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Nair al Saif

Celestron skymaster 20x80 or 15x70

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15x70 or 20x80 or 25x70

 I have a camera tripod mount but holding it in my hands is also nice

Zhumell 12x70 is also an option

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15x70 can be hand held for short periods. 20x80 not so much, unless you are very strong :smiley:

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I have the 20x80, it’s not just the weight of holding them for a prolonged period of time, it’s trying to hold them steady enough to make viewing worthwhile.  Ok on the moon for a quick look, anything other than that and you need tripod to hold them steady

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Yes that is true. Is there any difference between Celestron 20x80 and opticorp 20x80

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 Zhumell 12x70 or Celestron 20x80? Final contestants. Is high magnification good for dso or does it balance out for the Celestron

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I've applied two solutions for holding my own 70mm binoculars. One was to make a triangular frame from a neighbour's discarded Zimmer frame, with the bins attached to a top bracket. Bicycle handle bar grips were push onto the tube bottoms.

The second very comfy solution was to make a binocular mirror mount. This is a supremely comfortable way to scan the skies, if we don't mind an inverted image. A Newtonian reflector inverts the image and nobody seems to object to that.

 

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On 24/09/2020 at 11:39, Merlin said:

The second very comfy solution was to make a binocular mirror mount. 

Curious what you used for the front surface mirror and where you obtained it.  Tnx!

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If you are interested in the Celestron Skymaster 15 x 70 binoculars they are currently part of a lightning deal for Amazon Prime day for £55.20. You will need to be quick as the deal ends in about 3 hours.

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'Hate to be a naysayer, but there are thousands of words on the various bino forums concerning the difficulty in finding one that is collimated or keeping it that way. All that glitters is not gold; all that is cheap is not a value.

Bill

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whatever you go for get the pro versions  yeh more expensive but better bins 

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I have a Skymaster 25x70, Whilst it's quite lightweight and easy to hold, The 25x mag is hard to keep still enough to hand hold!!

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I also bought a Swallow 15x80, These are quite heavy compared to the Celestrons but a little more steady, The image is much less lively!

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John 👍

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