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#1 marcelof

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Posted 11 July 2011 - 09:27 PM

Does someone know where these binoculars were made, celestron skymaster 20x80?
Mechanically estan constructed like them of 25x100.
Already they are not make more like this.
I buy them used and without box. I do not find any indication of the country of manufacture

http://allbinos.com/..._cel20x80_1.JPG
http://allbinos.com/..._cel20x80_3.JPG

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:06 AM

Those pictures look like the Celestron 20x80s that were made in Japan. I think you're a lucky fellow, Marcelof.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 03:28 PM

I thought the pictures look like the Barska Cosmos series. Barska Webpage, showing 20x80.

This OpticsPlanet webpage has a picture of an older version of the Skymaster 20x80 right here. That page has three selectable pictures and the one that I am referring is the "Celestron 20x80 Skymater Giant".

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:38 PM

I wouldn't trust those pictures at OpticsPlanet. The webpage shows two very different models as the "71018". My Celestron Skymaster 20x80 (a "71016") looks like the one at the bottom left, and the box for mine pictures the "model" at the top!

Obviously, Celestron started shipping its newer 20x80 Skymasters in an older model box. Of course this doesn't tell you the country of manufacture. However, every Celestron 20x80 that looks like Marcelof's images has been reported in this forum as manufactured in Japan.

I admit this is guess work. It's possible that for a while some Celestron Skymaster 20x80s coming out of China looked like the earlier Japanese-made models. I don't think Celestron catalogues would be reliable.

Does anyone really know?

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:02 PM

FWIW, I think it's been a long time since Celestron has rebranded any binoculars made in Japan, 10 years or more IIRC.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:24 PM

FWIW2
I reviewed the Celestron Skymaster 25x100 in 2004. It's identical to these with the center bar. It's Chinese.

FWIW3
I'm pretty sure the Celestron Skymaster and the Barska Cosmos are identical, except that the Barska has a mirror finish back plate.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:31 PM

The clamp knob on the tripod mount is not a knob in my Japanese model, but a lever. Also the silver plastic ring around the eyepieces is definitely of the Chinese model. In addition "Japan" would be on the front of the hinge if it were Japanese. I am going to have to say Marcelo has the Chinese version.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:34 PM

Thanks to all for answering.
Might it be said that if they were made in japan, it would emphasize it proudly?

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 06:07 PM

I'm aware of countless models of binoculars that were made in China , with no ostentatious labelling to broadcast the fact , but of very few models made in Japan without any outward sign of them having been so .

That said , just because binoculars were made in Japan does not necessarily guarantee them being " of particularly great value " nor even practically useful at all .

For example , more Japanese - made binoculars than not , manufactured over the past 50 years and more ( including some of the otherwise TRULY outstanding ones ) tend to have woefully inadequate eye - relief for anyone who wears glasses .

Several oft - plauded models also transmit what I consider to be intolerable levels of " false colour " during daytime applications .

Notwithstanding the relatively third rate levels of MECHANICAL quality , and although usually sharing the apparent disregard for special requirements of eyeglass wearers , I've found that SOME Russian made binoculars from the same period are at least equal OPTICALLY to VERY many models made in Japan .

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:47 PM

Excellent point of view, Kenny.
Thank you for sharing.

#11 BillC

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 07:32 PM

Celestron was bought out by SYNTA (a Chinese company)several years ago. Have the guys bought their company back?

Anyway, Celestron was heavy into Synta stuff BEFORE the buyout.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 05:03 PM

Thank you Bill
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Posted 15 July 2011 - 09:48 PM

Company7's website has a history of Celestron. There is nothing about Celestron binoculars. However, if you're curious, it's worth reading.

(I read it a few days ago. This thread prompted me to look at Company7's website.)

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:39 PM

"There is nothing about Celestron binoculars."

That's because Tom Johnson and Alan Hale actually MADE something . . . the affordable 8-inch SCT. Designed in the mid-60s, production cranked up in 1970.

Binoculars were ALWAYS an import item.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:49 PM

"with no ostentatious labelling . . . "

Kenny just does this crapp because he knows I keep the dictionary in the other room!






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