Celestron Trailseeker ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Review

Our general most sensible pick out for symbol high quality and luxury amongst binoculars underneath $650.

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Celestron TrailSeeker 8x42 binoculars.
Celestron TrailSeeker 8×42 binoculars. Symbol via Hugh Powell.


  • Brilliant , colourful, crisp symbol
  • Captures colour nuances smartly even in sturdy glare
  • Huge box of view
  • Focal point wheel is actual but additionally simple to transport


  • Slight fall-off in sharpness on the very fringe of the picture


  • Value: $380 MSRP at press time. Costs continuously range, so test with outlets
  • Shut center of attention: 7.1 toes (216 cm)
  • Box of view: 8.1° (425 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about box of view 
  • Weight: 25.9 oz. (733 g)—that’s about 0.1 oz. (4 g) heavier than the common for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
  • Eye aid: 17.2 mm

Viewing Enjoy: Those binoculars have an ideal really feel to them, with a full of life center of attention wheel, extensive box of view, and vivid, colourful symbol. All through fall migration we spied a Golden-crowned Kinglet foraging amongst yellow cottonwood leaves—the pointy black eyeline and good yellow crown, grading into fiery orange, was once precisely the type of leisurely, stunning view that makes on a regular basis birdwatching so particular. With a box of view north of 8°, we discovered it simple to observe flying warblers as they zigged and looped in opposition to a brisk wind. At a feeder, we have been handled to the geometric patterns of a Crimson-bellied Woodpecker in sharp distinction to the comfortable blues and grays of a Blue Jay proper in the back of it. When a male House Finch perched as a grayish dot within the most sensible of a backlit tree, our Trailseeker ED did an ideal activity of filtering out the glare and bringing out the red-pink of the breast and head.  

Really feel and Construct: Those quite compact 8×42 binoculars are compatible well into our male reviewer’s medium/massive fingers. The binoculars have a clean rubberized floor with a few sculpted contours and a touch of texture that provides slightly of grip. The focal point wheel is pleasant with a pleasant sense of “glide”: a mild push units the wheel transferring, but it’s responsive enought that it doesn’t zip proper previous the focal point level. The eyecups are company and click on securely into 3 positions. Along with the usual neck strap, those binoculars got here with a harness taste strap additionally within the field.

Feedback From Testers: 

  • Brighter and crisper symbol at 100 meters having a look at male Downy Woodpecker
  • Really nice! Really easy to center of attention. Great colours.
  • In most cases nice. Appears like reasonably decrease construct high quality [than Zeiss Terra ED] however general sturdy contender
  • Great fluid motion on the focal point wheel
  • Great center of attention adjustment
  • The convenience of center of attention was once necessary

This text is one in a sequence of mini-reviews. To peer how those binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our complete evaluate of inexpensive 8×42 binoculars.  

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Eric Adjei

I love animals and am glad to share fun facts and stories about our four-legged and feathery friends, etc. I also try to teach people how to take good care of their pets, to create the best environment for them in the family.

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