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    Default Celestron UpClose 10x50 VS. Tasco Sonoma 10x50 Wide Angle



    I've just started to get into astronomy and I'm looking for some binos that are relatively light enough to hold for prolonged periods of time (lighter than my friend's Celestron 15x70 anyway), have a WIDE AFOV, and have good optics.

    But most of all, since I'm a student, I need them to be cheap.

    I decided to look for 10x50 binos since I heard they have the widest WFOV and are just all-around good for astronomy. I found these two binoculars on the Internet for around the same price.

    1) Celestron UpClose 10x50

    2) Tasco Sonoma 10x50 Wide Angle
    w-w-w.opticsplanet.net/tasco-10x50-sonoma.html

    Both of them are around 70 degrees AFOV.

    1) The Celestron has a great reputation around the Internet.

    2) On the other hand, I couldn't find any reviews for the Tasco, although I have heard that somewhere that Tasco binoculars aren't all that great optically. However, this pair of Tasco binoculars are usually priced around two times more than the Celestron and now I can get both of them at around the same price.


    Which one would you recommend me getting?

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    I have the Tasco 10x50s. While they aren't the best in the world, they are really pretty decent. If I understand you, you're saying you can get the Celestrons cheaper or about the same as the Tascos. If that is the case I would get the ones from Celestron. Btw I got my Tasco 10x50s at Wal-mart for 25 bucks. They are good for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimt View Post
    If I understand you, you're saying you can get the Celestrons cheaper or about the same as the Tascos. If that is the case I would get the ones from Celestron. Btw I got my Tasco 10x50s at Wal-mart for 25 bucks. They are good for the money.

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    I can get them both for almost the same price (28.99 vs 29.99)
    If this is the case, which one would you recommend me getting?

    Thanks!

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    anyone o_O?

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    Sorry that you are not getting more help.. it's possible that nobody has owned both and can make a comparison. I looked up the spec's on them when you first posted but both company's main sites gave incomplete specifications. Really, IMO concession should be given considering the price and you should pick whichever of the two that you tend to be leaning toward.

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    Thanks to all
    I chose the Celestron over the Tasco because, although I found no reviews for this Tasco 10x50, the one or two people on the 'net who owned other binoculars (8x40, etc.) in the Sonoma lineup gave only lukewarm reviews even though they got them for very cheap. Plus from the pictures, the Tasco doesn't look like it has a lot of eye relief (I wear glasses).

    The Celestron has some hundred reviews scattered throughout the web and they were all favorable. Plus, I used to own a Celestron Skymaster 15x70 and it was amazing.

    It probably doesn't help for the Tasco that the brand will always give me the image of cheap, blue entry-level refractors and reflectors. I heard that Tasco bino optics weren't that hot too.

    Anyway, Celestron it is.

    Prices compared:

    Celestron (bought): 28.99
    Tasco (did not buy): 29.99

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    I just order the celestron upclose 10x50..its cheap..I need a bino since I left my telescope in birmingham when I moved to london..hopes it is a good one
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