20x80 Omegon / Celestron / TS Optics
Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:56 AM
I recently ordered a Celestron 20x80 from www.astroshop.eu, well aware of the QA and collimation problems that are reported to be common with these binocs. They are so cheap I just took the chance. Unfortunately they seem to have been lost during transport, at least nobody knows where they are.
The vendor don't have any more Celestron 20x80 in stock so instead they offer to send me Omegon 20x80 (as I understand it Omegon is their "house brand", all sorts of rebranded stuff). I now wonder if these are actually the same binocs as the Celestrons with a different badge (of course that might not be a good thing considering all the talk of bad collimation ).
I was hoping one of you binoc experts could identify the origin of these binocs, I'll post 2 pictures. Thanks in advance.
EDIT: had to remove the pics, they were against the TOS.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:23 AM
Just make sure the vendor has a good return/replacement policy so you have an option if they don't meet your expectations.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:59 AM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:23 AM
There has been an interesting development thought. I unleashed my secret weapon, namely my German wife. She called them for me and (having the advantage of the language as well as inner knowledge of their tribal customs) she negotiated a better deal
Instead they will send me a more expensive binocular at a discounted price (so I'll pay 19 euro over what the Celestrons cost). Essentially a 50 euro rebate. So the binocs I will be getting are instead the TS Optics 20 x 80 Triplet Semi-APO. The specs and visuals also look identical to the Celestrons as far as I can see, with the exception of the claimed broadband coating. I have no idea if these are actually going to be better than the Celestrons (more expensive price notwithstanding) but it will be interesting, I haven't heard anything about those binos so it might be fun trying them out.
EDIT: coatings aside, the one spec that is different is the weight, interestingly the TS Optics binos claim 2400 grams while the Celestron and Omegon ones claim 2700 grams. I dunno what that might mean if its correct, but it would seem to imply something is different.
Link and picture: TS Optics 20x80 Triplet Semi-APO