Getting a good value scope that does not break the bank can be challenging sometimes. It can be even more confusing when a brand ships out two different models with very similar specs at different prices.
You may already know Nikon as the brand that makes super affordable scopes for beginner hunting enthusiasts. Whether it be Long-range hunting, game hunting, or just timber hunting, you won’t go wrong with a scope from this brand.
In this short article, I review two of the best binocular series in the world- the Nikon Monarch 5 and Nikon Monarch 7 rifle scopes. Let’s get started, shall we?
Scopes in the Nikon Monarch 5 Series
The Nikon 7576 is a fantastic long-range hunting scope that offers excellent value in construction and performance.
The scope features a magnification of 5x to 8x which is good for almost all use cases and a wide objective lens of 42mm diameter. If you are only used to scopes with smaller diameters, you will find this scope a pleasant surprise.
It weighs just 21.5 ounces, so it’s pretty lightweight and won’t upset the balance of your rifle. I find it a common issue with most rifle scopes that their weight can upset your hunting configuration if you haven’t got a shooting bench. And to be frank, most of us probably don’t.
You also get 19.5mm eye relief which is good.
What I like the most about the Nikon 7576 Monarch 5 scope is that the lenses on this are crazy sharp. Being fully multi-coated means that the lenses can take in loads of light and not lose the brightness in internal reflections. There is a maximum transmission on this scope that helps you get a crisp and clear image even under dim conditions.
Much like the Nikon 7576, this rifle scope features fully multi-coated lenses which just means that it’s just as bright.
You get an eye relief of 18.4mm which is slightly less than what you get on the Nikon 5 Monarch 7576 model but it’s not much of an issue.
It weighs just 21.6 ounces which is a good weight without feeling too heavy.
This rifle scope is geared towards hunters who may want a bit more magnification to shoot objects at long distances. The glass on this is the best feature, and Nikon’s Extra Low Dispersion is a super cool thing that makes the shooting experience even more fun.
Scopes in the Nikon Monarch 7 Series
The Nikon 7548 scope is definitely worth a try as it features a magnification range of 8x which is pretty good for a budget scope.
I also love that the objective lens on this is huge- at 42 mm, and the FOV is 420 ft at 1000 yards which is great.
The scope is a bit heavier than the Nikon Monarch 5 series scopes but not by much.
Speaking of comfort, the Nikon 7548 scope has a fair eye relief at 17.1 mm which is comfortable enough for most hunters.
You also get fully multi-coated lenses that are exceptionally bright and offer good clarity, so you would be a happy man after the purchase.
The Nikon 7549 riflescope model is a cool scope that can be considered an upgrade from the Nikon 8x 42 scopes as it has a higher magnification at 10x.
As always, the objective lens on this is huge- and there’s a reason why I am a fan of huge objective lenses. It’s because a bigger objective lens gathers more light and as a result, the image quality is much higher.
The FOV on this is 351 ft at 1000 yards, and it’s lightweight at just 21.12 ounces.
If there’s one thing that I would change, it’s the slightly smaller eye relief at 16.4 mm.
What I like the most about this roof-prism scope is that the lenses are fully multi-coated, so you can expect superior performance from the glasses and exceptional brightness.
Nikon also calls the coatings on these lenses dielectric high-reflective multilayer prism coatings which is a fitting name.
You also get a good grip on this thanks to the rubber armor coating on the surface of the scope.
The Monarch 5 and 7 series both share many similarities in the 8×42 magnification range. Both of these scopes are roof prism binoculars with phase correction.
Both are fully multi-coated with high relection mirror coated dielectric ED prisms. I cannot say which one of these is brighter but I can say that the Monarch 7’s glass is slightly better.
Monarch 5 8×42 is lighter than the competition here and has a longer eye relief as well. The difference is just 2.4mm but it might be significant enough for you.
You don’t really need to worried that the Nikon Monarch 7 8×42 is slightly heavier- in fact, it’s actually one of the lightest full-size rifle scope in the market.
You may also find that the Monarch 7 has a wider field of view at 420ft as well as a closer focus distance.
From a budget standpoint, the Monarch 5 is a bit cheaper than the Monarch 7.
What you’ll find, if you are looking for a scope in the magnification range of 8×42 is that these scopes are comparable in price and features to the Vortex Diamondback rifle scope which also has the same magnification and objective lens diameter.
The Vortex Diamondback is slightly cheaper than the both of these but if you compare overall features, you will find that the Nikon Monarch 5 offers a sweet deal on a decent budget for the 8×42 magnification range.
Speaking of the 10×42 range, the Nikon Monarch 5 scope has a field of view of 288 feet versus a 351 field of view of Monarch 7 scope. If you need a wider field of view, I would say that the Monarch 7 is a better choice.
It’s still hard to decide on either of them based on just that.
Is one brighter thanthe other? Well, not by much. The 8.2 ft close focus of Monarch 7 is great for edge-edge clarity but the Monarch 5 does come in close at 7.8 feet.
There isn’t much of a significance here.
A rifle scope has to be tough and durable, and you will certainly agree with me when I say that the tough exterior on these scopes is not a feature but a necessity when shooting, which is always going to be outdoors.
The Monarch 5 and the 7 scopes both have protective surfaces that make sure you don’t scratch or damage the scope exteriors. The former is slightly lighter than the latter and has a higher eye relief which can be more convenient for you if you need to wear glasses. Anyway, it’s good to have the flexibility for when you actually need it.
The cheaper one? The Nikon Monarch 5 can be 100- 200$ cheaper than the Monarch 7 scopes depending on where you buy your scope and what model you decide to get.
Thus, we had a look at the Nikon Monarch 5 and Nikon Monarch 7 riflescope models to see which one would be better suited for your needs.
If you need a cheaper option that is lightweight, go for the Monarch 5, and if you want a long-range scope that has more features, the Monarch 7 would be an ideal choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Nikon Monarch 5 a good rifle scope?
Absolutely! The Monarch 5 riflescope is not only slightly cheaper than the Monarch 7 but is also lightweight, which can be a great thing if you decide to go backpacking or tripping outdoors.