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    As I am new to astronomy but have an old pair (25yrs old) of pair of Bushnell Ensigns 10x50 that are poor for astronomy (not the size but the quality) but have been using them to zero in on a target but I've heard good things about the Celestron binos (the model in subject is $60) but am not familiar with the Garretts ($129)... I know that quality costs but is the double price worth it for the casual observer?? I mean is it the difference between a Pinto and a Porche or just 0.0001 extra quality around the edges...?? I would probably hand-hold them mostly but do plan to get or make a tripod for it..

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    The entry level Garretts are fully multi-coated and have good quality control. According to the Amazon description in the "Cons" section for the Celestrons "Outer 25% of the field is soft and a little blurry." Not to mention I've read countless reviews where the Celestrons arrive out of collimation.

    You just can't expect much from a $60 binocular, especially a pair of 15x70s for $60. You get what you pay for.


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