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I bought these for my husband for Christmas and they were a huge hit! I read a lot of reviews and these were consistently considered a good entry level binocular and they are also great value. My husbands favourite thing about them is the “clarity” of the lenses. Highly recommended by our family.
After reading some of the reviews, I was like I have to buy this pair and review it. Read the entire review before watching the video. The footage trough a phone never do the optics justice especially in a very cloudy day.
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.
Good FOV 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 Good ergonomic
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
I bought these binoculars as a replacement for a pair of cheap non-brand binoculars that went out of collimation after a year of almost constant use. I went for these binoculars as they were highly recommended for birding and so far they haven't disappointed. With the previous cheap pair of binoculars, ID'ing birds in low light was very difficult, often the colour and fine detail couldn't be seen. In comparison to the previous pair, the Celestron's at a mere £35 increase in price are magnificent. They're comfortable to hold, they produce sharp, bright and clear images with very little chromatic aberration, the wide field of view makes objects much easier to find. The rain guard and the objective covers stay on with a nice squish. I've also used them for a bit of back garden astronomy and plane spotting, they do fine for both subjects but an 8x42 isn't the best type of binocular for that but still very useable. I've had them mounted on a tripod and the extra stability improved the image quality even further.
Like with anything in life they do have some minuses. The neck strap is poor quality, despite being nitrogen filled they do fog in minus temperatures, the image isn't sharp at the edges. But all-in-all I'm very happy with these binoculars.
General usage, especially wildlife. Binoculars perform very well indeed. Image quality is top rate. No barrel distortion; no colour fringing; lens quality good to the point were I cannot detect any fall-off in sharpness across the width of the lens---if you were to peer at the extreme edges of the lens then you might just detect a minor drop-off in sharpness--this is not something that would happen in practice. As a final comment I would happily recommend these binos, there is nothing to disappoint--they feel very well built indeed. As I cannot find any fault whatsoever I have to give them five-stars. (5*) Also, the 6' 5" close focus is perfect for reading small print on the T.V.
I did a google on what binoculars where highly rated and these came out really well. I have to say the improvement over my previous was nothing short of astonishing. My wife gets motion sickness with normal binoculars and I never seem to be able to get my eyes lined up. These solved them and provide a bright image and can focus close enough to watch the birds on the feeder or to look at gullies on mountains. Delighted
I bought these mainly for bird watching and I can honestly say that I'm amazed at how good they are, everything works smoothly, the focus is easy, the eye cups pop up and stay up well and the clarity is amazing. I researched lots of different makes etc and I'm glad I chose these.
I don't have anything to compare them with but they work well. A little bit of purple fringing on distant thin objects but otherwise pretty good. I had a problem with other binoculars because I wear glasses but these work fine. I would recommend them for the price.