Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Fishing Report Clubs - LIMITED MEMBERSHIP - Join Today - FREE   01/24/2018

      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

  • 0
Sign in to follow this  
CodyDawg

Binocular recomendations....Nikon?

Question

CodyDawg

I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on a pair of Nikon Monarch 10X42 binoculars. If you own a pair of these or similar, I would like your thoughts. I am also thinking about Burris Signature's as well, but the price difference makes me swing to the Nikons. Feedback?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

9 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
BoxMN

Cody, I was in similar ballpark a couple years ago. I ending up with 8x42 Burris Signatures on the advice of some birders. It also helped that they were on clearance and I got them for $275... I know, great price, I am not even sure what they cost nowadays. But I can say this, I was going in expecting to buy the Nikons, but after price being lower on Burris, but especially when looking through them side by side, the Burris were clearly nicer to my eyes anyway. Also, I guess the Signature binocs have a more durable ans stronger internal mechanism (take the Burris and Nikons an tap them on a hard surface lightly, and you can feel the Nikons springs "twanging" inside. The Burris uses gears I guess, or is what the birder guy told me).

I am very happy with my Burris, and for my next scope or spotting scope, I think I will go Burris. I really love my 8x42, can you tell smile.gif But I have Nikon scope as well and like that, but the Burris products just seem clearer to me.

Until you get to the really really spendy optics, I think Burris has the best bang for the comparable buck.

Good luck.

edit: come to think of it, you may get better advice from the birder forum here. They know optics better than me and may find out my advice is full of holes smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Whoaru99

I liked some Burris glass I looked at, but can't remember the model. Ended up with Pentax.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
iffwalleyes

I like the Monarchs they are very nice. But I ended up with a pair of Leopold Cascades I believe is the model. I run VX2 scopes on my gun so I asked the dealer which pair of leopold bino was most similar as I had been very happy with the VX2 scopes and that is what he told me. I have been very happy with them. But I don't think you can go wrong with Nikons either.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dahitman44

When you start talking about optics you get what you pay for. I used to work at a high-end camera shop and it was the same thing there -- you get what you pay for.

When you start talking high end -- you are getting good stuff. I like the eye relief that some of the models have. I think that Zeiss, Steiner, Nikon and Leupold are all good units. Some come with more bells as whistles than others.

I would try them all out at a store and see which one you like the best. I liked the Nikon and Steiner, but I also think it is a "Ford vs. Chevy" issue when you get into the quality.

I use Leupold and Nikon on my guns.

You need to look at them and see what you like.

Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Imkmfly

I bought a pair of 10x42 monarchs last year and am very pleased. I would recommend them to anyone in fact I had two buddies each buy a pair after I bought mine because they liked mine so much. I have also heard good things about the Burris binocs although I have never looked through a pair.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
CodyDawg

Thanks for the replies guys! I have looked through them at the store, but it is pretty hard to differentiate between them inside under the lights. One thing that concerns me is that I emailed Nikon over a week ago about what the warranty is as I cannot find it on their website and they haven't responded. Doesn't make me feel good about their customer service.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Dahitman44

Cody -- those are the little things that I would remember when it comes to making a purchase like that.

Take a long look at eye relief -- that is a feature you really should have.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
2dog

I bought a pair of the 8x42 Nikon Monarchs 3 years ago. I think they a great binocular, nice and clear I would highly recommend them. A buddy of mine bought the 10x42 and he raves about them all the time.

I used Nikons customer service last fall and they did a great job for me. My binoculars fell out of my tree stand and the twist cap for the eye piece broke. I called Nikon to order the part and said to send them in. I shipped them to Nikon and they emailed me that it would be $20 to fix them and for shipping. I sent them the money and when I got them back I was sent a brand new pair of binoculars. No idea why, I thought it just needed a $10 screw on eye piece.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0
Kingfisher

I just bought Leupold Cascades 10X42 we thought they measured up well with the more expensive brands.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      We found our better pike in 20 fow this weekend.  Same weekend last year they were in 7.  That might be the reason you haven’t been seeing much while spearing? Thicker ice and more snow.  And they’ve been grabbing small minnows after staring at em for a long time.  They marked a heavy line on the sonar for up to half hour before slurping in the crappie minnow. Small shiners have been getting small pike.  Large shiners haven’t been getting hit at all.
    • Spss
      I've been out there a few times. Where are the deadheads?
    • Alex wilhelmi
      Fished shields lake yesterday from 900 am to 6. 12 fow caught 25 real nice gills 10 perch ,all dinks. And 2 crappie about 9 inches. Pretty steady fishing all day. We were about 50 yds from all the sleepers. Lots of traffic. At least 2 ft of ice. Used a little ant , orange and bright green with some white dressing tied to it. Got em from Nagel's. He said they were good, and he was right. Tipped with wax worm. Crappie came in at 530 caught the biggest on a glow blue angel eye with a minnow head. Snowing really hard so we packed up. Tent is froze. But we're going back out here in a bit. Gonna try roberds lake. I'll post later on that. Good luck all!
    • Tom Sawyer
      You two are sure putting the smack down on some super sized Pike! Those walleye text you just sent were nice too. Your killing me man; I'm off todo more snowblowing. Though to take it when the wife's schoolin' ya', been there lots of times with Patty. Join my club, LOL!
    • Bigfatbert
      Slobslayer99 , Echo can be a fun lake to fish for Walleye and Crappie. As for being there on the opener , like most lakes , it's all going to come down to when the ice goes out , and the type of springtime weather that prevails up there this year as to how the opener bite might be . The lake is shallow and has quite stained water . Early ice out , and a warmer spring can have the lake good to go on the opener for you  for both species. As for where to fish , that also depends on the spring also , as the water starts to warm there , very shallow muck with deadheads around the lake , or the shallow rock pile with reeds on the far eastern  end are usually safe bets for Crappie . As for the walleye , they can be caught on the rocky shorelines throughout the lake . Early fishing there is best with minnows...  ahhh the opener , you gotta love it .
    • Slobslayer99
      Going up the echo for the first time this opener any tips or info would be appreciated
    • JBMasterAngler
      Tried South Lindstrom today. Was able to mark some fish, but they were tight to the bottom, and would not move! Got 1 tiny perch. Was only out for a little bit, then the snow really started coming down. Talked to someone else, and they had the exact same results.
    • monstermoose78
      I have two boss toms at my dads and I think a strutter might be the ticket
    • IceHawk
      I'm really leaning to buying a mojo scoot and shoot amd trying that this year talk about a adrenaline rush. 
    • IceHawk
      I've used a full body full strut before can be good or bad depending on a birds mood at the time. In certain situations they can be a killer, 
  • Share & Have Fun