Ended up at Basspro this afternoon with a coworker and checked on the glass. The Nikon Prostaff, for $159, is a good deal for the price. Nikon Monarchs are nice glass, but after trying the Vortex Diamondbacks, im sold. The monarchs go for $249, and the diamondbacks go for $239. Just seemed to be brighter, better quality, and just a better fit. Settled on the 8x42 Diamondbacks with a Butler Creek strap. One more puchase yet,,,,,,,well, maybe 2?