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Spotting scopes are a great tool for birders of all skill levels. They allow you to focus on specific objects in the field, such as birds or flowers, and they can be used to count the number of birds in a flock or to help you ID individual birds. Browse the top-ranked list of top-rated spotting scopes below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Nikon - ACULON A30 10x25 Binoculars - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "For a smaller pair of binoculars, these rate high! Purchased a pair for my very fussy hubby....came back and purchased two more pair!...Used them at US Open to spot golf balls as a marshal. Worked great!"

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    Enjoy a clear view from afar with these Nikon ACULON A30 binoculars, which feature Eco-Glass multicoated lenses with roof prisms for enhanced brightness and picture clarity. The dual-hinged, foldable design fits in your pocket or bag.
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    "For a smaller pair of binoculars, these rate high! Purchased a pair for my very fussy hubby....came back and purchased two more pair!...Used them at US Open to spot golf balls as a marshal. Worked great!"

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    Enjoy a clear view from afar with these Nikon ACULON A30 binoculars, which feature Eco-Glass multicoated lenses with roof prisms for enhanced brightness and picture clarity. The dual-hinged, foldable design fits in your pocket or bag.
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  2. Celestron - Starsense Explorer LT 114AZ Telescope App-Enabled Newtonian Reflector Telescope - Silver/Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "honestly rate it 10 out of 10 , can see the moon very clearly...Really good first scope...Got this for our 12 y.o. grandson and was a spot on purchase. Quality scope for the price point. "

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    Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer—the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. StarSense Explorer is ideal for beginners thanks to the app’s user-friendly interface and detailed tutorials. It’s like having your own personal tour guide of the night sky. Dock, Launch, Explore Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and computerized mounts behind. With StarSense Explorer, locating objects has never been easier, faster, or more accurate. Within minutes of setting up the telescope, you’ll be navigating the sky with confidence. Simply place your phone in the unique StarSense dock and launch the StarSense Explorer app. After aligning your phone to the telescope’s optics (a quick, 2-minute procedure), StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects currently visible. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you as you to move the telescope. When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green. Smartphone Compatibility StarSense Explorer works with most modern smartphones, including iPhone 6 and up and most devices running Android 7.1.2 or later manufactured since 2016. For a complete compatibility list, click here. Patent-Pending StarSense Sky Recognition Technology StarSense Explorer uses patent-pending technology and your smartphone to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. A Lost in Space Algorithm (LISA), like the ones satellites use in orbit to correctly reorient themselves, helps the app match star patterns it detects overhead to its internal database. While other astronomy apps may claim that they can help you find objects, they rely exclusively on the phone’s gyros and accelerometers, which aren’t as accurate as LISA technology. No other app can accurately tell you when your target is visible in the eyepiece. Sturdy Altazimuth Mount StarSense Explorer LT’s simple altazimuth mount makes it easy to move the telescope to find your target. An altitude slow motion adjustment with a sliding rod helps you fine tune the telescope’s pointing position and follow targets as they appear to drift across the night sky. It’s all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod. Dazzling Views with High Quality Optics With a large 114mm (4.5”) objective lens, this telescope has enough light gathering ability to bring out detail in celestial objects. You can expect sharp, bright views of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, its cloud bands and Great Red Spot, the rings of Saturn, the trapezium in the Orion Nebula, and beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. Perfect for the City or Dark Sky Sites Even if you live in a light polluted city location, StarSense Explorer is advanced enough to be able to pick out Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Orion Nebula, double stars, and a few more of the most famous celestial objects. But if you can take the telescope to an even slightly darker location, more objects will become visible. With this 4.5” Newtonian and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach. The entire telescope kit weighs just 10.4 pounds, so it’s perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site. Everything You Need to Observe Immediately When you unbox your new StarSense Explorer LT, you’ll find: 114mm Newtonian reflector optical tube StarSense dock for your smartphone Low powered (25mm) and high powered (10mm) eyepiece 2x Barlow lens to double the power of each eyepiece StarPointer red dot finderscope, perfect for using the telescope during the day or without the StarSense Explorer app Altazimuth mount with slow motion control rod Full-height tripod with an accessory tray to keep you organized
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    "honestly rate it 10 out of 10 , can see the moon very clearly...Really good first scope...Got this for our 12 y.o. grandson and was a spot on purchase. Quality scope for the price point. "

