My experience with Celestron goes back years; long ago they were the premier US telescope maker. Meade has probably since overtaken them, but they still make good optics. For what I need at the range, a Celestron 80mm works well for me. I bought it years ago and have never had a problem with it. The thing is huge, which works fine at the range, but I would never want to pack it around. BTW this is the first time I've ever heard anyone mention Celestron and Barska in the same breath. I've never used a Barska product, but I also don't know what Celestron's current Quality Assurance is like.
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