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Celestron Skymaster 15x70 for $67 shipped.

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 12:28 PM

I ordered a pair of Celestron Skymasters for $67 shipped from Amazon.com. The are due to arrive on Monday (Dec. 1st).

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..

Thanks.


#2 KennyJ

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 01:37 PM

I hope I'm still around in about 10 years time from now.

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.

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 06:06 PM

Thanks, I don't really have any expectations for $67. As long as when I look through them the view is better than Gilligan’s after he drank the fermented papaya juice and saw four sets of Headhunters, I’ll be happy.


I assume they will be about as good as a pair of Barskas or similar cheap Chinese imported brand.


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Posted 01 December 2003 - 10:51 PM

I received my Celestron 15x70s today. The box was somewhat crushed from Amazon. They had used those plastic air-baggies to protect the interior, but nobody put an air-baggy on one side, and that was the side that was crushed. I guess they are use to shipping books and not astronomical instruments.

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.

Thanks.


#5 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:24 PM

I have the same binos and they are very good for the price. I'm not sure how well they will hold collimation over time.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:46 PM

I'm looking for inexpensive bins, but wear glasses. How's the eye relief on these? I see they are now up to $69.95 at Amazon, but that's still cheap to me.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:51 PM

Answered my own question: 18mm, should be enough for me.

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 09:10 PM

So, here I am again.

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)


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