Scouting for birds has truly piqued my interest, not so much because of the creatures themselves (I know, it may sound a bit contradictory), but because this activity allows me to spend more time outdoors, discovering and observing new animals. Initially, I thought it might be a dull pursuit, but with the addition of binoculars, it has become a truly enriching experience.
I certainly didn’t know anything about it. There are a lot of brands on Amazon, but I wanted to get some decent quality binoculars, as I planned for this to be an activity that I will do for many years, or at least when I have enough free time. I had already heard of many brands, mainly Celestron, a brand known for making professional telescopes. So, I did some more research on the subject and found the Celestron Outland X binoculars.
While most people opt for the 8×42 model, I preferred to stick with the 10×42 because I wanted a little more magnification. I thought stabilization might be a problem, but maybe my hands don’t shake as much, and I’m glad that wasn’t a problem.
From the first use, I felt they were quality, although I was a bit clumsy as I had only used a pair of binoculars once and that was many years ago. So, it took me a few minutes to learn exactly how they work (they included little instructions that were enough for me).
The image quality I got was incredible. Everything is so clear and super crisp that it will impress you from the first moment, especially if you’ve never used a pair of binoculars before. This is surely because the Celestron Outland X uses Bak-4 prisms, which are much better than the Bak-7 often used in cheaper binoculars. However, I can’t argue with the difference between those two prisms because I’m not a binocular expert.
Also included in the box is a bag for carrying the binoculars. It’s small but comfortable enough to be easy to carry. The bag has a small outer pocket that can be used to store small items like a phone but be careful as I almost lost the lens caps. Just be careful when putting the bag down or try to keep everything inside the bag.
The video shows a better perspective than what you could see in real life, but I can only say that through the binoculars it looks much better, although you will still have an idea of what you will be able to observe.
While the Outland X binoculars are not specifically designed for astronomical observation, they are sufficient to see more detail in the stars. Just a quick look in a clear sky was enough to see more stars than I could see with the naked eye, which was exciting. I could make out the Pleiades star cluster, and it was interesting. These binoculars are not enough to see the planets in detail. I wanted to try these binoculars to see the moon, but there won’t be a full moon for a few weeks as I wrote this article.
My experience with the Celestron Outland X 10×42 Binoculars has been very positive. The image quality is astonishing thanks to the Bak-4 prisms, exceeding expectations from the first use. They are perfect for bird watching and detail can be obtained at distances of up to 200-300 meters. Although they are not specifically for astronomical observation, they offer the possibility of seeing more stars than you could see with the naked eye. While I’m aware that experience may vary, I’m pretty sure many share my opinion.
My name is Joel! I love to read, I go to university like most people my age.
In my free time I usually train boxing, I love music, I also know how to play the guitar and the harmonica.