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Celestron 71332 Nature DX 8x42 Binocular (Green)
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- 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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- Nature DX Binocular
- Lens Covers
- Neck Strap
- Lens Cloth
- Carrying Case
Nature DX Binoculars
Celestron’s Nature DX binoculars are the perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. These easy-to-use binoculars are great for beginners while still offering views rivaling those of more expensive binoculars, at a price to fit your budget.
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.
- 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
- Waterproof: Yes
- Nitrogen Filled (Fogproof): Yes
- Tripod Adaptable: Yes
|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|
|Item Weight||1.75 pounds|
|Objective Lens Diameter||42|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I was on the search for the best 8x42 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, 8x32 Alpen Apex 8x32, Alpen Shasta Ridge 10x42, Atlas Intrepid ED 7x36, and Kenko UltraView 10x42.
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. These 8x42's were going to be strictly daytime use for me, so only casual testing at night was performed to get a better idea of resolution, brightness, and edge performance.
Ok, one of the BIG things I learned from all of this is that YOU have to try any prospective binoculars yourself. Just because an expert reviewer says a certain pair are fantastic doesn't mean they'll be fantastic for you. Everyone's eyes, face shape (which can affect required eye relief), priorities, etc. are different. The other big thing, for me anyways, is that resolution is king. It doesn't matter how great the edge performance is, or how bright the binocular is, or how much depth of field there is if what you're viewing won't come into sharp focus. I thought my Olympus Magellans were sharp and was totally happy with them, but after experiencing a bit more sharpness I can hardly stand using them. Those are considered really nice binoculars, especially in their "day". Now, saying that, the Celestron Nature DX were not the sharpest binoculars I tested when performing strictly resolution testing (using fine print, barcodes, etc. at close and far distances). They were very close compared to the sharpest of the group, though, and I doubt most people would notice any difference. However, in real usage, they're as sharp as any of the others and I couldn't notice a difference at all.
To cut to the chase, the Nature DX's were the only binoculars that really made me smile every time I used them. My eyes just seemed to effortlessly relax into the image. I would take several binoculars into the field at the same time, viewing everything from birds to pinecones, to clouds, to airplanes, to people. Each time, when I looked through the Nature DX's, I found myself actually enjoying the image, instead of just focusing on how well it looked from an analytical perspective. Every other binocular I spent the whole time adjusting focus and diopter settings, trying to get that little bit more of "great" view. Then I'd try the Nature DX's again... and again I'd sink into the image, being amazed by that Acorn Woodpecker and actually intently watching what he was doing, forgetting that I was testing all these different binoculars. THAT is what a great pair of binoculars for YOU will do... you'll feel like you're actually there, instead of just viewing from afar. Solely scientific testing won't determine the best for you. Like I mentioned, at first I wanted a bit more resolution, but found that in real world use they had just as much resolution as any of the others, even the ED models. They do everything very well, it just all comes together with these. Plus you can't beat the price. I was happily willing to spend the full $400 of my budget if I needed to, and to be quite honest if these were $400 I would've paid it, I absolutely love them. To top it off, they're very compact and lightweight, about the size of most other 8x32's. I'd buy another pair in a heartbeat if mine were ever lost.
Just for your info, I'm really happy with my Alpen Shasta Ridge 10x42. Fantastic resolution, great feel, and a great price (got them on sale for $99). Close runner ups for me after all this testing were the Atlas Intrepid ED 8x42 (very nice view and resolution, just a tad too long for me, plus I've found out I like the top hinge vs. the Atlas' open hinge design), the Atlas Intrepid ED 7x36, and the Celestron TrailSeeker (which are very close to the Nature DX... a tad bit sharper, but my eyes didn't sink into the image as much as they did with the Nature DX).
So, out of all of the ones I tested, the Nature DX 8x42 and the Alpen 10x42 are the ones I kept... not because of their lower prices, but because they were the ones that I really enjoyed using.
I hope this helps some of you!
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. The one issue I do have is the objective covers are held on by a small strap and at the end of the day I was missing one until I found it under the seat of my kayak as it had slipped off the end of the binoculars. I had originally thought the motion of the kayak and bouncing around would not be too noticeable with just 8X binoculars. It took some getting used to. I found I could minimize the rocking and steady myself a bit if I hunched down low (low center of gravity) and pressed my back against the seat. This made for steadier viewing. It is disconcerting being jostled and trying to view a still object on land when the bouncing is magnified. 8X seems to be perfect for use on a small craft. These binoculars brought in objects I could not or could just barely see with the unaided eye. Distant radio towers, a jetski being put in the water across the lake, individual feathers on an egret around 50' distant where all crystal clear in the view!
I haven't spent as much time with these on the night sky as I have using these during the day. But all you have to do is point these straight up, focus on a bright star and you can't help but be impressed. Where you might only see small handful of stars it will look as if someone spilled salt in the sky as you will see many many times more stars! My first big test was to locate the Andromeda galaxy. Cassiopeia is easily visible from my site and it pointed me in the right direction. It took around four minutes to locate Andromeda. Some nebulosity was clearly visible with these little 8X42's! The Pleiades area also a site to see that look great in these binoculars. I did attempt to resolve the double star Mizar and was not able to resolve it as being a double. Perhaps if I mounted the binoculars as even small 8X42's seemed to bounce around a bit more than I'd like. I found it easiest to hold the binoculars snugly in the palms of both hands instead of using my fingers.
The focusing is extremely easy to use and has a nice buttery feel to it. Setting up these binoculars is a fairly easy process. The left hand has its own focusing to account for any differences in your eye. Cover up the left hand objective (using the lenscap) and then focus it so that the view appears clear in your right hand eye using the main focus on the top. Next, swap the lens cover to the other side and use the small fine focus for your left eye. The last step is to insure that both your eyes are looking straight thru by widening the binoculars as needed. Once everything is perfectly in focus and you are looking straight thru you will see that objects up to several hundred yards now `pop' in and appear dimensional.
As I mentioned earlier, I researched binoculars for a couple of months before making this purchase and was NOT disappointed. I was leaning towards a pair of Bushnell Legacy WP 8 x 42 Binocular Size: 8x42 due to the great reviews and similar specs. What pushed me back towards Celestron was how impressed I was with the Celestron 52268 C90 Mak Spotting scope (Black), Celestrons website with the compare option and of course Celestrons limited lifetime warranty! Any company that can offer this kind of warranty and still make a profit has to have a good & reliable product!