Celestron are probably best know for their telescopes, which they fist began producing in 1960, Since then they grown to become one of the world's leading makers of telescopes and giant binoculars used mostly for astronomy and now enjoy brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, innovative technology at a very competitive price. Celestron, known for their value for money can get the young astronomer started for under $150 with a dual-purpose telescope geared for terrestrial and celestial viewing, that produces bright and clear images.
In the past Celestron mainly focused on entry level binoculars, but recently they have started producing much higher quality binoculars and now I would say that their brand would stand for quality at an affordable price. Celestron have been able to bring their knowledge of telescope optics to the field of binoculars, where they have combined superior optics, modern design and technology to produce affordable binoculars and spotting scopes not only for astronomy but for most terrestrial uses as well.
Their newest series of Granite Binoculars have seriously impressed me (Read my full reviews of the 8x42 and the 9x33 Granites that both scored an outstanding 82%) - thanks to the use of high end ED glass and quality coatings on their prisms and lenses produce an excellent quality image, that has been wrapped up in a modern open hinge design magnesium body that not only looks good, but is light and very comfortable to hold.
The top of the range Celestron Granite roof prism binoculars come in 8x42, 10x42, 10x50, 12x50, 9x33 and 7x33 configurations and feature extra low-dispersion (ED) glass which reduces color dispersion and helps prevent prevents chromatic aberration and therefore is able to produce a superior image with minimal (or none) color fringing, improved sharpness and clarity with exceptional light transmission and remarkable color resolution and contrast.
The open frame design looks great, provides you with excellent grip even with one hand and is comfortable to handle whilst also helps to reduce weight. On top of this the body is made of magnesium which is much lighter and stronger than the more commonly used aluminum.
All models have been Nitrogen-purged (meaning their internal air has been replaced with dry nitrogen gas) and sealed, which makes the Granite both waterproof and fogproof.
Top quality optics and coatings have been used throughout and this includes: Fully Multi-Coated Optics and BaK-4 Prisms that have phase correction and the very best dielectric high reflectivity coatings on them.
A Binocular Harness comes free with the binocular which is something I have not seen any other brand offer before and is really a great idea.
Most models come with a wide field of view, and the 8x42 Granite boasts one that is 426ft wide at 1,000 yards which combined with a stunning view and all the other quality features and components helped them scoop the Best Birding Binocular for 2012 award.
Depending on the model you choose, this mid-high level Celestron Granite binoculars are available for around $350 / £390:
A visually obvious difference however is that they have a more traditional looking single hinge body shape, but Celestron have still used high spec magnesium alloy for it's frame material, which is not often seen on bins at this lower price.
One of the real highlights is that the Celestron 8x42 Trailseeker also has the same incredibly wide field of view (426ft @ 1000) as that of the Granite.
As you would expect they are fog and waterproof, but once again unlike many of their direct competitors, these have metal (rather than plastic) twist-up eyecups, which is another good indicator of quality.
Celestron have Fully Multi-Coated their optics and their roof prisms are made from BaK-4 glass, once again this is good, but what you should expect to find. However what is very surprising at this level is the prisms have been both phase corrected and dielectric coated, which is superb.
Once more and as with the Granite's, Celestron also include the same good quality binocular harness along with a soft carry case, neck strap and full lifetime guarantee.
Celestron Trailseeker binoculars come in four configurations, covering both the popular mid and full size markets:
These mid priced bins cost between $195 and $240 / £170 and £200, depending on the model you select:
One of the newest ranges to the Celestron line-up, the Nature DX binoculars sit just above their older standard Nature series (see below) but are still primarily aimed at the novice to intermediate user and priced to appeal to those on a fairly tight budget. What is impressive however is that they still manage to pack in a good amount of higher quality features and optical components that should provide a more than decent view and which should match or better most in this price range.
All six models in the series are of a roof prism design, using very good quality BaK-4 glass. The optics are fully multi-coated and protected in a fully sealed and waterproof Polycarbonate body that is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent fogging of the lenses.
Depending on the model you choose, these Celestron Nature DX binoculars are available for around $90 - $150 / £100 - £145:
Aimed at the more price conscious observer, the Celestron Nature Series binoculars don't come with all of the high end features of the Granite's (see above) which is expected, but they do still feature some high quality components and coatings still result in a pretty good pair of optics and all at a great price (Take a look at my full Celestron 8x42 Nature Binoculars Review).
The Celestron Nature Series Binoculars is pretty diverse with three Porro Prism Designs and two Roof Prisms and like Celestron's top of the range Granites, all the Nature Series binoculars apart from the 8x30 Porro Prism model have an open frame design that looks great, is comfortable to hold and gives you an excellent grip even with one hand.
Aluminium is used for the body which is lightweight and tough yet not as expensive as magnesium ones used in the Granite's. All Nature Series binoculars have been Nitrogen-purged (meaning their internal air has been replaced with dry nitrogen gas) and sealed, which makes them both waterproof and fogproof.
Twist up eyecups provide easy adjustment for your eyes and god quality optics and coatings have been used throughout and this includes: Fully Multi-Coated Optics and BaK-4 Prisms.
