Summary: I have had many scopes before trying this one and based on all the good reviews on Amazon and I purchased a Celestron 52250. The Celestron has good image quality only at 20X but at the higher magnifications the image deteriorates dramatically, the eye relief is not good either. After using it for a year and 3 months the prism has gone dark and I can no longer see through the scope, it's junk.
Summary: For decades, Celestron has had a good reputation among amateur astronomers for producing high quality optics. Their Ultima line was made in Japan and was competitive in performance with much more expensive European optics. More recently, they've gone to China, and predictably, the quality has fallen off noticeably. But the upside is that the prices have come down considerably, too.
Summary: Celestron has always made good quality/value scopes, and this one is no exception. While it is no Swarovski or Nikon, it certainly gets the job done! You'll love the extra brightness that the larger diameter objective lens gives you, and the zoom eyepiece is about as good as you'll find. Focusing is slightly awkward, but once you get used to it it works OK. Once focused, images are tack-sharp. I use this primarily for target shooting, and it is perfect for that purpose.
Summary: I got this for my husband for Christmas and it was a big hit. He was jealous that his friend had this really expensive spotter when they were hunting for Mountain Sheep. I got him this one and he says it is just as good or better.
Summary: Overall, I'm very happy with this scope. I primarily use it for bird watching in my yard. The image is sharp at 20X, however becomes a little blurry while zooming to 60X, but still not bad for the price. Overall, decent optics, waterproof, lifetime warranty, a good value for the price.
Summary: I purchase this spotting scope for my wife, a former all-american & olympic team qualifier archer, who has recently returned to the sport. Upon arrival, the scope was easily assembled and mounted on my slik U-212 tripod for use at our home range. For 18 meters indoors it is more than adequate. For F.I.T.A. rounds outdoors to 70 meters (women) and 90 meters (men) it will also do the trick.
Summary: I love this cheap spotting scope ! For that price it's an excellent choice. Waterproof (well, never let it fall into the water...) and very light it's easy to carry around. Bright. It only shows some blueish aura around object with high magnification, but nothing to kill you, specially not for that price. I have compared it to Svarowskis, and there're big differences, but I wouldn't pay 10x more ..
Summary: Based on all the rave reviews on Amazon I purchased a Celestron 52250. I already have a Bushnell and was looking to step up. The Celestron at 20X has good image quality but once you go to the higher magnifications the image deteriorates dramatically. My advice, if you want a good scope, is spend a little more and get a Kowa.