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    Default Are Celestron binoculars any good?



    Hi guys,

    Some of you may have read my post in the introductions forum where I was asking for some advice on the possible purchase of another pair of binoculars for the purpose of viewing the night sky (planets, Andromeda etc). In the post I explained that I had only recently got into astronomy, and although I didn't feel ready to invest huge sums of money in a telescope, I would like to purchase a pair of binoculars possibly more suited to astronomical purposes than the pair I am already using (an old 1980's pair of Zeiss 10x40's).

    I received many good replies, a number of which seemed to recommend a pair from the Celestron range.

    I just wanted to ask what the quality of these were like? My problem is, that coming from a pair of Zeiss, which really are phenomenal binoculars, and virtually mint condition, that I am going to be somewhat disappointed with the Celestron?

    I also read that the Celestrons are made in China, which is another put off for me.

    So I basically wanted to ask, just how good are the Celestrons? Is there any other make I should be considering (I am not against pre owned)? And what size would I be best to be looking at, considering they would almost definitely be used 100% of the time on the tripod?

    I have also been looking at the range from Opticron.. They are a little more than I wanted to spend at around £500, but possibly an option pre owned? I believe these are of reasonable quality, and also made in Japan?

    Any advice on the subject would be very much appreciated guys, as there are so many options out there, I really don't know which way to go.

    Thank you for reading

    Russ

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    Default Re: Are Celestron binoculars any good?

    There are quite a few factors involved with answering this type of question. The first that comes to my mind is if you plan to hand hold the binoc's or have a suitable tripod you'll mount them on. The second question would be a budget concern.

    The Celestron binoc's aren't "bad" by any means. IMHO they don't have a high quality build factor. If you're buying from a local dealer you can certainly go through their inventory and check to make sure you purchase a pair that are well collimated and have limited obstruction in their light path. I've seen some really poorly assembled ones that were sent back as defects. When you find a set that meet your quality standard they certainly will perform well. They definitely fall into the performance for a value category and good set will provide good performance.

    If you are shooting for high magnification and plan to tripod mount your binocs, the sky is the limit! Pun intended. You can certainly stress your financial situation as there are companies producing binocs that require a dedicated tripod and specialized for astronomy.

    Here's a link I've gone to numerous times in my quest for understanding. Astronomical Binoculars: The best binoculars for astronomy It's packed full of information but really focuses on retail, consumer grade manufacturers.

    FYI I use the Vixen BT80 and love them! Being able to exchange sets of eyepiece to change magnification is wonderful. I wouldn't consider them for the budget conscious purchaser.

    Hope some of this helps.
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    Default Re: Are Celestron binoculars any good?

    I have Celestron 20x80 SkyMaster binos and I really like them. I mount them on a camera tripod.
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    Default Re: Are Celestron binoculars any good?

    Hello Russ,

    the list of the binoculars not made in China, or elsewhere in the Far East with Chineese parts inside, is short:
    Leica, Meopta, Minox, Optolyth, Steiner, Swarovski, and Zeiss. All other manufacturers put inside something made in China, most typically the prism assemblies.

    A very good performance in astronomy offer the BA8 binoculars fro United Optics in China, http://www.united-optics.com/product...A8_Series.html , distributed in the U.K. under the brand name Helios,r as I know. You can find them also at Teleskop Express as the MX Marine series Teleskop-Express: Astro-Shop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung , or as the jumells Kepler MS Deluxe Jumelles Kepler MS

    I like the BA8 10.5x70 and 15x70 more than the similar Fujinons, I have sold the 15x70 Fujinons after 1 observing season. Even better suited for the challenging diffuse nebulae are the BA8 15x85.

    Celestron is certainly a very good address, but their (rebranded) binoculars make sense only when you are tight on the budget, and can't allow to spend 4x or 5x as much money on the BA8.

    Best,

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    Default Re: Are Celestron binoculars any good?

    Hi there,

    JG is our resident guru on binoculars and his advice is sound! I also have this link which has some interesting info.

    http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/ni...inoculars.html

    Cheers
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    Thanks for taking the time to advise me guys, it's much appreciated, and I do take it all on board!!

    None of you seemed to follow up with any comments or advice regarding the Opticron brand.. Is this because they are not very highly regarded, or just that none of you happen to own a pair?

    I was only asking about them as they seem to be a sitting in a sort of mid point between the cheaper Chinese models and the elite models of Leica and Zeiss?

    Thanks

    Russ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tube Screamer View Post
    Thanks for taking the time to advise me guys, it's much appreciated, and I do take it all on board!!

    None of you seemed to follow up with any comments or advice regarding the Opticron brand.. Is this because they are not very highly regarded, or just that none of you happen to own a pair?

    I was only asking about them as they seem to be a sitting in a sort of mid point between the cheaper Chinese models and the elite models of Leica and Zeiss?

    Thanks

    Russ
    Hello Russ,

    with the Opticron, you have answered your question by yourselves.

    Another option is this fairly good, old, possibly discontinued but still with the sticker "made in Japan" 10x70 Nikon Nikon 10X70 IF HP WP J Binocular for "crappy" 599 EUR , or the 2nd hand Fernglas Docter Nobilem 15x60 B/GA Grün at sonnenralle951@gmail.com for another "crappy" 590 EUR. For the new Leica Ultravid HD and Swarovski EL you'll pay nearly 4x as much. Should Leica be the must to have, then you can get the discontinued non-HD for GPB 999 or less, like here Leica 8x50 BR Ultravid - Sale . The difference between the HD and non-HD Leicas is not visible at night, maybe when birding in sunshine.

    Docter is one of the manufacturers I have forgotten to put on the list of 'out of China', and the Nobilem 15x60 gets among the highest ratings in the binocular astronomy. Somebody in the AF is using these binoculars, can't remember who, sorry.

    Best,

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    Default Re: Are Celestron binoculars any good?

    Other higher quality makes that you might want to think about, without going right up to Fujinon, are William Optics (they do a 7x50 and 10x50) and Helios Apollo which are the British rebranded equivalent of Garrett Signature and Orion Resolux. (you can see the the full range on First Light Optics website) I have a pair of their 7x50 which i am very pleased with, but the 10.5x70 are also excellent. Canon's image stabilsed binos are also very good.
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    Default Re: Are Celestron binoculars any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by pushrod View Post
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    Helios Apollo which are the British rebranded equivalent of Garrett Signature and Orion Resolux.
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    The Garrett Signature Series are the BA8 - that's the Universe of the binoculars.

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

    with the Opticron, you have answered your question by yourselves.
    By this, do you mean that Opticron are not very good, or that not too many people own them?

    Thanks

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