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Old February 27, 2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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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?

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Old February 28, 2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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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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Old February 28, 2010, 10:48 PM   #3
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I searched the web for hours and haven't heard of any comparisons either.
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Old March 1, 2010, 04:07 AM   #4
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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).
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Old March 1, 2010, 07:21 AM   #5
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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).
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