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Difference between celestron 15x70 Binoculars
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Location: United Kingdom
I want to know about the difference between these two binoculars.
Which one should i buy.
1-Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Porro Prism Binoculars(Price: £59.74)
2-Celestron 15x70 WP Porro Prism Cavalry Binoculars(Price: £92.34)
Location: Twin Falls, ID
Following is a snippet from an upcoming bino book. It relates to the 15x70 Skymaster (without mentioning names in the book) :
... A STORY: As an optics merchant, it would be foolish to turn away sales of a popular binocular. Yet, that is exactly what I once had to do.
An instrument kept arriving from a prominent importer out of collimation, right out of the box. So, the next time I received a shipment, I set aside time to check each one before putting them away. When the first eight were out of collimation by even the most lenient of industry standards, I decided not to waste any more time on the project.
I could have collimated them, but only at the expense of creating other problems. First, it would have been a waste of time and money for my company. Then, too, how could I know the instruments would hold their alignment and not soon cause problems for my customers? Knowing it would cost more in shipping and handling to return individual instruments, I returned the lot of 20 units and removed the model from inventory. Popular or not, it was a poor investment.
Then, when I saw the binocular being treated as the neatest thing since sliced bread on a certain Internet binocular forum, I felt obliged to make other participants aware of what I had found. Even so, I was quickly reminded that no good deed will go unpunished and that you can’t save some people from themselves.
I pointed out that I had been a supporter of the importer for years, had more than two dozen models of their telescopes and binoculars in inventory, and was a friend of the company’s president and co-founder. It made no difference; the price point overshadowed rational thinking and the miserly grappled with ways to justify their purchase.
Finally, several others who had practical experience with that model came forward to say things like: “I ordered four, before I got one that was collimated,” “They’re quality control really stinks,” and “I found it wasn’t worth it and just gave up.”
Still, the price point kept dredging people up who would swear to the excellent performance of the binocular. Barring collimation issues they weren’t bad binoculars. Yet, those issues kept turning up again and again—as they are to this day, years later.
Thus, the best I’ve been able to do is quote the age’s old adage on quality:
“The bitterness of poor quality will linger long after the sweetness of a low price has been forgotten!”
Good advertising need not be accurate, or even meaningful; it needs only to be believed.
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