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The Best Celestron Binoculars for Hunting and Bird Watching

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Hunting and birding are two of the nation’s favorite outdoor pastimes, but to get the most from your sport, you need the best equipment.

One of the most important items in your kit is going to be your pair of binoculars. Choosing the right pair of bins could mean the difference between a successful day out in the field, or coming home disappointed.

Feature Photo Credit Edith Soto

Some of the best-rated binoculars you can find today are from Celestron and I have researched the best models to use for both hunting and bird watching.

In this review, I will take a look at which models will suit both sports and more importantly, why!

First of all, let’s look at some general questions you may have about binoculars and the Celestron brand.

Note that I will use the terms binocular, bins or field glasses throughout this review but they all mean the same thing!

You can click on the section of the Table of Contents you which to skip to or continue reading the entire article.

How do I know that Celestron is a good brand to purchase from?

Celestron has been a leader in the optics industry since the 1960s when its founder, Tom Johnson, unveiled the game-changing C8 telescope.

Since then, they have continued the tradition of creating new products and bringing in new ideas. They are still one of the most respected names in optics around.

Their binoculars usually maintain an average customer rating of 4 stars and above across their entire range on Amazon. This is especially true for the models we are interested in.

As with any product, you will always get mixed reviews and differences of opinion. This is why I’m only recommending those Celestron binoculars that have a minimum of 4.5-star averages or higher.

I am also only going to select models from just two of their most popular series.

The first is the award-winning Granite ED series.

These are their top-of-the-line models, packed with the best Celestron has to offer.

The other series I’ve focused on is the Nature DX line which are some of the top, entry level bins you can find.

Even the Granite ED series are very affordable so you should be able to find one of our recommended models to fit your budget and requirements.

I’ve selected the Celestron binoculars for their superb lenses amongst other things. As you develop your hunting and birding skills, you will want to invest in high-quality optics.

Cutting corners on the glasses you take out with you will only lead to the frustration of missed opportunities and wasted time.

When hunting, high-quality optics will give you a brighter and clearer image of the game. Look for the best magnification and field of view in your budget for your preferred type of terrain.

Generally, you will also want to make sure you look for bins with coated lenses, that are waterproof and fog proof and ideally, lightweight.

The Celestron field glasses I recommend fulfill all these requirements and then some.

The requirement for birding is pretty much the same. After all, there’s no fun in birding if you can’t see the bird clearly!

You will find that hunting and birding in different terrain or locations suit different models of binoculars. Don’t worry though, I’ve got that covered and will delve into that over the next few sections.

What do the numbers mean?

One of the most often asked questions when looking at binoculars is, what do the two numbers mean? Those numbers like 7 x 33, 8 x 42 or 12 x 50 for instance.

They are actually fairly simple to explain.

The first number is the magnification or power of the bin. For example, a 7 x 33 model means you can see things 7 times closer than the naked eye. 8 x 42 would be 8 times closer and so on.

The magnification is determined by the ocular lens system which is the one you look through.

Many people assume the larger the magnification the better, but this is not strictly true. Just like with ultra-zoom digital cameras, the more you are zoomed in, the more difficult it is to keep the image steady.

Higher magnification bins also usually have a reduced field of view. We’ll get onto that in a bit.

Another common belief is that the magnification level determines how big the binoculars are. It doesn’t, the size is determined by the second number.

This number is the objective lens diameter in millimeters. That’s the lens at the light gathering end rather than the one you look through. So, a 7 x 33 model will have 33mm lenses, an 8 x 42 will have 42mm lenses etc. etc.

Basically, the bigger the lens, the brighter the image. The downside is that the bigger the lens, the bigger and heavier the set of binoculars.

The other number you will usually find printed on a pair of binoculars is a single number of degrees. Something like 5o or 7o. This indicates something called the field of view (often referred to as FOV).

The field of view is the size of the image you see when looking through the binoculars. It’s either measured in degrees (angular FOV) or as the width of the image in feet of a view 1000 yards away (linear FOV).

Field of view is mainly a function of the eyepiece design. However, lens design, the size of the objective lens and the magnification all have an effect on the FOV.

To make it easier to work out if you only have the number of degrees, multiply that by 52.5 to get the linear FOV.

A field of view of between 300 and 400 feet at 1000 yards is generally a good guide to look for. We will look at the best combinations for different pursuits later on.celestron binoculars

Are Celestron binoculars good for hunting?celestron binoculars

As I mentioned above, there are some things you need to look for when selecting a pair of binoculars.

