Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars with tripod adapter
Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars with tripod adapter

Manufacturer:
Celestron

UPC:
050234710091

Retail Price:
$99.99

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Features:
  • Large aperture perfect for low light conditions and stargazing
  • Tripod adapter
  • Long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers
  • Diopter adjustment for fine focusing

Editorial Review
Binoculars come in a wide range of shapes and sizes these days, and an even wider range of prices. It's easy to spend less than $100 or more than $500 for what may appear to be, at least outwardly, comparable models. While they may look the same, they are probably quite different on the inside.

Recently, the binocular market has seen a flood of giant binoculars at prices that were unheard of just a few years ago. In general, giant binoculars are defined as those that magnify the view 10 times or more and have 70-mm or larger front (objective) lenses. It used to be that the least expensive giant binoculars cost in excess of $150, even $200. All that changed not long ago, when the bottom fell out of the price cellar. Now, several companies import giant binoculars that sell for half that, or less.

Celestron's 15x70 SkyMaster binoculars are one of the leaders in the low-price giant binocular arena. They certainly sound good on paper. The SkyMasters include multicoated optics and BaK-4 internal prisms, two features that promise brighter, better images, and key points to look for when judging a pair of binoculars. They also come with an adapter for attaching them to a photo tripod, which is a must to use them to their fullest, and a soft carrying case. But just because they are cheap doesn't always mean they are worth the price. Would it be better to save up for a more expensive pair

To find the answer, I had an opportunity recently to judge the SkyMasters against a pair of Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX binoculars , one of the finest pairs of giant binoculars sold today. Like the SkyMasters, the Fujinons feature BaK-4 prisms, but also have fully multicoated optics. As a general rule, superior coatings mean superior image sharpness and contrast. But then, that should be expected, given that the Fujinons cost many times more than the Celestrons.

While the Fujinons were clearly the better performer, the Celestron SkyMasters held up admirably. Image brightness, quality, and contrast were all remarkable considering their bargain price. Although images were a little soft across the outer 25% of the Celestron's field, the overall view was impressive nonetheless.

Some inexpensive binoculars have very sloppy focusing, causing the eyepieces to tilt and shift. Not so with the SkyMasters. I found that their center-focusing mechanism worked smoothly, with no apparently backlash or wobble. Eye relief (the distance you hold your eyes away from the eyepieces to see the full field) is stated to be 18 mm, a good distance for higher power binoculars and an important consideration if you must wear glasses when viewing. The SkyMasters are also light enough to support by hand for short periods of time, although buyers would be well advised to mount them on a sturdy photo tripod.

The bottom line is, if you are considering a pair of giant binoculars, whether for bird watching, stargazing, or another recreational use, and have a limited budget, Celestron's giant 15x70 SkyMasters represent an excellent value. --Phil Harrington, author of Star Ware and Star Watch

Pros:
  • Exceptional value for the price
  • Light enough to support by hand
  • BaK-4 prisms
  • Multicoated optics
Cons:
  • Outer 25% of the field is soft and a little blurry
  • Requires a tripod to use for extended periods

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Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars with tripod adapter Specs:
Product NameCelestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars with tripod adapter
ManufacturerCelestron
Product Number MPN71009
Retail Price $99.99
EAN-130005023471009
EAN-1400050234710091
EAN-130050234710091
UPC050234710091
Manufactured in:Made in China
Dimensions12 x 10.1 x 4.9 in.
Weight1.5 lbs.
Last Updated:31-July-2014
Deal first added on:24-May-2004

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Here is what people are saying about the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars with tripod adapter
5 Star Rating  "Amateur astronomers, start here. ---->" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from USA
Kudos to Celestron! I didn't think the binoculars would be of such high quality for the price, but they most definitely were worth it. As a budding amateur astronomer, I decided to go the binocular route instead of trying futilely to get my small telescopes to work. Fortunately, I found these for a great price on Amazon and have used these constantly ever since. They're simple and straight-forward, tripod-adaptable, and aren't too heavy for just hand-held observation. And with their incredible field of view, they're perfect for the beginner--you can look easily for a landmark star or constellation and move around to find your target. In city lights, I've been able to see many of the Messier objects in Sagittarius and Leo, a very cratered, very large and very bright full moon, the Galilean moons of Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula with ease. I've even used them to start mini-star parties and have handed them off (albeit reluctantly) to passersby, who were stunned with what they could see. And once Saturn comes out from hiding behind the Sun, its moons will be next on the list. But I digress. Perfect for the beginner. Fantastic, quality job, Celestron! I love 'em, and they'll be in my pack whenever I expect to be under a starry sky.
 
