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    I am in the market for a good pair of binoculars to help make my observing more portable. I like the 9x63 size for the 7mm exit pupil and large objective, while still being light enough to hand-hold. I tried out a Celestron 9x63 Skymaster binocular at an astronomy store a few days ago, and like them. I am almost ready to buy, but I have read a lot of things online about issues with quality control on the Skymaster line. However, I see that Orion has a nearly identical pair of binoculars for nearly the same price. Information on a comparison is scarce. Is anyone aware of a difference in quality between the two?

    Which would you choose and why?
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    OK new question:

    I also see the Celestron Ultima DX 9x63 sold from 3rd party dealers, which I gather is a discontinued item- it normally sells for $30-50 less. It looks identical to the Skymaster- are they the same thing?
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    I'm replying not because I know anything about those models, but more because I'm interested in the issue of Celestron quality control, since I've ordered Celestron UpClose 8x40 and Skymaster 15x70, and naturally, I'm crossing my fingers that they'll arrive without major defects. I found a brief user review of the Celestron 9x63 that you're interested in on CN, Celestron Ultima DX 9x63 review, which is not all that favorable, and also Amazon has one user review of the Skymaster 9x63, also unfavorable because of a collimation issue. So far, I haven't run across any info about the Orion model.

    I don't understand why the Celestron 9x63 are so expensive, in comparison to other Celestron models. They are $175 on Amazon, but I paid only $50 for the 15x70 I ordered. Are you sure you need 9x63? I was tempted by the Celestron UpClose 10x50 for only about $25, since they have a 70 degree apparent field of view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenhelmet View Post
    I also see the Celestron Ultima DX 9x63 sold from 3rd party dealers, which I gather is a discontinued item- it normally sells for $30-50 less. It looks identical to the Skymaster- are they the same thing?
    Probably. The Amazon product page for Skymaster 9x63 gives the Celestron model number as 72023, and the description calls them "Celestron 72023 Ultima DX 9 x 63".
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    Here is a remark about the relation between Ultima and Skymaster 9x63: Telescope Reviews: Re: Super deal right now on Celestron 15x70 bins...
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    Thanks Greg, that's the info I needed to put the pieces together. Judging purely by price, they just didn't "fit" with the rest of the Skymaster series, and the Ultima thing on some websites threw me.

    I went ahead and ordered the Celestron 9x63s since they seem to be the best, and I prefer a Porro to a Roof Prism type. I'm looking forward to trying them out!
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    I just purchased a pair Celestron 9x63 Skymaster's and so far I'm very pleased. The main reason for the additional cost is FULLY multi-coated optics vs. just multi-coated. Also, the Celestron is a BAK 4 prism vs a BAK 7 on lower cost models. I have not tried the Orion 9x63 but they seem very similar.

    Hope this helps.

 

 

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