environments up to altitudes of 16,404ft/5,000m equivalent, according to the release.

The 8x42 model retails for $980. The 10x42 model goes for $1,000.

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