Celestron – SkyMaster 25X70 Binocular – Outdoor and Astronomy Binoculars – Powerful 25x Magnification – Large Aperture for Long Distance Viewing – Multi-coated Optics – Carrying Case Included
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- 25x magnification porro prism binocular
- High quality bak-4 prisms
- Large 70 mm objective lens offers maximum image brightness in low-light and long-range conditions
- Multi-coated optics for sharp, clear views
- Long eye relief ideal for eyeglass wearers
Celestron – SkyMaster 25X70 Binocular – Outdoor and Astronomy Binoculars – Powerful 25x Magnification – Large Aperture for Long Distance Viewing – Multi-coated Optics – Carrying Case Included AMAZON
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I’m looking for some that would be good for plane spotting at low & high altitudes. Would these work?
Tripods for 25×70. Do i use the small barska adapter or the screw on the bottom of binocs? What type tripod? If known, what’s the exact name.
I know nothing about binoculars. I am looking for a decent pair for my husband who would be using them for police surveillance. Are these suitable?
Are these to heavy to use on a boat? To check out other boats or view things that may help with navigation or hazards. Spotting moorings ect
7 x 50 used to be considered the ultimate small boat binocular, with image stabilization you can go to a higher magnification but still pay a penalty in low light conditions.
Please help. Which one is the best for seeing stars and galaxies and other deep sky objects. 15×70 or 25×70 ??
Both instruments have the same 70mm objective lens for light gathering and 25x is higher magnification, but it is very difficult to hold still, even with a tripod.
At 15x or 25x you will not resolve jupiter’s stripes or saturn’s rings — for that you will want to use a newtonian that is steady at 125x – 200x (celestron makes some very affordable models,) – happy stargazing!
I have an orion goscope (80mm) telescope, am i going in reverse by buying this 25×70 binocs/
Can the zoom be modified or is it fixed 25x?
Max pupilary distance (pd) of this model is 72 mm. I have wide-set eyes, pd=74 mm. Recommendations for binoculars at least 20x with pd 74 mm or more?
Would a mono pod (walking stick with a screw end) be a good alternative to using a tripod? Thx
Is it a good choice for watching whales?
Need a pair of binoculars for a senior citizen with glaucoma for bird watching at home — they must attach to a tripod & be easy to adjust
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celestron 71008 skymaster 25×70 binoculars (black)
ravelli apgl4 new professional 70′ tripod with adjustable pistol grip head and heavy duty carry bag
I know kunming optics makes these and the orion binoculars. Orion advertises fully multi-coated. Are these fully (all lens surfaces) coated as well?
Just got my binos today and noticed a few dots on the lens is this normal? Doesn’t affect view will these spots grow over time?
Where is the diopter indicator and what is it for?
I have a celestron – mini mak 70mm scope 25–75x zoom would these binoculars be equivalent to them? Using to look at #s on utility poles for work.
Are these any good for birding?
Can i use an adaptor to take pictures with my cell phone or camera?
Would these be suitable for viewing the milky way in a location that is known for good milky way viewing and no light pollution?
What celestial elements can be seen with the help of this binoculars?
I have a pair of 10×50 and recently had eye surgery. The pair i have are blurry, with reading glasses of 1.5 things are crisper. Any recommendations?
Celestron – SkyMaster 25X70 Binocular – Outdoor and Astronomy Binoculars – Powerful 25x Magnification – Large Aperture for Long Distance Viewing – Multi-coated Optics – Carrying Case Included AMAZON
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I originally gave these four stars because the focus has play in it. I bumped them up to 5 stars because of the low price and the fantastic astronomical views. They stay in the focus you put them in, but the play occurs only during adjustment. My 16×50 is much better for daytime sight seeing.
1. The eyepiece lens is 23mm, vs 18mm for my nikon aculon 16×50, 16mm for my celestron 10×50, and 13mm for my tasco 7×35. Despite this, they have the same eye relief as the smaller binoculars, and also a moderately smaller apparent field of view.
