|Mounting Hardware||Rainguard, Objective lens cap, Lens cloth, Carrying case, Neck strap, Instruction manual|
|Has Image Stabilization||No|
|Optical Zoom||8 x|
|Contains Liquid Contents||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Product Dimensions||13.46 x 5.08 x 12.45 cm; 793.79 Grams|
|Item Weight||794 g|
|Item Model Number||71332|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||13 November 2017|
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Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8x42 Binocular (Green)
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|Water resistance level||Waterproof|
About this item
- 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, etc.
- Compact and Lightweight
- Twist-up Eyecups
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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.
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Nature DX 8x42mm Binocular
Celestron’s mid-size, affordable favorite among birders and outdoor enthusiasts around the world.
Great Mid-size Birding Binocular
Objective lens caps, eyepiece rainguard, neck strap, carrying case, lens cloth, and instruction manual all included.
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The build quality looks solid enough. The case and strap are not the best but the binoculars themselves (the important bit) looks good. The image is bright and easy to focus. My eyesight isn't great but to my eyes the image was reasonably sharp to the edges. There was minimal chromatic aberrations. Overall the image was very acceptable for cheap binoculars. There is a mount point for an adaptor for use with a tripod or monopod. I can't see us using a tripod with them but I think she may benefit using a monopod if she has to hold them for a long time. I already have a monopod so we will dive that a go.
I have no idea how well they will stand up over time? Due to my very poor eyesight in one eye I tend to use a monocular but I might borrow these for a bit of birding from time to time.
Overall I think these are good value for money at £90. I am not convinced I would pick these if they were at their highest price of £160 as there might be a better option at that price point.
SHORT SUMMARY - seriously, just buy them, used these for a year and they are super. These are lightweight, really good quality optical images with very adaptable use cases from bird watching to astronomy. My sons has a very high opinion of these binoculars. He loves them. Excellent Value for Money for a super optic
BIT MORE INFO - PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Excellent quality of view for the price - there is zero noticeably photochromic aberration in any situation, the exit pupil is great for low light situations.
Eye Relief, I wear glasses and eye relief is perfect using with them fitted. Obviously, at night I use them without glasses and the eye relief is easy to change between them with 3 firm twist positions
Light weight - easy to handle for long periods of time with no shake from heart beat, at about 600g perfect weight to take on a hike.
Comfort of Use, nice position of indents in the bridge moulding and not at all slippery. Feel really nice to hold
Focusing - the focus movement is easy to move and fast to adjust
Covers, easy to use, offer good protection. Easy to flick them off with your little pinkie finger when you spot something to investigate
Birdwatching, very adaptable being light and easy to focus so very easy to keep up with moving targets, often using in low light and image is still really decent as they have good exit pupil 42/8 = >5mm
Astronomy - great for a quick star gaze, light enough to not have heart beat twitching you get with heavier binoculars, yet they do catch a lot of light so easy to see clearly, likes of the Beehive, Andromeda or Orion's Scabarb.
I will repeat, my son has found these a great piece of kit to help learn and enjoy birdwatching or his our way around the night sky.
Value for Money - EXCELLENT
I have been looking for some reasonably priced but good quality binoculars to take on a planned safari, and these seem to fit my requirements exactly. I spent a long time looking around on the internet for reviews of binoculars, and these were mentioned as a very good quality / specification pair of binoculars for the price by one seemingly very experienced reviewer on what appeared to be an unbiased website.
I have not had a chance to use them in anger so far to see how they stand up in the field, but I have taken them on the odd walk and they seem robust / well made, and the image quality to my eyes seems very good, although I don't have a £1500-£2000 pair of Swarovski binoculars to compare them too! They also seem very compact / lightweight for a 'full' size pair of binoculars. Generally very happy :-)
A bit of background, I am an optics freak who tested and owned more than twenty pairs of binoculars, to name some of the brands Bushnell, Vortex, Nikon, Minox and Steiner all ranging from £300 to about £500
Here is what I look for in a pair of binoculars to pass my test for birding purpose.
Reasonable edge to edge sharpness
Neutral colour rendition
Good Eye relief
Sharpness in the centre and well controlled chromatic aberration.
Absence of lens flare, reflection and ghosting
Good barrels alignment
Now testing binoculars under different light conditions will ultimately provide an overall score of the image quality but for this review my test was under a bright sunny and slightly hazy spring day.
First time handling the Celestron, it was nice surprise, they felt compact and rather easy to handle with one hand. I do like the design and the green rubber armour. Looking through them was a breeze, eye relief was excellent and alignement or the barrels is spot on. There was no overlapping or the need to readjust my eyes. The view is totally relaxed, immersive and almost with a 3D feel that you get in Porro prism. So far two major areas passed with flying colours. At this point I am slightly annoyed since my benchmark binocular that cost 3 times the price has one issue and that is having to readjust my eye positioning. Let’s moving on! Image quality is where I am very demanding, the first thing I noticed colour pallet packs a punch, leaning toward warmth which surprisingly I found it to be rather nice to have popping colours coming from my neutral benchmark binocular. Sharpness test, a binocular is worth nothing if it cannot precisely focus to pick out details. Well, let me tell you this pair is a bad boy when it comes to center image sharpness, I was actually picking out fine details on leaves about 20 meters away, quite simply gob smacking at this price point. The field of view was decent and never felt narrow, it’s not a 8° + but better than some 8x42 double the price. The sharpness across the FOV start to soften from about 75% from the centre, this acceptable at this price point and who cares really since most people would be glassing in the centre of the image!
CA is well controlled with a small hint in the centre but overall really well suppressed.
In my test there was no flaring and straight light from the sun was nicely controlled. This is an area where most entry level binoculars fails miserably and makes the binocular almost unusable.
The only thing that was clearly apparent between the Celestron and my 8x42 Opticron Natura ED is the brightness of the image. The Celestron has really punchy colours but lacked the luminosity that my Opticron provides. Despite the Celestron had a less brightness the image remained vibrant and I could still make out the same details. I would still consider it just because how well it executes other areas like the immersive view and sharpness. My Opticron delivers outstanding light transmission & colour fidelity that matches the Zeiss conquest HD. If you have a budget of £100 go with Celestron and you would be very happy but if you want top quality glass without breaking the bank, I suggest you take a look through Opticron.
If you have nothing to compare the Celestron to ie a £600 pair of binocular these would surprise you by their sharpness and lovely vibrant colours.
Btw I test binoculars side by side before purchasing and I when purchased my Natura ED I put it up against Vanguard Ed II, Nikon HG and Zeiss Terra ED