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    Default Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars



    I have read a lot of comments on the forum about the SkyMaster 15x70 binoculars, but have not have not found much on the 12x60 SkyMasters.
    Anyone have any experience with the 12x60's?

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    I am open to other brands of binoculars. Just trying to stay in the under $100 price range and getting something that can be hand held.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    I really like my 15x70s but IMO 12x60 would be even better - should be much easier to hold steady without a mount.
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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Quote Originally Posted by Shelldrake View Post
    I really like my 15x70s but IMO 12x60 would be even better - should be much easier to hold steady without a mount.
    Thanks, most of the reviews I have read on the 15x70s have been positive, but the 12x60's seem like a better choice because like you said they would be easier to hand hold without a mount and the price is decent.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Hello Tasdisr,

    regarding the binoculars under 100 USD, the Garrett Gemini 11x56 Garrett® Gemini 11x56 LW Binoculars , and the Garrett Gemini 12x60 at Binocular Specials, Close-Outs, Best Bargain Binoculars, Trade-Ins, Prototypes are certainly good choices for the comfortable handheld observations.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Tasdisr,

    regarding the binoculars under 100 USD, the Garrett Gemini 11x56 Garrett® Gemini 11x56 LW Binoculars , and the Garrett Gemini 12x60 at Binocular Specials, Close-Outs, Best Bargain Binoculars, Trade-Ins, Prototypes are certainly good choices for the comfortable handheld observations.

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    I take it that the Garrett Gemini are of higher quality than the Celestron SkyMasters?

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Tasdisr,

    regarding the binoculars under 100 USD, the Garrett Gemini 11x56 Garrett® Gemini 11x56 LW Binoculars , and the Garrett Gemini 12x60 at Binocular Specials, Close-Outs, Best Bargain Binoculars, Trade-Ins, Prototypes are certainly good choices for the comfortable handheld observations.

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    I take it that the Garrett Gemini are of higher quality than the Celestron SkyMasters?

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Hello Tasdisr,

    Garrett claims to unpack and check the quality and the collimation of the binoculars before delivery. Otherwise, the binoculars come from one and the same manufacturing area in China.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Oberwerk also says they test each unit before shipping. Even though they are slightly higher than the Celestrons I may try their 12x60 lightweight series. One plus they are only about
    35 miles north of where I live.

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    Default Re: Celestron SkyMaster 12x60 Binoculars

    Hello Tasdisr,

    on your place, I'd drive to Oberwerk and look around at their shop. First of all, you can try out several binoculars, and second you may find some treasures, not included on their web page.

    I also used to go to the Teleskop Service shop in Germany, discovered some treasures, and tried out the binoculars out of several pieces untill I have believed to find the best one.

    Good luck, and let us know how you'll be doing,

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