The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Gear and Accessories

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 27, 2010, 02:15 PM   #1
RamOchoa
Member
 
Join Date: January 14, 2010
Posts: 32
Barska vs Celestron Spotting Scope. Which to buy?

I want a good entry spotting scope and am deciding between the Barska BlackHawk and The Celestron 80mm. I like the Celestron but have heard good things about the Barska. Which has better optics?

Last edited by RamOchoa; February 27, 2010 at 06:19 PM.
RamOchoa is offline  
Old February 28, 2010, 05:27 PM   #2
Sodbuster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 26, 1999
Location: Wyo-Tana
Posts: 1,276
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.
__________________
Remember, many times what we view as a curse in the present turns out to be a blessing in the future. Don't worry about it a lot. Things have a way of working out. Trust me on this one. - - Uncle Bill Martino
Sodbuster is offline  
Old February 28, 2010, 10:48 PM   #3
RamOchoa
Member
 
Join Date: January 14, 2010
Posts: 32
I searched the web for hours and haven't heard of any comparisons either.
RamOchoa is offline  
Old March 1, 2010, 04:07 AM   #4
Regolith
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 30, 2008
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 400
Celestron makes good scopes, generally. The 80mm should be pretty good. I wish I had bought it instead of their C90 Maksutov, which is about the same price. The C90 is why I say generally, though I think they've changed the way they make them (though I don't know if that's solved the issues I had with mine).
Regolith is offline  
Old March 1, 2010, 07:21 AM   #5
stargazer65
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 761
YMMV

Both companies make good value equipment that ranges from high end optics to what I would consider monkey ward toy scopes. The optics vary from sample to sample but should generally be equivalent in the two you picked. I personally would go with Celestron because I have owned many with good success. My primary astronomy telescope is a high end Celestron ED refractor and it has the best optics of all the scopes I have owned (about a dozen or so).
__________________
"I assert that nothing ever comes to pass without a cause." Jonathan Edwards
stargazer65 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07461 seconds with 9 queries