Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Review

Are you in search of a good quality pair of binoculars that you will not have a problem shelling out for cash? Then this review is for you.

Introducing the Celestron Nature dx 8x42 binoculars, an inexpensive binocular specifically designed for new and intermediate users. After comparing it to other binoculars in its price range; best binoculars under 200, I can confidently say that the DX 8X42 is in a class of its own.

Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars – Outdoor and Birding Binocular – Fully Multi-coated with BaK-4 Prisms – Rubber Armored – Fog & Waterproof Binoculars – Top Pick Optics
  • THE PERFECT BINOCULARS FOR EVERY ADVENTURE: The views through Nature DX rival those of more expensive binoculars, at a...
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  • DURABLE, WATERPROOF BODY: A rubber-armored, polycarbonate housing protects your binoculars from damage and stands up to...

I was thoroughly impressed by its features some of which predominantly found in pricier binocular models. Another thing that impressed me about the DX 8X42 is how user-friendly it is. In my opinion, even an amateur will know how to use this binocular on their first try. Here is my exact an unbiased Celestron Nature dx 8x42 review.

My Unbiased Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Review

Lenses and optics

I have been using binoculars for quite some time now, and I can honestly say that the Nature DX’s image quality really captivated me. The Celestron Nature dx 8x42 binoculars boast of high-quality Bak-4 glass prisms. One of the main benefits of prism lenses is that they magnify the light source. As such, binoculars that have prism lenses produce bright and sharp images irrespective of light conditions. Celestron also opted for fully-multicoated optics, which is hard to find in binoculars in the Nature DX’s price level.

Eye relief and comfort

Comfort is something I consider when buying a new binocular. So I was very much interested to know how this binocular compared to its competitors regarding eye relief. The Celestron 71332 nature dx 8x42 binocular has an eye relief of 17.5 mm, which is not at all too shabby. Since the eyecups twist up and down, both glass and non-glass wearers can use this binocular easily. Also, I did not experience the kind of fatigue I have experienced with other similarly priced binoculars.

Ease of use

As I have already stated, the Celestron 71332 nature dx 8x42 binocular is very easy to use even for amateurs. The focus wheel found in-between the two barrels has a diameter of 29 mm. Obviously, this is more of the smaller size. However, I found to be smooth to turn and with just the right amount of resistance. Thus, although the wheel is small, turning it was easy even when I had gloves on. The adjustment diopter, which located on the right barrel, is not lockable. Nevertheless, it also turns smoothly adding to the binocular’s ease of use.


To cut on costs, Celestron opted for polycarbonate in the construction of this binocular. This material is fairly standard for binoculars in this price range. And although it cannot compare to aluminum, it is quite a durable and lightweight material. Covering the entire binocular is a green rubberized armor. This armour will protect your binocular from knocks and falls. Also, when this binocular falls its thud is not as loud as that of other binos in its price range. The rubber also improves the Nature DX’s grip.

Pros of Celestron Nature dx 8x42 Binoculars

  • It is significantly affordable
  • Is an affordable pair of binoculars
  • Has an ergonomic design
  • Is easy to use
  • Has fully multicoated optics and phase corrected prisms
  • Is lightweight and compact
  • Can easily be mounted on most standard tripods
  • Are both water and fog proof

Cons of Celestron Nature dx 8x42 Binoculars

  • The carrying case and neck strap that comes with the binocular are not of the best quality
  • Images become blurry when the binocular is at maximum magnification

Features of Celestron 71332 nature dx 8x42 binocular

  • 8X magnification
  • 42 mm objective lens
  • Bak-4 roof prisms
  • Polycarbonate housing
  • Fully multicoated optics
  • Twist-up eye cups
  • Right eye diopter

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which is better the 8X42 or the 10X42 DX?

Answer: It depends on what you want and your preference, the 8X42 is less costly and offers a better field of view, while the 10X42 is more costly and has a powerful magnification lens, but offers a smaller field of view.

  • How much does this binocular weigh?

Answer: This Nature DX 8X42 weighs 1.25 pounds

  • Does this binocular come with a carrying case?

Answer: Yes, this binocular comes with a carrying case with a neck strap


When I compared the Celestron Nature DX 8X42 to other similarly priced binoculars such as the Nikon Trailblazer 10x42 ATB Binoculars, I found that the DX outperformed the competition. In particular, the Celestron had a better field of view, and its fully-multicoated optics cannot be compared to the Nikon’s multicoated optics. That being said, this Celestron model offers great value for your money. Thus, if you are a beginner or an intermediate binocular user, this is binocular that will give you unrivaled performance without being too costly.

Last update on 2024-07-13


"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. Besides, He loves watching & studying birds & animals. 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."

  • Rick Struntz says:

    After looking at the review, are you sure they are roof prisms? I find differing information depending where I look. So are they Poro or roof?


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