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Celestron 72022 SkyMaster DX 8x56 Binoculars
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- 8x magnification Porro Prism binocular
- Fully multi-coated optics for extremely sharp, clear views
- Rugged full-size design for maximum image brightness
- Nitrogen purged for waterproof and Fogproof performance
- Multi position twist-up eyecups for quick adjustment and optimum Eye relief
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SkyMaster DX 8x56 mm Porro Binocular
A superb 7:1 objective-to-magnification ratio makes these binoculars the right choice for binocular astronomy and low-light field use.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Large Objective Lens
Large 56 mm objective lens combines with 8x magnification for a very bright image even in poor light.
8x magnification is great for both mounted and hand-held astronomical and terrestrial viewing.
Can be mounted on a tripod for steady, hands-free viewing.
Waterproof & Nitrogen-filled
Use the SkyMaster DX even in the rain; its waterproof, nitrogen-filled body will protect it from internal fogging.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
Comfortable & Eyeglass Friendly
Twist-up eyecups are comfortable to use and can be twisted up or down for easy use with or without eyeglasses.
Durable and Armored
The rugged, armored exterior provides protection as well as a secure gripping surface.
Multiple Accessories Included
Objective lens cap, rain guard, carrying case, neck strap, lens cloth, and instruction manual all included.
|Field of View (degrees)||5.8°||5.3°||4.4°||3.7°|
|Field of View (feet @ 1000yds)||293||278||230||195|
|Lens Coatings||Fully Multi-coated||Fully Multi-coated||Fully Multi-coated||Fully Multi-coated|
|Diopter Range||-4 to +4||-4 to +8||-4 to +8||-4 to +8|
|Close Focus Distance (feet)||25.0||47.2||52.5||106.3|
|Eye Relief (mm)||18||17||18||18|
|Environmental Protection||Waterproof||Water Resistant||Water Resistant||Water Resistant|
|Exit Pupil Diameter||7 mm|
|Field Of View||304 feet|
|Item Dimensions||10 x 4 x 9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.74 pounds|
|Item Weight||3.3 pounds|
|Objective Lens Diameter||56 mm|
|Shipping Weight||3.35 pounds|
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Celestron SkyMaster DX 8x56 binocular is a phenomenal value for high performance and ideal for astronomical viewing or for terrestrial (land) use - especially over long distances. The SkyMaster DX 8x56 binocular features high quality BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated optics for enhanced contrast. Celestron has designed and engineered the larger SkyMaster models to meet the special demands of extended astronomical or terrestrial viewing sessions. For maximum stability and secure optical alignment the 100 mm SkyMaster 72022 features enhanced structural reinforcement to the main binocular body. As an additional convenience, the 100 mm SkyMaster 72022 also includes an integral super rigid photo tripod adapter. These binoculars are built to provide years of magnificent views of the world around you and the heavens above.
Seeing is believing with the Celestron 72022 Ultima DX 8 x 56 waterproof binoculars. The Ultima Series has always been one of Celestron's most highly respected line of binoculars. It's hard to believe, but with the newly redesigned Ultima DX Series, outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes will find even greater value.
Combining superb optics, quality construction, and affordability, the Ultima DX series is perfect for the serious bird watcher who demands a binocular that is lightweight and easy to use, or the outdoor enthusiast who relies on rugged durability and resistance to the elements.
The new design elements of the Ultima DX Series include a waterproof body, shock-resistant rubber covering, and twist-up eyecups. Ultima DX binoculars provide superb image quality with BAK-4 prisms, fully multi-coated optics, diopter adjustment for sharp focusing, and they are super lightweight for their aperture size. With long eye relief for comfortable viewing and an excellent depth of field that provides a good overview without the need for constant refocusing, all Ultima DX models are excellent for all kinds of long distance viewing. And with large fields of vision, these binoculars are well-suited for astronomical and other low-light observation. It's simply hard to imagine a set of binoculars with these many outstanding features in such a durable yet lightweight design.
The Celestron 72022 features an 8x magnification and an objective lens diameter of 56 millimeters, giving it a 7-millimeter exit pupil. (The exit pupil size -- the diameter of the objective lens divided by the magnification -- determines the amount of light available to your eye. The larger the exit pupil, the brighter the image obtained will be. A three-millimeter exit pupil is generally sufficient for daytime use, five-millimeters is suitable for daytime and twilight, and seven-millimeters is generally necessary for maximum nighttime or astronomy use.) All Ultima DX Series models also come with Celestron's No Fault Limited Lifetime Warranty.
