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Celestron Cavalry 10×50 Binoculars Review

A friend of mine purchased Celestron cavalry 10×50 binoculars at an auction. Obviously, he showed me the pairs on my next visit to his place.

After using the binoculars for a while, I decided to review the Celestron cavalry 10×50 for you.

Here is my take on it,

The Rugged Cavalry series of binoculars are designed for avid hunters, boaters, law enforcement, and military uses. They are built to withstand tough weather conditions.

At a glance, Celestron Cavalry seems to be an impressive pair of binoculars with many great features.

Celestron 71424 Cavalry 10x50 Binocular (Olive Green)
  • BaK4 Prisms: Increased contrast and resolution for sharper, more detailed images
  • Fully Multi Coated Optics: Increased light transmission through the optical path for brighter images with increased...
  • Large 50 millimeter Objective Lenses: Great for low light applications

Body & Design

The binoculars dapper olive drab color offers concealment in the field and looks good. The rugged construction withstands the toughest outdoor conditions.

They are Waterproof and Nitrogen Purged to Prevent Internal Fogging.

Moreover, With fully multicoated optics, BaK-4 prisms, and ED glass objectives, it’s a steal!

An examination of the eyepiece exit pupil shows no square cut-off, collimation was good and all adjustments worked fine. Though the focuser is a tad stiff.

Lens coatings are a nice deep green color and look cool.

Also, One good feature is instead of the typically extended rubber eyepieces this model has screw out-in eyepieces to adjust for glasses, and they work well.

However, The little downside to me is that the mechanical design of the adjustment seems a little unstable to me.

You can attach the binoculars to a tripod for those extended viewing sessions.

Optical Performance

Based on the performance indicators used in the Celestron Cavalry 10×50 test, the clarity is impressive.

Remember that the cavalry is not built to look at objects up close, but it’s a powerhouse to look at distant objects.

The view is very clear and bright. Color rendition and sharpness are both near my expectations.

With large 50mm objective lenses, the Cavalry 10×50 is a useful tool for anyone out in the field and even in low light conditions, the binoculars perform well but not great.

Celestron Cavalry 10×50 Binoculars Specifications

Objective Lens Dia

50mm
Exit Pupil 5mm
Angle of View 5.6° (Actual)
Magnification 10x
Binocular Weight 36.5oz
Field Of View 294′ @ 1000 yd / 98 m @ 1000 m
Prism Type Porro (BAK4)
Minimum Focus 5 feet
Eye Relief 19.5 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment 56 to 70 mm
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +8
Weight 36.5oz
Focus type Center
Waterproof & Fogproof Yes

For Whom Celestron Cavalry 10×50 is For

They are best for daytime use and can prove great companions for birding and study purposes.

Alternatives

The Nikon 8248 ACULON A211 10×50 Binocular pose a tough competition to the Celestron Cavalry 10×50.

They are a bit lighter at 33oz than the 36.5 oz cavalry 10×50. You need to pay a little premium to get the Nikon’s Aculon 10×50 but they are worth it.

Pros

  • Amazing. Very clear, bright, and powerful.
  • I really appreciated the very and clean field of view.
  • Tripod Compatible
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty (within US/Canada only).

Cons

  • The lens covers pop off and flaps during use, the eyepiece cover does not stay steady and can be a nuisance.
  • Really heavy for 10×50 bino’s

Conclusion

The Celestron 10×50 Cavalry binoculars work great. The build quality seems very good.

The optics are clear, adjustments work well, rubber is good quality, the strap is average or better,

I recommend these for astronomy as well as great birding binoculars at a reasonable price.

In short, this is a pretty good buy in the Budget. If you like birds and want to use household-friendly binoculars, it’s time to get started.

Last update on 2021-09-24

Smith
 

"Smith is an outdoor enthusiast and Just loves everything about binoculars. Since his childhood he has been a fan of optical gadgets & going into the Jungle with his uncle was his favorite pastime. He is a mechanical engineering graduate and New Jersey Resident. He loves to review binoculars and related optical Instruments and loves testing each one of them." When he is not fiddling with one of his binoculars, you can find him playing his favorite sport Pickleball."

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