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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?



    Thanks, Cherokee. I can do the added protection for sure. I appreciate the advice on placing them on the tripod.mwe bought an adapter for the old 12x50's that won't fit, nice metal one. I'll just use it on the new binos. I'm looking forward to getting them and putting them to good use. However, they will never take the place of my first love...that new scope.

    I'll take good notes if I'm able to get some viewing time in for sure. Maybe a sketch or two as well. So many things to see, so little time...
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    Since upgraded to 20x80, but very happy with 15x70 Celestron. They are amazing.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    I picked up the Celestron 15x70 Skymaster for $75 on sale at Canadian Tire a couple of weeks ago. Great for sweeping the night sky and for terrestrial viewing.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    The new binoculars came today, just in time for my short trip to the country. I'm hoping it will be plenty dark and I see more than I do here in town. Went out tonight to try the new binos out, way too much LP. So, I'm taking "Turn Left at Orion", "The Backyard Astronomers Guide", a good planisphere, and a sky map for this month with me. I have an okay tripod (I can see a better one being added to my Christmas list!), a good chair and I'm ready. I'm hoping to add to my M30 list while I'm out. I'll report back later on how they do. I can tell you this much though, I have an old pair from 40+ years ago that are 12x50's, those are much heavier than these new ones.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    I just looked at a few pair today at a local shop. Some were individual focus, others were right diopter adjust with center focus. I preferred the latter, but that's just me. Also, the interpupillary distance was variable. A couple I could not use because they would not expand enough. But, I am cranially endowed---your experience will probably be different. It is worth mentioning, however. If you can, find a retailer and take a test look through a few.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    Congratulations on your new pair of binoculars. Mine are low powered (8x40) and I still struggle keeping it still. Wishing you clear skies so you can report how it went.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    I am a huge fan of Celestron, and I have the SkyMaster 15x70's too. You most definitely need a tripod. I like to sketch and the tripod will keep your subject in place. With my binocs I have had several fantastic views of Saturn. It looks like a gold and red Christmas ornament with a blue elliptical ring! It's fuzzy, but you absolutely CAN see it. Also, Jupiter is a nice view and it's fun to watch the moons change position. I think you will really enjoy your binoculars, especially because they are quite portable. I've driven up to the mountains to look at comets and not been disappointed yet.

    As far as the company - their customer service is second to none. Really top notch! A screw fell out of the faceplate when my 15x70's were still fairly new. They replaced the entire set and they were really nice about it. I will certainly make them my first choice when I move up to a scope.

    Have fun!
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    Congrats Susan I hope you enjoy them! Take a look at the teapot in Sagittarius and scan around it as it is still a target rich environment for binoculars. You should be able to see the open star clusters there with ease and also the cotton balls (that's what they will look like) of globular clusters over the top of the teapot. M31 and the Double Cluster over in Perseus should also be no problem for your 15x70's. Your copy of TLAO will be of great help to you as you will note the objects suggested with the binocular "rating" in the box.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    I have the Celestron 15x70's. I picked up these on sale for $50.00.

    The optical quality is not so good. Considerable chromatic aberration on anything bright. $300.00 binos would have much less. But that's an expected trade-off at that price. Don't plan on getting the 25x70's since the CA would be much more annoying with those.

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    I'm very happy with my 15 X 70's. I did have to tweak the collimation but that wasn't a big deal at all. I would suggest a replacement tripod mount. I stiffened the one that came with my binoculars but this one worked much better. Amazon.com: Oberwerk Heavy-duty L Adapter: Camera & Photo And just in case - O B E R W E R K - High Performance Optics for Earth & Sky
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