The Celestron Skymaster Giant Binoculars has 15 x magnification and 70 mm objective lens offering you a wide range, low light setting even with maximum image brightness. Its multi-coated optics with a larger center focus knob gives you clear, sharp views great for astronomical and terrestrial viewing. It comes with its own carrying case, tripod adapter, and limited lifetime warranty which makes it a good buy for the amateur user.
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Review of the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars
The Celestron Skymaster Giant Binoculars offer good value for long distance viewing because of its BAK-4 prisms, large aperture, and multi-coated optics. It is among the better lower-priced binoculars because of its tripod adapter and soft carrying case. Among the 15/70 models, this SkyMaster model appears to be among the most popular.
Pitted against a higher-end model, it would be safe to say that you will not be very disappointed with its performance. Image brightness, contrast, and image quality is better than acceptable considering the price of $49.95. You will notice the image to be softer on the outer edges but you will not experience sloppy focusing, shifting or tilting.
The field view of the Celestron Skymaster is 230 feet based on 1,000 yards with eye relief of 18 mm which means there should be no problem wearing eyeglasses while using this binoculars. Just make sure to keep the rubber eyecups folded down. Exit pupil is only 0.33mm and it is a Porro design that’s center-focused. You might experience a little drifting or misalignment with the center focus but if you put a washer, you will be able to fix the drifting.
Overall, it is an amateur’s tool that works well but will not last a lifetime. If you want a keeper, you will do better buying a higher-end model. If you want something you can use occasionally, this is an excellent choice.
3 Main Good Points
- Good value for money
- BaK-4 internal prisms
- Multicoated optics
3 Main Bad Points
- You will need a tripod for extended use because it can get tiring to hold
- There is a chance of experiencing alignment issues and collimation might need adjusting
- Tripod adapter is a little flimsy and one needs to be careful when using it
- Weight: 3.28 pounds
- Optic Measure: 15/70
- Objective Lens Diameter: 70 mm
- Tripod Adapter/Mount: Tripod Adapter with Finder Rails
For less than $80, the Celestron Skymaster is a good choice for beginners and occasional users. There is a very slim chance of poor collimation and misalignment but it is the top seller among binoculars in Amazon with its multi-coated optics and its BAK-4 internal prisms.
It is good value for your money although for long periods of use, it is recommended that you get a tripod to keep images steady.