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Celestron 71404 TrailSeeker 8x42mm Roof Binoculars with Dielectric-Coated Lens, BaK-4 Prism Glass, Lightweight Magnesium Alloy Body and Soft Carry Case, Black

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Both binos gave very bright images, and it seemed quite impossible to find any difference. A bino is bright for me if its image seems brighter than what I see with the naked eye (even though that's physically impossible, if I am not totally deluded).

TrailSeeker 8x42mm Roof Binoculars | Celestron

Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it. So, I can only recommend to inspect any set of binos carefully before you buy them - or decide to keep them. To me, the Celestron TrailSeeker ED 8x42 binoculars produce an image that is vibrant with a good level of contrast, but not overly so, meaning that the colors and contrast levels look natural and true to life. With the sun in front of you, both binos showed a significant amount of glare, though the image was still acceptable; I didn't notice much of a difference between the two models. At night, when I had a strong street light before me, it was easy to tell the two binos apart: With the Trailseeker, a street light would produce a straight beam of light that crossed the image. In the Monarch's image, however, you'd see an arrangement of curved beams. The reason for this behaviour becomes obvious when you look into the objectives: the Monarch's tubes are ridged inside, but the little edges (or "steps") are not matted; on the contrary, they are quite shiny and bound to produce curved ghost beams. Thus, a good idea, put into practice very badly. TrailSeeker ED features a close focus of just 6.5 feet, making it perfect for viewing birds, butterflies, plants, or other nearby subjects. But this 8x42mm binocular also offers the magnification needed to get great views of distance subjects, plus a wide field of view so you can easily follow them as they move. No matter how you choose to observe, this versatile binocular is an excellent all-around performer.


Usually, I would have then based my advice to her on my experience with the instruments that I had tested and just used the specifications and my "best guess" based on past knowledge of their products for the New Celestron TrailSeeker ED 8x42 binoculars. Whilst Celestron doesn't specify, the eyepiece housings look to me to be made from a metal and probably the same magnesium alloy used for the chassis. Described as 'tripod adaptable', all you need to do is unscrew the cover on the front hinge. This reveals a standard ¼ inch thread that will accept just about any standard tripod adapter, which are specifically designed to fit onto most tripod heads. Although these binoculars come with a harness, we realized during our Vortex 10x50 Crossfire HD binocular review that the padded case forms part of the harness so you can't use one without the other which is a little frustrating.

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And yet, the similarities between these two models go far beyond the basic specifications. Let's have a look at these first:As with all the instruments within the TrailSeeker series, this Celestron TrailSeeker ED binocular uses a pair of roof prisms made from BaK-4 glass within the barrels to re-correct the upside-down image created by the lenses. Lens & Prism Coatings Well, it was a rather complicated business before I came to a decision - and before I had an acceptable device in my hands. But let's have a look at the binos. The Trailseeker's carrying case looks rather cheap and not very durable, but at least it does what it should: it covers the bino and protects it from rain and dust. The Monarch's case is of better quality, but absurdly designed - it doesn't really cover the bino. Both cases are just thinly padded, they will not offer much protection if the bino is dropped. At 11-inches (280 mm) in length and weighing 3 lbs. (1.36 kilograms), we found in our Celestron SkyMaster Pro 15x70 binocular review that they certainly have a lot of heft, but using them handheld isn't impossible. You'd be most comfortable if you mounted them to a tripod. However, because of their high magnification, the views of the moon are breathtaking. We were especially impressed by the stereoscopic viewing of the lunar surface. See the universe close up and in stereo, but don’t plan to hike with them as they're big and heavy.


Both binos come with a rainguard, front-lens covers (secured by rings that go around the barrels), a carrying case and a shoulder strap. In addition, the Trailseeker features a harness.

Of course, there's always another side of the coin, and I'm not going to hide it from you: The only way of limiting the rolling ball effect in a given bino is to scan very slowly, so in the end you may discover more with the Monarch ... Celestron UpClose G2 10x50 Binocular: Best thought of as a great value pair of entry-level binoculars for all-round use and for occasional night sky views. They’re also really easy to set up, adjust and use. As such, there is a reasonably good choice for astronomy groups on a budget (though we do worry about their longevity). ★★★★½ From cruising around town at the weekend to pedaling to work Monday–Friday, riding a good bike transforms travel time into quality time seven days a week

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