I recently became involved in astronomy, starting on 10X50 binoculars. I have since acquired 3 telescopes, 76mm, 80mm and 203mm.
I use binoculars for quick observing sessions where setting up a telescope would be inconvenient. I also take binoculars for star gazing when I travel where taking a telescope would be inconvenient or impossible.
The Skymaster 15X70s are very comfortable to use and very bright with good optics. The surface has a nice feel and the focuser works smoothly. I have used them to view the Andromeda Galaxy and a variety of double stars. The moon looks spectacular in these. I used them during the recent Lunar eclipse. I have not used them for planets yet.
They can be hand held for short periods but at 15X any sort of hand shake is very noticeable. The included tripod adapter works well for putting them on a camera monpod or tripod to eliminate the shake.
I like them and would recommend them to a friend.
I own a mix of binoculars & brands....now consisting of all sizes from 7x35 to 10x50. Totally dissatisfied with Celestron's earlier roof prism "nature" 10x42 (#71327) open bridge model I purchased & quickly returned 3 years ago. These newer DX glasses from Celestron are well constructed w/ nice features & much improved optic quality. I was expecting slightly crisper image detail here for price & included phase correction....as compared to my cheaper $ glasses which don't have PC but match all else. Nature DX delivers bright, edge to edge clarity + true color resolution w/ generous FOV. Diopter adjustment on mine tends to overcorrect. Happier exterior body color is actually a darker shade green (forest) color than pictured. If looking for quality mid-size binoculars between = compact...10x25 and full-size...10x42, these are quite decent !
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