Rated 4 out of 5 by HilltownGuy Great binoculars at a good price
Purchased as a backup pair to leave in car. Optics compare very favorably to the Monarch 5 which I already owned. A little bigger in size and a few ounces heavier, but the lower price point was attractive to me. They get a lot of use, especially for spur of the moment bird watching.
June 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by jack10562 Great Value
I did some research looking to find a quality pair of binoculars with an affordable price before buying these.
This particular model was reviewed positively and performed closely overall with some significantly pricier binoculars.
These produce a very bright and clear image even under low lighting conditions.
They are rated as water and fog-proof which makes me much more comfortable about using them outdoors in any conditions.
This particular model does not have a zoom feature, that is the reason I gave it four stars.
December 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by 101b Ho hum
As a field work tool, these binocs work OK. Physically, they are just fine, no complaints at all except the usual of the lens protectors falling off all the time, a common problem. I just can't see as well as I had hoped. I realize I probably erred in buying the magnification type, but still, I can't see the markings on my chickens clearly from the back porch. Is 125 feet too far? They scan an area fairly well though. Maybe I just don't know how the heck to order binoculars?
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Charlestonian Excellent
Great binoculars for birdwatching. The clarity is fantastic.
September 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by birdenthusiast simple way to remedy loose lens caps
I love these Monarch 3 8x42, and just wanted to share with others a very simple way to remedy the looseness of the lens caps. On the eyecup lense caps, simply slit a one foot length of 1" wide electrician tape in half & evenly apply it to the inside edge of the lens cap: this decreases the inside diameter of the lens cap just the right amount to still allow easy removal, but keep it on snug. On the outside pair of lense caps, find yourself two narrow rubber bands with a resting diameter of 35mm, stretch & apply one to the outside diameter of each lense cap snug to the cap's outer lip. When you install the lense cap, start by inserting the cap at a shallow angle, slightly bowing the cap out as you work the cap perimeter into place. Once you push it into the final position there is just the correct amount of compressive tension to hold the cap in place but still allow easy removal. This may seem cumbersome at first, but after a few times, I found it easy.
I should mention that others have complained about the case not having a strap: I just leave the bin strap outside & use that, so I actually prefer that the case does not have its own strap.
March 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Smee23 Sharp, bright optics - great for birding
I have been very happy with this purchase, made a couple weeks ago. A good pair of binos makes a big difference when scanning for birds and in low light conditions, and these are good binos. I am sure that higher priced optics have more features but these have everything I need at a good price.
January 31, 2013