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Don’t worry too much about all the calculations, just try to understand what all the terms mean and follow my recommendations:

Quality lenses

It’s very important to make sure you get the best optics you can afford. The Celestron binoculars I have chosen are made with high-quality glass lenses all the way through the optical path.

They are fully multi-coated which ensures the greatest amount of light passes through for a brighter image.

BaK-4 Prisms

The prism is the part of the optical path that makes sure the image is the right way up when you view it. The type of glass and the coating can make a huge difference to image quality. My recommended bins all have superior BaK-4 roof prisms as opposed to the BK-7 prisms found in cheaper models.

They are also phase coated to make sure the maximum amount of light passes through with little distortion or color loss.

Magnification

As we know, biggest is not always best when it comes to magnification. In general, you will be best suited with 8 to 10x power but we’ll go into what’s best for each situation shortly.

Celestron binoculars offer a wide selection of magnification levels.

Field of view

A larger FOV  is often regarded as best but again, it depends on what you are using it for. All the bins I have selected have a linear FOV of 320ft or more so they have plenty of scope for most situations.

Exit pupil

Performance in low light conditions is determined by something called the exit pupil. You can see these if you hold the binoculars away from your eyes and look through them. They are the small bright circles you can see in the eyepieces.

This measurement is found by dividing the diameter of the objective lens by the power. So, a 7 x 33 pair would have an exit pupil of 4.7mm and so on.

If you need something that will work well in low light conditions, then look for an exit pupil of 5mm or more. Several of my selected bins meet that criterion.

It’s important to note that all our Celestron binoculars have exit pupils that are the stated size. Some brands fudge this a little to make them cheaper to produce.

Eye relief

This measurement is particularly important for those who wear glasses. It tells you how far back from the eyepiece your eye can be and still be able to see the complete field of view.

If you’re wearing glasses and the eye relief is less than the distance from the eyepiece to your eyes, then you will only see the center part of the image.

All my selected bins have an eye relief of greater than 14mm, which is considered above average. Some are 17mm or more so will be very eyeglass friendly!

Waterproof

Of course, if you’re using binoculars out in the field you will want to make sure they fully waterproof. All the Celestron models I’ve chosen are 100% waterproof.

Fogproof

Sometimes on cheaper models, you may find that the inside of the lens fogs up under certain conditions. This is because the bins are not sealed and have air inside them. Getting fogproof binoculars for most hunting conditions are essential. And you do’t want to view beautiful birds through a foggy lens.

All my selected models have been purged with nitrogen before being sealed so this will not happen.

Rangefinder

Not available on any of our selected models but can be a useful feature. Usually only available on expensive models.

Those are the main things to look for when checking out new binoculars, but you may be wondering which ones are best for hunting? Glad you asked, let’s look at that now.

Which are best for hunting?

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Where and when you hunt can make a big difference for the type of bin that would be best for you.

For instance, if you hunt deer on open ground then something with higher power may be more important. However, if you hunt in wooded areas where there are lots of trees and brush, then something with a wide field of view is helpful.

The wider field of view also helps to track fast moving game in most situations.

Hunting in low light conditions would benefit from a brighter view so a larger lens and decent exit pupil size would become important.

Add size and weight into the mix and it can be quite complex to decide which are the best set of field glasses for you.

As a guide, in general, if you go for binoculars with 42mm lenses then they offer the best combination of bright image with medium weight. These will be great even when the light is poor, such as around dawn or dusk.

For all round deer hunting, an 8 x 42 would be a good choice. If you hunt mostly in open fields then you may prefer a 10 x 42 as you will need to scan distant areas.

Just be aware that the FOV will be considerably reduced and you will also need a steady hand!

Bow hunters often claim they don’t need binoculars as they mostly shoot at around 25 yards. What if your game runs off though? A pair of compact, lightweight 8 x 32 bins would certainly come in handy if you need to track fleeing or possibly injured prey.

When hunting big game, a good pair of binoculars are indispensable. 10 x 42 would be a good size for this type of hunting.

Binoculars from either the Granite ED or Nature DX ranges would be ideal for hunting.

Are they good for birding?

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We’ve already covered all the things you need to look for in a good pair of binoculars in the hunting section above. Most of that holds true for bird watching as well, with a couple of things to be aware of.

The Celestron Granite ED series offer some of the best binoculars for birding. If those are in your budget, you will not regret buying them.

The main advantage they have over the Nature DX range is that they use ED glass for the objective lenses.

ED stands for extra-low dispersion and is a high-quality type of glass only found in top-end binoculars and other optical devices. The purpose of ED glass is to eliminate something called ‘chromatic aberration’.

This is an effect you may see on high contrast edges (such as an edge between white and black) as color fringing.

