Celestron Skymaster 15x70 for $67 shipped.
Posted 29 November 2003 - 12:28 PM
This will basically be my first binocular purchase as it relates to astronomy. I was looking at a pair of Bushnell’s from Wal-mart (10x50) for about $55. However I thought 15x70s sounded much better.
If anybody has had any experience with these please let me know. I will post a first light opinion here once they arrive and the clouds part..
Posted 29 November 2003 - 01:37 PM
If the price 15 x 70s binoculars are becoming available for continues at the same descending rate as over the past 10 years ,the Chinese will be PAYING us $100 just to take the things out of their cluttered factory floors by then :-)
It only seems like yesterday Celestron 20 x 80s cost about a WEEK'S wages ( for some ) !
I hope they meet your expectations Walter.
Clear skies -- Kenny
Posted 29 November 2003 - 06:06 PM
I assume they will be about as good as a pair of Barskas or similar cheap Chinese imported brand.
Posted 01 December 2003 - 10:51 PM
Luckily the Celestron box was totally intact, and binoculars, even though they were only protected by their carrying case/bag (no Styrofoam) where in great shape!
I took them outside and quickly adjusted them. The moon was starting to become overcast with clouds, but I could still see it fine, with many small craters on the edge.
Next I aimed it down the street. These are sold as astronomical binoculars but the terrestrial viewing at night was fine. No problems at all. I do want to try a full daylight test on some wildlife to see how the operate before blessing them as terrestrial binos.
Then I noticed the moon was completely in the clouds, as I started to walk inside, I saw the twinkling of Orion to the east. The clouds hadn’t made it that far, but were moving in rapidly. So I aimed at the belt and all three stars of Orion’s belt were in the FOV. Crystal clear too. I tried for the Orion nebula but it was covered by clouds already.
I then aimed straight up and saw the Pleiades. They were covered with clouds but there they were. When I pulled the binoculars back I couldn’t see them with the naked eye, just clouds. I tried the binos again, and there they were.
I decided to call it a night.
So far with this brief test, I’m very happy with them. They seem perfectly collimated, and they have a very good FOV.
The Barska Gladiator 12-36x70s I had returned a few weeks ago were not near as good as these, however to be fair, those were zoom binos and these aren’t.
If you are looking for a gift, or a starter pair of binos I don’t think you can go wrong with these for only $67 shipped. If they weren’t so big, I’d give a pair to my kid.
I do think a camera tripod is in order for a long viewing session. I haven’t tried the mount that came with the Celestron’s but it looked very similar to the Barska’s mount.
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Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:46 PM
Larry in CA
Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:51 PM
Larry in CA
Posted 06 January 2004 - 09:10 PM
Did some net searching for these bins and found them for $59, But they were listed as Barska Blackhawk 15x70. Is the cheap binocular business like VCR's, only a few manufacturers putting different labels on their product?
Larry in CA (where it's about to rain for two days)