2. I followed the exit pupil, drew a triangle, and quickly and accurately measured the apparent field of view of the celestron 25×70 to be only 57.5 degrees, and that is the maximum no matter where your eye is. My nikon’s are 61 degrees, my celestron 10×50 is 60 degrees, and my tascos are 58 degrees. Visual observation confirms these math measurements.
3. They are noticeably heavier than my other binos, but not a lot.
4. They are easy to hand hold very steady in the day time, without resting my elbows on anything. At night it is much better to have something to brace my elbows on.
5. They look like they are good quality, other than the thin strap.
6. They are 10.4 inches long, and 8 inches wide.
7. There depth of focus is less than that of lower powered binoculars, so i really have to adjust them as i aim around at stuff terrestrially at different distances. These are better for astronomy than for birding. My 10x and lower did not need to be adjusted much unless i looked at something really close. My 16x is in between, but still pretty forgiving.
8. The focus is smooth but has a short lag, and requires diopter adjustment of the right eye to compensate for the lag. In cold weather, the focus wheel is tighter than any of my other binos, but still reasonable enough to turn.
9. I am a bit near sighted, so i get a closer near focus at around 50 or 60 feet instead of the advertised 75 ft. My nikons near focus at 18 ft, not their advertised 28 ft.
As many other reviewers already said, the eyepiece barrels seem too big around, and pinch my nose if i try to get closer to the eyepiece. However, if i carefully measure the interpupilary distance, i can place them so i see the full field of view without the pinch. It just does not come as naturally as with my 10×50. I separated them to see if getting one eye closer would give a bigger field of view, but it did not. I guess how close i get is close enough. It just feels weird them being that far out on my nose and making that third point of contact like that. Edit: next day: i’m getting used to the new feeling.
The correct place to hold these binoculars is by the barrels in front of the prisms. That is how to get steadier views. Better yet, slouch down in a chair and put your elbows on the arm rests. Then all you’ll see is your heart beat.
I looked at a distant light, and compared its size to the nikon’s 16x. I find it very believable the celestrons are 25x.
The field of view is not as wide as advertised. The apparent field of view is 57.4 degrees, not 61. The belt of orion just barely fits in the view. The moon is 30% of the view. The true field of view is 2.4 degrees, not the advertised 2.7 degrees.
The arms of the eyepiece adjuster also have some wiggle in them causing a 1/4 inch delay when turning the adjuster wheel. I have had to re-adjust the right diopter even when i did not touch the center wheel, indicating it might be moving a bit. But it does not take long to get back into focus. There is also a flare visible off to the side of the exit pupil, though i don’t see it during astronomy.
Despite these flaws, i can’t subtract a star at only $70 shipped. These binoculars are a league above my 10×50 for astronomical viewing, at least in terms of looking at individual targets. A telescope has many advantages, but these are grab and go. However, to see the phase of venus, you need to stop down the aperture and sit down to brace your view.
i easily saw the correct shape of the orion nebula on a half moon when my 10×50 could see nothing.
I could see the dark side of the half moon, whereas my 10×50 could only see the bright side. My 16×50 also saw the dark side.
Jupiter looks much bigger in the 25×70, but i may need to reduce the aperture to see the stripes. I can see bands on jupiter 114mm f8 newtonian telescope at 28x, but i can’t see bands at 25x in the binoculars.
The pleiades look much better in the 25×70 than in the telescope or my other binoculars.
The double cluster in perseus is clearly visible in the 25×70, and looks tiny with an almost stellar core in my 10×50.
Andromeda, m31, looks better, with m32 and m110 noticeable by it, and very hard to see in my 10×50.
I can see a tiny ring around saturn at 28x in my telescope, but at 25x, i sometimes see a ring around saturn and sometimes i don’t. On the day that i could see a ring, my 16×50 detected ears.
I can see m13 and other globular clusters as small fuzzy balls. I could find them in my 16x, but smaller. In my 10x, i can locate most of them, but they look like stars. Maybe i can detect a little fuzz on m13. In my 7x, i can’t locate most of them, but i can see m13 and maybe a few others, though i don’t remember.
All of my observing was hand held, unbraced.
I could point them at whatever i wanted and hit my targets just fine. I had trouble hitting andromeda right away because i could not see it naked eye.
