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Celestron UpClose 20x50
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2 30154 Thu September 30, 2010
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: From the Celestron website:

A binocular for all reasons!

From nature to NASCAR®, UpClose binoculars will handle your most demanding viewing challenges. The economically-priced UpClose Porro Prism Series is comprised of five full-size models, including one zoom model. UpClose porro prisms are robust full-size binoculars that feature a large knurled center focus knob for smooth and accurate focusing and a diopter adjustment on the right eyepiece for fine tuning the focus to your individual eyesight requirements. The Zoom model features a conveniently located finger lever for quick, accurate zoom adjustments. Rubber covering with finger impressions provides comfort and a secure grip. Most important, UpClose binoculars feature high quality BK7 optics to provide you and your family bright, clear, and sharp views during a variety of outdoor activities like sporting events, bird watching, wildlife viewing, hiking, scenic nature walks, and concerts and live performances to name a few. The UpClose is an ideal choice for an affordable high quality binocular that will provide years of enjoyable use.

UpClose 20x50 Porro - General Features

* 20x magnification porro prism binocular
* Rubber covered
* Fully coated optics
* Diopter adjustment for fine focusing
* Rubber covering for a firm grip
* Water resistant body and nylon carrying case
* Tripod adaptable
* No-Fault Lifetime Warranty
Keywords: Celestron 20x50 UpClose Binoculars

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Registered: May 2010
Location: Yorkshire
Posts: 6
Review Date: Sun July 11, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very useful "poor man's telescope"
Cons: No mount thread; primitive eyecups; no water protection

Recently I was lent a telescope (an RSPB AG80 with 20-45x eyepiece) for a week's birdwatching. That was great, but I cannot afford to buy a scope myself.

So I thought I'd try these very inexpensive 20x50 binoculars instead. From for £22.45, with free delivery. At this price, I wasn't expecting much. But the Amazon reviews give them 4.5/5 stars, so I thought I'd give them a go.

I was very impressed. The image is clear, the focus and diopter adjustment work well. They feel rugged and well-made.

I took them to the RSPB's "Glaslyn Ospreys" site in North Wales and compared them to one of the Swarovski scopes in the hide, on a sunny day. I set the scope eyepiece to 20x magnification, the same at these bins. At this magnification and in bright conditions, I could see absolutely no practical difference between the Swarovski scope and these binoculars for observing the Osprey nest - and everything else in view, near and far. Well, just one thing - the lack of a tripod mounting thread on the bins means they must be braced against the woodwork of the hide.

Since Swarovski scopes appear to cost £1000 upwards, this must merit a 10 star rating for these humble binoculars. I highly recommend them to anyone who can't afford a telescope.

I have also used them for watching Tawny Owls at night, with the moon behind clouds. In low light they work very well too.

I don't know how long they will last, or whether I can return them. But at this price, who cares?
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Registered: July 2005
Location: Port Alberni, BC canada
Posts: 3
Review Date: Thu September 30, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have a pair of 15x70 Celestron binoculars and I love them. They may be heavy for some people but for me they are great and I can always find a place to support my arms and binoculars.
I am now looking at getting the 25x70 Celestron binoculars.
All binoculars are so portable.
My Celestron 8 inch telescope weighed about 35 lbs and needed some sort of electrical juice to be uselful. I sold it and I am now very happy just using binoculars.
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