Depending on the model, Celestron Nature binoculars are available for around $65 - $100 / £65 - £100:
The Celestron SkyMaster Series of large aperture binoculars combine high performance with incredible value for money and make ideal astronomical binoculars as well as for terrestrial (land) use, especially when long distance observation is needed.
Every SkyMaster binocular features high quality BAK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast.
Celestron has also designed and engineered the larger SkyMaster models to meet the special demands of extended astronomical or terrestrial viewing sessions with maximum stability and secure optical alignment, the 80mm and 100mm SkyMaster models feature enhanced structural reinforcement to the main binocular body.
The Celestron 80 and 100mm SkyMaster binoculars also come with an integral super rigid photo tripod adapter to enable easy attachment to tripods and other fixing devices.
Price & Where to Buy
Depending on the model you choose Celestron SkyMaster binoculars are available from about $70 - $350 (£60 - £350)
The Echelon series is similar to that of the SkyMaster's above in that they are larger (giant binoculars) designed for long range glassing as well as for astronomy or for use in poorer light conditions. Where they differ however is in their quality: whilst the SkyMaster focuses on value for money, the Echelon aims to be the very best:
Celestron Echelon binoculars are hand made in the USA, using the quality optics from Japan. This ensures a very high build quality and optical performance that combines to produce a superb all round binocular. And no I have not just copied the marketing hype, it is the conclusion I came to when I tested and reviewed the 20x70 Echelon.
Currently there are three models (se below) all of which use porro prisms made from BAK-4 glass and the optics are fully multi coated using Celestron's own XLT coating.
Unlike cheaper bins, with polycarbonate bodies, the chassis on every Echelon is made from Aluminium. They are fully waterproof and fogproof as well as being tripod adaptable.
Prices & Where to Buy
At the time of writing, Celestron Echelon binoculars cost between $750 & $850 depending on the model, but for current prices and comparisons in your country, please take a look at the link below:
There are currently four models within the Cavalry range. All use BAK-4 porro prisms and come with fully multi-coated optics and are designed to be especially rugged to withstand the extreme elements.
Aimed at users like the military, police, security forces, boaters and hunters, these will perform well when the going gets tough.
One of the most interesting models within this range is the Celestron Cavalry 7x50 Binocular that despite it's low cost still comes with a with Digital GPS, Compass and bubble meter as well as a Rangefinding Reticle and is for my money one of the best value for money marine binoculars currently on the market and is also ideal for many security and search and rescue applications.
Prices & Where to Buy
This is a low to mid priced range and depending on which model you select, prices ranges from about $80 to $200 / £100 to £200. For latest prices and to compare between retailers in a number of countries, take a look at the link below:
Whilst the LandScout series currently contains only four models all of which are of a porro prism design, but with the range of magnifications and objective lens sizes Celestron have ensured that most users needs will be catered for.
Whilst all models are what I would describe as low costing, they do seem to have the most important bases covered and an aspect that I do like is that they all come with Twist-up eyecups, which at this price level is most not usually the case on a porro prism bin.
Prices & Where to Buy
The LandScouts are low costing binoculars, ranging in price from prices ranges from about $80 to $120 / £80 to £120. Follow the link below to check the current prices and compare between online retailers in a number of countries:
These binocular suspenders from Celestron are both simple and uncomplicated, yet they do what they are designed to do and they do it very well. The Celestron Binocular Harness strap is an inexpensive option for those wanting to both free up their hands and take the weight off their shoulders when not actually glassing.
More Information: Read my in-depth and hands-on review of the Celestron Binocular Harness Strap which includes photos, fitting instructions, my experience after using them and where to buy.
Below are links to a few of the full and in-depth reviews I have written on Celestron products: (View All Celestron Binoculars I have Reviewed)
The Celestron Powerseeker Telescope
Whist the Celestron PowerSeeker telescopes open up the universe with high performance, enhanced brightness, and clarity from lenses that can triple viewing power.
One of their top innovations is the Celestron SkyScout, a handheld device that uses GPS technology with the convenience of point and click to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. All you have to do is Simply point the SkyScout at any star in the sky and click the "target" button. The SkyScout will tell you what object you are looking at.
Celestron are a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, California and have received numerous industry as well as consumer media accolades, due to their innovative products. These awards include product innovation from Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association and the Reader's Digest.
They are also designers, manufacturers and importers of other high-quality optical products, including binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes in addition to their computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories. A Celestron spotting scope optimizes observation with magnification of 20x-60x, ergonomic features, variable zoom, and tripod options.
No-Fault Warranty on ALL Celestron Binoculars
Celestron offer a very comprehensive No fault Lifetime Warranty on their entire range of binoculars.
Most optical companies only offer such a comprehensive warranty on their top of the range binoculars, but the fact that Celestron have the same warranty for their entire range goes to show how much confidence they have in their products.
So what does this No fault Lifetime Warranty actually mean?
What it means is that regardless of how the binocular may have been damaged or rendered unusable (fully or partially), Celestron will repair or replace the product without any questions asked (there are a few restrictions) - This is Impressive
NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an Authorized Celestron Dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers purchased from a Celestron Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country and please contact them for any warranty service.
If you have questions about your Celestron product you can get hold of their Technical/Customer Support Department:
2835 Columbia St
Torrance, CA 90503