Reviews and Problems with Celestron Ultima 80 - 45°
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Ken, B&H Photo
3 days ago
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 the eyepiece at different angles. This makes the scope unsteady.
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. An 80mm ED telescope that i had for comparison, even though same aperture, gives me sharper and brighter images. Far more expensive obviously but sets the gold standard.
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. The sharpness was fantastic and had very good low light performance. Even at full magnification, the image was more than acceptable.
Excerpt: This spotting scope is extremely bright, clear, the definition is awesome, and it's easy to focus! It out performed other brands of scopes at higher, to much higher price points! I could easily see 22 cal. bullet holes at 200 yards and 30 cal. holes at 300 yards in the black areas of a target, and it was an overcast day! I am confident that I could see 30 cal. holes at 400 yards and more, if I find a rifle range that offers that and longer distances.
Excerpt: I use this for taking pictures of mountaintops from my house, and of the moon at night. A sturdy tripod and cable release are a must, as even the movement of the shutter taking the picture causes some movement.