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    Default Re: Celestron Skymaster 15x70



    I quite like them but yes some are good and plenty not so the problem is one has to try them at night on a star as day view is no good
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    Hello,
    There is a big diferrence between this and the new Pro model?
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    Default Re: Celestron Skymaster 15x70

    Quote Originally Posted by pluton View Post
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    Yes there are MANY differences between the two. Much heavier, coatings are better, build is better, waterproof and nitrogen purged, made to attach a finder if wanted, and comes with winged eye guards.

    BUT!! There is still some concern about quality control as there seems to be collimation issues with some. This could be very problematic as these waterproof binoculars may not be so easy to collimate yourself (I have not tried to collimate a pair of these and do not know if it can be done).
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    Default Re: Celestron Skymaster 15x70

    Quote Originally Posted by pluton View Post
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    At that price point I would go with Oberwerks.
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    Default Re: Celestron Skymaster 15x70

    Hi all, I have a pair of the 15x70 skymasters. For those of you who chimed in about collimating them--do you need a tripod for this? I found the screws and I have the basic idea (two independent directions). I tried it during the daytime just holding them as still as possible, but I was wondering exactly how you go about making sure it is right. Do you need a star? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duceyje View Post
    Hi all, I have a pair of the 15x70 skymasters. For those of you who chimed in about collimating them--do you need a tripod for this? I found the screws and I have the basic idea (two independent directions). I tried it during the daytime just holding them as still as possible, but I was wondering exactly how you go about making sure it is right. Do you need a star? Thanks.
    Yes you do need to do it on a star (or an artificial star, although I've never used one). It would be TREMENDOUSLY helpful to have at least a tripod to hold them steady when you do this. Polaris is convenient as it will not drift out of view. In fact, if you mount your binoculars (or ANY binoculars) you will ALWAYS see more with them, you seriously need to mount them anyway.

    My first binocular mount consisted of a METAL tripod adapter ($3 on ebay from China) attached with a small wood screw to the end of an old wooden mop/broom handle (FREE! straight from the rubbish pile) to use as a monopod, still have it and still use it, makes a good walking stick too. Obviously a tripod works better at stabilizing them, but a tripod and pan head alone will not allow you to see close to the zenith. To fully utilize your binoculars, you need a parallel mount. But any step you make in stabilizing them will increase their usefulness.
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    Default Re: Celestron Skymaster 15x70

    I laid mine on the dining room table and used the waterline at the far side of my pond and a porchlight several blocks away. I'm sure they're not perfect but they're pretty good.

    I should probably try again now that I have a decent tripod, etc.
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