Celestron

OVERVIEW

Originally founded by Tom Johnson under a different name, Valor Electronics, the company eventually changed to Celestron. It was sold in 1980 and has since shown impressive growth, but there have been several ownership changes between 1980 and 2002, until a few people in the senior management team purchased everything.

Celestron is a design, manufacturing, and importer leader for many optical devices. They continue to produce innovative products with great designs and excellent optics. Its products are well known to amateur astronomers for their well-made telescopes, and often the choice for those individuals familiar with the different manufacturer products.

The binoculars are made with the same technology and innovation as the rest of their optic devices, making them a great choice for quality. They make binoculars for regular use, but also make several models meant for stargazing, expanding on options that started with their telescopes. They also make digital camera binoculars for taking pictures of the great close up views.

AVAILABLE BINOCULARS SERIES

Oceana Series Binoculars

Celestron Oceana binoculars, as their name suggests, are made for use on the water. They are one hundred percent waterproof thanks to dry nitrogen-charged barrels, and O-ring seals, which also make the binoculars fog proof inside and out. The surface is covered by a protective rubber coating. This makes for easy gripping, which is especially important in wet conditions. In addition, the compass and rangefinder can come in handy for navigating on the water. The compass is backlit so it’s visible in just about any light conditions.

Oceana binoculars have large lenses, which collect a larger amount of light, making images bright even in low-light conditions. Multi-coated lenses made for sharp, clear images, and true colors. An adapter fitting for tripod mounting offers extra stability when it’s needed. Celestron Oceana binoculars come with attached objective lens caps, and a carrying case. All Celestron binoculars are covered by a no-fault lifetime warranty.

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Outland Series Binoculars

Celestron Outland binoculars offer high quality optics at affordable prices. Their sleek, contemporary design combines with their sturdy rubber covering for comfort, durability, and style. Because the barrels are nitrogen-purged, the binoculars are completely waterproof and fog proof. They’re also very lightweight, making them the perfect choice for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Outland series binoculars contain BAK-4 roof prisms for optimal light transmission, and multi-coated lenses for sharp, clear images. The high resolution extends across the entire field of view. Outland binoculars come with a neoprene carrying case, a neckstrap, and objective lens covers. All Celestron binoculars are covered by a no-fault lifetime warranty.

SkyMaster Series Binoculars

Celestron SkyMaster binoculars offer spectacular astronomical viewing for less than most other astronomical binoculars or telescopes cost. They can also be used for long distance terrestrial viewing. An integrated tripod adapter makes mounting easy for long-term viewing. Some models in the series are water-resistant, while others are completely waterproof, making them ideal for use in inclement weather.

The SkyMaster series boasts high quality BAK-4 prisms for optimal light transmission. The lenses are multi-coated for enhanced contrast, crisp images, and true color interpretation. All the models have wide lenses to gather more light, and produce bright images, even in low-light conditions. They include long eye relief for eyeglass wearers. SkyMaster binoculars come with a deluxe padded, soft carrying case, objective and optical lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Celestron binoculars are covered by a no-fault lifetime warranty.

UpClose Series Binoculars

Celestron’s UpClose series of binoculars offers several options to accommodate different uses and needs. The series includes both roof and porro prism models, no-focus models, and a zoom model as well. Best of all, they’re all available at reasonable prices. As the name suggests, the no-focus models require no focus adjustment. Simply pick them up, point them at the object you wish to observe, and they automatically focus, providing a clear image with no manual intervention. Conversely, the zoom model has an internal mechanism that will allow you to zoom in on the object you’re observing, seeing it in greater detail without compromising any resolution or clarity.

The UpClose series features BK7 optics that provide bright, clear images. All the models in the series are great for outdoor activities such as hiking, sporting events, birdwatching, as well as indoor events like concerts. The zoom model will give you great views no matter where your seats are in the stadium or concert hall. Most models are covered with durable rubberized armor for a sure grip, and protection from bumps and dings. While some models are completely waterproof, others are only water-resistant, so take note before using them outdoors in harsh weather. UpClose binoculars come with a soft carrying case, objective and optical lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Celestron binoculars are covered by a no-fault lifetime warranty.

VistaPix Digital Camera Binoculars

Celestron VistaPix binoculars offer the best of both worlds—high quality viewing optics and a built-in 3.1-megapixel digital camera. In fact, the digital camera doesn’t just take still photos, but also records video with sound. As if that weren’t enough, the binoculars also have a built-in FM radio making them the ideal companion for any camping, hiking, or wildlife observation trip.

The VistaPix binoculars come with many other amenities. Earphones are included to listen to the FM radio. Also included is an 8x telephoto lens, 16MB of internal memory, USB cable, and software to download and edit images stored by the camera. One excellent feature is the flip-up 1.5-inch color LCD display, which makes it easier to see what you’re capturing with the camera. The binoculars contain a roof prism, and fully coated optics for bright, clear images. The closest focus range is ten feet. Celestron VistaPix binoculars are covered by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Other Binoculars

Celestron offers a robust line of binoculars with features that cater to a multitude of uses and needs. The entire line provides quality optics at reasonable prices. Aside from standard binoculars, Celestron also makes zoom binoculars, no-focus binoculars, astronomical binoculars, and digital camera binoculars. In addition, they offer a laser pointer optics kit which is ideal for viewing objects in the night sky, or singling out objects in outdoor settings.

