Celestron Nature DX ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

These binoculars present a very good, colourful picture and are light-weight. We rated this mannequin a Stable Alternative in our overview.

At A Look

Celestron Nature DX 8x42 binoculars
Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Good, colourful picture
  • Good efficiency at its value level
  • Comparatively light-weight


  • Can lose element and coloration on backlit pictures
  • Free eyecups can slip off their settings


  • Value: $210 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
  • Shut focus: 6.6 ft (200 cm). In assessments, we might focus these binoculars all the way down to about 7.6 ft (231 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 7.5° (394 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 24.2 oz (687 g)—that’s about 1.5 oz (42 g) lighter than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our overview
  • Eye aid: 17.5 mm

Viewing Expertise: These binoculars present a very good, colourful picture with a reasonable discipline of view. In good gentle they supply nice coloration copy, as after we watched a fall Northern Parula and simply picked out the nice and cozy yellow throat and refined contrasts between the olive again, white wingbars, and bluish tinge to the grey wings. Nevertheless, we had hassle seeing tremendous element on a few backlit Tennessee Warblers; it wasn’t till the birds ducked in entrance of a few darkish leaves that we noticed the white undertail and the faint traces over the eyes.

Really feel and Construct: The Nature DX feels stable within the hand and is barely lighter than a “typical” 8×42 binocular. Provided that really feel is a really private side of binoculars, we discovered the Nature DX to be a bit uncomfortable in day by day use. The slender eyecups felt too onerous in opposition to our eyes, and the motion was very unfastened in order that it was onerous to maintain them dialed out to the proper distance. The main target wheel felt sluggish, taking some effort each to get it shifting and to cease it on the proper second. However, we have been in a position to deal with some birds in flight, such because the sharp head markings of a Black-capped Chickadee some 70 ft within the air. The rubbery black armoring is softer and grippier than many different fashions, with a slight cheesy really feel. Presumably associated to the low value level, Celestron ships the Nature DX with a primary, non-padded webbing neck strap.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Good distinction, good decision on tree bark and distant geese
  • Really feel is inflexible and substantial
  • Straightforward to focus, very sharp, good colours
  • A bit slender for my face
  • Eyecups stored collapsing
  • Uncomfortable neck strap
  • Not dangerous picture however hassle with backlighting

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars evaluate to others we’ve examined, see our full overview of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *