Celestron Regal ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Assessment

Good discipline of view and shut focus, with a reasonably good picture. We rated these within the Center Floor.

At A Look

Celestron Regal ED 8x42 binoculars.
Celestron Regal ED 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • High mannequin for shut focus
  • Good readability and minimal distortion
  • Large discipline of view


  • Heavy really feel within the hand
  • Unfastened eyecups generally drifted out of place
  • Stiff, slow-to-move focus wheel


  • Worth: $390 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so test with retailers
  • Shut focus: 4.9 toes (150 cm)
  • Area of view: 8° (420 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about discipline of view 
  • Weight: 29.9 oz (847 g)—that’s about 4.2 oz (118 g) heavier than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
  • Eye aid: 22.5 mm

Viewing Expertise: The Celestron Regals offered a superb viewing expertise, and excelled within the realm of shut focus and discipline of view. In head-to-head assessments the picture high quality was comparable or barely higher than the inexpensive Celestron Nature DX, however not as vibrant and crisp because the equally priced Celestron Trailseeker ED. On a cloudy November day, the Regals appeared to impart a barely bluish forged, making a darkish woodland appear darker nonetheless. They labored very effectively for capturing the teardrop facial markings of feminine Wooden Geese from about 100 yards away, and the panning was easy with none discernible distortion. When attempting to observe unidentified sparrows at shut vary in low brush, the stiff focus wheel made it difficult to maintain the fast-moving birds in focus.

Really feel and Construct: The Regals are heavier than most different binoculars on this evaluate, and the stiff focus wheel was troublesome to regulate to. The free eyecups had an inclination to vary place whereas the bins have been dangling at relaxation. The neck strap was snug—broad and padded, and the comfortable black rubber housing made for a superb grip, although one tester famous a robust odor “like tires.”

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Cumbersome, heavy general
  • Stiff focus wheel
  • Tremendous free eyecups
  • Eyecups not tall sufficient with out glasses  
  • I couldn’t make them slim sufficient to suit the gap between my eyes

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

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