M82 and m81 are easy to identify in my 25×70 as i sweep over them. I can see the cigar shape of m82 in my 16×50 too, though i can’t find either one in my 10×50.
I can see a mountain range on the moon in the 25×70 when my elbows are braced. I’ve not yet found it in my 16×50.
Airplanes look bigger but take longer to find in my 25×70.
At 25x, you can’t tell where you are in the sky from the star orientations. You just have to point and look, and you know where you are when you see the object you are looking for. At 16x, i can pan around from bright star to bright star and figure out where i am by memory. At 10x, i can see some bright stars in the same field of view, but have to pan for others. And at 7x, you can easily see where you are.
I actually think my view of m31 was more enjoyable in a 15×70 than in these 25×70, though i know the orion nebula is better at 25x. It keeps getter better even at 60x.
M33 can be located at lower power, but the 25×70 gave the best view, giving maybe a hint of spiral structure.
These are my third pair of binoculars after owning two nikon ones. I live not so far away from the coast so i decided to get these along with a tripod to be able to hopefully watch whales and other sea creatures from my house.
They are greatly built and surprisingly lightweight at the same time despite their bulky body.
They allow me to see the ocean with good clarity by using a tripod. Note: if you want to get a stable view without a tripod, you need to sit on a chair and place your elbows on a table in front of you.
In order to further stabilize the view without a tripod, you need to grab the binos with your right hand on the back end and your left hand on the front end (just as is shown in one of the photos attached), or vise versa. I found this method very effective when watching the ocean from the beach.
For sky watching, i was only able to watch the moon and venus with good results. For watching more distant objects, a telescope is needed.
The lens and eyepiece rubber caps seem to fall off pretty easily.
I can see the pleiades star cluster, which is absolutely beautiful with these binoculars. You can also make out the 4 main moons of jupiter. You’ll also be able to pick up a faint image of the andromeda galaxy. Of course, the moon is very detailed as well. I wouldn’t worry about a tripod for sky scanning.
Just take them out into your backyard, sit in a chair, lean back, and scan the skys. You’ll be able to see much more stars than with your eyes. Its a very relaxing past time, like reading a book.
I bought these strictly because of the good price. I have been very surprised at the quality of the optics and how clear everything is. Definitely recommend.
La luna se ve increíble, es un gran binocular pero es pensado, recomiendo usar con trípode
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I see the negative reviews and get what people are saying but it’s unfair to celestron to offer poor marks on something they can’t well control. I purchased these 25×70 binoculars knowing there is better glass available but wanting something reasonably priced that would offer better celestial body viewing along with long distance wildlife viewing while in yellowstone. I have yet to use them for wildlife but have used them for night sky viewing.
Firstly, the 25x magnification requires a very sturdy tripod, preferably one that can extend closer to 7′. Being an amateur photographer i use a manfrotto and bogen ball head mount. It’s very heavy and very sturdy. Cheaper tripods won’t give you the solid base needed, could have an issue with the weight of the binoculars and will sway with the wind. Even on a tripod, the slightest bump, shake or allowing your eyes/brow to touch the binos will send your target image shaking across your field of view. They are best used by not touching them after properly focusing with the focus wheel and diopter, looking at your target without making contact with the binos.
The 70mm objective lens size makes for a long and heavier binoculars and the 25x magnification is great for budget based viewing. Funny story: i purchased these to get a better view of jupiter and it’s galilean moons. I mounted on the tripod, found the brightest start in our southern sky (jupiter), spent a few minutes focusing one eye at a time and then prepared to be wowed. Instead, i was very disappointed in that it was just a larger bright star. Then i realized i was one star to the right of jupiter. Repositioned and immediately saw the difference. Refocused and immediately saw jupiter and all four moons visible. Make no mistake, you won’t see detail, but you can tell it’s a planet and the moons are visible.
Again, you can find better glass/optics at much higher price points but for our first set of star gazing binos without going to full telescope, it’s hard to beat this price point for a brand like celestron. We’re going to have a lot of fun with these. I can’t wait to get these to yellowstone to see if they are too powerful.
