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    Cool Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?



    I'm thinking of adding a nice set of binoculars to my observing tools. Not sure which ones though. I think I want to keep the price at or below $300. Any suggestions? I'm not opposed to suggestions other than Celestron either. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    Hello Susan,

    15x70, or 20x80, will be very nice companion binoculars to your 8".
    Most of the astronomy binoculars come from China, whatever the brand name may be.
    I allways recommend to check out the binoculars and their specifications at Garrett Optical | Binoculars for astronomy, hunting, and observation . The Gemini series is fairly good, and the Signature series (BA8) is maybe the best for the astronomy observations. These Garrett's binoculars are also sold elsewhere under other brand names, as sticked by the vendors.

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

    hi Susan - i am very happy with Orions 20 X 80's though i do see cromatic aberration whem viewing the full moon but for the price i am very satisfied

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

    No matter witch binoculars you chose they are a great addition you your observing arsenal/kit. We just received the Celestron SkyMaster 15x70's and have had them out just about every evening and every morning since we received them on the 5th of this month!

    Good luck on your final choice Susan.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    Hi Susan. I have the Celestron SkyMaster 15X70 binoculars, and have been very happy with them for quite a few years now. The 15X70 model will give you a 4.66mm exit pupil. The 25X70 model will give you a smaller 2.8mm exit pupil, which many consider to be rather small. Also. the 25X70 binoculars are going to weigh more. However, in either case you are going to need a tripod for any extended viewing. Thanks for your post, and best wishes on your binoculars decision.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    The 15x70's are quite popular - I love mine and they always go out with me every time I take a scope out.

    Good luck with whatever you chose
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    Hi Susan- I want to start by saying I'm a newbie compared to JG and other respondents, so you know how to weigh my perspective! I like to use the eyepiece plug-in with Stellarium, which you probably have or can download free. Sorry, I'm not computer savvy to supply the hyper links, or more like too plain lazy to figure it out (child of the sixties)! Get the specs for the binos i.e 132' at 1000 yards. Divide the first figure (feet) by 52.4, or if they give you meters i.e. 44m, divide by 16 to get the aFov. In your examples, the f length is either going to be 15 or 25. Stellarium will give you a good approximate view which may serve as a useful tool to compare your different purchase candidates. You have a decent budget to work with, but as Makuser stated, you are going to need a tripod, or better yet, a tripod with a parallelogram type arrangement for optimum comfort. Otherwise your sessions are going to be a pain in the neck, pun intended! Hayneedle.com is offering an extra $20 off coupon (purchases over $200) for first time users, along with a lot of sale binos right now, as an FYI. So my binos cost $229 and my tripod setup cost another $230, just to give you an idea, but there are a lot of options in between. Don't know about you, but I am definitely all about comfort! Good luck in your pursuits, and hopefully you will dodge the clouds that come free with every purchase!!! Rich.
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    I like my Celestron 15x70s. I find they wobble around too much if I handhold them unsupported standing up, so I usually use them on a tripod. You may want to reinforce the supplied plastic tripod adapter, or replace it with a better metal one - the standard plastic one is usable, but has enough flex to oscillate for a bit if you adjust where you're pointing by pushing on the binoculars.
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    Cool Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15 x 70 or 25 x 70?

    Ok, I purchased the Celestron 15x70's tonight. The 12x50's I used this morning were weak, and very heavy. The new ones should get here in time for our short vacation. We will be limited on space, so I'm taking just the binoculars, a few books, a planisphere and sketching/notebook along. It's suppose to rain while we're gone, but that's okay. I will be ready if it doesn't, and kick myself for not bringing the scope along. I also have a tripod for the binos as well. So, I'm hoping to work on my M30 award some too. Where we're going is a yellow to green zone. I'm sure we're going to see some wonderful things.
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    Susan you will love them Celestron SkyMaster 15x70's just as much as we do I just know it! And good that you will have the tripod along for good stabilized views. I keep the tripod head cranked all the way down (46" inch) and use a picnic table chair witch places me at just the right height for the EP's of our 15x70's. With the 57" inch at full height tripod head cranked up for standing it is just to wobbly and unstable to deal with. I also keep the tripod head crank positioned for my right hand and when I have to go up in altitude I just give it a few turns for a more comfortable view through the EP's. And just so you know I weighed the 15x70's with the metal Barska tripod adaptor (The plastic one that came with them was really no good) and came up with 4.69lbs on our digital scale here at the house. Also you may want to wrap the binoculars up in a cloth or something then place them in the nylon cloth carrying case for added protection. Have a great trip and get back with us here and let us know about your trip and first light with your new 15x70's.

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