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Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars

Item # HN-CELE100

Dimensions & Specifications

Angular Field of View
4.4 Degrees
Binoculars Series
Celestron SkyMaster Binoculars
Brand
Celestron
Close Focusing Distance
43 ft.
Exit Pupil
4.7mm
Eye Relief
18mm
Field of View at 1000 Yards
230 ft.
Focus Type
Center Focus
Interpupillary Distance
56mm-72mm
Lens Coating
Multi-Coated
Magnification
15x
Objective Lens Diameter
70mm
Prism Glass
BaK-4
Prism Type
Porro Prism Binoculars
Size
Giant Binoculars
Tripod Adaptable
Yes - Adapter Included
Waterproof
No
Weight
48 oz.

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Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars
 
4.5

(based on 258 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (164)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (73)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (153)
  • Quality lenses (143)
  • Close focus (80)
  • Works well with glasses (68)
  • Lightweight (36)

Cons

  • Heavy (57)
  • Heavy / bulky (29)
  • Unstable (10)
  • Difficult to focus (9)
  • Not waterproof (4)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife viewing (94)
  • Astronomy (76)
  • Bird watching (68)
  • Sporting events/concerts (30)
  • Hunting (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (153), Avid adventurer (36), Professional guide (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (83), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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I purchased a pair of these back in March to assist in locating Deep Sky objects. I was amazed at the views these binos provide, especially at the price. I do not have...Read complete review

I purchased a pair of these back in March to assist in locating Deep Sky objects. I was amazed at the views these binos provide, especially at the price. I do not have a problem with the weight and have devised a few methods that make scanning the skies quite comfortable for extended periods of time....without a tripod. A tripod would have made these useless to me as I already own a pair of Zhummell 25x100 Binos. Now those are heavy. I have accumulated a nice arsenal of gear over the past couple of years including an 8 and 10 inch Dob, ETX 125,Stellarvue 80mm Refractor and tons of accessories and after spending all that cash (thousands by now), The [$] I spent on these was loose change......and they have to be the best money and value I have spent on this hobby so far. I like them so much, I bought a second pair (I don't like to share these) for the wife and guests. They are a constant companion when stargazing and are usually around my neck. I even added a red dot finder to my pair to make locating DSO's easier. All in all a great value and great companion for whichever scope I use. Considering the 25x70 as well....just to have! This hobby is like a boat, except the hole is in the sky...lol and the funny thing is, I don't mind. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for bigger aperature and magnification and don't mind the small sacrifices that entails, such as added weight and unstable views. If you want rock solid, buy a tripod or a set of 10x50. But for quick scans and as an aid in locating DSO's, these are among the best available for a reasonable price. Nice job Celestron

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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[...]Binoculars seem sturdily built. But no instructions were contained (I don't know if there are supposed to be any, although binoculars are no-brainers to operate properly).BUT the collimation was...Read complete review

[...]Binoculars seem sturdily built. But no instructions were contained (I don't know if there are supposed to be any, although binoculars are no-brainers to operate properly).BUT the collimation was very wrong(!), causing double images (yes, of course I first adjusted the interpupillary distance, which for me is approx 63mm). Rather than go through the hassle & shipping cost of returning/exchanging, I learned how to collimate the binoculars (while at the same time preserving the exit pupil shape as best as possible). I found that the prism adjustment screws weren't even adjusted. Once collimated, the binoculars give nice views (Orion nebula, for example).Not sure what to say - I didn't expect perfection at this price point (<[$]), but I did expect aligned optics. Bottom line is that the Sky Master 15x70 binoculars are nice for the price, but you need to personally try one to ensure it's properly assembled/adjusted. Whether this means that the only way to ensure a good binocular is to buy at a local store vs internet, I don't know. I think one needs to consider internet ordering of precision optical products with a common sense approach, being prepared to deal with possible irritants.

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5.0

Very pleased with this product

By Larry

from SOMERS,WI

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Close Focus
  • Quality Lenses
  • Strong Construction
  • Works Well With Glasses

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bird Watching

    Comments about Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars:

    I was looking for a decent set of binoculars for both celestial and nature viewing from my yard. After a lot of research and price comparison I decided on the Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm. So far I am very satisfied. Viewed the Milkyway the first evening and thoroughly enjoyed the clarity. I thought of paying a higher price for similar binoculars but I was glad I opted for this model.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Very happy with this purchase

    By Larry

    from SOMERS,WI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Close Focus
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Celestial viewing
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars:

