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Celestron Nature DX ED

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Old Sunday 3rd May 2020, 06:30   #1
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Celestron Nature DX ED

Has anyone tried the new Celestron Nature DX ED? I am curious how it compares with the non-ED version.

I still regularly use my 10x42 Nature DX whenever I want to carry a lightweight but full size beater or if I want a little extra mag since it's my only 10x. I think they are a great budget set albeit with fragile eyecups and high CA (as expected).

If the ED glass makes a noticeable improvement in CA I would expect them to be a fantastic competitor in the $150 class. I also wonder what the appeal would be now of Celestron's higher priced models since my impression was that stepping up to "ED" glass was the main benefit.
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Old Tuesday 2nd June 2020, 06:04   #2
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I just discovered the same binoculars while researching 8x42 roof prisms - this seems like an incredible deal for ED glass, the lowest I think I've ever seen. And they are listed as ED glass, fully-multi coated, and phase corrected. Plus they look pretty good, and from the specs, appear to be on the lighter side of 8x42s.

I DO have experience with Celestron binoculars - my Nature 8x30s are terrific Porro prism binoculars (they are Celestron's version of the Leupold Yosemite's) and they were shockingly cheap, but had some build quality issues and I had to really work them into shape. You could say I paid for the difference in sweat! Still, they are quality optics and one of my favorite "go-to" glasses for all around use.

I would guess that the same might be true of these DX EDs - super value, but be prepared to put in some work to get them where you want them. Or I suppose you could be pleasantly surprised! Personally if I could find 'em for $150 or less, I'd probably give 'em a try (they are $169 right now on Amazon)
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