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    Product Description

    Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer—the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. StarSense Explorer is ideal for beginners thanks to the app’s user-friendly interface and detailed tutorials. It’s like having your own personal tour guide of the night sky. Dock, Launch, Explore Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and computerized mounts behind. With StarSense Explorer, locating objects has never been easier, faster, or more accurate. Within minutes of setting up the telescope, you’ll be navigating the sky with confidence. Simply place your phone in the unique StarSense dock and launch the StarSense Explorer app. After aligning your phone to the telescope’s optics (a quick, 2-minute procedure), StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects currently visible. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you as you to move the telescope. When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green. Smartphone Compatibility StarSense Explorer works with most modern smartphones, including iPhone 6 and up and most devices running Android 7.1.2 or later manufactured since 2016. For a complete compatibility list, click here. Patent-Pending StarSense Sky Recognition Technology StarSense Explorer uses patent-pending technology and your smartphone to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. A Lost in Space Algorithm (LISA), like the ones satellites use in orbit to correctly reorient themselves, helps the app match star patterns it detects overhead to its internal database. While other astronomy apps may claim that they can help you find objects, they rely exclusively on the phone’s gyros and accelerometers, which aren’t as accurate as LISA technology. No other app can accurately tell you when your target is visible in the eyepiece. Sturdy Altazimuth Mount StarSense Explorer LT’s simple altazimuth mount makes it easy to move the telescope to find your target. An altitude slow motion adjustment with a sliding rod helps you fine tune the telescope’s pointing position and follow targets as they appear to drift across the night sky. It’s all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod. Dazzling Views with High Quality Optics With a large 114mm (4.5”) objective lens, this telescope has enough light gathering ability to bring out detail in celestial objects. You can expect sharp, bright views of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, its cloud bands and Great Red Spot, the rings of Saturn, the trapezium in the Orion Nebula, and beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. Perfect for the City or Dark Sky Sites Even if you live in a light polluted city location, StarSense Explorer is advanced enough to be able to pick out Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Orion Nebula, double stars, and a few more of the most famous celestial objects. But if you can take the telescope to an even slightly darker location, more objects will become visible. With this 4.5” Newtonian and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach. The entire telescope kit weighs just 10.4 pounds, so it’s perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site. Everything You Need to Observe Immediately When you unbox your new StarSense Explorer LT, you’ll find: 114mm Newtonian reflector optical tube StarSense dock for your smartphone Low powered (25mm) and high powered (10mm) eyepiece 2x Barlow lens to double the power of each eyepiece StarPointer red dot finderscope, perfect for using the telescope during the day or without the StarSense Explorer app Altazimuth mount with slow motion control rod Full-height tripod with an accessory tray to keep you organized
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  3. Nikon - ACULON A211 8x42 Binoculars - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "I really enjoyed when i went picnic spot....Great beginner spotting scope. Bought it for out on the range and could track projectile placment accuratly to 200 yards. "

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    Enjoy nature from afar with these Nikon ACULON A211 binoculars, which provide 8x magnification and aspherical Eco-Glass multicoated lenses with BaK4 Porro prisms for bright, clear images in most lighting conditions.
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    "I really enjoyed when i went picnic spot....Great beginner spotting scope. Bought it for out on the range and could track projectile placment accuratly to 200 yards. "

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    Enjoy nature from afar with these Nikon ACULON A211 binoculars, which provide 8x magnification and aspherical Eco-Glass multicoated lenses with BaK4 Porro prisms for bright, clear images in most lighting conditions.
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  4. Celestron - Starsense Explorer DX 130AZ Smartphone App-Enabled Newtonian Reflector Telescope - Silver/Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Scope...I liked this scope very much but it was not powerful enough to see what I wanted to see, so I replaced it with a more powerful scope....Better scopes out there at this price range."

