PROS / The binoculars have excellent optical qualities, making images appear bright, crisp and fully detailed.
CONS / The Celestron Nature DX is heavier than other binoculars we reviewed, which can lead to arm fatigue.
VERDICT / This set of binoculars has an excellent design that combines durability with ease of use. Add this to its unparalleled viewing experience, and you have the best binoculars we reviewed.
The Celestron Nature DX is the best pair of binoculars we reviewed because it has excellent optical qualities, a durable design and numerous support options to cover you in case you need help for any reason. In our tests, we found the binoculars produced bright, sharp images, allowing you to discern a high level of detail and clarity. The Celestron Nature DX is easy to adjust into focus, meaning you don't have to waste time adjusting the binoculars while the action passes you by.
Because of its durable housing that is both waterproof and fogproof, the Celestron is ideal for outdoor activities, whether you're taking a quick hike or an extended camping trip. However, with its excellent optics, you can use this set of binoculars for a wide range of other activities too. Ultimately, the Celestron Nature DX is the best pair of binoculars we reviewed, earning our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
Optics & Viewing
The first and most important part of how to choose the best binoculars is the optical quality. We conducted a survey in which participants evaluated the optics of each pair of binoculars, and they found that the Celestron Nature DX produced some of the clearest, sharpest and brightest images out of all the binoculars we evaluated.
The Celestron Nature DX has 12x magnification, making it ideal for outdoorsy types who want a closer look at nature. Whether you enjoy camping, hiking or landscape viewing, these binoculars give you a sharp, clear perspective on the world around you. However, because they have a relatively high magnification, these binoculars have a lower field of view, only 96 meters, meaning it can be difficult to spot fast movement from birds and small animals with them.
The objective lenses, the lenses furthest from your face when you look through them, are 56 millimeters in diameter, which is excellent for low light situations. Generally speaking, the larger the objective lens, the brighter the images appear, as the lenses capture more light to direct toward your eye. This means you can use these binoculars when you hunt and they will produce bright images at dusk and dawn, the time when game is active.
One of the reasons why the Celestron Nature DX produced high results in our optical quality survey is the BAK-4 prisms it uses to reflect light to your eye. BAK-4 is an optical glass that produces clearer and brighter images than other prism materials, so you experience edge-to-edge sharpness as you use these binoculars. Additionally, the lenses on these binoculars are multicoated, which allows more light to pass through the glass instead of being reflected off of it. This optical element also helps produce bright, sharp images.
These binoculars use the roof prism design, which essentially means the barrels that hold the lenses and prisms are straight instead of curved. Because of this design, the prisms need a phase correction coating to make sure light doesn't split into two separate beams as it reaches your eyes. The Celestron Nature DX has this prism coating to ensure that images are not fuzzy or blurry as you view the world around you.
Design & Usability
The Celestron Nature DX weighs 36.2 ounces, making it heavier than most of the other binoculars we reviewed, which had an average weight of 26 ounces. For reference, the Nature DX is slightly heavier than two 16-ounce cans of food. This weight can get a little tiring after you use the binoculars for a few minutes, but our participants found they were easy to use and generally not too uncomfortable to hold for an extended period.
During the survey we conducted, we had each participant rank each pair of binoculars on how easy it was to use and adjust as they viewed objects through it. Our participants found the Nature DX incredibly easy to use, and bringing objects into focus took no time. This means you can expect a seamless viewing experience and don't have to fumble around with the optics trying to focus them. The central knob that focuses both lenses simultaneously works smoothly and easily.
Eyeglass wearers won't have trouble with this pair of binoculars, as the eye relief is 16 millimeters. In other words, your eye doesn't need to be close to the lenses to see the full image without fuzzy edges. This pair of binoculars uses twist-up eyecups, so you can quickly adjust the eye relief distance depending on whether you wear glasses or not.
The Celestron Nature DX is both waterproof and fogproof, so you don't have to worry about water damage when you use these binoculars outdoors. As with every pair of binoculars we reviewed, rubber armor helps protect the chassis and internal components from small bumps and drops. However, regardless of the rugged design, it is important to avoid excessive damage to the binoculars. Even what may seem like minor damage can permanently alter and ruin the internal components, resulting in poor image quality. This being said, the Nature DX was built for outdoor use, meaning it can handle an unexpected bump or two when you're on the trail.
This pair of binoculars is tripod adaptable, which removes any shakiness from hand movements. You have to purchase a binocular tripod adapter in addition to the optics themselves, but this is a minor expense. This feature is especially helpful if you want to use the binoculars to stargaze, as even the slightest hand motion in low light situations can make the binoculars unusable for checking out the night sky.
Help & Support
Like all the binoculars we reviewed, the Celestron Nature DX comes with a limited lifetime warranty. This means the company covers the replacement of the product or any repairs that are required because of defective components. The warranty does not protect you against damage from normal wear and tear.
If you need to contact the company for any reason, you can reach it via email or over the phone. Although the company's website has a button that says "chat live for help," this button leads you to an email form. However, the questions we asked the company were answered fully and promptly. Celestron's website also includes a FAQs page, which is a good resource to get valuable information without reaching out to customer support.
The Celestron Nature DX is the best pair of binoculars we reviewed because it has, first and foremost, excellent optics that are fully multicoated, allowing it to direct sharp, bright images to your eyes. These binoculars are best for outdoor activities, as they are rugged, waterproof and fogproof, meaning you don't have to baby them too much when you're on the trail. Their high power makes them great for landscape viewing, hunting or hiking, but not as well-suited for birdwatching. Celestron offers excellent customer support if you run into any problems, which rounds off this excellent set of binoculars. Overall, these are the best binoculars we reviewed and will bring you closer to nature and the world around you.