Celestron series feature models that contain both roof and porro prisms, which are meant for optimal light transmission. Most models’ lenses are multi-coated, offering bright, clear images, often in low-light conditions. They are made from durable materials, and then covered with rubberized armor for extra protection and sure gripping. Many models are either water-resistant or waterproof. Most Celestron binoculars come with a carrying case, objective and optical lens covers, and a neckstrap. All Celestron binoculars are covered by a no-fault lifetime warranty, except for the digital camera binoculars, which come with a two-year warranty.

RANGES

The binoculars from Celestron are grouped into seven series. The Noble series have premium roof prisms and extreme near focus, the UpClose series includes low cost compact and full size models, and the Outland or enhanced Outland LX series are the outdoors enthusiast’s choice because they are waterproof and rugged. They also have a series of astronomy binoculars in the SkyMaster series, although they can still be used for long distance horizontal viewing, and a line of digital camera binoculars the VistaPix series

Some of the more unique binoculars are grouped into the Specialty series. This series includes a marine model with an integrated compass, one with electronic zoom, and another with an LCD screen that displays functions including a compass, clock, and stop watch.

MAGNIFICATION

There are 9 different fixed magnifications found on Celestron binoculars. You can find a model of binoculars with any of these magnification levels 7X, 8X, 9X, 10X, 12X, 15X, 16X, 20X, and 25X. SkyMaster has one model with a fixed magnification level of 25X, the 25X100, and two models, UpClose 7X35 with a Porro prism, and the Specialty series Oceana 7X50 WP-IF/RC, have the 7X magnification.

The Upclose, SkyMaster and Specialty series each has a model with a variable magnification. The Specialty Electric Power Zoom has a variable 8X to 24X, the UpClose 10-30×50 Porro has a variable 10X to 30X, and the SkyMaster 25-125X80 Zoom has the best variable magnification level with 25 to 125.

OBJECTIVE LENS

Celestron binoculars will have an objective lens within the range of 21mm to 100mm, with the average overall being about 40mm. There are very few models close to the 100mm range. The SkyMaster 25X100 binocular have the highest objective lens of all Celestron models, making it great for its main purpose: watching stars at night when there’s very low lighting. The UpClose 8X21 with the roof prism is the only model with the 21mm objective lens, but several VistaPix models have 22mm.

FIELD OF VIEW (F.O.V.)

Due to some of the high level magnifications available on Celestron binoculars, some models have a very low field of view. The F.O.V range across Celestron’s product line is 65 to 430 ft. at 1000 yd. The UpClose 8X40 binocular with porro prism has a F.O.V of 430 ft. The SkyMaster series has two Zoom models with the low end 65 ft. F.O.V, the 20-100X70 and 25-125X80. The low F.O.V is a result of their high level of magnification.

PRODUCT OFFERING

Celestron offers seven series of binoculars and 37 models. One of those series is the digital camera binocular series VistaPix that includes 6 models of binoculars with digital camera capabilities.

They also offer a large selection of optical equipment. The make other optical products similar to binoculars such as spotting scopes, both regular and digital, and microscopes. In addition to those they make optical tubes and the SkyScout series of stargazing tools.

PRICE RANGE

The price of Celestron’s binoculars ranges from about $13 to just over $300. The Celestron UpClose 10X25 with the roof prism can be purchased for as little as $12.99, and the most expensive, the Regal LX 10X42 binoculars, is available for $316. Approximately half of all models available are under $100, and the rest gradually increase to $316.

WARRANTY

Celestron offers a No-Fault warranty on all their binoculars except for the VistaPix camera binoculars. No-Fault means that Celestron will repair or replace unusable binoculars even if damage occurred as a result of misuse, it’s not necessary to disclose what happened to the binoculars.

The product needs to be returned to Celestron with the proof of purchase and the shipping prepaid in the amount of $25. This covers the shipping, handling, and inspection. They also will need to know your name, address, a phone number where you can be reached, and a description of the problem/damage. If a replacement is necessary and the model is discontinued, Celestron will issue a comparable model.

POPULAR CELESTRON BINOCULARS

One of the popular Celestron brands available is the SkyMaster 15X70 Center Focus binoculars. These giant size astronomy binoculars can be purchased for $83.99, and they have much to offer for star watching and regular use. They include the BAK-4 prisms with a porro type and their lenses are multi-coated to enhance contrast and allow maximum lighting making them ideal for nighttime astronomy. They also have a magnification of 15 and an eye relief of 18mm for eyeglass wearers. It is tripod adaptable, waterproof, comes with a soft case, and has a No-Fault warranty.