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IDEAL FOR THE STAR GAZING BEGINNER !,
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This review is from: Celestron 71008 25x70 Skymaster Porro Prism Binoculars (Electronics)
A good item for the star gazing beginner.
They certainly look the part, feel a good quality item and are quite powerfull.
Remember they are an impressive 25 x magnification!
However after two years of occasional use, both folding rubber eye pieces has now completly split and perished.
They are a little bulky , so you may find that a suitable heavy duty tripod will cost the same again.
Also and most important, these binoculas are for really gazing at distant stars that you would otherwise be unable to see with the naked eye, and they do this job very well.
This is due to the very wide angle of the lens,( bigger field of view ) which you dont get using a telescope, and so making it so much easier to locate stars and planets around the night sky without having to faff about !!
They are not particularly brilliant at fine detailing on anything distant during the day, the quality of the lens is just not up to the job ,and the focusing fine tune rotaion wheel, is rather poor quality.
All said and done, for the price this is a descent item for the star gazing beginner- but nothing more.
Update 7.05.2015 - Binocula focusing wheel now useless, Viewing lenses moving all over the place and despite central screw being tight, so now unable to focus without double vision.
Just thrown them in the bin.
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Initial post: 28 Sep 2012 13:08:36 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Would you recommend a more upmarket pair?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 21:41:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2012 21:43:42 BDT
DARRIN from WALES says:
Try this very usefull book on stargazing, and a guide to buying and using binoculas for star gazing-hope this helps ---Philips stargazing with binoculars-Robin Scagell
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 00:23:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2013 00:24:40 BDT
"fine detailing on anything distant during the day" ... is usually limited by the optical quality of the air between you and it. Heat-haze, shimmer, mirage ... why would the glass magically get better at night ?
It's more a matter of getting up at dawn, rather than spending more money ... lower power will help, too - 10x50 or less.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2013 22:06:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2013 22:11:35 BDT
DARRIN from WALES says:
I take your point, however when stargazing your viewing only in black and white, so focusing is not always so critical when looking for stars, planets or constalations.
Agreed, a smaller power 10x 50 or less will work better during daylight hours.
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