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Celestron 71336 Nature DX 12x56 Binocular a Best Buy?

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#1 dougspeterson

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 06:41 AM

Wow Ive seen and owned the best at 2k$ a drop—Swarovski 15x56 HD my favorite. But early retirement has forced frugality. Elsewhere I discuss the Vortex 15x56 Diamondback HD, concluding it is a best buy at $350 street. Now looking for a 10x56 I stumbled across the Celestron 71336 Nature DX 12x56 Binocular (Green)  at a mere 199$ On Sale. An achromat but color just does not feel like a problem, phase coated, full aperture using a 4x monocular auxiliary telescope at 48x, star test excellent, maybe just the barest hint of asti, edge of field pretty good. Nightime performance strikingly dark and sharp. Other mfr models might be 8” tall, some 7” like the Diamondback, noticeabily smaller, but the DX an incredible 6.5” amazingly small.

 

Other experiences?

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 07:53 AM

Very nice! Great price!

 

They do show a 10x56 for a little more. Looks like the same build. Maybe a tad easier to manage. Same BAK-4 and phase coating. I’m tempted.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 08:17 AM

Quite a bit of discussion on these here in the forum in the past. Try the search function.

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 08:52 AM

I have one.  it's a nice size (ergonomically and exit pupil) but I wouldn't call it extraordinary, at least for astronomy.  you get what you pay for.  I bought mine used in perfect condition IOB for $125.  I use them occasionally, but more often grab the 10x50 Lunts or 8x56 Ultimas



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 09:20 AM

Quite a bit of discussion on these here in the forum in the past. Try the search function.

I did. The last comments were 2ea 6 months ago, general chatter, which is fine, but what I am after is more specific:

 

If you dont mind, I’d like peoples recent *personal* experiences from those who actually own them.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 09:55 AM

https://www.cloudyni...e-dx/?p=7921169

 

Starbase25 said: "Trust me, you don't want those binos, unless you like looking at a field full of comets, instead of stars."

 

Shneor writes later: " My pair seems to be  better on softness than Starbase25's, but then again, I don't look at stars, asterisms or open clusters."


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 10:46 AM

That is why I started this thread, I am seeing different than some of the earlier threads’ comments, would like more user results. I am not seeing seagulls, which I am sensitive to. Not saying Fujinon edge of field but quite decent, similar to my 10x50 Granites, could be same oculars. Not seeing softness, startest very well defined at 48x. Sharp points at 12x.

 

Also seeing differences in what I saw in a British OEM a few years ago, which I returned.

 

Could be:

midstream design changes, newer better than older

Customer specific design details to an OEM product

Personal sensitivity 


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 04:27 PM

mine give good stars out to about 60%, then get soft.  the last 10% is pretty bad.  otherwise, you can tell Alberio is a double on good nights (not many of those around here) on a tripod and you can see the colors.  so, looks like a good bit of variation, item to item.  not surprising at the price point for 56mm objectives and phase coated prisms.



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Posted 26 February 2021 - 02:54 PM

Of course unit to unit variation is possible, yet typically barrel to barrel is very consistent.



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Posted 09 March 2021 - 01:04 AM

Not many reviews, these guys gave them 5/5

 

https://birding.rock...oculars-review/



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Posted 15 March 2021 - 08:58 PM

Astronomy has different evaluation criteria than birding for hand held binos. While a decent bino, there’s no way they beat my Lunt 10x50’s or any of my Ultimas, with the exception of ergonomics. Roofs are just easier to hold. The review calls Celestron a premium brand so that’s a give-away right there. Celestron’s Granite series are decent but I would still doubt they can match a Swaro or a Leica. For the money and the size, you can do worse. But 5 out of 5?  Not in my experience. 



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Posted 16 March 2021 - 01:56 AM

I have owned those premium binoculars and I assure you they are superior. All I ask is good value for 1/10 the money.


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 07:18 AM

the build and coatings seem good on my copy, and if the 12x and 56mm objectives are attractive to you, I think it is a good value.  but personally, I find 12x hard to hold still and always go for 10x instead (or less).  I now have a decent monopod so they may get more use than previously but it might be interesting to compare them to the Nikon 12x50 AE side by side. the Nikons are a bit less expensive and may be better glass.

 

all that said, mine are not for sale, so apparently they have some value to me.  I especially like the ergonomics of roofs.



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Posted 16 March 2021 - 01:41 PM

Just wondering what the IPD is on these,I do own the Nature EX ED in the 10x50 size, bought after seeing good reviews in a couple of astro: mags: very happy with them for what they cost me, Dave.



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Posted 16 March 2021 - 09:11 PM

I have been looking for a 10x56 after Erik's glowing reviews of the Zeiss FL and Swarovski SLC.  Although it is unfair to compare Celestron to these alphas, neither of these two alphas are available (the Zeiss is not available anywhere and the SLC is unavailable in the US).  For the price (1/10 of the former), I don't see a downside to giving them a try.  The comparatively compact size (by an inch vs the SLC) and lower weight (by 6 oz vs the SLC) for the Nature DX is intriguing.  I have had some experience with failed experiments in the past.

 

George


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 10:52 PM

I have been looking for a 10x56 after Erik's glowing reviews of the Zeiss FL and Swarovski SLC.

Although it is unfair to compare Celestron to these alphas, neither of these two alphas are available

(the Zeiss is not available anywhere and the SLC is unavailable in the US).

 

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