Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter – Review

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If you want to look up at the night sky and get a closer view of what’s out there beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, you have two main choices of optics: large telescopes, and lightweight binoculars. In the past, binoculars were typically seen as a step down from telescopes, something for beginners to use, or a device that was reserved only for use on the go. Now, Celestron is changing that with the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter, a pair of binoculars that can rival the performance of telescopes that cost hundreds of dollars more.

Terrestrial and Astronomical Viewing

The Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter makes it possible to see not just our moon, planets and close stars, but also distant galaxies and nebulae. It’s even possible to view the moons of Jupiter with these binoculars! The impressively detailed, bright images provided by the binoculars are owed to their advanced optics. The design includes an extra large 70-millimeter objective lens that makes images brighter and has multi-coated optics that greatly reduce light dispersion to enhance image clarity. These features are paired with BAK-4 prisms, which are considered by most experts to be the best prisms of their kind on the market today. The prisms further reduce light dispersion for very sharp and clear optics. These binoculars can magnify items up to 15 times their size and have a 4.4-degree angular field of view.

Neck Strap and Case Included

Although they are called giant binoculars, the model is actually quite compact at 9.3 inches in length by 3.6 inches in height by 7.9 inches in width. To make carrying this 3 lbs (48ozs) binoculars  easier it comes with a neck strap and carrying case, plus, you receive a tripod adapter with the kit, making it possible to mount the binoculars on any standard tripod for hands free viewing of the night sky.

Lifetime Warranty

You’d really be hard pressed to find a flaw with the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars. The equipment even come with a lifetime warranty, and Celestron’s guarantees are no fault, meaning that even if the binoculars become broken due to an accident, they are usually covered under the warranty. A small number of reviews online do state that occasionally objects along the outer part of the viewing field can become blurry when tracking movements; however, many more reviews state that the optics are evenly clear and bright all across the field of view.

Final Thoughts

When you consider that you can purchase a pair of Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15×70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter for under $100, it’s almost unbelievable. These binoculars would make a great choice for a beginner stargazer, someone who prefers to take in the night sky on the go, and even for advanced astronomers wanting something portable and lightweight to use when they don’t want to drag out their full-size telescopes.

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