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    Default Re: Amateur Astronomer Celestron vs Bushnell Binoculars?

    I own a pair of the Celestron Skymaster 15x70's. I got it for an amazing price. Canadian Tire had a really good sale on just before Boxing Day/Week, and listed them for $50 CDN! I couldn't pass on this deal! I have not regretted it to this day. If you know where you are looking, you can see M31 with them. I don't mean just a bright object, you can tell it's a galaxy. It basically looks like a Nebula with a bright core. For Saturn or Jupiter, it doesn't bring in enough light to make out any detail for them. However, it's field of view is quite large and it's good for stat cluster viewing. This is good if you don't want to spend the time setting up your scope and letting it cool off etc.. To keep them more stable, I hold them closer to the end of lenses. However, due to them being heavy it can be sore on the neck. I find if you can lye on your back and let them rest on eye socket a tad, you can hold them up much longer.

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    Default Re: Amateur Astronomer Celestron vs Bushnell Binoculars?

    The thing to keep in mind is the OP's original question. Seems to me he needs a couple of reviews on which bino to buy, and not a ebay/craigs list debate. Lets try to keep some positive info coming for the bino question.

    Btw I have had some good success with Ebay, but you need to be aware how easily it is to get taken for a ride on those sites.

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    Default Re: Amateur Astronomer Celestron vs Bushnell Binoculars?

    The binoculars in the OP's post definitely require a tripod to be enjoyed. Great binoculars, but I'd go with handheld pair to start with.

    For the same money, I'd get a pair of 7x50's or 10x50's. Then later, pick up a tripod to mount them on.

    There is so much you can see with binoculars. And using them will give you a better idea what you want from a telescope. The money invested in binoculars will never be wasted - you can get real use from hand-held binoculars even on cloudy days, unlike that 10" Dob


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