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    Product Description

    Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer—the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. StarSense Explorer is ideal for beginners thanks to the app’s user-friendly interface and detailed tutorials. It’s like having your own personal tour guide of the night sky. Dock, Launch, Explore Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and computerized mounts behind. With StarSense Explorer, locating objects has never been easier, faster, or more accurate. Within minutes of setting up the telescope, you’ll be navigating the sky with confidence. Simply place your phone in the unique StarSense dock and launch the StarSense Explorer app. After aligning your phone to the telescope’s optics (a quick, 2-minute procedure), StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects currently visible. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you as you to move the telescope. When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green. Smartphone Compatibility. StarSense Explorer works with most modern smartphones, including iPhone 6 and up and most devices running Android 7.1.2 or later manufactured since 2016. For a complete compatibility list, click here. Patent-Pending StarSense Sky Recognition Technology. StarSense Explorer uses patent-pending technology and your smartphone to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. A Lost in Space Algorithm (LISA), like the ones satellites use in orbit to correctly reorient themselves, helps the app match star patterns it detects overhead to its internal database. While other astronomy apps may claim that they can help you find objects, they rely exclusively on the phone’s gyros and accelerometers, which aren’t as accurate as LISA technology. No other app can accurately tell you when your target is visible in the eyepiece. High Quality Altazimuth Mount with Slow Motion Control. An ultra-stable altazimuth mount provides a sturdy foundation for StarSense Explorer DX. Slip clutches and geared slow motion controls in both axes help you move the telescope smoothly and zero in your target. As celestial objects appear to drift across the night sky, you’ll be able to follow them with just a turn of the knobs. It’s all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod. Dazzling Views with High Quality Optics. With a large 130mm (5”) objective lens, this telescope has enough light gathering ability to bring out impressive detail in celestial objects. You can expect sharp, bright views of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, its cloud bands and Great Red Spot, the rings of Saturn, the trapezium in the Orion Nebula, and beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. Highly reflective coatings on both the primary and secondary mirror enhance the views even more. Perfect for the City or Dark Sky Sites. Even if you live in a light polluted city location, StarSense Explorer is advanced enough to be able to pick out Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Orion Nebula, double stars, and a few more of the most famous celestial objects. But if you can take the telescope to an even slightly darker location, more objects will become visible. With this 5” Newtonian and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach. The entire telescope kit weighs just 18 pounds, so it’s perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site. Everything You Need to Observe Immediately. When you unbox your new StarSense Explorer DX, you’ll find:130mm Newtonian reflector optical tube StarSense dock for your smartphone. Low powered (25mm) and high powered (10mm) eyepiece. StarPointer red dot finderscope, perfect for using the telescope during the day or without the StarSense Explorer app. Altazimuth mount with slow motion controls. Full-height tripod with an accessory tray to keep you organized
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    "Scope...I liked this scope very much but it was not powerful enough to see what I wanted to see, so I replaced it with a more powerful scope....Better scopes out there at this price range."

