Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars – Review

Pair of Binoculars

Want to take in the beauty of the night sky but don’t have room in your budget to purchase a pricey pair of binoculars? The Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 is a solid choice for the money, and comes in as one of the top medium-sized binocular models for stargazers. These versatile binoculars also lend themselves to a range of other uses, such as hiking, bird-watching and checking out the action at concerts and sporting events.

Light and Comfortable

Whether you’re looking at the starry sky in your own backyard or out on the open trail, you’re sure to find the Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars easy to carry as they only weigh 35 ounces (2.37lbs), meaning they won’t leave your gear weighed down, or put a strain on your neck. Rubberized bumpers along the lens guards also provide ample cushioning to keep you feeling comfortable, even if you spend hours tracking the movements of the stars overhead, or alternately spend an entire sports game watching the action on the field.

The Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars are designed to provide comfort, not just for your face, but also for your hands. The housing has a rubberized finish that feels great in your grasp, and the coating makes the binoculars slip resistant, so you’re less likely to drop them if your hands become sweaty.

Nevertheless, for stargazers who want to have the best possible experience, it’s recommended that you buy a tripod adapter and a tripod to use with the Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars, as the strap provided with the binoculars is a bit thin and could wear out quickly if used frequently. You may also want to invest in a better neck strap, particularly if you intend to hike with your binoculars or plan to use them without a tripod.

Water and Fog Proof

Nitrogen purging is performed on the Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars during manufacturing to eliminate residual water vapor, and the housing has a watertight seal that guards against condensation and fogging. This makes the model ideal for maritime use and for stargazing on hot, humid summer nights, although it’s important to keep in mind that metal elements like the ocular ring and the focus wheel could rust if frequently exposed to humidity or salty air.

Wide Angle View

The Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars feature an 18-millimeter eye relief, which is longer than that found on some other models, making them comfortable for people who wear eyeglasses, and compatible with sunglasses when viewing daytime activities. Large exit pupils also allows you to see the sky clearly for a wide angle view, but bear in mind that the 5.8-degree field of view is smaller than some other models; however, even mid-range binoculars with greater angles are typically more expensive than the affordable Celestron SkyMaster 8×56 Binoculars. In addition, you can use the binoculars to focus on objects as close as 25 feet away for applications beyond star gazing.


Weight: 35 ounce (1077.28g)
Magnification: x 8 porro prism
Objective Diameter: 56 mm
Field of View: 5.8-degrees
Exit Pupil: 7mm
Eye Relief: 18 mm
Optical Coatings: Fully Multi-coated
Weather Resistance: Waterproof

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