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Celestron SMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter
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  • Manufacturer: Celestron
  • Color: Grey
  • Item Dimensions
    • Length: 13.7"
    • Width: 11.1"
    • Height: 5.2"
    • Weight: 4.65 pounds
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Celestron and ;s SMaster Series of large aperture binoculars are a phenomenal value for high performance binoculars ideal for astronol viewing or for terrestrial (land) use - especially over long distances. Each SMaster model features high quality BAK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast. Celestron has designed and engineered the larger SMaster models to meet the special demands of extended astronol or terrestrial viewing sessions. The 15x70 version is one of the most popular models in the series. It offers serious large aperture light gathering in an affordable and reasonably lightweight configuration.
Binoculars come in a wide range of shapes and sizes these days, and an even wider range of prices. It's easy to spend less than $100 or more than $500 for what may appear to be, at least outwardly, comparable models. While they may look the same, they are probably quite different on the inside.

Recently, the binocular market has seen a flood of giant binoculars at prices that were unheard of just a few years ago. In general, giant binoculars are defined as those that magnify the view 10 times or more and have 70-mm or larger front (objective) . It used to be that the least expensive giant binoculars cost in excess of $150, even $200. All that changed not long ago, when the bottom fell out of the price cellar. Now, several companies import giant binoculars that sell for half that, or less.

Celestron's 15x70 SMaster binoculars are one of the leaders in the low-price giant binocular arena. They certainly sound good on paper. The SMasters include multicoated optics and BaK-4 internal prisms, two features that promise brighter, better images, and key points to look for when judging a pair of binoculars. They also come with an adapter for attang them to a photo tripod, which is a must to use them to their fullest, and a soft carrying case. But just because they are cheap doesn't always mean they are worth the price. Would it be better to save up for a more expensive pair?

To find the answer, I had an opportunity recently to judge the SMasters against a pair of Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX binoculars , one of the finest pairs of giant binoculars sold today. Like the SMasters, the Fujinons feature BaK-4 prisms, but also have fully multicoated optics. As a general rule, superior coatings mean superior image sharpness and contrast. But then, that should be expected, given that the Fujinons cost many times more than the Celestrons.

While the Fujinons were clearly the better performer, the Celestron SMasters held up admirably. Image brightness, quality, and contrast were all remarkable considering their bargain price. Although images were a little soft across the outer 25% of the Celestron's field, the overall view was impressive nonetheless.

Some inexpensive binoculars have very sloppy focusing, causing the eyepieces to tilt and shift. Not so with the SMasters. I found that their center-focusing mechanism worked smoothly, with no apparently backlash or wole. Eye relief (the distance you hold your eyes away from the eyepieces to see the full field) is stated to be 18 mm, a good distance for higher power binoculars and an important consideration if you must wear glasses when viewing. The SMasters are also light enough to support by hand for short periods of time, although buyers would be well advised to mount them on a sturdy photo tripod.

The bottom line is, if you are considering a pair of giant binoculars, whether for bird watng, stargazing, or another recreational use, and have a limited budget, Celestron's giant 15x70 SMasters represent an excellent value. --Phil Harrington, author of Star Ware and Star Watch

Pros:

  • Exceptional value for the price
  • Light enough to support by hand
  • BaK-4 prisms
  • Multicoated optics
Cons:
  • Outer 25% of the field is soft and a little blurry
  • Requires a tripod to use for extended periods
Features

  • Multi-coated optics
  • Large aperture perfect for low light conditions and stargazing
  • Tripod adapter
  • 13 mm (0.51 in) long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers
  • Diopter adjustment for fine focusing
Shipping
  • Our standard shipping service is free, your order will be processed within 3-4 business days after your payment. Transit time varies from 2-5 business days.
  • Expedited shipping takes 2-3 business days.
  • One Day shipping takes 1-2 business days and usually ships within 12 hours.
  • We only ship within the continental USA, we do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, APO addresses or any other USA territory.
  • We only ship to the confirmed Paypal address. We reserve the right to cancel any order for any reason at any time.
  • We are not responsible for undeliverable addresses.
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  • We offer a 14 day return policy from checkout winning date.
  • An RMA number is required for all returns. Message us for return instructions. Items returned without a RMA number will not be processed.
  • Items defective upon receipt must be packaged in their retail packaging as if new and returned with a detailed description of the problem.
  • Return shipping fees are not refundable.
  • We reserve the right to decline any returns if the above guidelines are not followed.

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