5 Star Rating  "These things are sweet" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Atlanta, GA
I got these binoculars because I was going on a cruise and I wanted a decent pair of binoculars to look at the night sky from the sea. They also came in pretty handy for seeing other ships across the sea. They worked great and were the envy of all the other people on my ship. At home, it is fairly light polluted so I wasn't expecting to see much, but I was amazed at how many stars that I could now make out with these bad boys that I could not see with the naked eye, not even faintly. But they started to really shine when I pointed them at Jupiter. The first time I did this, I was absolutely amazed when I was able to see the four jovial moons. These aren't quite powerful enough to make out the colors of Jupiter, but you can definitely see it and I now feel obligated to check out Jupiter each night to see where the moons are.

As many have said, with having what basically amounts to two small telescopes in your hands, these are extremely hard to hold steady. At first I tried to use a tripod, and that worked OK, but was awkward and inconvenient. Then one week ago, someone had suggested getting a monopod. Man oh man that truly made a difference and I recommend to anybody that owns these to invest the money in a monopod. The monopod is much easier to use with these and allows you to hold the binoculars steady as with a tripod but with the added bonus of them being much more convenient and versatile. Now I just leave the binoculars connected to the monopod and carry them together. With this combination I have the choice to sit, stand or get on my knees to check out the views.

You can't really beat these for the price. Speaking of beating these, the one thing that you don't want to do with these guys is drop them on the ground. Sadly my friend was over last night and accidentally dropped them, this caused one of the mirrors to get out of alignment and now they just aren't working correctly anymore. He is ordering me a replacement pair and I loved these so much that I told him to go ahead and upgrade these to the 20x80 version for just a little bit more. Can't wait to check those out....
 
5 Star Rating  "Excellent product" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
I was very impressed with these binoculars. Feel as if they were worth much more then what they cost. Used them for some star gazing and was amazed at how many more stars were visible with the light these gather. Could easily see Jupiter and four of its moons with the 15x magnification. Bought a monopod to use with the tripod holder included with binoculars. That really helps keep things steady. Can also be used reasonable well hand held for bird watching etc.
 
5 Star Rating  "Awesome!" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
This pair of binoculars is simply fantastic! Their adjust abilities are great and extremely easy to use. Besides being a little bit on the bulky side, I would definitely recommend this item to hunters, nature watchers and (I have no idea what their official name is sorry) star gazers.
 
5 Star Rating  "Cheap and worth it..." 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Los Angeles, CA USA
... a decent pair of 15x70 binoculars is EXPENSIVE. These were about $65, including a case and an adapter for a camera tripod. Not the greatest optics, but I've got them sitting in my office window, where they're just excellent for looking at the boats outside. (I really want a pair of US Navy "big eyes" but those are just outrageous.)

The tripod adapter should be metal - the thing is plastic, and a bit flimsy given the mass of the binoculars. If I tweak it hard, it will probably snap. In installation instructions are a bit hazy; you have to be brave and pop that cap off the outer end of the shaft to mount the adapter.
 
4 Star Rating  "Looking for powerful Binoculars? You're looking at one of the best deals!" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from CA, USA
This item is one of the most powerful and well made Binoculars at this range of price. Its clarity is absolutely satisfying for its value. You probably need a Tripod for it though, because its kind of heavy for holding steady while watching far objects (your image shakes), with regard to its magnification.
I got a used one at first. But it was out of collimation and I ordered a new one to compare it with. The new one worked pretty good, so I kept it and returned the used one. It's been months that I'm using this Binoculars and I'm very happy with it. It is hard to carry it around on the shoulder because of its weight. But its magnification strength compensates its bulky body and heavy weight for me.
 
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