Celestron Trailseeker ED 8×32 Binoculars: Our Evaluation


A succesful, comfy binocular with a vivid, sharp picture at an inexpensive worth—one among our High Picks.

At A Look

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Celestron Trailseeker ED 8×32 binoculars. Picture by Hugh Powell.


  • Giant, colourful, eye-filling picture
  • Easy, exact focus wheel
  • Comfy grip


  • Picture high quality drops off barely at edges


  • Worth: $340 MSRP at press time. Costs usually fluctuate, so verify with retailers
  • Shut focus: 7.1 toes (216 cm)
  • Discipline of view: 7.8° (410 toes at 1,000 yards). Extra about area of view 
  • Weight: 17.7 oz (503 g)—that’s about 0.1 oz (1 g) heavier than the typical for compact binoculars in our evaluate. Examine binocular sizes and weights.
  • Eye aid: 15.6 mm

Viewing Expertise: We have been impressed again once we reviewed the 8×42 model of Celestron’s TrailSeeker ED binoculars, and this carries by to the 8×32 model as nicely. They supply a vivid, colourful picture that fills the attention, with none of the tunnel imaginative and prescient that hampers some compact binoculars. The crisp picture allowed us to understand particulars of a feminine Home Finch at shut vary: the buffy feather ideas that merge to create the wingbars, and the pointillist sample of positive streaks that make up the general brown look to the face. As a Tree Swallow watched us from a nest field, its steely green-blue iridescence gleamed softly at the hours of darkness field; a pleasant illustration of the best way these binoculars can convey out coloration and element in decrease mild ranges. The simple motion to the main focus wheel made it straightforward to shortly get sharp seems at shifting birds. On the edges of the picture we seen a slight drop-off in brightness and sharpness. At far distances we seen the picture wasn’t fairly as sharp because the Nikon M7, and in very low mild it misplaced some element—however at $160 lower than the M7, the TrailSeeker ED is worthy of a detailed look.

Really feel and Construct: These are sturdy compact binoculars with an incredible really feel within the hand because of good steadiness and a barely gentle, grippy texture to the black armoring. Orange accents spotlight the main focus wheel, which is giant and straightforward to search out and transfer. The hinge is broad and centrally positioned so {that a} viewer’s fingers are inclined to relaxation on high of the hinge moderately than wrap across the barrels. The eyecups dial easily and securely by two stops. The inventory neck strap is extensive and nicely padded.

Feedback From Testers:

  • The sort of binoculars that make me need to go search for birds
  • Good coloration readability
  • Modern, a greater dimension for me
  • Very good, somewhat heavy, good really feel to focus wheel
  • Good area of view and brightness

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 inexpensive compact binoculars.  


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