Celestron 71380 Granite Series 9×33 Roof Prism Binocular (Black)

granite-9x33Magnification: 9X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 33 mm
Close Focus Distance: 8.2 feet
Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.9 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 20.1 ounces
Field of View: 378 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 14.1 mm/3.6 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully Broadband Multi-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes/Yes
Eye cups: Metal Twist up
Tripod adaptable: Yes
Rangefinder: No

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

Our Rating: 4.8 Stars

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Celestron Granite ED Binoculars Review

This Celestron Granite 9X33 binocular has fully broadband multi-coated BAK4 prisms and ED glass for brilliant and sharp image quality. The bino also goes a step further with metal eyepieces, diopter ring, eyecups, and focus wheel for ultimate and robust construction. Lightweight and waterproof the Granite ED is suitable for a range of activities that will take you outdoors, including hunting and birdwatching.

With many reviews online, this Granite super star has an excellent rating with many reviewers giving the binocular a perfect score. Now that’s a rating worth telling everyone about!

I thought I’d change this review up a little and go with the 9X33 instead of the popular 10X42 binocular. Also, this 9X33 model keeps it at a nice price of around $270. One upgrade to the 10X42 will kick the price up quite a bit.

Now, to finally see ED on a Celestron binocular, let’s get right into answering your questions about it and any others you might have in our detailed Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Quality glass
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Fully weatherproof
  • Metal components
  • Very wide field of view
CONs:
  • Quality control

 

Granite 9X33 Binocular Q&A:

What is ED glass?

ED stands for Extra-Low Dispersion, and when you see this on a binocular, you know you’re getting into big-boy territory with premium models.

ED glass provides high definition (HD) effects because of the way light behaves when it makes contact with the glass. ED material keeps light from scattering within the prism assembly of the binocular and aims to keep light-waves together in their proper frequencies.

This results in minimized chromatic aberration. Chroma – what? Color fringing. You’ll know this as the fuzzy or blurry colored halo effect around the edges of your target.

If you look at a target through ED glasses that has a high contrast against the background, you should be able to see the true colors and edges of the target, not any blurry, purple-ish or red and yellow hues. This is what ED does.

 

Is this binocular tripod adaptable?

 Yes, this is a tripod adaptable binocular. If you haven’t ever mounted a bino to a tripod before, you could get thrown off by the open bridge design. This is a common mistake since you’d naturally want to look to the underside to see if that’s where it would mount.

But, don’t worry, you’re not the first to make this mistake.

If you look at the bino with the objective lens facing you, you’ll see a logoed part that juts out from in between them. By taking this cap off, you now have access to the threading to be able to mount an adapter and then a tripod.

 

Is this Granite weather-proof?

For a roughly $270 binocular with high-end features, need you ask? Of course it’s fully waterproof and nitrogen purged for fog-proofing. This binocular is going to withstand any sort of weather that you endure and brave.

It’s not going to leave your side, become faulty, or leave you hanging.

The other weatherproof feature that also helps is the metal components with the rubber covering to keep internal parts completely sealed off. The diopter, eyepieces, center focusing wheel, and eyecups are all constructed out of metal for absolute durability.

 

What comes in the box with the Granite 9X33?

If you’re looking to buy Celestron binoculars, expect to see a whole lot of accessories at the grand box opening.

You’ll have the owner’s/instruction manual, lens cleaning cloth, and a carrying case. You’ll also be given objective lens caps, rainguard (eyepiece caps), a harness strap, and a neck strap.

The harness strap is an exciting one since it costs $20 if you were to buy one. But, it keeps the binocular close and at the ready for whenever you need that critical and close up vision.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • Robust metal twist up eyecups with rubber covering for comfortable and true fit
  • Metal constructed diopter, eyepiece, and center focus wheel for long-lasting durability
  • Fully Broadband Multi-Coated BAK4 prisms for optimal glass and bright, sharp image quality
  • Extremely wide field of view of 426 feet at 1000 yards
  • Dielectric and phase correction coatings for ultimate resolution and max reflectivity for brighter, crisper, and clearer images
  • Great close focus distance of 8.2 feet
  • 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 Granite Binoculars

To glass it up, the Celestron Granite 9X33 binoculars are beloved by the majority of buyers. There was a very small number of buyers that weren’t happy about a few things here and there that fall under quality control. However, it’s not Celestron’s track record to dish out duds. The high-performance perks of the Granite far outweighs any issues some buyers have had, if fact, we even named it as one of our top picks of binoculars under $300 here – https://www.targettamers.com/best-binoculars-under-300/.

If you want a little more power from a Celestron binocular, you need to see the TrailSeeker 8×42 pair. It’s much cheaper, extremely popular, and it has high quality glass coatings with optic specs that are outstanding. It’s worth checking these out to see if they might be the lucky buy!

The Vortex Raptor 8.5X32 binoculars offer many similarities in terms of optics specs and are worth a look. However, the Granite does have an advantage over the Raptor in optical performance because of the additional, luxury coatings. But, the Raptor wins out if you’re budget conscious.

Celestron certainly knows where and how to put the most appropriate perks on a binocular to prevent a pair from becoming overpriced. The Granite binos are proof of that.

 

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