The upshot of this is that if you have ED glass you will see an exceptionally clear and crisp image.

The Granite ED range also has dielectric high reflectivity coatings on the BaK-4 prisms to increase reflectivity to 99%. This also helps to ensure you get clear, high-contrast images with accurate colors.

Birding is all about spotting a bird in all its fine and detailed glory. The Granite ED range will provide you with some of the best images you’ve seen.

But to find the bird in the first place you will also need to make sure you have the best power and lens size model to take with you. As with hunting, different birding pursuits will have a different requirement.

If you like watching distant shorebirds or larger birds of prey for instance, then you may find you need greater magnification.

Note that if you go over 10x power then you will need a tripod or something to rest your arms on when viewing. Even at 10x magnification, you may find you are not able to hold the bins steady enough to see clearly with just your hands unsupported.

Searching for birds in a woodland area requires a wider field of view and less power. That means a larger lens size but anything over 42mm and the binoculars will start to be on the heavy side.

Not something you might be happy lugging around or holding up for long periods!

If you want a lightweight, compact design, then a small lens size will be your best bet. Something like a 32mm lens would work well.

Just remember this will not perform as well in low light situations. 7 or 9x magnification works well with this model.

Most birders tend to go for an 8 x 42 model as it offers the best tradeoff between weight, image quality, and field of view.

The magnification is enough to get a good close up view and the 42mm lens will take in plenty of light so you get a nice, bright image. This model will also work well in low light.

If you feel you want extra power to spot large, slow moving birds or birds at a great distance, then the 10 x 42 model will work well for you.

Do these work for people with glasses?

As I covered earlier in the article, all my recommended binoculars are suitable for people who wear glasses. Just be sure to check the eye relief measurement works for your own personal circumstances.

Where are Celestron binoculars made? Are they made in the US?

Celestron is a company based in Torrance, California USA.

Their binoculars are actually made by their parent company, Synta Technology based in Taiwan.

All support, repair, and servicing for the US and Canadian customers are done through Celestron in the US. Other countries are serviced by their own local authorized dealers.

What kind of warranty does Celestron offer?

The warranties provided by Celestron are some of the best on offer. All the products I have recommended come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

This covers the binoculars against defects in materials and workmanship for life. It does not cover against normal wear and tear type issues, though.

Product exteriors (such as the rubber coating) are covered against defects for five years.

Included accessories such as lens caps, straps etc. are covered against defects for two years.

That wraps up why Celestron binoculars are some of the best you can find for hunting and birding. Let’s take a look at the specific models I recommend next.

Celestron Granite ED Series

The Celestron Granite ED series contains their top of the range models that offer all the features you would expect at pretty reasonable prices. Especially when compared to some well-known competitors.

All the Granite ED binoculars come with the following features:

  • Waterproof construction
  • Nitrogen filled to prevent fogging up when moving between extreme temperatures
  • Tripod adapter
  • Fully multi-coated lenses throughout
  • ED glass objective lens
  • High-grade Bak-4 roof mounted prisms. Phase and dielectric high reflectivity coatings.
  • Magnesium alloy body – lighter and tougher than aluminum.
  • Metal focus knob, diopter ring, and eyecups are rugged and last longer than plastic.
  • Twist-up eyecups for correct positioning with or without eyeglasses
  • Hard, black rubberized armor plating over the entire body apart from the bridge connector. This provides ample protection against most knocks and bumps.
  • Ergonomic open bridge construction. Thumb indentations and finger ridges for safe handling in all weathers
  • Deep set objective lenses provide better protection
  • Included accessories comprise neck strap, harness strap, objective lens caps, rain guard, carrying case, lens cloth and instruction manual
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Granite ED 7 x 33 71378 Black Binoculars

The Granite ED 7 x 33 is one of the more compact and lightweight models in the ED series, weighing just 21oz. Dimensions wise these bins are just 5.5”x4.9”x2.1” (LxWxH) when adjusted to their widest.

At 477ft the linear field of view is huge and the largest in our lineup. Great for those hunters or birders who need to see the bigger picture and don’t need to see the target close up as it has just 7x magnification.

Great for spotting game or prey through thick brush or tracking fast moving objects.

Superb image quality in normal daylight and good brightness even in low light situations. These bins will work well for all types of general use.

If you want to see them now click here to go to Amazon.

Close focusing is right down to 6.5ft, great for bird watchers.

Well balanced and comfortable to hold, many people have reported the Celestron Granite ED 7 x 33 are some of the best bins they’ve used.

Eye relief on this model is greater than average at 15mm so will suit most people. Those who wear glasses will find these are comfortable to use and easy to adjust.

