Reviews and Problems with Celestron Ultima 65 - 45°
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Celestron Ultima 65mm Spotting Scope
Phil D., B&H Photo
7 October 2014
Excerpt: I bought this to use at the range when testing different rifle loads @ 100 yards. I was quite frankly shocked at the clarity, & that out to 300 yards! The only caveat is using it with ample light (daylight) conditions. I am very happy with this scope. The only negative is that it doesn't come with a table-top tripod (as a lot of spotting scopes do in this price range) so you need to purchase that separately.
Pros: Bright Eyepiece, Sensitivity Controls, Smoothpositive Controls, Strong Magnification, Super Clear At Lower Magn
Excerpt: This spotting scope was recommended to me by a long range shooting instructor with decades of experience and the opportunity to use and test all the various scopes his students bring to his school. I was shopping in the $- ranges and when he recommended a scope in the $ range I had to check it out.I haven't had the opportunity to take it hunting yet but my initial impressions are that it is a well built scope that transmits light well...glass is very clear.
Excerpt: Bought this for the shooting range. It's very clear out to a 100 yards , that's all the range I have. Works great well worth the money. I've had no problems with it. I've also tested it just looking down the road and 200 plus yards is also clear.
Excerpt: I found this scope to be great value for the money. As a 25 metre spotting scope it provides a crisp image at minimum magnification, with a zoom which is 'just right'. As the eyepiece is zoomed in the image gets less distinct but is still very useable at 50 metres. It will also focus clearly to 10 metres. I am very happy with this purchase.
Pros: Bright Eyepiece, Crisp image, Great Value for Money
Excerpt: This is a good scope if you can't aford a more expensive one. It works well for viewing birds at a fair distance. You can see a lot of detail at a long distance. The scope is light and it is easy to carry in the bag it came with, and the eyepiece comes in a hard plastic case. The waterproof/fogproof feature is a big plus as well. The little t-mount hook up for DSLR is okay but the aperture zoomed in is too small.
Excerpt: I bought this for my wife's backyard birding and she's delighted. Well-suited to the purpose in the 20-40 yard range without zooming. Eye relief isn't bad, but could be better. Decent for casual celestial browsing as well.
Excerpt: I bought this Celestron 65 after first trying a generic Chinese 60mm spotting scope for shooting. I immediately return the junk product as the eye relief was so bad as to be unusable. An experienced competitor advised me to avoid 80mm spotting scopes as he found his too large and a bit cumbersome (albeit with great optics however). This scope does the job. Nothing to particularly rave or rant about.
Excerpt: The morning after I got this scope the (angled) Ultima 65 let me watch as a Great Blue Heron a half mile away stalked then speared with its bill and guzzled down a writhing fish. After dark, with Jupiter centered in the field of view @55X, the planet was very sharp with surface banding and four moons easy to see. This spotting scope is well made and has good optics (all Ultimas use BAK4 prisms).
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Small, Strong Construction