Celestron 71334 Nature DX 8x56 Binocular (Green)
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- Waterproof and fully rubber armored.
- Phase coated BaK-4 prisms for increased contrast and resolution
- Fully multi-coated optics provide brighter images by increasing light transmission through the entire optical path
- Tripod adaptable for long viewing sessions
- Sturdy, twist-up eyecups with multiple stops. Eyeglass friendly with 23 mm of eye relief
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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
|Item Dimensions||6 x 2.75 x 7 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.05 pounds|
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Celestron's Nature DX 8x56 binoculars are the perfect companion for your next all-day outdoor adventure. With phase-coated BaK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics, Nature DX reveals image detail you won't find with other entry-level binoculars. A great first step into the world of serious, large-aperture sport optics, the views through Celestron's 56 mm Nature DX models rival those of more expensive binoculars, at a price to fit your budget. Sophisticated optics Nature DX's high quality BaK-4 prisms are phase coated to increase contrast and resolution Phase coated prisms, combined with fully multi-coated lenses, provide maximum light transmission through the entire optical path, for brighter images, even in low light conditions. With large, 56 mm objective lenses, you'll notice the increased light-gathering abilities of Nature DX 8x56. Enjoy extra time viewing wildlife at dawn and dusk, when it's too dim to use smaller binoculars. The 8x56 model is a great choice for those new to large-aperture binoculars, since its reduced magnification makes it easier to locate and follow subjects in the field of view. Plus, they're tripod adaptable to ensure stability during extended viewing sessions Binoculars that fit your lifestyle Waterproof, fog proof, and nitrogen purged, these binoculars can withstand the elements. A durable rubber armored, polycarbonate housing protects your Nature DX from damage without weighing you down. Twist-up eyecups with multiple stops ensure proper positioning of the eyes, even for eyeglass wearers.
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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!
I will use these mostly for birds at the beach and in my yard. I just looked at the super harvest blood moon last week and that was nice too. Even just looking at the night sky on my well-lit street, you can suddenly see about 10 times as many stars.
Many binocs in this size class cost $300-500, even $1,000, so this choice was definitely easy as a bang-for-the-buck decision. This binoc was rated as a best buy by the Cornell Ornithology magazine and highly rated by many web users. Therefore, it was easy to make this my first time purchase with that in mind. I'm sure the Zeiss ones are probably phenomenal, just as I'd rather be driving a Ferrari 430 for my daily driver. But I highly doubt that the Nikon or Zeiss are truly 3, 5, or even 10 times better in quality for the same increase in price. It doesn't make quantifiable sense that the Zeiss 8x42 for $919 is nearly 9 times better.
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