Cons:

  • 7x magnification may not be enough for some people.
  • Isolated case in one review of trouble finding the sweet spot when focusing.

Granite ED 8 x 42 71370 Black Binoculars

The Granite 8 x 42 is one of the most versatile of all the models featured here. These bins are especially recommended for birding where you want the best image possible over a range of situations.

Also suitable for hunting, of course, these binoculars offer the best all round capabilities.

Amazing image clarity is coupled with ample 8x magnification. Low light performance is also reportedly excellent. Field of view is also well above average at 426ft which confirms their ‘best all-rounder’ status.

Check them out now on Amazon before your next birding or hunting trip.

Close focus is also down to just 6.5ft, another reason the Celestron Granite ED 8 x 42 is great for bird watchers.

They are not overly heavy at 24oz and are still a pretty compact 5.5’’x4.9”x2.1”, the same as the 7×33 model.

This makes them comfortable to use, even for extended periods so no need for a tripod.

Eye relief is one of the best at 17mm so those wearing eyeglasses will have no trouble setting these up for themselves.

Cons:

  • 8x magnification may not be enough for some people.

Granite ED 9 x 33 71380 Black Binoculars

The Granite ED 9 x 33 bins are another great set of binoculars that will satisfy those who need more power.

At just 20 oz they are quite light and the same physical size as the two models above so reasonably compact to carry around all day.

The 9x magnification really brings objects closer and is just about ok to keep steady. The lighter weight helps with that. Image quality is bright and crisp as you would expect.

Low light capability is also very good, although not as capable as the 8 x 42 model.

Due to the increased power, the linear FOV is down to 378ft. That is still decent for any binoculars and for a 9x model, excellent.

That makes these binoculars a great buy for those who want more magnification such as open field hunters or distant bird watchers.

Click here to check them out now on Amazon.

The Granite ED 9 x 33 offers the increased power without sacrificing too much in the way of image size or quality, even in low light.

Close focus is down to 8.5ft, so not quite as good as the other models.

Eye relief is down to 14.1mm on this model which is still above average. Something to consider though if you wear glasses.

Cons:

  • Shorter eye relief may be a problem for eyeglass wearers.
  • Less field of view than the other models.
  • Close focus not as good as other models.

Other models available in the Granite ED series are:

Click on any of the names above and you will go straight to Amazon to check them out!

With each of these options you can expect the excellence you find in the other binculors for this series. It is really only the magnification and the size of he objective lens that changes.

These models would be mostly suited to long distance hunting. They are likely to be too powerful for birders as it will be difficult to keep a steady image without support.

Celestron Nature DX Series

The Nature DX series is billed as the top, entry level binoculars currently available. They certainly live up to that with some features you normally only find on high-end bins.

Competitively priced, these will appeal to anyone who wants quality but are on a tighter budget.

All the Nature DX binoculars come with the following features:

  • Waterproof construction
  • Nitrogen filled to prevent fogging up when moving between extreme temperatures
  • Tripod adapter
  • Fully multi-coated lenses throughout
  • High-grade Bak-4 roof mounted prisms. Phase coated.
  • Polycarbonate body – light and tough.
  • Focus knob, diopter ring, and eyecups are plastic but well made.
  • Twist-up eyecups for correct positioning with or without eyeglasses
  • Hard, green rubberized armor plating over the entire body. This provides ample protection against most knocks and bumps.
  • Ergonomic construction. Thumb indentations and finger ridges for safe handling in all weathers
  • Deep set objective lenses provide better protection
  • Included accessories comprise neck strap, objective lens caps, rain guard, carrying case, lens cloth and instruction manual
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Nature DX 8 x 25 71328 Green Binoculars

The DX 8 x 25 entry level binoculars are perfect for anyone who needs a compact, lightweight pair to keep as a backup when out hunting or birding.

Weighing in at just over 12oz and a compact 4.3”x4.5”x1.6” size, these will slip into a pocket or pack easily.

The 8x magnification is more than enough and the 378ft field of view is great for a pair of binoculars this size.

The image is clear and bright in all but very low light conditions thanks to the fully multi-coated lenses and Bak-4 prisms in the Nature DX 8 x 25 binoculars.

Close focusing is down to just 6.5ft so great for birders.

Eye relief is only average at 14mm so may not be the best pair for someone who wears glasses.

Ergonomically the bins are well balanced and the rubberized body is reported to be comfortable to hold.

Check them out for a reasonable price on Amazon.

Cons:

  • Small lens size means not the best performer in very low light.
  • Only average eye relief distance.
  • One or two isolated reports of manufacturing defects (dealt with under warranty).
  • Some people may prefer greater magnification.

