James's Camera Collection: Celestron VistaPix 8x22 Digital Camera/Binocular

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Camera type: digital camera/binoculars
Battery: two AAA
Approx. dates of manufacture: 2000ish
Approx. original price: $241.99
Approx. street value: Very low

Celestron is a maker/marketer of telescopes and related optics. This is still listed on their website (as of January 2022). No description, but the specs are still there:

Magnification: 8x
Objective lens diameter: 22mm
Apparent Field of View: 7°
Linear Field of View @ 1,000 yards: 368 feet
Optical Coatings: Full
Weight: 11 oz.
Tripod adaptable: no (yet there's a tripod screw lug in the underside, so someone's wrong.)

Amazon has a write-up which I assume was from Celestron. So add these specs:

Max resolution of images: 640x480
VistaPix will store 120 JPGs or 30-seconds of AVI video, or any combination that doesn't exceed the camera's internal 8MB storage capacity.
Connects via USB cable.

There appear to be at least four versions of this thing, so actual specs will vary.

I believe this was a gift to my mother, who was quite the bird-watcher. Results were not good. Unless you're going to put it on a tripod, or you're Superman, image shake is just too much. And these are not big binoculars—they look more like opera glasses. Good idea in theory but falls apart in execution.

If you try to get the instruction book online, be careful where you go. This one goes to The Internet Archive, which is legit. Another site tried to hijack my web browser.


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