What's in the Box
Celestron 72022 Waterproof Binoculars and soft carrying case
Top customer reviews
First thing i noticed is it does feel a little heavy compared to the 8x56 (i tried 8x56 at my local store). The weight (38 OZ vs 44 OZ) difference does not seem to be much, but it is noticeable if you are holding it for longer duration.
In terms of Opticals, this Binocular uses Porro, BAK-4 Prisms and are Fully Multi-Coated. Usually the coatings go like this - Single Coated, Multi Coated and Fully Multi Coated; Fully Multi Coated being the top quality. This improves the transmission quality drastically by reducing the reflections and light loss which leads to clearer and brighter views. Its fully waterproof and has an angular field of view of about 5 degrees, which is decent (8x56 model has a FOV of close to 6 degrees). 63mm is a good size for the Objective lens and 9x magnification is decent for a almost shake-free viewing. But, let me warn you that this thing shakes a lot unless you support your elbow or use a tripod (I use my camera tripod most times). Viewing moon was brilliant, but the other day I was trying to see Saturn - it just appeared as a small orange dot. No way one could make out its rings or moons. Whoever says they can indeed view some planetary objects with great or even good details, I don't know how true their claims are.
I started using this Binocular to scan the skies to get to a particular area of the sky (because it has good FOV of about 5 deg compared to a typical medium sized telescope's FOV of about 1 degree or less). Then, once i could point to a small patch of sky with a few stars, I use my telescope for closer observation. I must say that I was able to see Mizar and its fainter companion star Alcor (in the Big dipper constellation) - the most famous double stars in the sky. But i think some people can see these stars even in naked eye if the sky is probably dark enough without any light pollution and if they have razor sharp eyes.
As far as other features like Exit pupil (7 mm exit pupil makes the viewfield brighter as our eyes dilate to 7mm in the dark; however as we get older its more like 5mm pupil dilation for us), Eye relief (18 mm - good enough if you wear eye wear) etc., - this binocular fairs well in those areas.
I do have a second thought of returning this 9x63 and buy 8x56 which will help me reduce the shake and weigh less in my hands. I think 8x56 is a better option. I know we always tend to think, why not get a bigger objective lens and higher magnification for even a cheaper price, given all other things are equal between these 2 models. But, i found out that there is a reason why 8x56 sells for more price than 9x63 and why it's also the most popular model in medium sized binoculars (as rated by the Space.com review). So, my suggestion for those of you who are on the fence, you may be served well with a 8x56 model because of a slightly less shake when holding and also the slightly lesser weight.
Also, note that there is a ever confusing cheaper model 15x70 with the same model name. That model is not up to the par with these 2 smaller models. Amazon's title is missing a "DX" in the model name (title). 15x70 is cheap because its not Fully-Multi coated (its just multi coated) and also not water proof. I am not sure even if the BAK4 prism quality is also different in these models.
In conclusion, do not expect to see wonders in astronomy with this medium-sized binocular. For that you need either those monster binoculars or a medium sized telescope (even a telescope with a 6 inch objective lens usually comes with over 50x magnification and also has a good light gathering capacity due to its 150mm objective lens). So, clearly identify your needs before pulling the lug on this binocular (especially astronomical needs). Clear skies!
I spent extra to get them shipped faster so I can also use them for the upcoming eclipse.
They arrived on time, but they are completely useless. The collimation is WAY off, not even close. There are two very separate images, not just slightly off but miles off - to get an understanding, there are two fully separate moons when looking at the moon.
They are also scuffed on one side, like they've been used and returned previously.
I'm not sure how to return these or what's going to happen next but I also wasted $30 on shipping because I believed these would be worth it and wanted them before departing for an eclipse roadtrip.
A very disappointing experience indeed.
- The lens reflect less light; hence, produce lighter image. I even catched the M31 galaxy, as a dim glowing cloud of course.
- The stars dont leave tails behind when my hand shake unlike the 7x50 model.
Most recent customer reviews
- Image is sharp and bright.
- Price is nice.
- Focus wheel is sludgy.
- Weight is almost too heavy for comfortable use.Read more
Their images quality is very good. I don't often give five stars but I have really enjoyed having these and every time I use them...Read more