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    Product Description

    Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer—the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. StarSense Explorer is ideal for beginners thanks to the app’s user-friendly interface and detailed tutorials. It’s like having your own personal tour guide of the night sky. Dock, Launch, Explore Leave complicated star charts, imprecise planetarium apps, and computerized mounts behind. With StarSense Explorer, locating objects has never been easier, faster, or more accurate. Within minutes of setting up the telescope, you’ll be navigating the sky with confidence. Simply place your phone in the unique StarSense dock and launch the StarSense Explorer app. After aligning your phone to the telescope’s optics (a quick, 2-minute procedure), StarSense Explorer generates a list of celestial objects currently visible. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you as you to move the telescope. When the object is ready to view, the bullseye turns green. Smartphone Compatibility. StarSense Explorer works with most modern smartphones, including iPhone 6 and up and most devices running Android 7.1.2 or later manufactured since 2016. For a complete compatibility list, click here. Patent-Pending StarSense Sky Recognition Technology. StarSense Explorer uses patent-pending technology and your smartphone to determine exactly where the telescope is pointed in the night sky. A Lost in Space Algorithm (LISA), like the ones satellites use in orbit to correctly reorient themselves, helps the app match star patterns it detects overhead to its internal database. While other astronomy apps may claim that they can help you find objects, they rely exclusively on the phone’s gyros and accelerometers, which aren’t as accurate as LISA technology. No other app can accurately tell you when your target is visible in the eyepiece. High Quality Altazimuth Mount with Slow Motion Control. An ultra-stable altazimuth mount provides a sturdy foundation for StarSense Explorer DX. Slip clutches and geared slow motion controls in both axes help you move the telescope smoothly and zero in your target. As celestial objects appear to drift across the night sky, you’ll be able to follow them with just a turn of the knobs. It’s all anchored by an adjustable, full-height tripod. Dazzling Views with High Quality Optics. With a large 130mm (5”) objective lens, this telescope has enough light gathering ability to bring out impressive detail in celestial objects. You can expect sharp, bright views of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons, its cloud bands and Great Red Spot, the rings of Saturn, the trapezium in the Orion Nebula, and beautiful Pleaides Open Star Cluster. Highly reflective coatings on both the primary and secondary mirror enhance the views even more. Perfect for the City or Dark Sky Sites. Even if you live in a light polluted city location, StarSense Explorer is advanced enough to be able to pick out Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, the Orion Nebula, double stars, and a few more of the most famous celestial objects. But if you can take the telescope to an even slightly darker location, more objects will become visible. With this 5” Newtonian and relatively dark skies, the Andromeda Galaxy, Hercules Open Star Cluster, and so many more are easily within your reach. The entire telescope kit weighs just 18 pounds, so it’s perfectly portable and easy to bring on your next camping trip or to a remote observing site. Everything You Need to Observe Immediately. When you unbox your new StarSense Explorer DX, you’ll find:130mm Newtonian reflector optical tube StarSense dock for your smartphone. Low powered (25mm) and high powered (10mm) eyepiece. StarPointer red dot finderscope, perfect for using the telescope during the day or without the StarSense Explorer app. Altazimuth mount with slow motion controls. Full-height tripod with an accessory tray to keep you organized
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  5. Rexing - B1 10 x 25 Digital Night Vision Binoculars, Infrared (IR) Digital Camera - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "The controls are easy to use and the display is great. Easy to spot creatures out in the field both day or night. ...I will use it at night to spot in coming dogs or any person that tries to get in my property."

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    Observe objects from afar with the Rexing night vision binoculars. The f/1.2 aperture offers a balance between focal clarity and light sensitivity with seven unique modes for fine-tuning visibility, while the 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom magnification let you spot targets from extreme distances. The Rexing night vision binoculars feature a 2.31-inch LCD screen for viewing captured shots and IP56 water resistance for use in wet conditions.
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    "The controls are easy to use and the display is great. Easy to spot creatures out in the field both day or night. ...I will use it at night to spot in coming dogs or any person that tries to get in my property."

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    Observe objects from afar with the Rexing night vision binoculars. The f/1.2 aperture offers a balance between focal clarity and light sensitivity with seven unique modes for fine-tuning visibility, while the 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom magnification let you spot targets from extreme distances. The Rexing night vision binoculars feature a 2.31-inch LCD screen for viewing captured shots and IP56 water resistance for use in wet conditions.
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  6. Celestron - NexStar 5 SE Schmidt-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope - Orange - Angle_Zoom
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    "I really liked the telescope and can spot objects with a good quality...The SkyAlign system is a bit weird, I have only gotten it to align properly once and even then the alignment was just a little off so that Jupiter hung to the top right of the eyepiece. Once I tried to manually adjust it using the directional pad it stopped tracking on Jupiter and sat until I told it to snap back to Jupiter, which then it aligned it back into the top right side. "

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    This Celestron NexStar 5SE 11036 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope features NexStar computer control and SkyAlign alignment technologies that allow you to easily view up to 40,000 celestial objects. The steel tripod with built-in wedge provides stability.
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    "I really liked the telescope and can spot objects with a good quality...The SkyAlign system is a bit weird, I have only gotten it to align properly once and even then the alignment was just a little off so that Jupiter hung to the top right of the eyepiece. Once I tried to manually adjust it using the directional pad it stopped tracking on Jupiter and sat until I told it to snap back to Jupiter, which then it aligned it back into the top right side. "

