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#1 m00nless

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

What would be the quality of the new Celestron 15x70 Cavalry binoculars? I see they are not used available, but they seem like a significant improvement over the 15x70 SkyMaster.

http://www.celestron...-binocular.html

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

Well, they are waterproof/fogproof/N2 purged say the specs. The Cavalry have a slightly wider FOV spec and different close focus than the Skymasters as well; maybe a difference in optical components between the two? Perhaps we'll hear more about them in the near future.

There's no track record so you won't know if they have a better chance of being collimated than the Skymasters or not. Are they still actually 63mm effective aperture like the Skymasters and similar "15x70s" sold by other vendors? I'd like to know that as well.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Looks like the Skymasters with a face lift,DA.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

http://www.celestron...cavalry/?cat=67

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

It seems to have taken quite a while for this Cavalry to have finally arrived under this brand. Given the specs. compared with the Skymaster,it's understandable that dealers would be charging quite a lot more for the Cavalry.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Looks like the Skymasters with a face lift,DA.


That happens a lot in optics. Still worse is that people sometimes flock to a name, when whose who WORK for that name did nothing more the re-direct the boxes from Asia.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

It seems to have taken quite a while for this Cavalry to have finally arrived under this brand. Given the specs. compared with the Skymaster,it's understandable that dealers would be charging quite a lot more for the Cavalry.


Searching the web, it doesn't seem like anyone is selling them yet. They seem to be aimed at the law enforcement and military market, hopefully they are solid binoculars. The 10x50's $100...

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

I have not seen other 15x70 binoculars that are waterproof/fogproof/nitrogen purged and so lightweight (only 1381 g). This alone makes them interesting to try.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:35 PM

If you check the specs of premium 15x70 binoculars, all are waterproof/fog proof/nitrogen purged, etc, all have BAK4 prisms, fully multi coated optics....
Why are then the huge price differences? You really think than a Celestron 15x70 will perform equally than a Fujinon? or a Zeiss?
There are a lot more things to consider.
Search in the best of threads an article from EDZ:
"if they look the same what could be different?", just to get started in the idea....

http://www.cloudynig...ber/71821/pa...

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

FWIW, my best "sales man" (when I was selling some BA8 binoculars, just for the fun of it...) was a Celestron 15x70 a friend left me here.
Explaining all the stuff that makes a good or premium optic different from a cheap one is not easy for me, at least not in few words or minutes, so the best test was to simply make them observe trough the Celestron's, then trough the BA8's, and finally to some of my premium quality binoculars.
So, as always, if you can test some vs others you can make a better judgment....
It was a pity when the Celestron's left... sales dropped too... Now I know there is another good use for them apart from paper weighting :)

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

Personally I like to hand hold binoculars, so premium heavy binoculars are not for me. I have been looking for 15x70 binoculars with these features (waterproof/fog proof/nitrogen purged), so if the price is fair I would give these a try when they become available.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

As several of my local stores are flooded with the Skymaster 15x70,s discounted to $50 I wonder if the Skymaster is being discontinued and replaced with the Cavalry??,DA.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

These are no longer listed on the celestron website, I wonder what happened to them.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

These are no longer listed on the celestron website, I wonder what happened to them.


The Celestron Cavalry 15x70 is on the web site along with the Skymasters. :question:

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

These are no longer listed on the celestron website, I wonder what happened to them.


The Celestron Cavalry 15x70 is on the web site along with the Skymasters. :question:

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That link redirects me to the Sports and Outdors section, I don't see the Cavalry listed anywhere.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

Don't know what to say; the link works fine for me. It takes me directly to the Cavalry 15x70.

Try this: under "Binoculars" in "Sports and Outdoors", go to page 3. It's right there...

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

Strange!

The Cavalry was right there in the Binoculars section ( top left )when I clicked the link provided by Rich.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

It is a mistery, I tried two diferent browsers, deleted cookies, cache and even reseted the modem. I can't see them listed through that link nor even through the celestron home page.

This is what I get:

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Anyway, thanks for replying.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

The plot thickens!

The Cavalry has indeed suddenly completely disappeared,presumably over the horizon !

It was right there about 2 hours ago.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

The Cavalry has indeed suddenly completely disappeared,presumably over the horizon !

It was right there about 2 hours ago.


The Calvary is still listed on the USA website.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

The Cavalry has indeed suddenly completely disappeared,presumably over the horizon !

It was right there about 2 hours ago.


The Calvary is still listed on the USA website.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:49 AM

Now http://www.celestron...-binocular.html does not work for me either and it redirects to http://www.celestron...sports_outdoors where I can't find the Celestron 15x70 Cavalry.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:55 AM

Both those links work fine for me; with the second one, clicking on the binoculars heading brings me right to the page the Cavalrys are listed on.

I'd check your browser settings; there doesn't appear to be a problem with the URLs.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

I am quite sure that it was not working a few hours ago. Anyway, it is now and an ADD TO CART button has been added to the page and the price is listed as $159.95.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:17 PM

Has anyone tried these binoculars now that they are available? I am curious to know if they are any better than the 15x70 SkyMaster.






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