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Great little Monocular
on April 8, 2014
I wanted a decent monocular, that was easy to carry with good optics. I can't afford a Zeiss or a Leica, but I have had experience with Celestron so I figured what the heck.
I was not disappointed. The optics are clear, the image is bright. Great for use during daylight hours, or early evening just after sunset. I have not had a chance to try star gazing with it yet, but I suspect it would be mediocre at best. Not because the optics are poor, but because the 25mm objective lens is just too small for that use.
The build quality is what I expect from Celestron. Its well made. The rubber armor is easy to hold on too. and the size/weight is good.
So on to the Pro's and Con's...
Good optics, bright and clear, no blurring of the image at the edges of the view.
Well made, nothing rattles or shakes
The rubber armor is nice and make for a good grip
Fairly easy to get a good sharp focus.
I like the twisting eye piece, because I wear glasses.
The eye relief is very good. Even with my glasses on, I can still see the whole view. (if that makes sense)
Came with a rather nice lanyard
The case is sufficient.
Size wise, it fits my hand very well, and is not heavy.
The focus ring is very stiff, which is not a real negative, its just something I noticed. It may improve with time.
The finger bumps on the top, specifically the one nearest the objective lens are just a bit much. Again personal taste.
The lanyard hole on the bottom is too near the focus ring and interferes with turning the focus ring from the bottom of the unit. And that's why the unit only got a 4 rather than a 5. The place where you attach the lanyard really annoys me.
I wish it had come with lens caps.
OK I know most of those Con's are a personal taste thing. and don't really effect the performance.
I have not had a chance to test the water or fog proof-ness of it yet, but as long as you don't try diving with it, it should be just fine.
The 10x power is what i was looking for, but please remember that the higher power, the harder it will be to hold the image still with out a tripod or mono pod.
Really though, if you are looking for a good monocular for daytime use, with good optics, you can't go wrong with the Celestron Nature 10x25.
I do recommend it and would purchase another one should anything happen to this one.