But do not attempt to use these hand held otherwise you will be sorely disappointed. The field of view is too tight and the magnification is too great to use anywhere but on a tripod. The binos do come with a tripod mount. I had purchased one separately.
These binoculars are great for night sky viewing. Also useful for daytime.
I would recommend a youtube video comparing binocular sizes. The x25 magnification is good but at that range you cannot really hold it steady with your hands.
Great for looking at the moon.
Comes with tripod mount, case, and some straps. Build quality is good.
I own both the celestron 15×70 and 25×70 binoculars. After comparing both here is what i’ve come up with:
both binoculars excel and have a clear crisp view. The optics are truly amazing at this price point! I did have to send back a set of the 25×70’s due to interior dust being seen as i looked through them, but amazon sent me a new pair no problem. Both binoculars use the same body. The 25×70’s are a touch shorter (1/4 inch) in length due to shortening of the ocular (eye) to the objective lens distance. The 25×70’s also have a larger ocular lens due to the increased magnification. Both binoculars need a tripod (especially the 25×70’s which are more effected by shaking). Get a 70′ or greater tripod! I have a 60′ tripod and i’m a short5’5′ but when something is near 90 degrees over your head the ’60 height of the tripod won’t cut it.
I posted an example of the magnification and the field of view difference between the 15×70 (1st pic) and the 25×70 (2nd pic). As you can see the 25×70 gives you a greater magnification but the trade off is the field of view which is greater with the 15×70’s. The actual views through the bino’s are sharper as the cellphone doesn’t do it justice.
Looking at objects: in looking a celestial objects the moon totally fills the frame with the 25×70’s. The 4 galilean moons of jupiter (yes you can seem) look great in both set of binos. Another thing i love to look at are airplanes. With the use of a tripod i was able to see and follow jets at 35,000 ft. It is a marvel! The 25×70’s work well here as i can read the writing on the planes.
My recommendation: i would choose the 25×70’s. The 25×70’s are $3 more so why not go for more magnification. The wider field of view on the 15×70’s does allow a better ‘hand-held’ experience but you are still going to need a tripod for celestial viewing no matter which bino’s you buy.
Also: both the 25×70 and the 15×70 come with a tripod adapter but i’d upgrade to a metal one as these binos are heavy. The barska adapter is metal with a larger rubber tightening screw and is only $8 (see photo). I’d also get some field optics research binocular eyeshields ($14) to help keep out peripheral light in daytime viewing (see photo).
We bought them to see the starts during our camping trip, and they work really well. I would recommend
Expected to be disappointed but i was not. These are very good for the price.
I love them, they are huge and when i finally get them in focus the view is incredible. I just can’t figure out how to get the phone holder to stay on w/out popping off, and what to do after that in order to view through them. I could be wrong, but i thought they had night vision, if they do either, i’m missing something, or it’s when you connect your phone to them. I guess it’s one of those cool things you want but, it won’t read your mind, so i can’t just think what i want it to do and it just does it! Nope it’s one of those things, items you buy and you need to read and learn about them. So that’s all you need to know, if you are going to buy them, learn how to use them. I’m missing out on a lot of cool stuff happening especially in the night sky and that irritates me!
I think for the price these are ok. I just did not think the quality of the optics was all that good. I returned them and opted for the orion 9×63 for astronomical use. You have to use a tripod or monopod with the celestron binoculars to get a stable image, but with the orion you can use it as a hand held binocular with no problem and to me the optics are better, but they are also 2x the price…
My interest in enjoying long-distance viewing, both terrestrial and celestial, had been on the rise as of late. So i decided to do some checking. The telescope that interested me looked to be well-suited to this activity, but i realized that i’d have to purchase a mount and tripod, at the least, and possibly some other accessories (lens, etc.). This, i figured, was going to run at least $500; not an amount i was ready to invest.
So as my research progressed, specifically in the direction of binoculars, i came across this celestron skymaster 25 x 70mm binoculars. Touted as appropriate for both celestial and terrestrial viewing, especially given the less-than-$100 price tag, the binoculars seemed to me to be a good fit: not a huge investment and would also be a significant step up from my current binoculars. And the price was about 1/3rd that of the 25 x 100mm while still, in my opinion, providing a decent long-distance viewing experience.
