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Thread: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

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    Default Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.



    G'day all Hope everyone is well!

    Has anyone here had experience with these binoculars?
    Would appreciate people's thoughts on them, and do you think they are worth the $700AUD price tag?
    Thank you, I can't seem to find any "real" reviews on them.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    I don't have those and can't find the "pro" ones on the Celestron website though the regular 25x100 are on it. However I do have 20x80 Skymasters and love them but partly for the price. The optics definitely leave room for improvement though it suits my purposes fine.

    Your main expense may no be the binos but a mount, though. Even with a parallel mount you still need to bend your neck, the higher in Alt the worse it gets. Despite that, all things considered they will give you a convenient way of viewing the sky that may be better than with most telescopes, for relatively wide field.

    I would recommend that you consider binos with a 90 degree viewing angle such as this: https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...eyepieces.html . It will save you the cost of an expensive mount and the viewing will be a lot more pleasant while you spend that mount money on better optics at the same time.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    The optics on the binoculars are good. The doubtful place is the collimation. Here in the US, the only vendor that collimates before they ship is Oberwerk, if you buy from anyone else you are taking a chance on the collimation. All the other vendors trust to the collimation from the factory which is hit or miss (mostly miss in my experience).

    Being that they are the Skymasters, I would assume that they have NOT been collimated since leaving the factory and that aspect would be very questionable to me. The good news is that they are easy to collimate yourself, bad news is it will void any warranty (at least here in the US it would).

    Now about the price!! I know that astronomy equipment is priced higher where you live, BUT THAT IS RIDICULOUS!!! I would look elsewhere.

    However the views through the 25x100s on a parallel mount are BREATHTAKING!! It's my most used instrument by FAR and I consider my Oberwerk 25x100s and parallel mount the best money I've spent on the hobby yet.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    Thanks mate! Yeah your right they're not the "pro" series, my mistake, thank you for the info and the link

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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    Thanks for the info mate! I didn't know about the collimation issue so that's good to know, yeah I never realized until recently how much us Aussie's get ripped of, everything is expensive here! But yeah I will look around more and see if I can get them cheaper or even another brand that's of good quality, I don't mind spending a decent amount on a good pair as I'll keep them for many years, I might search on sites in the USA as even with shipping costs they'll still likely be a bit cheaper than here.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    Check shipping rates from USA and EU, most EU websites have a shipping rate calculator online.
    Teleskop-Express, APM telescope and Astroshop.eu have good selection of Astro binoculars.
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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    Hello Brendam,

    there are 3 different 25x100 on the market:
    - the new Kunming HK series with improved prisms and improved multicoatings, but a bit shorter eye relief
    - the classic FB series with the slightly changed fashion
    - the Celestrons with the oversized prisms and more FOV

    The HK have the best optics of all, but I have not seen them since some time.
    The FB and are great performers, even if the FOV is not 2.5° but 2.3° due to the small prisms.
    The Celestrons have significantly more CA than the others.

    I am using the classic 25x100 FB.
    Regarding the 25x100 HK and the 25x100 Celestrons, I have had both for a short day light test.

    Before you put your finger on the ordering buttom, send me what you want to buy, and I will pass you some comments.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on celestron skymaster pro 25×100 binoculars.

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post

    Before you put your finger on the ordering buttom, send me what you want to buy, and I will pass you some comments.
    DO THIS!!!!!

    When I was considering a large set of binoculars for observing, JG is who I turned to and I'm SOOOO glad I did. Follow his advise on the binoculars and you will do GREAT!

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