Gear Nikon Releases Wind-Fighting Products Recoil Staff December 26, 2015 Join the Conversation Wind. Wind can be the bane of the long range shooter and learning how to properly read it is a critical skill. Nikon recently announced two new product lines to help shooters of all skill levels in their endeavors. Firstly they have the Spot On ballistic wind meter. It hooks into the headphone jack of your smartphone (iPhone or Android) or tablet and reads wind speed and direction. The Spot On is used in conjunction with their ballistic app to give you a firing solution. Then there's the Monarch 5 rifle scope with what they call an Advanced BDC reticle. Here's what they have to say about it: Nikon is pleased to announce the availability of the MONARCH 5 riflescope line, an exciting 2015 introduction that will surely be a flagship product for years to come. Not only does the MONARCH 5 riflescope line feature Nikon’s legendary ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lenses, it is also the first Nikon riflescope to utilize the new Advanced BDC reticle and has an incredible 5-time zoom ratio for superior close-quarters and long-range effectiveness. The new glass-etched Advanced BDC reticle, similar to the standard BDC reticle, has unique open circles going down the vertical sight post that are used as aiming points to compensate for bullet drop at extended ranges. What differentiates the Advanced BDC reticle is that it also has windage marks on both the left and right side of the post. Each windage mark is calibrated for a 10-mile-per-hour cross wind when the rifle is zeroed at either 100 or 200 yards. Even if the cross wind is more or less than 10 mph, shooters now have a reliable benchmark to compensate for the effect that a strong gust of wind can have on their point of impact. The optical system in the MONARCH 5 riflescope line is second-to-none and features Nikon’s ED Glass lenses that reduce chromatic aberration to provide images that have superior contrast. The riflescope also has Nikon’s Fully Multicoated Lenses for exceptional brightness and clarity. Bringing the riflescope into focus is easy, thanks to a quick focus eyepiece located near the ocular lens. The MONARCH 5 riflescope also has a side focus locking system (except on 2-10×42 and 2-10×50 models) and Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset turrets that allow the user to reset the turrets to the zero-mark after sighting in, making in-the-field adjustments incredibly simple. The MONARCH 5 riflescope is available in seven different magnifications, each with a phenomenal five-time zoom ratio: 2-10×42, 2-10×50, 3-15×42, 3-15×50, 4-20×50, 5-25×50, and 6-30×50. The MSRPs for the MONARCH 5 riflescope line range from $549.95 to $949.95. For more information, visit Nikon online here Explore RECOILweb:Back-up Iron Sights Buyer's GuideFirst Look: ATAC Defense Integrated Rail PlatformRemington Outdoor Company Appoints Anthony Acitelli as Chief Executive OfficerBook Review: "To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth" by Jeff Cooper NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.