Reviews and Problems with Celestron Ultima 80 - 45°
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GaryC, B&H Photo
4 June 2015
Excerpt: Scope purchased for bird and nature watching. The eye relief is poor, especially at zoom. Instructions say that a DSLR camera can be attached directly to the eyepiece with a t-adapter. I attached my Nikon D3300 and there was major vignetting at low power.
Excerpt: Purchased this scope for nature watching and digiscoping. Can't use it for either. The eye relief is poor, making it difficult to see the full view without pushing your eye against the eyepiece. I attached a Nikon D3300 camera to the T-threds and there is bad vignetting at 20-30 power.
Pros: Bright Eyepiece
Cons: Cheap Plastic Parts, Chromatic aberration, No Lens Shade, Not Good For Digiscoping, Poor eye relief
Excerpt: This scope has pretty good glass. Very sharp at 20x to 30x but decreases significantly above 40x. Still acceptable for shooting out to 200 yards. But be warned and remember the tripod attaching lug on this scope does not rotate and you will have to use a tripod with a 3-way panhead in order to set...
Excerpt: This is a good scope for general spotting use; however, be warned that the mounting lug does not rotate. You will have to use this scope with a 3-way pan tripod if you want different viewing angles (such as when seated at the firing range).
Excerpt: For the price its ok. It'll give you plenty of magnification. Sharp at 20-30x but field of view is lousy. 40-60x is not so sharp but at least wider fov. Not parfocal so have to refocus after zoom. For an 80mm its pretty dim. Probably cheap prism and or coatings.
Excerpt: This scope is great for uses such as wildlfie and or landscape views. It is easy to set up and provides a high quality view your scenery. I would reccomend this scope for the first time viewer as you can not go wrong with the quality and service of B&H.
Excerpt: This is an update from earlier. I bought this scope to replace a Simmons 20-60x60, and can't believe how much better this one is. I used it extensively in June in Yellowstone National Park for viewing wolves and grizzly bears, some at over 2 miles away.