Celestron Skymaster 15x70 review

If you're after a close-up of objects in the night sky but you want to stay mobile, look no further than these budget binoculars that are brilliant for stargazing

Celestron Skymaster 15x70 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Affordable and small enough to carry to dark skies, these dedicated astronomy binoculars are ideal for getting a close-up of deep sky objects, though they are best used on a tripod. We like the fact that they come with a tripod bracket for mounting on a tripod, but they are just about light enough to hold steady for occasional use. That said, if you're going for a long observing session, consider pairing the Celestron Skymaster 15x70 with a good photographic tripod.


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    Very affordable

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    Lots of magnification

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    Possible to hand-hold

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    Excellent shoulder bag


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    Build quality

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    Requires tripod

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    Loose lens caps

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Go look at any guide to the night sky and we guarantee you will find dozens of celestial sights best viewed through a pair of binoculars. But how big should your binoculars be? Although the 10x50 and 10x42 sizes are thought of as the minimum sizes for astronomy binoculars, it's not until you get to 15x models that you enter the realm of astronomy-only binoculars. Unlike a lot of its rivals, these big binoculars are thoroughly affordable, but are they any good? Here’s what you need to know about the Celestron Skymaster 15x70. 

Celestron Skymaster 15x70

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.