Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars Review

Celestron’s Nature DX series is designed with the aim of producing a high-quality, yet affordable binocular that offers all the needed features for both new and old users alike.

It is probably one of the most feature-rich binoculars at an affordable price. The price for these binoculars is less than $150, which places them just above other binoculars in the same price range.

This pair of binoculars is of good quality and can appeal to a wide audience. So, let us get into this review and find out what this binocular is all about.

Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars Overview


Magnification – 8x

Objective Lens – 42mm

Close Focus – 6.5 ft / 2 m

Field of View – 388ft / 129m

Weight – 22.2 oz (629 g)


Lens System

Here we have the most common objective lens size in use, a 43mm lens. Among fantastic lenses, this one strikes a great balance between the things such as size, cost, and its ability to gather light. This along with the 8x magnification works pretty well for common use cases such as bird watching and other sports viewing. Furthermore, it is also characterized by a large exit pupil diameter that is good enough for viewing bright images.

Comfort and Usability

The eyecups have an external diameter of 40 mm. Although they might be a bit smaller than some other binoculars, they are still great because of the thick rubber padding. It also improves the comfort of the whole binocular. With a distance of 17.55 mm, you get a good amount of eye relief which should be more than enough to resist the movement and position of these optics.

As well as glasses, they can be used on any eyewear. With it, you can wear specs or contact lenses with no issue. It’s quite simple to adjust them as well. The binocular provides a great field of view, and the 29mm diameter of the focus wheel is just perfect. There is a soft rubber covering this focus wheel, which is quite rigid. Thus, the knob can be turned in a precise manner. I haven’t noticed any unwanted movements. With gloves on, you’ll still get the job done!

Construction and Build Quality

Polycarbonate is used in the construction of this binocular’s mainframe. It is actually a great construction for the price. The material is lightweight and hardy and is relatively inexpensive. Binoculars with higher prices have aluminum and magnesium construction, but that doesn’t mean Polycarbonate is inferior.

The whole external part of this binocular is covered in dark green rubber armor, which is rather thin when compared to most other binoculars. Although the impact resistance is the same, it would have been tackier if the rubber was softer to make it less grippy. For this reason, Celestron provides textured sections that you can hold on to.

Apart from the protection and grip, the surface is very little reflective and it will dampen any sound from the external cover as well. When you are hunting, this can be quite useful.

  • The price of this binocular is one of its major selling points. A versatile binocular at an affordable price
  • Binoculars come with many accessories and extras, such as carry bags and lens cleaning cloths
  • Celestron offers this binocular at an incredible value, with outstanding image quality and a sturdy build
  • The comfortable design is probably the best selling point of this binocular
  • The image may get blurry after certain magnification ranges with these binoculars
  • A second complaint we have is that the eyepiece is clunky in its width


This Celestron – Nature DX 8×42 binocular has a really compact design, making it perfect for people who don’t want to sacrifice image quality but want something small.

 It is also reasonably priced, so you can easily take it camping, hiking, or to an outdoor sporting event. With a low price and good Field of View, the binocular is also very affordable. The images are nice enough for most applications and provide you with high-quality images. Bird-watching and other wildlife observations are made possible through binoculars.

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