Nature DX 8 x 32 71330 Green Binoculars

Slightly larger than the 8 x 25 model, the Nature DX 8 x 32 packs in a lot better performance to compensate.

Still a fairly lightweight model at just 18oz, it’s also fairly compact measuring 5”x4.9”x1.8”.

The same 8x magnification paired with a 32mm lens means a better FOV of 388ft and also a brighter image, especially in low light.

This makes it ideal for hunters and birders who want a lighter model to carry around. One that also provides great images, power, and field of view. You can find them by clicking here and going to Amazon.

The Nature DX 8 x 32 binoculars are well balanced and comfortable to hold and use, even for long periods.

Close focus is again down to 6.5ft, making these great bird watching bins.

Eye relief on this model is 17.5mm, well above average. That makes them suitable for use by most people, wearing glasses or not.

Cons:

  • Isolated reports of manufacturing defects (dealt with under warranty).
  • Some people may prefer greater magnification.

Nature DX 8 x 42 71332 Green Binoculars

The Nature DX 8 x 42 bins are the ones many will turn to as a great all-rounder.

Slightly heavier than the smaller models at just over 22oz, it still compares well with other brands. Size wise it measures 5.3”x4.9”x2” so around the same size as the Granite ED models.

It’s the great combination of optics that make these the best to go for overall in this lower priced range. If you are ready to go click here to go to Amazon.

8x magnification and the 42mm lens as we know, are a great match and they deliver a 388ft linear field of view.

Image quality is reported to be of great clarity and low light performance is better than most at this price point.

Close focus is again down to 6.5ft, useful for birders.

Despite the increase in size and weight, the Nature DX 8 x 42 bins still feel well balanced and a pleasure to use. Reviews report the focus wheel is smooth and easy to rotate.

Eye relief is well above average at 17.5mm so these binoculars can be used by most people without issue.

Cons:

  • Isolated reports of manufacturing defects (dealt with under warranty).
  • Some people may prefer greater magnification.

Nature DX 8 x 56 71334 Green Binoculars

My final pick is the DX 8 x 56 binoculars and I have included these for the tremendous light gathering capability of their 56mm lenses.

This means they are well suited to using in low light conditions such as dawn or dusk. If you hunt or bird a lot at those times these would work well for you.

The big lens comes at a price, though, these bins weigh in at a hefty 36.2oz and measure 6.68”x5.75”x2.5”. Just something to note if you are planning on carrying them a long distance.

The 8x power and 56mm lens provide a very clear and bright image of course as you would expect. Their field of view is  320ft. Still well within a good average range.

The Nature DX 8 x 56 bins are fairly comfortable to hold for short periods.  You may need a tripod or something to rest them on though for extended use.

Close focusing is not so good with these bins at 9.8ft. That could be important if you are a birder.

Eye relief though is a whopping 23mm, so perfect for those wearing thicker eye glasses.

Cons:

  • Quite heavy although not the heaviest 56mm bins around.
  • Close focusing only down to 9.8ft.
  • Isolated reports of manufacturing defects (dealt with under warranty).
  • Some people may prefer greater magnification.

For even more details on these fantastic binoculars from Celestron click here to go to Amazon.

Other models available in the Celestron Nature DX series are:

  • Celestron 71329 Nature DX 10×25 Binocular (Green)
  • Celestron 71331 Nature DX 10×32 Binocular (Green)
  • Celestron 71333 Nature DX 10×42 Binocular (Green)
  • Celestron 71335 Nature DX 10×56 Binocular (Green)
  • Celestron 71336 Nature DX 12×56 Binocular (Green)

These options are also high quality choices. It is merely a matter of what magnification and objective lens that you prefer.

As with the Granite ED higher power models, the above models are best suited for long distance hunting. If you chose the larger objective lenses you will want a tripod or a place to rest the binoculars so you can keep them steady.

 


If You Are Ready To Pick Here’s A Quick Summary

To summarize, I recommend two series, the Celestron Granite ED Series and the Celestron Nature DX Series. The Granite ED Series is their top range model whereas the Nature DX Series will start you off at entry level.

Click on any of the choices below and you will go straight to Amazon.

Top of the line for a great price:

Great entry level options:

You can always click on my Table of Contents above to learn the particulars of each option I listed.

That completes my review on the best Celestron binoculars for hunting and bird watching. I hope you now have all the information you need to make your decision and find just the pair of binoculars you need. Happy viewing!

And if you are looking to update the rest of your gear check out my other reviews: best hunting scopes, Leupold RX 1000 rangefinder, Vortex rangefinder, and BR2 rangefinder.

 

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