Best Birding Binoculars Review:
Product Name: Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8×42 Binocular (Green)
Made by: Celestron
BaK-4 Prisms w/ Phase Coating: Increases contrast and resolution for sharper more detailed images.
Fully Multi-Coated Optics: Allows maximum light transmission through the optical path for brighter images.
6.5′ Close Focus: Detailed, up close observation of subjects in close proximity. Ideal for watching birds, insects, plants, astronomy, etc.
Compact and Lightweight
Website Link: Amazon.com
Benefits – What Problem Does It Solve:
Most professional birders use a pair of quality binoculars, both in ruggedness and optics, that cost from $2000-$3000. The Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8×42 Binocular is highly rated yet cost less than $200. The thing that has impressed me most was my pair of binoculars is the fine optics. My son and I have compared them with other binoculars and they really are superb.
How to Use the Product:
These binoculars can be used for birding, hunting, astronomy, sports and other outdoor activities.
Optical Perfection: The multi-coated optics of the Nature DX offers quality detail that you won’t find with other entry-level binoculars. Enjoy an outdoor adventure or take them inside for a concert or sporting event.
Lifestyle Compatible: The Nature DX Binocular hosts a durable rubber armored, polycarbonate housing to keep them protected from damage, without adding more weight to the design. The twist-up eyecups create a comfortable viewing experience for all, including those wearing glasses. The Nature DX binocular is also waterproof, fogprrof, and nitrogen purged allowing it to withstand the elements.
Celestron’s new Nature DX Series is the perfect companion for the outdoors lover. These affordable yet feature-packed binoculars are designed specifically for beginning to intermediate users. With the Nature DX series, you’ll get the important features you’re looking for, like fully multi-coated optics and BaK-4 prisms, while staying within your budget. You can feel confident taking Nature DX binoculars on any of your outdoor adventures. Even the full size models in the series are extremely portable and lightweight. Nature DX can withstand harsh weather; its fully waterproof housing is purged of air and filled with dry nitrogen gas.
Color Army Green
Exit Pupil Diameter 5.25 mm
Field Of View 388 feet
Item Dimensions 4.9 x 2 x 5.3 inches
Item Display Weight 629 grams (454 grams per pound)
Item Weight 1.75 pounds
Magnification Maximum 8
Objective Lens Diameter 42
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
Objective Lens Diameter (mm): 25 mm
Magnification (x): 8x
Angular Field of View: 7.2°
Linear Field of View: 378ft / 126m @ 1,000 yds
Close Focus: 6.5ft / 2m
Exit Pupil (mm): 3.1 mm
Eye Relief (mm): 14 mm
IPD Max: 72 mm
IPD Min: 56 mm
Optical Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Weight (oz): 12.1 oz (343 g)
Dimensions LxWxH (in/mm): 4.3″ x 4.5″ x 1.6″ / 111 mm x 115 mm x 42 mm
Included Accessories: Neck strap, objective lens caps, rainguard, carrying case, lens cloth, instruction manual
Prism Glass (Type): BaK-4
Twilight Factor: 14.14
Relative Brightness: 9.61
Nitrogen Filled (Fogproof): Yes
Tripod Adaptable: Yes
For mature birders, hunters, star gazers, sport enthusiast and vacationers.
Who Should Not Get it:
These are quality binoculars not suitable for little children who will not know how to take care of a pair of quality binoculars.
Pros and Cons:
The eye piece cover is attached to the strap and is easily put over the oculars if raining or dusty conditions. The objective lens caps are attached to the frame by rubber grommets which I’m not crazy about, but they are easily removed and stored in the case to prevent loss. (I guess you could just clip the grommets off if you want to get rid of them and use the lens caps as regular lens caps.) Usually though, I just leave them hanging while observing and snap them back on when I’m not observing.
Price and Warranties:
The product carries a lifetime guarantee. Read the full guarantee at: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71LiKI8sFCS.pdf
I love my Celestron binoculars because of their superior optrics. If I were not 84 years, I might consider buying a pair of $2-3000 like the pros use. But these are perfect for me.
Top Customer Reviews at Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars: Exceeds my expectations! Celestron has not failed to impress me!
By Michael Laferriere on September 23, 2013
Size: 8×42 Verified Purchase
I began shopping for binoculars a few months before my purchase. I wanted binoculars that would be useful in kayaking as well as for astronomy.
