Celestron Outland X 10-30x50mm Monocular with tripod review

This fully featured monocular resembles a miniature spotting scope and even comes with its own tripod for extra stability

Celestron Outland X 10-30x50mm Monocular with tripod
(Image: © Gavin Stoker)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Resembling a miniaturized spotting scope more than a typical monocular, the Celestron Outland X 10-30x50mm monocular with a tripod is inevitably bigger than most in its class, while of course offering more with it. Though missing the possibility for strap attachment, welcome inclusions here include the built-in zoom capability, twist-up eyecup, chunky and responsive zoom control, plus the ability to mount the device on a tripod – provided – for added stability and comfort during extended periods of observation.


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    Adjustable magnification 10 to 30x

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    Waterproof and nitrogen purged

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    Mini travel tripod included

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    Fairly priced for the power


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    Bulkier than non-zoom monoculars

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    Purple fringing sometimes visible

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    No neck or wrist strap included

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If you're looking to buy one of the best monoculars for observation rather than binoculars, spotting scopes, or indeed telescopes, it's because you want a compact device to carry about your person. 

While that is still true of the Celestron Outland X 10-30x50mm monocular, it is one of the larger examples of its format and, seemingly in acknowledgment, usefully comes with its own mini travel-sized tripod out of the box. 


If you like the sound of this monocular, but you wish you could use it to take photos and video with your smartphone – then you're in luck! Celestron also makes the Outland X 20x50mm, the same monocular but with a fixed 20x magnification and a smartphone adapter for connecting up your phone's camera and taking far-off photos and videos, offering up a way to get unique content. Sharing all the same great features of the Outland X 10-30x50mm, the Outland X 20x50mm also comes with a rugged waterproof and nitrogen-purged design, BaK-4 prisms, multi-coated optics, mini tripod and smartphone adapter.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.