I’ve had these binoculars for about a month now and i have to say that i really do enjoy them.
I should note that i ordered and use the ‘barska binocular tripod adapter’ instead of the one that came with the binoculars. (other reviewers recommended this upgrade due to the barska seemingly being a bit sturdier than the one that came with the binoculars.)
in any event, i already had a modest tripod that is working well enough for me, although the little, almost imperceptible shake that occurs is quite obvious when looking at airplanes, satellites and other celestial objects. Still, i’m not disappointed with my setup.
Now, with these binoculars i can see jupiter, and at least two of her moons, saturn, including the ‘ring,’ and, of course, many stars. In fact, aiming the binoculars in an area that seems void of stars when viewed with the naked eye reveals even more stars and whatnot. And the view of the moon is spectacular.
Passing airplanes stand out with these binoculars. And while i’ve yet to actually read lettering on planes (they’re usually at an altitude of 35,000-plus feet, moving at 500mph or so, and miles downrange), i can clearly detect planes’ colorations, engines, winglets, etc. What fun!
For terrestrial viewing, again these binoculars provide me a good look.
The only thing i could say that would be even remotely critical would be this: trying to accurately aim the binoculars without the aid of a ‘finding scope,’ especially at very distant objects, is challenging. Some times i actually get it right, but most times not. This is especially true of fast-moving objects (satellites, planes, etc.) but this isn’t a ‘problem’ with the binoculars, but rather one aspect to consider when using/purchasing such high-powered binoculars.
Overall i’m very pleased with this purchase. I find the binoculars came usable and in great shape right out of the box.
Works well and great buy for the money
Like many others, i received my binoculars out of collimation. Your choices are to return the binoculars for replacement or learn to collimate binoculars. Since i’d likely lose collimation the first time i sharply bang (or gawd-forbid drop) my binoculars, i decided to learn to collimate these. Search a big name video service for ‘how to collimate celestron skymaster…’ watch more than one video, as at least one was provided by a blithering idiot lol. Turns out it’s easy to do with celestron binoculars. Still, detracting stars for not sending them collimated, to begin with. Whether it was the factory or in shipping, as the end user it’s still a problem. The user manual, by the way, is one-page (5 pages of languages), clear and concise. Follow it; most folks don’t learn the right way to focus binocs. These are larger and heavier than the typical and less expensive celestron binocs. You will want a tripod or monopod for even casual use, particularly if you plan to share with children or someone without strong arms.
I bought these to replace my old hunting binoculars. I have not had the chance to take them hunting but when i do i will update this review.
I have used them to observe the moon and jupiter. I was blown away to see the 4 moons of jupiter. I also pointed them at my across the street neighbors air conditioner and was able to read the information on a small sticker.
I initially had trouble getting a single clear picture everything i looked at had 2 images. I contacted tech support and they were ready to send me out a new set. I found them to be prompt and friendly. Oh and they are based in america! The problem however was user error and an exchange was not necessary.
The 25×70 do come with a tripod mount, but as many people point out it’s not good enough to keep the binoculars stable. I fixed this with 2 rubber washers (cost 80 cents). Its not a prefect solution but its good enough.
I read where someone said a mono pod would work to stabilize the binoculars… Nope, not even with the washers. You really need a tripod for these.
I bought a snapzoom thought it would make it easier for my kids to see objects. The snapzoom doesn’t really fit due to the center focus-er. You have to set it up using the single lens configuration. Even then its not good. This is more a reflection of the snapzoom not the binoculars. Save your money, and get a nice tripod.
The lens rubber protesters are nice. The black ‘deluxe’ case it comes in is a step up from a plastic bag you get from the grousers.
Over all these are really nice. I’m really happy with them, and would recommend with to anyone. I would buy these again. In fact i’m so pleased with them i’m looking at other celestron optics. Their 15×70 look cool, and they have several award winning telescopes that wont break the bank.
Enjoy i hoped this helps
Needed to buy tripod to stabilize viewing