Celestron 10X50 LandScout Porro Prism Binocular (Model 71362)

landscout-10x50Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 50 mm
Close Focus Distance: 22.9 feet
Dimensions: 6.69 x 7.75 x 2.44 inches
Weight: 33.3 ounces
Field of View: 346 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 17.9 mm/ 5 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: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation

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Celestron LandScout Binoculars Review

This Celestron LandScout 10X50 binocular has BAK4 prisms, fully-multi-coated optics, and large 50 mm lens. It’s also made out of aluminum housing, is fully waterproof and fog-proof, and has the traditional porro prism design.

It has an excellent rating online with an extremely impressive customer satisfaction rating.

On top of its prime rating, it also won the annual Best Binoculars Award for 2015 on an accomplished optics forum. Like them, I also found the quality features of the LandScout intriguing so I gave them a spot in our line-up of the best binoculars under $100, which you can check out here.

If you’re curious what has everyone buzzing about this first-class bino that’s in entry level price range, let’s take a peek at the Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Large objective lenses
  • Large field of view
  • Tripod adaptable
  • Fully waterproof
CONs:
  • Damage during shipping

 

LandScout 10X50 Binocular Q&A:

What is the advantage of this porro prism over a roof prism?

The most obvious factor you’ll notice when you feast your eyes on a LandScout is the traditional binocular design – the porro prism. While the roof prism is a more aesthetically-pleasing, if you will, and streamlined design, the porro does have some optical advantages over a roof prism in this price range.

Porro prisms don’t require as many reflections as roof prisms do, and they also don’t need the specially formulated coatings that roof prisms require in order to function. This keeps the costs down and the porro prisms at an optical advantage since roof prisms will often be made without the coatings just to cater to the low budget market.

On top of all this, the LandScout also has the BAK4 prism glass in a porro prism bino. There are no limitations to what this porro prism can do versus a roof prism of the same price, in fact, it’s going to be far superior to a roof prism that’s made in the same price.

 

Is this a heavy binocular?

The downside to traditional porro prisms are the fact that they are more on the heavy side versus roof prisms and even reverse porro prism binoculars. But, the upside to the porro prism design is the way you can hold and manage the weight. This LandScout is a heavy 33.3 ounces, but it’s got ergonomics on its side.

While Celestron knows about the heifer status of the LandScout, they sure did balance the weight out well over the aluminum chassis. While glassing for hours, the normally heavy weight would induce fatigue, but not with this one.

The ergonomic design has you gripping the bino with thumbs wrapped comfortably around the binocular. It’s ergonomic design always allows you to hold an entire barrel comfortably while stalking when it’s not in use.

 

Is this a low light hunting binocular?

Is it ever! The large 50 mm owl eyes staring back at you gave its low light strengths away, didn’t it? So, not only does this LandScout have large 50 mm lenses to collect as much light as possible for when the sun is going down and the moon is coming up, you’ve also got a couple other advantageous elements in your favor.

You have a large 5 mm exit pupil that will probably provide about as much light as your pupils can handle. The bino also has a twilight factor of 22.3 which is great for low light hunting and excellent compared to other low budget binos.

With fully multi-coated lens on BAK4 prism glass to add into the mix, this will enable you to finally attain that “night owl” status that you hadn’t had since you were a teen. No more early nights for you!

 

What kind of eyecups does the LandScout binocular have?

These have your ever-popular twist up eyecups. This is relieving to see instead of the rubber fold up/down eyecups that are seen on many low budget binoculars that can be tricky to truly get that custom fit and comfort level.

They’re rather easy to rotate and move into position. You’ll also appreciate the positive clicks you get when it’s fully extended, retracted, and at the mid-way point.

The only downside I can think of regarding the eyecups is the rigid design that’s supposed to help you grip and twist them easier. Unfortunately, when holding it up against the eyes, it might be a little too hard for your liking. They might indent a little further into the bridge of your nose and the upper bone of your brow.

 

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
  • 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 LandScout Binoculars

To glass it up, there’s not a single complaint on the Celestron LandScout 10X50 binos. Celestron really outdid themselves with this pair as the fan base is more than impressed. However, you either love the LandScout or you hate it. The reasons for hate was because it came damaged during shipping. There were rare instances of this occurring, and it may be more appropriate to scrutinize your vendor/retailer versus blaming Celestron for this rare mishap.

Another Celestron bino that might catch your eye and the birds above is the Outland X 10X42 binoculars. It’s a cheap, high-performing, and very popular pair. It’s so popular that it’s hit the Top 50 Seller’s Binoculars ranks. Yep – Celestron knows how to glass ’em.

To really appreciate the LandScout, we’ll introduce the Simmons ProSport 10X50 (featured here). While the low price may be intriguing, you’ll definitely be missing out on some of the premium features the Celestron binocular has. However, we’ve got no beef against Simmons. They do pump out some decent optics for hunters on a budget!

Is the Celestron LandScout worth every penny? You betcha! As one of the most popular of the brands binos in the market, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we and other hunters do too.

 

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