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    This Celestron NexStar 5SE 11036 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope features NexStar computer control and SkyAlign alignment technologies that allow you to easily view up to 40,000 celestial objects. The steel tripod with built-in wedge provides stability.
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  7. Nikon - PROSTAFF P7 8X30 Waterproof Binoculars - Green - Angle_Zoom

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    At the top of the PROSTAFF line, the PROSTAFF P7 binoculars deliver spectacular high-definition views of birds, wildlife, aircraft and more. Nikon’s advanced multilayer coatings increase brightness and clarity, and a wide field of view makes it easier to follow fast-moving subjects. Add high-end features like a locking diopter ring and an oil and water repellent coating for easier cleaning, and you have a lightweight, waterproof binocular to take your viewing to the next level.
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    At the top of the PROSTAFF line, the PROSTAFF P7 binoculars deliver spectacular high-definition views of birds, wildlife, aircraft and more. Nikon’s advanced multilayer coatings increase brightness and clarity, and a wide field of view makes it easier to follow fast-moving subjects. Add high-end features like a locking diopter ring and an oil and water repellent coating for easier cleaning, and you have a lightweight, waterproof binocular to take your viewing to the next level.
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  8. Nikon - PROSTAFF P7 10X30 Waterproof Binoculars - Green - Angle_Zoom

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    At the top of the PROSTAFF line, the PROSTAFF P7 binoculars deliver spectacular high-definition views of birds, wildlife, aircraft and more. Nikon’s advanced multilayer coatings increase brightness and clarity, and a wide field of view makes it easier to follow fast-moving subjects. Add high-end features like a locking diopter ring and an oil and water repellent coating for easier cleaning, and you have a lightweight, waterproof binocular to take your viewing to the next level.
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    At the top of the PROSTAFF line, the PROSTAFF P7 binoculars deliver spectacular high-definition views of birds, wildlife, aircraft and more. Nikon’s advanced multilayer coatings increase brightness and clarity, and a wide field of view makes it easier to follow fast-moving subjects. Add high-end features like a locking diopter ring and an oil and water repellent coating for easier cleaning, and you have a lightweight, waterproof binocular to take your viewing to the next level.
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  9. Rexing - B1 10 x 25 Digital Night Vision Binoculars, Infrared (IR) Digital Camera - Maverick - Angle_Zoom

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    Observe objects from afar with the Rexing night vision binoculars. The f/1.2 aperture offers a balance between focal clarity and light sensitivity with seven unique modes for fine-tuning visibility, while the 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom magnification let you spot targets from extreme distances. The Rexing night vision binoculars also feature a 2.31-inch LCD screen for viewing captured shots and IP56 water resistance for use in wet conditions.
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    Observe objects from afar with the Rexing night vision binoculars. The f/1.2 aperture offers a balance between focal clarity and light sensitivity with seven unique modes for fine-tuning visibility, while the 10x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom magnification let you spot targets from extreme distances. The Rexing night vision binoculars also feature a 2.31-inch LCD screen for viewing captured shots and IP56 water resistance for use in wet conditions.
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  10. Celestron - Observer's 8-Piece Accessory Kit for Select Telescopes - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "The moon is SO neat to look at ~ so much more than just a big bright spot in the sky !! Five star rating because of the simplicity - each eyepiece and filter is super easy to access and return to it's resting spot, almost without looking (very useful as you probably be using this in the dark !) ...This kit let you experience a better sight of the sky trough your scope. Is a must have one."

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    This Celestron 94308 observer's accessory kit includes 2 high-quality 1.25" Plossl eyepieces, a 2x Barlow lens/T-adapter, 3 eyepiece filters, a cleaning cloth and case to help enhance the performance of your compatible telescope.
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    "The moon is SO neat to look at ~ so much more than just a big bright spot in the sky !! Five star rating because of the simplicity - each eyepiece and filter is super easy to access and return to it's resting spot, almost without looking (very useful as you probably be using this in the dark !) ...This kit let you experience a better sight of the sky trough your scope. Is a must have one."

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    This Celestron 94308 observer's accessory kit includes 2 high-quality 1.25" Plossl eyepieces, a 2x Barlow lens/T-adapter, 3 eyepiece filters, a cleaning cloth and case to help enhance the performance of your compatible telescope.
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