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Nikon 10x36 Monarch ATB Binoculars Introduction

What is impressive about the Nikon Monarch 10x36 binocular is that Nikon have managed to pack a buch of quality features and components into a compact and lightweight body to produce a binocular that is ideal for a variety of uses, yet still with maintains a reasonable price tag. It is easy to see why the Monarch is one of the worlds best selling sport optics.

Nikon Monarch ATB Binoculars

Nikon's range of Monarch ATB binoculars had been designed with the outdoors in mind. They are also Nikon's most popular range, combining quality and performance at a price point that has made Monarch ATB binoculars one of the best selling ranges of binoculars in the world.

The Safari Guide Opinion
10x36 Binoculars - Mid Size

Binoculars with 36mm diameter objective lenses fit into the category of Mid-Size binoculars, which in many ways are ideal as a safari binocular: Small enough to easily travel with, yet still with plenty of light gathering potential for poorer light conditions. Like what you find in the early mornings and late afternoons when you will mostly going out on safari as this is when the game is most active.

The advantage of a compact binocular over a full-size version is that they are easier to carry and travel with. The biggest compromise is in the brightness of the image produced which is more noticeable in poor light conditions. This is where a mid-size binocular comes into their own, easier to carry and travel with than a full-size binocular and with better poor light performance than a compact binocular.

Light Gathering Potential

All 10x36 binoculars, including these Nikon Monarch's have an Exit Pupil of 3.6mm and a Twilight Factor of 19, both of which point to the fact that whilst they may not be the best binoculars in the world for poor light conditions, they are also far from the worst.

Optical Performance

What is important to remember is that the Exit Pupil and Twilight figures above do not take into account the quality of the prisms, lenses and their coatings. Binoculars with better quality prisms, lenses and coatings will far outperform binoculars that have the same configuration, but with cheaper optical components.

Lens & Prism Coatings
The 10x36 Monarch has Fully Multi-coated Lenses which means that all the lenses and prisms are multilayer-coated with anti-reflective coatings which helps increase light transmission.

As well as this these binoculars have Phase Correction Coated BaK-4 roof prisms meaning the prisim is made of superior optical glass to ensuring you get a high-contrast and sharp picture over the full field of view.

The phase correction coatings on the prism glass is an expensive process that is used to keep the light in the correct color phases, this also helps produce brighter images and higher edge-to-edge sharpness.

The Body

The rubber armor that covers the Nikon Monarch 10x36 Binoculars have a number of benefits apart from giving you a comfortable gripping surface:

  • It's easy to wipe clean after a tough day in the field
  • It dampens down any noise from bumping them that could frighten away skittish birds and other wildlife as I often do with my wedding ring!
  • It helps protect the binocular from the bumps and scratches that come with day-to-day use

Weight & Dimensions

The dimensions (122x129mm /4.8x5.0in) of the Nikon 10x36 binocular compares pretty well with most other mid-size roof prism binoculars that I have reviewed.

Their weight of 19.9 ounces (575g) is also very lightweight: For comparison the top of the range Swarovski 10x32 EL Binoculars weigh 21.5ozs (610g).

Waterproof & Fogproof

They are O-ring Sealed meaning that this Nikon 10x36 ATB Binocular is fully waterproof.

They have also been "nitrogen purged", which means that the air inside the binocular has been replaced with nitrogen gas, this prevents the interior optical surfaces from fogging up due to rapid temperature changes or in areas that have high humidity.


To focus the binoculars, you use the central wheel on the binocular that adjusts both binocular barrels at the same time.

The diopter adjustment is located on the right eyepiece and is used to correctly set up the binoculars for your own eyesight by adjusting for differences in your eyes.

The Eye Cups

These have good quality multi-position twist-up eyecups. Non-eyeglass wearers will use the eyecups in the fully extended position. For those that wear glasses, there is a good 15mm of eye relief which should be more than enough for most people.


The close focusing distance is an excellent 2.5m (8.2 feet) beating many of the most expensive mid-size binoculars on the market.

The apparent field of view for the Nikon 10x36 ATB Binocular is a decent 105m at 1000m / 314 feet/1000 yards but does fall a little short of the very best like the Swarovski EL 10x32 Binoculars (360ft at 1000 yards).

Also Included
  • Rainguard
  • Objective lens caps
  • Neck strap
  • Case
  • Nikon 25-year limited warranty, plus a No-Fault Repair or Replacement Policy

Main Features

  • Magnification: 10x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 36mm
  • Fully Multi-coated Lenses
  • Phase Correction Coated Prisms
  • Exit Pupil: 3.6
  • Twilight Factor: 19
  • Weight: 19.9 ounces (575g)
  • Dimensions: 122x129mm /4.8x5.0in
  • Field of View: 105m at 1000m / 314 feet/1000 yards
  • Close Focus Distance: 2.5m (8.2 feet)
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Fogproof: Yes

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Not only do these binoculars small enough to easily take on your holiday or carry out in the field, but they perform really well and in my opinion make ideal safari binoculas. Taking into account the quality of the optics and the fact that the Nikon Monarch 10x36 Binocular is available for around £200/$300, they also make very good value for money.

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As well as their good looks, they are lightweight, compact, fully waterproof, fog-proof, lightweight and feature quality fully multi-coated lenses, phase corrected Bak-4 prisms meaning that they perform really well in all conditions.

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With a compact and lightweight design, these are the most portable binoculars with Image Stabilisation technology on the market.

This image stabilizer, along with may other great features like quality field flattener lenses and fully multi-coated optics makes this Canon IS binocular the ideal travel companion and perfect to take with you on safari, especially if you long for a perfectly still image.

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Swarovski EL 10x32 BinocularsSwarovski EL 10x32 Binoculars

Fully waterproof, fog-proof, lightweight, with their unique wrap-around grip that enables comfortable operation even with one hand. This combined with the best quality fully multi-coated lenses and Bak-4 prisms available:

We take a look at the excellent Swarovski EL 10x32 binoculars and discover just why the Safari Guide rates them as some of the best safari binoculars ever made.

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Barr & Stroud 8x32 Sierra BinocularsBarr & Stroud 8x32 Sierra Binoculars

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This combined with a very competitive price tag is why I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an entry level mid-size binocular ideal to take on safari:

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