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
Excerpt: Made many friends at Yellowstone National Park sharing the view with this scope. Binoculars can't compare if you want to see the wolves, bears, elk, etc. You do not need an expensive scope. <br />The dust cap was worthless and broke immediately(are you listening Celestron?). However, a Penn tennis ball can cover with a Sima brand cap keeper works just fine. I plan to purchase the 80 or 100 for next Yellowstone trip.
Excerpt: This is my second scope. First one (another brand) was returned for having a horrible eye relief. This scope has decent eye relief and very good overall results and build quality is not cheap.
Excerpt: 1. Chromatic aberations are not noticeable most of the time, even at higher magnifications. <br />2. 40x to 55x magnificaton is useful, with only a small amount of image softening.<br />3. Dimming at both higher magnification and low light is just a consequence of physics, not the scope, so no added comment here.<br />4. No eyepiece lens cap. I substituted the eyepiece insertion hole cover for the cap, but it fits loosely and falls off easily.<br />5.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction