Celestron Nature Dx vs TrailSeeker 8×42 and 10×42

Celestron is one of the leaders’ manufacturers of binoculars. Over the years, the company has introduced different kinds of binoculars and these are available in different series such as the trailSeeker and nature series. It is easy to differentiate between nature from TrailSeeker binocular. In this Celestron Nature Dx vs TrailSeeker 8×42 and 10×42 Comparison, you will be able to tell them apart.

The Celestron Nature DX series has about 7 models which include: 8×32, 8×42, 8×56, 10×32, 10×42, 10×56, 12×56.  The Celestron TrailSeeker Series also has 6 models some of which are made with ED glass.  The models include: 8×32, 8×42, 8×42 ED, 10×32, 10×42 and 10×42 ED. The ED glass models have superior glasses which enhances your viewing.

However, this comparison is between the Celestron Nature DX models and the TrailSeeker Models without the ED glass. Below is a table comparing the two binoculars series.

Celestron Nature Dx vs TrailSeeker 8×42 and 10×42- Specs Compared

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Celestron 71333 Nature DX 10x42 Binocular (Green)
Celestron – TrailSeeker 8x42 Binoculars – Fully...
Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars – Outdoor and...
Celestron – TrailSeeker 10x42 Binoculars – Fully...
Name
Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Binocular
Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 Binocular
Celestron Nature DX 10x52 Binocular
Celestron TrailSeeker 10x42 Binocular
Magnification
8x
8x
10x
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
42 mm
42 mm
42 mm
Field of View
388.5 @ 1000 yd
425.2' @ 1000 yd
304.5' @ 1000 yd
341.2' @ 1000 yd
Eye Relief
17.5 mm
17 mm
14 mm
15 mm
Min. Focus Distance
6.6'
6.5'
6.6'
6.5'
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Dimensions
13.5 x 12.4 x 5.1 cm
12.7 x 12.4 x 4.6 cm
13.5 x 12.4 x 5.1 cm
14 x 12.9 x 5.1 cm
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 Prisms w/ Phase Coating
BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings
BaK-4 Prisms w/ Phase Coating
BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25 mm
5.25 mm
5 mm
5 mm
Weight
22.2 oz / 629.4 g
23.1 oz / 654.9 g
22.2 oz / 629.4 g
22.4 oz / 635 g
Focus
Center
Center
Center
Center
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Celestron 71333 Nature DX 10x42 Binocular (Green)
Name
Celestron Nature DX 8x42 Binocular
Magnification
8x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
388.5 @ 1000 yd
Eye Relief
17.5 mm
Min. Focus Distance
6.6'
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Dimensions
13.5 x 12.4 x 5.1 cm
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 Prisms w/ Phase Coating
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25 mm
Weight
22.2 oz / 629.4 g
Focus
Center
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Celestron – TrailSeeker 8x42 Binoculars – Fully...
Name
Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 Binocular
Magnification
8x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
425.2' @ 1000 yd
Eye Relief
17 mm
Min. Focus Distance
6.5'
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Dimensions
12.7 x 12.4 x 4.6 cm
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings
Exit Pupil Diameter
5.25 mm
Weight
23.1 oz / 654.9 g
Focus
Center
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Celestron – Nature DX 8x42 Binoculars – Outdoor and...
Name
Celestron Nature DX 10x52 Binocular
Magnification
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
304.5' @ 1000 yd
Eye Relief
14 mm
Min. Focus Distance
6.6'
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Dimensions
13.5 x 12.4 x 5.1 cm
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 Prisms w/ Phase Coating
Exit Pupil Diameter
5 mm
Weight
22.2 oz / 629.4 g
Focus
Center
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Celestron – TrailSeeker 10x42 Binoculars – Fully...
Name
Celestron TrailSeeker 10x42 Binocular
Magnification
10x
Objective Lens Diameter
42 mm
Field of View
341.2' @ 1000 yd
Eye Relief
15 mm
Min. Focus Distance
6.5'
Weatherproof
Waterproof & Fog Proof
Dimensions
14 x 12.9 x 5.1 cm
Tripod Adaptable
Yes
Lens Coatings
Fully Multi-Coated Optics
Prism Coatings
BaK-4 Prisms with Phase and Dielectric Coatings
Exit Pupil Diameter
5 mm
Weight
22.4 oz / 635 g
Focus
Center

Optical Performance

Both the Celestron Nature DX and the TrailSeeker  8×42 and 10×42  models are both for beginners even though experienced binoculars users can also use them. This can be explained in their sizes and features. They are an inexpensive set of binoculars with mid-range features.

They feature multi-coated lenses and phase-corrected Bak-4 glass prisms. However, the Celestron TrailSeeker has is optics dielectric. Making them superior to the Celestron Nature Dx binoculars.

When you take a look at their field of view, it is no doubt that the 8×42 models of the two have the widest field of view compared to the 10×42 model. But that is to be expected as low magnifications mostly have the widest FOV.

If then look at both Celestron series Holistically, the Celestron TrailSeeker binoculars have a better field of view compared to the Nature DX binoculars. That notwithstanding, close focus wise, the Celestron Nature DX models and the TrailSeeker models’ both have great close focus. With even the TrailSeeker been better at it.

Bird watchers will find both  Nature Dx and TrailSeeker binoculars favorable when it comes to looking at miniature creatures like butterflies, dragonflies, etc.

Eye relief wise, both the Nature DX 8×42 and the TrailSeeker 8×42 models have long eye relief to be able to accommodate eyeglass wearers comfortably. But both the 10×42 models are a bit below the minimum required eye relief for those who wear glass for them to be able to see the entire field of view.

When it comes to weather protection, the Celestron Nature DX and the TrailSeeker binoculars are fully weatherproof ( waterproof and fog proof).

Prices

With regards to their prices, all the models compared here are $200. With the TrailSeeker binoculars been a bit expensive than the Nature DX binoculars. That is to be expected though, considering the fact that the TrailSeeker Binoculars have better optical performance.

 

Weight and Dimensions

Both the TrailSeeker and the Nature Dx are lightweight compared to binoculars of similar specs. With the Nature DX binoculars been a bit lighter. The Celestron Nature DX binoculars weigh  629.4 g and 629.4 g and the TrailSeeker binoculars weigh 654.9 g and 635 g  respectively. In terms of their dimensions, they are almost the same dimensions as can be seen above in the table.

Body Construction

The TrailSeeker Binoculars have Magnesium Frame which besides been cheaper to manufacture have the advantage of being lightweight, reasonably strong and will not corrode.

However, even though they are of Magnesium Frame, they have a feel of the quality you get from aluminum or magnesium alloy framed binoculars.

The mainframe on the  Nature DX is constructed from polycarbonate, which is fairly typical in this price range as it is a relatively low cost but strong, durable and lightweight material.

Final Verdict

From what is said above about both the Celestron Nature Dx and the TrailSeeker binoculars, it is obvious even though both are made for beginners, they can equally be used by pros as well. They are both budget-friendly, fully weatherproof and tripod adaptable.

The TrailSeeker binoculars, however, do have better quality optics and solid body construction compared to the Nature Dx binoculars. Bird watchers will find them a worthy investment just like other outdoor sportsmen and women.

 

 

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