My first criteria was picking out the size. Binoculars have two main specs you will want to use for this. The first is the magnification and the second is the objective lens size. These are 8X42 so you have 42mm objective lens and the binoculars magnify the image 8X. You should also realize that not only the image is magnified but also any motion, bumps, waves, bounces etc. You can always mount binoculars to a tripod for astronomy but this would not be very practical on the water. Normally people might want a large magnification for astronomy but smaller magnifications will reveal a larger swath of the sky in your view and the image will also appear brighter. 8X seemed like the best compromise for both hobbies and 42mm seemed adequate for astronomy as well as kayaking. Another very important option from my experience in astronomy is the dew and moisture that you will encounter. These binoculars are nitrogen purged and water resistant. This will be sufficient for the occasional splash of water (possibly even a dunking but I don’t want to test that out) and the dew that forms as the nights get cold.
I finally got a chance to take them out on the water at Lake Wickaboag in West Warren Massachusetts. The day was unfortunately windy and the water choppy. These binoculars luckily come with attached lens rubber lens covers. They got a work out as I paddled out and where covered with splash marks but the eyepieces where nice and dry whenever I opened them up.Read more ›
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found what I was looking for! Love the Nature DX 8×42!
By Jay S on January 22, 2015
Size: 8×42 Verified Purchase
These have turned out to be my favorite pair of binoculars. The view is really nice, they fit very well into my hands, the focus is buttery smooth, and they seem really well made.
I was on the search for the best 8×42 I could find in my price range for bird watching and nature viewing, and in the process I’ve tried quite a few different brands/models. I did tons of research, reading every review, test, and recommendation I could find. My budget was up to $400, but I still tried more expensive binoculars just to have a good basis for comparison. The above-budget binoculars I tried were Vortex Viper, Vortex Razor, and Zeiss Conquest HD. Again, those were just for comparison and “benchmarking”. These were tried in a store only, but it was a large store with many bright and also shadowed areas… plus lots of “stuffed” wildlife mounted high on the walls (deer, etc.).
The following binoculars were compared outdoors, I had each pair of these for one to two weeks, so I had time to do very thorough comparisons in many different lighting situations. Included were: Vanguard Spirit ED, Olympus Magellan EXWP I, Carson HD, Celestron TrailSeeker, and Atlas Intrepid ED. I also had/have some other sizes for comparison… Sightron Blue Sky II, 8×32 Alpen Apex 8×32, Alpen Shasta Ridge 10×42, Atlas Intrepid ED 7×36, and Kenko UltraView 10×42.
I have used many other pairs of binoculars for my other hobby, stargazing. Many of you already know that stargazing is very demanding on binoculars in terms of brightness, edge distortion, and resolution. I only mention this to show a bit more of my background, as some binoculars that are great for astronomy aren’t the best for daytime… and vice-versa.Read more ›
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good lightweight binocular
By Hatter on May 28, 2013
Size: 10×25 Verified Purchase
It is always dangerous to purchase a pair of binoculars without first trying them out. However I ordered this pair after it was recommended by a photography magazine I read, and I have been very happy with them. On my previous binoculars the diopter setting had to be re-adjusted for different distances, which was exceptionally annoying when trying to identify moving birds. This pair has only needed one diopter adjustment and has given me very good visual clarity and magnification from a pair of binoculars I can carry in my pocket.
5.0 out of 5 stars Some placed these best in under 200
By Odn on July 27, 2014
Size: 8×42 Verified Purchase
Wow. Very clear. I read several professional comparison reviews and came up with these (for the price). Some placed these best in under 200.00 class and above some in the 600.00 class. I believe it.
Depth of field is great, even though these are roof prisms (had that backwards earlier!) is great. Clarity is wonderful: these bins actually enhance images. I have a cheaper pair of 12X60s (Porros) I bought a month ago and I can see things 1/3-1/2 mile away more clear with these Celestron 8X.
Explanation of terms above: In case you don’t know, roof-prisms are straight bins where the eye pieces are directly in line with the big lenses; they are shaped like an “H” These Celestrons are roof-prism bins. Porro prisms are the kinds that bow out past the actual eye pieces, like the old WWII German Bins, where the big lenses are out to the side. Roof-prisms give better depth of field and thereby make the image appear 3D compared to porros.
They feel solid, almost slightly heavy when holding them, but when I lift them they counterbalance so well as to seem almost weightless. I am no expert, though I have own at least 1/2 dozen pair of bins and have owned dozens in my life, ranging from 4X to 20X, most of them cheap, some WWII Military grade; still, I can easily say these are hands-down the best bins I’ve ever owned.
Note: There could have been some negative comments but I couldn’t find them at Amazon.
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