Celestron Trailseeker ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluation

Our total high decide for picture high quality and luxury amongst binoculars beneath $650.

At A Look

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


  • Brilliant , colourful, crisp picture
  • Captures colour nuances effectively even in robust glare
  • Large area of view
  • Focus wheel is exact but additionally straightforward to maneuver


  • Slight fall-off in sharpness on the very fringe of the picture


  • Worth: $380 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
  • Shut focus: 7.1 toes (216 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 8.1° (425 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
  • Weight: 25.9 oz (733 g)—that’s about 0.1 oz (4 g) heavier than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluation
  • Eye reduction: 17.2 mm

Viewing Expertise: These binoculars have a fantastic really feel to them, with a vigorous focus wheel, large area of view, and vivid, colourful picture. Throughout fall migration we spied a Golden-crowned Kinglet foraging amongst yellow cottonwood leaves—the sharp black eyeline and good yellow crown, grading into fiery orange, was precisely the type of leisurely, beautiful view that makes on a regular basis birdwatching so particular. With a area of view north of 8°, we discovered it straightforward to observe flying warblers as they zigged and looped in opposition to a brisk wind. At a feeder, we had been handled to the geometric patterns of a Pink-bellied Woodpecker in sharp distinction to the tender blues and grays of a Blue Jay proper behind it. When a male Home Finch perched as a grayish dot within the high of a backlit tree, our Trailseeker ED did a fantastic job of filtering out the glare and bringing out the red-pink of the breast and head.  

Really feel and Construct: These pretty compact 8×42 binoculars match neatly into our male reviewer’s medium/giant palms. The binoculars have a easy rubberized floor with a few sculpted contours and a touch of texture that provides a little bit of grip. The main focus wheel is pleasant with a pleasant sense of “float”: a light-weight push units the wheel shifting, but it’s responsive enought that it doesn’t zip proper previous the main target level. The eyecups are agency and click on securely into three positions. Along with the usual neck strap, these binoculars got here with a harness fashion strap additionally within the field.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Brighter and crisper picture at 100 meters taking a look at male Downy Woodpecker
  • Very good! Very straightforward to focus. Good colours.
  • Usually nice. Appears like barely decrease construct high quality [than Zeiss Terra ED] however total robust contender
  • Good fluid motion on the main target wheel
  • Good focus adjustment
  • The benefit of focus was necessary

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

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