Celestron Granite 10x42 Binocular
Pinnacle of Optical Design
Celestron Granite Series Roof Prism Binoculars are the pinnacle of optical and mechanical design. Granite offers all the features you’d expect from a top-of-the-line binocular, including ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass. The ED objective lenses and fully multi-coated optics provide excellent sharpness and color correction, while virtually eliminating chromatic aberration. Granite also features BaK-4 prisms with phase and dielectric coatings to increase light transmission and overall image quality.
As the name implies, Granite binoculars are made to withstand the test of time. They are constructed from magnesium alloy, which is tougher and lighter than aluminum. Granite also features metal—not plastic—twist-up eyecups.
Joining the beloved Granite series is the 7x33 model. This new model provides an excellent balance between performance and comfort, weighing just 21 ounces. The 7x33 provides a wider field of view compared to 42mm binoculars, making them an excellent choice for travel, sports and outdoor activities.
- Fully Multi-Coatings - provide maximum light transmission with the highest levels of contrast. Provide superb natural color fidelity and vivid color saturation
- BaK-4 Prisms with High Reflectivity Coatings - the high grade prisms allow for sharp images and the reflectivity coatings increases the throughput transmission to provide the brightest possible images
- Phase Coated Prisms - correct out-of-phase shifts of light rays to ensure maximum contrast
- Waterproof and Fogproof - nitrogen purged
- Eco-Friendly - lead and arsenic free
- Focus Knob, Diopter Ring and Twist-Up Eyecups - made of metal for long life and precision movement
- Binocular Harness Strap - takes the strain off of your neck and distributes the weight load of the binoculars to your shoulders and torso. The harness is very comforable and keeps the binoculars handy when carrying them during extended use
- Standard Deluxe Binocular Strap
- Carrying Case
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
||42 mm (1.65 in) |
||10 x |
||24 oz (680 g) |
|Angular Field of View (deg)
||6.5 ° |
|Linear Field of View (@1000 yds)
||340 ft (104 m) |
|Linear Field of View (@1000 m)
||113.3 m (372 ft) |
|Exit Pupil (mm)
||4.2 mm (0.17 in) |
|Eye Relief (mm)
||15 mm (0.59 in) |
|Near Focus (Binoculars)
||8.2 ft (2.5 m) |
||73 mm (2.87 in) |
||56 mm (2.2 in) |
||Fully Multi-Coated |
||Waterproof / Fogproof - Nitrogen Purged |
What's in the Box
Celestron Granite 10x42 Binocular
Binocular Harness Strap
No Fault Lifetime Warranty
Customer review - Juxedo, UK
Just thought I'd share my first impressions on the recently released Celestron Granite 10x42 binoculars.
After much research on/offline I decided I would like to upgrade my current Olympus 8x25 bins to a more powerful. sharper model. I've just started spotting and I really needed larger objective lenses as light was becoming an issue. I also decided that, as Ihad the 8x magnification on the Olympus that I'd go for 10x just to give me that little extra reach - luckily I've a fairly steady hand so all is fine with image bounce.
For my budget (£400ish) I looked at Nikon Monarchs, Bushnell Elites and Hawke bins but came across some promising previews and videos of the Celestron Granite range.
A quick search on google and I found a local stockist - got myself down there that day and tried them out. The guys at http://viewpointoptics.co.uk
were extremely helpful and allowed me to compare the Granites alongside the Hawke Frontier and top of the range Swarovski models. I could see the lesser quality image in the Hawke Frontiers and but I have to say that the Granites stood very closely to the Swarovski models. The only differnce being slight fringing and minimal less qaulity on contrast.
The Granites were perfect for me - the shop price matched and before I knew it I was off testing my new bins out that evening!
Took them to spot a family of Barn Owls and the extra light and larity allowed me to watch on far later into the evening than my Olympus bins.
So my first impressions are extremely positive! Off to Wales at the weekend so will report back on progress!
For thos interested in the Celestron here is the initial YouTube video
that caught my eye.
I own and have reviewed several pairs of binoculars, but by far the Celestron Granite Binoculars are the movers and shakers in their price range. If you are a birder, outdoorsman, or are working on your survivalist skills, the Celestron experience is one you might want to consider. There's a lot of power in these binoculars, but the lightweight magnesium body was a real plus when I was outside working with these today. If you are into astronomy, one thing the Celestron line excels in, the easy grip and lighter weight are a definite plus. These are 1.8 oz lighter than Vanguard's Endeavor ED 8420 and 3.7 oz less than the Zeiss Victory. If you are in the market for a decent pair of binoculars, chances are you'll be making a one-time purchase so you really have to do some comparison shopping. I've outlined the specs of my three other pairs so you think about what you want.
Back to the binocular discussion. You can actually adjust your interpupillary distance (IPD). The adjustment is a quick and easy process. You simply look at a distant object, "move the two halves of the binoculars about the hinge until you see on clear circle of image through both eyes." A "user manual" tells you how to focus these in a step-by-step manner. These do have a diopter indicator so can easily refocus at a later time, something that's especially handy if you're handing them back and forth between users.
You can wear these with or without glasses with a simply folding the Rubber Eyecups down. If you do wear glasses, I'd suggest that you keep them on for maximum focus. The rubberized eyecups don't bother my glasses and won't unless I have an accidental impact. I love it that these have tripod adaptability. Between the two objective lenses on the bottom of the binoculars is a logo ... simply unscrew that (it's on solidly), attach to your tripod, and you're ready to go. If you're watching something stationary this is a perfect option. Another nice inclusion I wasn't expecting was an adjustable binocular harness. This came is a separate case in addition to the canvas and faux-leather case for the Celestron Granite binoculars. It also has an excellent ergonomic strap that is foam padded, wide, and very comfortable around my neck.
The lens caps are singular on the objective lenses and can remain on the body of the binoculars as they just flip down. You can remove them if you wish, but I found they didn't interfere and certainly seemed to be securely attached. The top lens caps are molded into one piece, but are flexible and can be placed back on the eyepieces, keeping your previous focus. Judgment call here. I've given the specs for three other pairs I have, including one that is fairly similar. To put it bluntly, these were much better all around for my use. However, everyone's needs are different and you'll have to do your own comparison shopping. My vote is for the Celestron Granite because they just have that extra zip over their competition.