Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars Review





Are you an avid bird watcher, an adventurer, or a hunter? For you, the prospect of being closer to nature or catching every detail of wildlife movements is tantalizing. For this, you need to find the best pair of binoculars. You should know by now that professional binoculars aren’t quite the cheap ones. Even so, Celestron offers the perfect pair of binoculars on a budget.

The Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars, specifically made for beginners and intermediate users, offer excellent image quality. They are feature-packed, lightweight and affordable, making them great for outdoors use. They are any hunter’s best choice.

Features of the Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars

The Celestron Nature DX 8×42 is engineered with great optical features to enhance contrast and resolution, as well as to optimize and increase light transmission. It comes packed with a number of other features that make it the perfect choice for different adventures.

Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Binoculars Review

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Interpupillary Adjustment

The distance between a person’s pupils – inter-pupillary distance- varies from person to another. In order to attain a single, clear view, Your Binoculars must be correctly adjusted to align with your inter-pupillary distance. The Nature DX lets you easily adjust this distance using the center focus wheel.

Simply place Your Binoculars at eye level and slowly move the barrels, simultaneously, while trying to place a distant object in focus. Alignment is successful when you are able to see a single clear image.

Sophisticated Optics

Celestron Nature DX 8×42 comes with quality BaK-4 prisms and phase correction roof prisms to optimize light transmission, and improve contrast and resolution. Combined with fully multi-coated lenses, the phase coated prisms maximize on light transmission to achieve a brighter view even in unfavorable light conditions.

It offers 8x magnification for the improved view and 42mm objective lens to offer a wide view field. It is easy to bring your subjects to view and quickly follow their movements. Also, observing subjects in close focus is easy with a detailed view.

Eyecup Adjustment

This Nature Dx’s twist-up eyecups feature is designed such that the binocular is able to accommodate eyeglasses wearers as well as non-wearers. The multi-position eyecups let you easily twist the eye cups up and down to achieve a comfortable viewing whether or not you are wearing eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses wearers should adjust the eye-cups such that they are in a down position in order to maximize their field of view. For non-wearers, the eye cups should be twisted in an up position.

Quality Construct

Polycarbonates body offers a durable housing for your Nature DX to protect from damage. It is also lightweight so it doesn’t weigh you down. Roof prisms offer a much appreciated streamlined figure for your Binoculars to make them more functional and attractive too.

Also, the Nature DX binoculars come with durable rubber armored housing for a secure, comfortable, non-slip grip when watching and following the movement of your subjects. Overall, the construct of the Nature DX seamless ly combines a stylish design with quality material to produce a durable, functional equipment.

Nature-friendly Design

Nature DX is designed to withstand different elements. Celestron Nature DX 8×42 is what makes it the perfect choice for any adventure; regardless of the weather conditions. The housing is nitrogen purged –filed with dry nitrogen gas- to prevent from fogging internally. Hence, perfect for humid, cold conditions. Also, it is waterproof and comes with rain guards.

Hence, perfect for rainy conditions. It comes with fully multi-coated lenses for enhanced light transmission to achieve a brighter view. Hence, perfect for dim lighting conditions. Generally, your Nature Dx functions optimally in any condition.

Tripod Adaptability

Nature Dx’s 42mm version comes with a tripod adapter that lets you attach it to a tripod. It comes with built-in threads that allows for this attachment. These threads are located behind the screwed removable logo plate.

Mounting your Nature DX 42mm binoculars on the tripod improves stability and comfort for prolonged viewing. It is also easy to watch subjects that are stationary and you need to pay attention to every aspect of their detail.

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  • Quality lenses and other optical features.
  • Easy focus.
  • Works with glasses wearers and no-wearers.
  • Compact lightweight design.
  • Durable shock-proof housing.
  • Easy grip rubberized armor.
  • Waterproof and fog proof.
  • Tripod adaptability for easy view.


  • Image blurring and edge distortion when magnification is set to the full extent offered.

Features at a Glance

  • Phase-Corrected BaK-4 Roof Prisms.
  • Fully Multi-coated Optics.
  • 59° Wide Angle Viewing.
  • 6.5 ft Close Focusing Distance.
  • Closed Bridge Configuration.
  • Poly carbonate Housing.
  • Center Focus Wheel.
  • Nitrogen-Filled Fog proof/Waterproof.
  • Twist-Up Rubber Eyecups.

Product Specifications

  • Prism Type – Roof
  • Color – Army Green
  • Magnification – 8.0x
  • Objective Lens Diameter – 42mm
  • Angle of View – 7.4° (actual)
  • Field-of-View – 388′ @ 1000yd / 128.82m @ 1000m
  • Minimum Focus Distance – 6.5′ / 1.98m
  • Exit Pupil Diameter – 5.2mm
  • Eye Relief – 17.5mm
  • Interpupillary Adjustment – 56-74mm / 2.20-2.91″
  • Focus Type – Center
  • Dimensions – 5.3×4.9×2″ / 13.46×12.45×5.08cm
  • Weight – 22.2oz / 629g
  • Shipping Weight – 1.9 pounds

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My Nature DX binoculars came with a limited lifetime warranty. What does that mean?

Q: It is my first time using a binocular, what do the numbers 8 x 42 on my Celestron Nature DX binoculars mean?

Final Verdict

Designed for beginners and intermediate binoculars users, the Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binoculars guarantee value for your money. In fact, since it comes awfully affordable, you really get more than what you pay for. Image perfection, focus clarity, and wide view field is just some of the optical feature you should expect.

It comes in a compact stylish design that is also incredibly functional with a durable construct. If you are looking for quality binoculars that will offer perfect image quality during your hunting spree, the Celestron Nature DX 8×42 binoculars are what you need.

Jim Shockey

Jim Shockey is a Canadian outdoor writer, a professional big game outfitter, and television producer and host for many hunting shows.

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