Celestron Nature DX 8x42 binoculars review

The Celestron Nature DX 8x42 is great value entry-level binocular that punches above its weight for daytime use

Celestron Nature DX 8x42
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Low on price and high on quality, these entry-level roof prism binoculars do an excellent impression of pricer rivals, though their clear and bright images during the day are tempered by a slight lack of detail in a deep dusk.


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    Clear and bright images

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    Quick and easy to focus

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    Waterproof design

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    Good value


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    Basic neck strap

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    Some edge distortion

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    Not the best at night

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Should you pay as much as you can for a pair of binoculars or as little as you can get away with? The Celestron Nature DX 8x42 makes a compelling case for hedging your bets by pairing some decent optics that behave brilliantly in bright light with a build quality that impresses for the money.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.