Reviews and Problems with Celestron Ultima 65 ED - 45°
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Best value for this class
Dana Linehan "Ryne", Amazon
20 March 2010
Summary: I don't think you can find a better value for this class of scope. Great quality and performance. I left off a star because the zoom has a narrow field and goes out of focus when zooming (normal for an inexpensive zoom?). But the quality of the image is still very good for the price and many other eyepieces are available. It comes with a great case that can stay on while viewing but the scope is waterproof according to the manufacturer.
Summary: I bought one of these specifically for archery where you need to clearly identify the colors of tiny arrow vanes at 90m shooting distance. I am replacing a Bausch&Lomb Discoverer 15-60x 60mm spotting scope that lacked image quality at anything above 15X amplification. This spotting scope combines waterproofing, 45deg. angled eye sight, very good image quality and good size for a reasonable price.
Summary: I have owned a variety of Celestron products over the years and also a variety of spotting scopes from the $50 Barskas all the way up to $2100 Zeiss. Celestron continues to produce superb optical instruments for a fraction of the price of their performance level. I have owned the Celestron Regal F-ED in both 65 and 80 mm versions and the inexpensive non-ED Celestron Ultima 65. All were impressive. The Celestron Ultima ED 65 is equally so.
Summary: Buying this spotting scope was kind of a hit or miss, as I couldn't find any review at all, on any website. The reviews of the non ED version were pretty positive, so I decided to take my chance and buy it. Pros: 1. Very portable (small, not too heavy). 2. Very little purple fringing. 3. Waterproof and fog proof. 4. The cheapest ED scope on the market (you can get it for about 330 USD). 5.