Celestron 12x60 SkyMaster Binocular

Celestron 12x60 SkyMaster Binocular

Celestron 12x60 SkyMaster Binocular

B&H # CE12X60SM MFR # 71007
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Product Highlights

  • Porro Prisms
  • Wide Viewing Angle
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SkyMasters are economically-priced large aperture offerings from Celestron.  They are great for both astronomy or long-range terrestrial observation.

Since high-powered binoculars are difficult to hold steady a monopod(and a tripod adapter if not included with the binocular) with an incorporated fluid pan/tilt head or with such a head attached between the monopod and the binocular is highly recommended.

Center focus dial
Multicoated lenses
BaK-4 Porro prisms
Rubber armoring with pebbled prism coverings
Long eye relief combined with large apparent angular field of view
Lifetime "No Fault" Warranty Coverage
Celestron binoculars, excluding the digital VistaPix series, include their wonderful "No Fault" warranty coverage, which assures that your binoculars will be repaired or replaced at Celestron's option for as long as you own them-no questions asked!  The only requirements on the user's end are to ship the binoculars(at the user's cost) to Celestron with a proof of purchase and a check or money order for $25 to cover the costs of inspection, shipping and handling.  This warranty service is valid only for USA and Canadian citizens purchasing from an authorized Celestron dealer.
UPC: 050234710077
Prism Type Porro
Magnification 12x
Objective Lens Diameter 60mm
Angle of View 5.7°
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 298' (99 m at 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance 40.0' (12.2 m)
Exit Pupil Diameter 5.0mm
Eye Relief 18mm
Relative Brightness 25.0
Twilight Factor 26.8
Focus Type Center
Weatherproofing Water resistant
Tripod Socket Yes
Dimensions 7.5 x 8.4 x 3.1" (190 x 214 x 78mm) WxHxD
Weight 2.75 lb (1247 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 9.1 x 4.2"
12x60 SkyMaster Binocular is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ideal binocular for astronomy? During more than 20 years of astronomy, I have owned many binoculars of all sizes, and this is my new favorite. Surprisingly easy to hold and gathering nearly three times the light of a 7x35, it delivers bright, sharp views that greatly exceeded my expectations. I can focus it without wearing my glasses or contacts, rare in binoculars of this size. Wide enough field of view makes it easy to find targets. The only downside is some sensitivity to off-axis glare, but that doesn't really interfere with the great views. Great for terrestrial use too. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU WILL BE PROUD TO OWN A PAIR OF THESE BINOCULARS celestron 12x60 an exellent companion at the lake,hunting,survelence or astronomy. not too heavy to carry around your neck.also you can hand hold for reasonable short periods. at the lake or at the ballgame, you will have all the rest outgunned. bak 4 prisms and large objectives are complimented by high tech wide field eyepieces give bright wide field views. OFFERS HOURS OF PLEASING VIEWS
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Compromise These are not the best views you can get in 12X60 binoculars but for this price in my opinion. I use my pair as an additional finder when I do astronomy. It is easy to spot most Messier objects, then put my finder in the right spot, then view with my telescope. The other evening, I spotted M22 with them and then was able to locate with my 127mm scope. By themselves they provide excellent views of large clusters and the moon. As one viewer observed there is a little off axis glare but it is not bothersome. I have a pair of Nikon 7x35 binos that I paid $100 for. These are just as good and for nighttime use are better. You will experience a little shake and want to consider a tripod or monopod mount, but the weight is really not that bad and they can be used for scanning for a few minutes before I need to put them down. In summary, I highly recommend these for the price. They are worth it. Some have reported collimation issues but B&H has excellent return policies so send them back if that is the case. I'm not sorry I bought mine.
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Winner These binoculars will not compete with a $1000 pair of Canons with image stabilization. However, if there was a contest that factored in cost along with performance, this binocular wins hands down. I have looked through expensive binoculars and the views are in no way 20 times better than the SkyMaster 12X60. I use these for astronomy and they have a dual purpose. First, they act as a handheld finder with a generous and bright field of view. It is easy to spot objects like M22, M13, or M31 without any trouble in dark skies with these binoculars. This helps me to find some objects with my telescope. Second, they are an observing tool by themselves. There are many objects that don't fit in the field of view of my telescope but frame very nicely in these binoculars. Many big clusters are gorgeous in the field afforded by these binoculars and can't be viewed in most telescopes. The other night, I took them out to my patio and laid down with my head on a pillow and viewed directly overhead. I was looking at Vega, Epsilon Lyra, and Zeta Lyra. This beautiful triangle fit neatly in the field of view. I then focused on Zeta Lyra and could split the double star. With a little effort I was able to detect a little blue/green color in the companion star. I thought man am I glad I bought these! Consider the price and buy a pair. I am not disappointed and I recommend them without reservation.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from recommended very good binocular the picture are clear sharp but there is something i wasn't know about it there's no zoom in this binocular only focus adjustment the good thing ilike about it its handling you can carry and it doesn't need tribad iwas looking for more power one like 15*70 but igo back because it's more heavy and the point of view less than this one and it realy need tribad so it's realy good not too week or not too strong power it's in between for enjoying the sky watching without too much headache
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Double vision I looked at the moon. I saw two moons. Unfortunately I trusted Celestron enough that I didn't check out the binos til after the 30 day return. I was just too busy. My fault. To much good stuff out there from other manufacturers to worry about Celestron again. I think I can turn this one into a monocular. Checked out some other reviews online and Celestron has some QA issues with their binos.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I love my binoculars at first I thought they were going to be to big but they're not. This are perfect for nature viewing the image is super clear day and night. I'm getting rid of my old 10x50 tasco. I will buy another pair of binoculars for my uncle in Mexico. I definitely recommend this binoculars.
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I love my 12x60 binoculars. At first I thought they were going to be to big but they're just the right size. Perfect for nature viewing. I bought a 2nd pair for my uncle he's going to love then too. I definitely recommend these binoculars.
Date published: 2015-04-27
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