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Celestron Regal ED 8×42 Binoculars: Our Evaluate


    Good subject of view and shut focus, with a reasonably good picture. We rated these within the Center Floor.

    At A Look

    Celestron Regal ED 8x42 binoculars.
    Celestron Regal ED 8×42 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


    • Prime mannequin for shut focus
    • Good readability and minimal distortion
    • Large subject of view


    • Heavy really feel within the hand
    • Unfastened eyecups generally drifted out of place
    • Stiff, slow-to-move focus wheel


    • Value: $390 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
    • Shut focus: 4.9 ft (150 cm)
    • Discipline of view: 8° (420 ft at 1,000 yards). Extra about subject of view 
    • Weight: 29.9 oz (847 g)—that’s about 4.2 oz (118 g) heavier than the typical for 8×42 binoculars in our evaluate
    • Eye aid: 22.5 mm

    Viewing Expertise: The Celestron Regals offered a very good viewing expertise, and excelled within the realm of shut focus and subject of view. In head-to-head checks the picture high quality was comparable or barely higher than the inexpensive Celestron Nature DX, however not as brilliant and crisp because the equally priced Celestron Trailseeker ED. On a cloudy November day, the Regals appeared to impart a barely bluish forged, making a darkish woodland appear darker nonetheless. They labored very effectively for capturing the teardrop facial markings of feminine Wooden Geese from about 100 yards away, and the panning was easy with none discernible distortion. When making an attempt to observe unidentified sparrows at shut vary in low brush, the stiff focus wheel made it difficult to maintain the fast-moving birds in focus.

    Really feel and Construct: The Regals are heavier than most different binoculars on this evaluate, and the stiff focus wheel was troublesome to regulate to. The unfastened eyecups had an inclination to alter place whereas the bins have been dangling at relaxation. The neck strap was comfy—large and padded, and the delicate black rubber housing made for a very good grip, although one tester famous a robust odor “like tires.”

    Feedback From Testers: 

    • Cumbersome, heavy total
    • Stiff focus wheel
    • Tremendous unfastened eyecups
    • Eyecups not tall sufficient with out glasses  
    • I couldn’t make them slim sufficient to suit the gap between my eyes

    This text is one in a collection of mini-reviews. To see how these binoculars examine to others we’ve examined, see our full evaluate of reasonably priced 8×42 binoculars.