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Best solar eclipse binoculars: Celestron EclipSmart 20×50 Porro solar binoculars review

Large magnification solar eclipse binoculars that are best used on a tripod

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If you’re looking for the best solar eclipse binoculars and you want the best close-up possible of sunspots then look no further than the Celestron EclipSmart 20×50 Porro solar binoculars. 

Lots of folks struggle with binoculars that magnify ten times or more – they’re just tough to keep steady, and that’s definitely the case here. Weighing 31.5oz/892g, not only are they difficult to hold still, but their narrow field of view makes finding the sun a bit of a challenge. But guess what? This Porro prism binocular has a trick up its sleeve: a tripod jack between the barrels. Hook this baby up to a tripod, and you’ve got yourself a mini-telescope that’s much easier to travel with. Sure, you’ll need to take a tripod to your eclipse observing location, but that’s easier than hefting a telescope. 

What the Celestron EclipSmart 20×50 gives you is awesome close-ups of sunspots on the sun’s surface, all in a bluish-white view. Another advantage is that we didn’t spot many of those pesky blue and yellow lines around the sun that some eclipse binoculars suffer from. 

Just like its buddies in the EclipSmart lineup, these binoculars come with handy thumb pads under the barrels and plenty of eye relief. But the lens caps tend to go rogue and get lost, the neck strap’s a bit on the thin side, and the shoulder case is just basic. Still, for close-ups of the solar surface at any time the Celestron EclipSmart 20×50 Porro solar binoculars are hard to beat – as long as you don’t mind using them on a tripod. 

Magnification: 20x
Objective diameter: 50mm
Eye relief: 0.31”/8mm
Weight: 31.5oz/892g
Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.6 x 7.3” / 199 x 65 x 186mm