Nikon Monarch 3000 Stabilized Rangefinder – Range Finding for Hunting
The Nikon Monarch stabilized range finder provides a set of new features that so far had been hard to find or even unheard of in a small and lightweight unit. As the name indicates, you are getting a range finder with a maximum range of 3000 yards! Let’s have a look and dive right into the Nikon Monarch 3000 Rangefinder review!
What Ranges can you use it for?
To be clear, you really get a solid range and reading of around 1,000 yards for example for deer hunting. The maximum range does work if you measure the distance for reflective targets and in perfect conditions.
If you use the rangefinder for hunting then, unfortunately, you’d have to spray your game with reflective paint first before you could measure them out to the maximum range yardage… Make sure you bring the paint as part of your hunting gear!
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Having said that, a distance of 1,000 yards to effectively measure the distance to your target is typically better than ‘good enough‘. Yet, the long-distance measuring isn’t the only outstanding feature of this handy stabilized laser rangefinder.
Reaching a range of 3000 yards in realistic hunting or even shooting scenarios will be unlikely. The location and conditions would have to be perfect to get an accurate measurement even with the stabilized image that the Monarch 3000 provides.
Features to be found
It comes with a whole host of features that make the Nikon Monarch 3000 stabilized a serious contender for one of the best, if not the best, range finders available today.
Display – OLED for crisp images
It has a crisp red OLED reticle display that you can adjust in five selectable brightness settings or let the unit adjust the brightness automatically. This provides maximum contracts against any type of background and target.
Magnification – 6x for long-range targeting
On the optical side, you get a magnification of 6x with a generous eye relief (18 mm) and field of view (7.5 degrees). This combination makes acquiring your target quick and easy.
Distance Measuring – Capable of measuring out to 3000 yards
Nikon integrated their Hyper Read technology into the 3000-yard rangefinder to provide exceptionally quick distance readings. The measurements are taken in approximately 0.3 seconds and that is independent of the distance you measure!
You can also measure across numerous targets for 8 seconds if you press the power button continuously. This enables you to take a measurement to the closest or farthest target simply by pressing a button!
A stabilized image reduces vibrations by around 80% which makes it tremendously easier to get a clear picture. It’s basically the same technology that you’re used to with cameras, etc. and it does get the job done. Nikon introduced technology to stabilize the image with the Nikon 7i VR Rangefinder in 2017.
Nikon’s Image Stabilization Technology
The 7i VR was the first range finder by Nikon that offered Vibration Reduction or image stabilization. It offers ranges up to 1,000 yards. With the Monarch 3000, Nikon extended that range by practically tripling it to 3000 yards while keeping stabilization of the image and other advanced features available.
The stabilization of the image starts immediately when you switch the device on. This way you get quick targeting with a clear image from the moment the unit is powered on. This assures faster target acquisition and reliable distance measurements for your shot.
But, having a stable image is not all that matters. The accuracy and speed of the distance reading are at least as important. And that’s another area where the Nikon Monarch 3000 shines.
8 to 700 yards
+/- 0.5 yards
700 yards to 1,000 yards
+/- 1 yard
above 1,000 yards
+/- 1.5 yards
Not only do you get a distance measurement within 0.3 seconds, but it also is within a +/- 1.5-yard range when targeting your game over 1,000 yards. The distances are displayed in 0.1-yard increments. Combining all these features provides you with solid information to dial in your shot!
Nikon ID Technology
Last but not least, Nikon also integrated its ID technology. ID stands for Incline/Decline and correctly adjusts the distance for the angle of your position vs. the position of your target. It can correctly calculate that distance for angles up to 89 degrees (+/-).
This incredible wide range covers pretty much any angle you can ever experience in the field. Whether your location is in a stand looking down or you’re underneath your target, you can use the Monarch 3000 to accurately measure the distance beyond 1000 yards and provide you with the correct distance measurement for your shot.
The Monarch 3000 also lets you switch between two modes. The First Target Priority Mode allows reading the distance to the closest target.
The Distant Target Priority Mode provides the ability to measure the range to the farthest target even if you have branches and other clutter between you and that target.
Depending on your hunting needs you can switch between the First Target Priority Mode and Distant Target Priority Mode to get the best range estimation.
Dimensions and Usability
You get all these features in an amazingly small and handy package. The unit only weighs 6.3 ounces and fits nicely in your hand. The measurements are 3.8” x 2.9” x 1.7” making it lightweight and compact to use.
The Nikon Monarch 3000 range finder with a stabilized image is waterproof as well as fog proof. You can confidently take it on the most demanding hunting trips.
It will not let you down no matter what environment you’ll use it in. The performance is what you would expect from any gear that is made by Nikon!
And should anything bad happen to the device then it is backed by Nikon’s 5-year warranty!