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    Default Binoculars in a low price range



    I want to buy binoculars to watch stars and planets, but I need some help picking some. I have a really low price range. Are Celestron 10x50 upclose good? Are there any cheaper alternatives?

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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    Hello and welcome to the forums

    The optics in the 10x50 upclose are surprisingly good for the price though the body construction is not the greatest.
    They are a good entry level for observing though.

    If there is a specific location that you are looking to buy these post a link and we can take a look at what else they are offering.
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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    The Celestron Cometron 7x50 get higher ratings than the Upclose 10x50 Celestrons. I own them, and they are great.
    https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-711...y&sr=8-8-spell

    I put them on a Orion Tritech II tripod.
    https://www.amazon.com/Orion-Tritech...s%2C123&sr=8-1

    I use a Celestron red dot finder adapter, with a Svbony finder.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    You will need a small refractor for the planets. The Meade Starpro 80mm is a f/11.3.
    https://www.amazon.com/Meade-Instrum...ll-spons&psc=1

    By the binoculars and add other items as play money comes available. That is what I do.
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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    Quote Originally Posted by userastronomy View Post
    I want to buy binoculars to watch stars and planets, but I need some help picking some. I have a really low price range. Are Celestron 10x50 upclose good? Are there any cheaper alternatives?
    https://allegro.pl/oferta/lornetka-celestron-upclose-g2-10x50-7919868425?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=app_shar e&utm_campaign=AndroidShowitemShare[/url]

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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    Are the Celestron at the top of your budget?

    The main issue I had with these binoculars is the bridge is made of hard plastic and when they get cold it does not lift the okulars evenly.
    This can be taken care of by rocking the center focus knob a time or two till the view merges.
    Other than that I found them to be decent quality for the price and light enough to hold by hand without issues.

    I included a picture of the piece that I am discussing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lgz8lof6ka...71256.jpg?dl=0
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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    Gabby76:

    Even my Oberwerk 15x70 are difficult to use in below freezing weather. The center knob can get hard to move. This is true with the Cometron 7x50 as well. However, the right side diopter on both stay smooth to turn, even in 20 degree weather. What binoculars do you recommend to avoid this problem in the 7x50 to 15x70 range? I don't think the Orion Giant View 25x100 I may get will have this problem, as it does not have a center focus.
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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    I do not have a huge amount of experience as some here with different makes of binoculars so someone else would most likely have a better answer.
    The issue with the Celestron is not just from cold but material choice and parts tolerances.
    The optics themselves are quite good, unfortunately the mechanical side is not that great.

    I like my Vixen, Nikon and stealing my employers Oberwerks
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    Default Re: Binoculars in a low price range

    Hello userastronomy,

    in the 50mm aperture class you can get on EBay
    Olympus https://www.ebay.de/itm/Olympus-10x5...0AAOSwgW9cqG6j
    Nikon https://www.ebay.de/itm/Fernglas-Nik...IAAOSwdINcnMkr
    and other fairly good quality binoculars.

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    Is it possible to view planets through other binoculars?

 

 
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