Binocular Review: Celestron Nature DX 8×42

If you are new to birding or have a very limited budget and looking to get a pretty good pair of binoculars, my recommendation is the Celestron Nature DX 8×42.

It is normally priced below $150, but Celestron packs about as much value as it can for the cost.

In this review, I tried to take summarize what was really great about the Nature DX, along with some features it doesn’t include.

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If you want to purchase the Celestron Nature DX 8×42, I have found  Amazon normally has the best prices on binoculars.  If you know of a place that has a better deal, please let me know!!

Ok, let’s talk about the Celestron Nature DX.

Prisms:

  • Like all the binoculars that I recommend for bird watching, these use the roof prism design.
  • A great feature of these binoculars is they use BaK-4 glass for the prism. This is higher quality and has much better performance than prisms made from BK-7 glass, which is what is normally seen at this price range!

Coatings:

  • Unfortunately, they don’t have the dialectic high reflective multi layer coating prism coating, they are just phase coated. With such an inexpensive pair of binoculars, this is one of those limitations.
  • The Celestron Nature DX is advertised as the lenses being fully multi-coated, so most of the light gets transmitted to your eye.  This means we get to see a bird that is bright and clear!

Other Specifications:

  • Magnification: 8x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
  • Field of View: 338 feet at 1,000 yards / 129 meters at 1,000 meters
  • Eye Relief: 17.5mm
  • Close Focusing Distance: 6.5 feet / 2 meters
  • Weight: 22.2 ounces / 1.39 pounds
  • Water proofed and fully rubber armored.

Warranty:

  • Celestron gives a Lifetime Limited Warranty. In case of a defective component, they will cover the repair or replacement part. They do not cover any damage from normal wear or tear.

 

Best Reasons to Buy

Considering the price point, The Celestron Nature DX are an excellent buy. For any binocular, I try to compare how much it costs vs. the features that come with the binocular. At under $150, you can not do better!

If you are a beginner or on a limited budget, BUY this binocular and you won’t be disappointed. I have used inexpensive binoculars before that just felt cheap and were hard to look through, which is what makes these so special. I am amazed that they cost so little but deliver such a great bird watching experience and are very effective in the field.

The multilayered lenses deliver a very clear and bright image through the BaK-4 lenses. After testing and looking through dozens of binoculars, the image compares to optics that cost 2-3 times as much.

I think these would be a great binocular to buy in bulk, especially if you were leading a bird watching class or needed a bunch of binoculars for a summer camp. If you buy something too cheap, it leads to a frustrating day in the field and can be discouraging. You won’t have that problem with these.

It is nitrogen purged to prevent fogging. As a bird watcher and being in the field all the time, I only recommend binoculars that have this feature.

It is constructed of polycarbonate, which is lightweight and durable (and low cost!) It has a lightweight feel and is rubber armored to help with durability.

Disadvantages:

The Celestron Nature DX biggest disadvantage is mainly that you get what you pay for. It is designed and marketed as a binocular for a beginner birder or someone on a low budget.

This binocular is amazing at it’s price point, but simply doesn’t hold a candle to more expensive models, especially when it comes to brightness and clarity. It is missing many of the best coatings and doesn’t use the best glass for example.

The quality of some of it’s accessories (case and strap) is also poor. If this is a concern, you can always upgrade and purchase separately.

Purchase Information:

As mentioned before, I could not find a better price that buying these on Amazon: Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binocular

My personal preference for bird watching binoculars is an 8×42 (magnification x objective diameter). This is a much debated topic with no right nor wrong answer, it just comes down to the individual birder. I mention this because the Nature DX also has a model with a 10x magnification, check it out on Amazon Celestron Nature DX 10×42 Binocular.

Lastly, if you are looking for a lighter binocular, the Nature DX comes in an 8×32 model. Celestron Nature DX 8×32 Binocular.  It only weighs 1.25 lbs but you will sacrifice a bit on brightness and clarity due to the smaller lens objective.

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Happy birding!

Scott

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