      After looking for a decent pair of binoculars for both night time celestial viewing as well as daytime nature at a reasonable price, I settled on the Celestron SkyMaster 15/70mm. I am very pleased so far. I enjoyed looking at birds afar as well as a very clear view of the Milkyway band above me the evening I received the binoculars. I would recommend them to anyone on a budget but wanting very decent optics.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Exactly what I wanted

      By Kandy

      from SUMAS,WA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Hunting
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Star-gazing
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars:

        For me, these are perfect in every way. Lightweight, compact, works well with my glasses. The only problem that I can see is keeping them away from my husband - after he tried them out, "my" binoculars have suddenly become "our" binoculars.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        great binoculars

        By Francine

        from FAR ROCKAWAY,NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Waterproof
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars:

          These binoculars are great. Just like they were described. Would recommend these

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EXCELLENT Purchase!!!!

          By Scotty2Hotty

          from Myakka City, FL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Close Focus
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Celestron SkyMaster 15x70mm Center Focus Binoculars:

            i purchased one for myself and one for my picky ex-Armed Forces MP daughter. She loved it!!!! We are going to Cape Canaveral next month to view a rocket launch. We are SO excited. We use these everyday to look at stars, airplanes, etc. They are very light and easy to use!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            Customer Q & A

            12 Questions About This Product
            Q: "If I buy it will it come with a strap and a carry case or do I need to get those things separately?"
            A: The Celestron 15x70 does include a strap and a carrying case.
            Q: "How do these compare in physical size to a "standard" pair of porro prism 10x50s?"
            A: They are quite a bit larger. The chambers are longer and wider. This one is recommended to be used with a tripod.
            Q: "Does the SkyMaster 15X70 include a photo tripod adapter so I can use it with my current tripod?"
            A: Yes, they have a built-in rigid photo tripod adapter.
            Q: "What are the dimensions of the SkyMaster 15x70 Center Focus Celestron binoculars?"
            A: The dimensions of the Celestron Skymaster 15x70 are 7.9" x 9.3" x 3.6".
            Q: "The Skymaster 15x70 binoculars are are said to be fully coated. Do you mean fully multi-coated, that is coating of all air to glass surfaces and is the coating magnesium fluoride?"
            A: The Skymasters are fully "multi-coated" and it is a magnesium fluoride coating they use.
            Q: "I live on the lake and have 7-15x35 binoculars. They are not powerful enough and can see only a small area. I do not want to spend a lot of money. What do you recommend?"
            A: If 15X binoculars aren't powerful enough and the field of view is too small, the answer is to increase objective lens size, along with magnification. Zhumell's 20x80 Super Giant Binoculars offer plenty of power and a reasonably large field of view. They've been getting terrific customer reviews.
            Q: "How much does the Skymaster 15x70 weigh? I am 85 so wonder if I can hold it or will need a tripod. If so what kind? Will it provide better distance vision than a 10x50 wide angle binocular?"
            A: The Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 binocular weighs 4 pounds, and that's a real load for hand held viewing. We'd suggest a tripod, particularly because of the 15X magnification. The Optavian Field Tripod should do the job nicely. The SkyMaster will make distant objects appear 15 times as close as they actually are. However, the high magnification level decreases the field of view, so you'll only be able to see an area 230 feet wide at 1,000 yards' distance. That makes following any kind of motion somewhat difficult. On the other hand, 10x50 Wide-Angle binoculars will make objects appear only 10 times as close but will give a 341-foot field of view. This makes following wildlife or sports action much easier. In addition, the 10x50s weigh only 1.95 pounds, making them much easier to hold than the SkyMasters, hence easier to use without a tripod. In our opinion, then, 10x50s are a better choice for general-purpose viewing. The 15x70s are a good choice, though, for stargazing or viewing distant objects over, say, the ocean.
            Q: "Will the image be erect or inverted?"
            A: The SkyMaster's images are right side up.
            Q: "Will objects (stars, nebula, etc.) appear brighter with the 15x70s than through a standard 10x50, or does the higher magnification affect the apparent brightness?"
            A: Higher magnification affects brightness, but since the 15x70 SkyMaster's 70mm objective lens has nearly double the area of the 10x50s' 50mm lens, the darkening effect of the greater magnification is erased. The 15x70 Skymasters will be brighter than 10x50s.
            Q: "Is the 15x70 Skymasters fogproof & Nitrogen-filled?"
            A: Unfortunately, no, the Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster binocular is not fog-proof and nitrogen-filled.
            Q: "I just ordered the 15x70 skymaster . do they come with any lens covers or do i need to buy the seperatley and do you recomend any"
            A: The Celestron SkyMaster binoculars come with lens covers.
            Q: "Do these have diopter adjustment?"
            A: You can adjust the right eye diopter, as well as the center focus knob.
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