Celestron 71422 Cavalry 7×50 GPS Binocular (with Digital Compass & Reticle)

cavalry-7x50-gpsMagnification: 7X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Close Focus Distance: 32.7 feet
Dimensions: 5.8 x 7.8 x 3.2 inches
Weight: 31.5 ounces
Field of View: 394 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 23 mm/ 7.1 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Porro
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: Yes

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Wildlife Observation, Sight Seeing

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Celestron Cavalry 7X50 GPS Bino Review

This Celestron Cavalry 7X50 GPS binocular has BAK4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics on a porro prism design. But, the good stuff is the rangefinding reticle and an integrated LCD screen that provides GPS coordinates and compass directions.

With a decent amount of reviewers online, this nifty, little, electronic binocular has an above average, but not great, rating.

The Cavalry is so out-of-the-box for most traditional hunters, that you mightn’t want to go near it at all. But, this could be the rangefinding, GPS, and rifle scope combo that you’ve always wanted in one convenient device – the super machined-up binocular.

If you’re just as curious as I am to see if this electronic bino is a come-and-go gadget or a solid binocular hunting tool, let’s really scrutinize the Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • LCD screen
  • Rangefinding reticle
  • Extended eye relief
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Built-in GPS system
CONs:
  • Heavy

 

Cavalry 7X50 GPS Binocular Q&A:

What does the LCD screen display?

The 0.79 x 1.02 inch/2 x 2.6 cm LCD screen displays three sets of information, the compass direction, GPS coordinates, and the level reading. It’s user-friendly and has two buttons on it. The right button is the power on/off, and the left button with the “M” on it the mode button to shift between the three features.

 

How does the Compass work?

The LCD screen will display in mils or degrees the compass readings for the direction you’re pointing the binocular in. When looking through the bino, the arrow on the screen will reflect the direction you’re pointing to and the circle around it will shift to align itself with true North – not magnetic North.

 

How does the GPS and digital level work?

There’s nothing complicated or fancy about the GPS feature. The LCD screen will display your altitude level and the latitude and longitude coordinates.

The digital bubble level is exactly that – a built-in level in the bino that tells you whether or not your binocular is being held level to the ground. On this screen, a large black circle will appear with a blue circle in the center.

There will also be a red circle and it will shift and move across the screen until you meet it with the blue circle in the center. Once you have –

 

What is the reticle like on the Cavalry?

cavalry_reticleIf you’re thinking of purchasing these rangefinding binoculars, then this might intrigue you. The reticle on the bino features stadia lines vertically and horizontally along the cross hairs. You can use this to measure the size of your target and to range distances.

Now, on the eye bell of the left barrel is a reticle calculator dial. While this looks really intimidating, you’ll get the hang of it once you get your mitts on it. The calculator has a rotating ring, three sets of number scales, and an angle indicator.

 

How much does this GPS binocular cost?

This fancy bino costs under $200. What’s also interesting is, it’s the most expensive one in the entire Calvary series although there is a 10X50 and a 15X70 model.

 

How is this as a hunting binocular?

If you’re not too interested in the electronic features, you still might want to know that this has large 50 mm lens with a 7.1 mm exit pupil, fully multi-coated lenses on BAK4 prism glass… and you know what this means right?

It’s a low light beast of an optic. It also has extended eye relief of 23 mm and an extremely wide field of view of 394 feet. Optically, this is an excellent hunting binocular, but…

It is on the heavy side, weighing 31.5 ounces. If you plan on glassing for extended periods of time without a tripod since it’s only 7X power, you might be brewing up some serious fatigue. You could also save the money and go with one of Celestron’s equally great hunting binos that don’t have the electronic features with it.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Twist up eyecups for a comfortable and true fit
  • Large 50 mm fully multi-coated lens for low light strength
  • BAK4 prisms for optimal glass and bright, sharp image quality
  • Porro prism design with large frame for an ergonomic and comfortable hold
  • Extremely wide field of view of 394 feet at 1000 yards
  • LCD screen displays digital GPS, level, and compass values
  • Includes rangefinding reticle and calculator dial for no math formulas or guess work
  • Fully weatherproof and fog-proof for all-weather use
  • Rubber armored body for non-slip grip and binocular protection
  • Backed by Celestron’s Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Our Verdict on the Cavalry GPS Binoculars

To glass it up, the Celestron Cavalry 7X50 GPS binocular can be an excellent tool for the hunter, especially if you’ve got a tripod in your pack. Using it free-hand for long periods of time will wear you out sooner than you’d like, and perhaps, before you even get to set your next tag.

However, the Celestron LandScout 10X50 brings down the cost and cuts out the fancy electronics. Unfortunately, it’s still a heifer, but it does have an ergonomic design and with a tripod in use, you can quit your “it’s heavy” complaining.  Check it out here.

It’s difficult to compare such a “smart” optic with its electronic prowess. So, we didn’t. Instead, we’ll gear you towards the Nikon Action Extreme 10X50 ATB for its low price, popularity, and high performance that lands it in the Top 100 Seller’s Binoculars list. Have you got the curious bug? Check it out!

Celestron has been underestimated for quite some time. But, their binoculars are an excellent start for them to truly show what they’re made of. Deservedly, they impress and their high, positive ratings say it all.

 

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