UNTIL NOW, determining the best rangefinder was about measuring distance. With the new Monarch 7i VR, Nikon brought the focus back to practical accuracy.
The ability for a laser rangefinder to reach targets at 1,000 yards has existed for 10 years. There hasn't been a novel approach to rangefinding technology that's made sense to hunters in that time .
Nikon changed that by incorporating its vibration reduction (VR) technology we've seen in its high-end spotters and camer a lenses to this small, handheld tool. If Is you've ever struggled with holding the reticle of another rangefinder still against a target, you're likely one of us who applaud Nikon's achievement.
At the side of the unit is a mode button that cycles through the display options of measuring in yards or meters and switching priorities. First Target Priority provides a reading of the closest target among a group of objects. The Distant Target Priority measures the farthest target in a group or area. This matters if your target is behind a tree or bush, for example.
Perhaps you've hunted an animal that made your hands tremble with excitete ment. Or maybe you've endured frigid temperatures that wouldn't let you steady your fingers.
The Monarch 7i VR addresses these issues by taking the shake out. In doing so, the technology that stabilizes the image and target mark also corrects for the laser's move - ment.
The improved laser alignment enhances its measurement capabilites, allowing us to take better advantage of its 1,000-yard range. The VR function begins immediately when the laser rangefinding button is pressed.
The Nikon Monarch 7i VR features a fixed 6X magnification. The water-proof unit is protected by a tactile, shock-absorbing, rubber-like armor.
When compressing this button, the unit continuously scans for up to 8 seconds. However, a good reading is displayed in just half a second regardless of distance and is measured in .1-yard increments.
The Monarch 7i VR incorporates automatic compensation for inclination and declination (ID) angles for uphill or down ranging. This is a significant development that's sure to be copied.