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Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

A superb picture and really feel, simply barely much less brilliant and crisp than the ED model of the Trailseeker. That is one among our High Picks.

At A Look

Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 binoculars.
Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Crisp, brilliant picture within the heart
  • Easy focus wheel
  • Compact and comfy
  • Large area of view
  • Very shut focus


  • Some blurring on the edges of view
  • Not as brilliant as identical mannequin + ED coating


  • Worth: $300 MSRP at press time. Costs typically fluctuate, so examine with retailers
  • Shut focus: Listed as 6.6 toes (200 cm). In assessments, we might focus these binoculars all the way down to about 5.5 toes (168 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 8.1° (425 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
  • Weight: 25.5 oz (722 g)—that’s about 0.3 oz (7 g) lighter than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our assessment
  • Eye aid: 17 mm

Viewing Expertise: The Celestron Trailseekers carried out properly in our area assessments, with practically all optimistic feedback from reviewers. They carried out equally to our total prime choose, the Trailseeker ED, with this pair having only a contact much less brightness total, a contact much less sharpness on the edges, and a barely stiffer focus wheel. On a brilliant sunny day, these binoculars did a pleasant job of choosing up the iridescence of the heads of male Mallards about 200 meters away on a shimmering lake, and the distinction was equally good in low mild when studying the detailed markings on the pinnacle of a White-throated Sparrow scratching on the floor. It was simple to pan together with a skein of Canada Geese as they made their method and touchdown close by, with no disorienting distortion. When viewing closely backlit American Robins, there was a slight red-green fringing alongside the define of the chook and branches, however the colour and distinction of the totally different physique and head feathers was nonetheless rendered properly.

Really feel and Construct: These binoculars have a stable really feel, comfy grip, and locking eyecups. Common measurement and weight make it an interesting option to an average-sized birder. The main focus wheel is clean, simply barely stiffer than common, which can attraction to some birders. The target lens covers had been tethered, however did tend to shift place on the ends of the barrels when the covers had been off the lenses. The bundle features a harness, fabric, and medium-weight neckstrap—comfy throughout prolonged outings.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Compact, good really feel 
  • Simple to focus, good and brilliant
  • They had been comfy, brilliant, with a superb focus wheel
  • Superb at shut focus  
  • Blurry at edges of view  
  • I used to be rapidly in a position to get a crystal clear picture with these, at a number of ranges
  • Vivid crisp, simple to deal with  

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

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