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Postby Sophya on Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:42 pm

I can't decide between the Apogee 20x80 or the Celestron 15x70. Which one is better (quality) and will the different sizes be al that different? Also, the Celestron is water resistant, whereas the Apogee has no mention of it, so I suppose it isn't. Is that a very important feature. I am buying this for my nephew as a prelude to a telescope. He will use it mostly in his backyard for astronomical viewing. Is the 15x70 slightly better for handling if he chooses to use it for other things? I have the impression the Celestrons are less in quality because they seem to priced on the low end, is this an appropriate assumption? Please help.

Postby on Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:22 pm


There won't be a large gap in performance between the two, but both should be mounted on a tripod due to their magnifications and physical size, though the 15x70 could be used in a pinch without a tripod.

If you are looking for something that does not need a tripod, I would recommend scaling back to a 7x50, such as the the Nikon Action extreme 7x50, ... -7239.html or 10x50, ... -7245.html With either of these, you can still do a great deal of astronomy and also have something quite useable for other applications. Optics and construction (waterproof) are excellent.

Having a waterproof bino is not an essential feature in an astronomy binocular, but it is still a good feature to have, especially on those cool, dewy and frostty nights.
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