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Celestron 52252 100mm Ultima Zoom Spotting Scope

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  • Multi-Coated Optics
  • Zoom Eyepiece
  • Sight tube for quick targeting
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Technical Details

  • fogproof
  • full-size
  • uv-protection
  • waterproof
  • zoom

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 7 x 7 inches ; 7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002862UW
  • Item model number: 52252
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The largest aperture scope in the Ultima line, the 100mm Ultima offers more than 50% brighter images than the 80mm, allowing for better performance in low light conditions. The 100mm refractor features excellent multi-coated optics packed into a portable and durable refractor design and comes standard with a 22-66x zoom eyepiece. This series was designed to perform well in a range of viewing situations, making it a great all-around optical instrument. You’ll love it for observing nature and long distance spotting. The green rubber optical tube allows for subtle observation in any nature environment. Ultima spotters are a great companion for any nature or outdoor enthusiast.

Product Description

Celestron Ultima 22-66 x 100 Refractor Spotting Scope 52252 Binoculars

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Customer Reviews

We have used this scope so far to spy on birds, and to take looks at the moon.
Felicia
I honestly don't see how spending all that extra money is going to give that much higher image quality.
Amazon Customer
You need a very sturdy tripod to use it, though, because of it's high magnification.
Little Tex

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Philip Washington on December 10, 2009
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I use this as a spotting scope for target shooting. So far everything I've looked at and worked with gets dicey at about 500 yds. It just depends on the conditions. But a rule of thumb is if the sun is out and you aren't being barraged with thermals you should be able to see at minimal 500 yds. So far I have not been disappointed in what I got for the price. When there are no thermals and good light, I can see very well at 500yds.

I also like it's field of view. I was actually watching 4 targets the last time out without moving the scope. These are 12" x 12 " targets.

I have a Schmidt and Bender 56mm scope and it's brightness and optics are actually better, but we are comparing a $2000 + set of optics to a < $500 set of optics. I also have a NightForce 56mm scope and I would compare it's brightness as a little better.

I have had quite a number of people use my scope for spotting and they are really amazed at it's performance vs cost. So I would say that if these guys would put in a MOA or mildot reticle, they could sell quite a few more to people who are in the sport of long distance shooting.

At 600 yds on a good day like the last, I think this would have been fine. But no matter what scope you get, there are going to be some days you just have to walk up.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it doesn't have a hash reticle option, and the optics are really not the best. But I think price vs performance this is a keeper. So far I haven't run into anyone who could see something I couldn't.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A on September 21, 2011
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I just received this scope a couple of days ago and couldn't be happier. My primary use is for birding near the ocean in Maine where our campsite overlooks the mile wide marsh and estuary. The detail on the birds is amazing even at long distances and I can even read the license plate numbers on cars parked a mile away. Last night I was out with my 8" telescope and even took a look at Jupiter with this spotting scope and was able to see the two cloud bands and all four moons easily in great detail. This is my second Celestron optical device. I also have a pair of Celestron binoculars and the image quality and construction on both is superb. I've looked at several spotting scopes ranging from $200 to $2000 and believe this one is a great buy.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Felicia on August 6, 2010
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We have used this scope so far to spy on birds, and to take looks at the moon. It feels very sturdy without being too heavy to carry on a trail to a bird blind. The images are very crisp, clear and bright especially if you are not zoomed in all the way. Once you start to zoom, it does get a little less crisp, but nonetheless, it still is a very clear image of whatever critter you are trying to watch. I would buy one of these again. I would have expected that I would have to pay a lot more money for something of this quality.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tom on March 30, 2011
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Very bright and crisp images. The 100 mm objective is worth the extra price, bulk and weight. Be aware, though, the scope needs a sturdy tripod. My suggestion: don't buy a tripod until you receive the scope. I have used it for night sky viewing and wildlife and it is quite impressive. It is too bulky for my purposes at the range, but with a suitable tripod it would be ideal at the 100 yd line. Way overkill for the 25 and 50 yard line. Get a good tripod!!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By partyparty on February 27, 2013
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So, I went to the range with my new Ruger 10/22TD rifle and started plinking away at a small target 100 yards away, using a nice 3-9 Pentax riflescope. After a few shots, shooting this very small diameter ammo, I realized that I was either missing the target completely, or the holes in the target were too small to see, even with my riflescope set on 9x power. After the first session was over, I did the 100 yards walk and was pleasantly surprised to see many holes on the target, some very close to the center. I then embarked on quite a lot of research to find a suitable spotting scope. My criteria was that I wanted something to use on the range and also to use for general enjoyment, including terrestrial and star gazing. After reading many reviews, I decided that this particular scope, with its huge 100mm objective (front) lens offered the best design for multi uses.
1/ On the range, it is superb. Those small .22 round holes on the target stand out sharply at 100yds and more. Score 10/10.
2/ For terrestrial viewing, it is very average. Like all spotters, it is more comfortable to use in the lower magnification range. The 100mm lens brings in a lot of light, but could be sharper. Score 7/10.
3/ Astronomy. Pointing it at Saturn, I could see 4 of its moons. However, not very impressed by the scope's clarity when looking at the moon. Score 6/10

Overall, my wife and I were disappointed by the sharpness of the optics and also the fairly shallow depth of focus. It is excellent as a shooting range spotter, but so-so for terrestrial and astronomical uses. However, it is probably better than many other spotters out there, especially ones with 80mm or 60mm objective lenses. There is a big jump in price to the high-end Kowa's, where the overall performance is outstanding.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Brown on September 27, 2012
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I purchased this spotting scope to replace one that had only a 60mm objective lens and was a 20x60 zoom magnification.My old spotting scope did not perform well at all at higher magnifications.Images became increasingly difficult to see as you increased the magnification because of the amount of light that was lost. At anything around 100 meters a 22 caliber bullet hole on a white background was difficult to distinguish and on a black background could not be seen at all.The Celestron with the 4 inch(100mm)objective lens eliminates all of the light loss problems.This is a really awesome piece of glass for target shooting.I can now see 22 bullet holes at 300 meters.
One word of caution.Do not buy a cheap tripod to use with this spotting scope.Any light weight or medium duty tripod will not hold this beast steady.I would think that a video tripod would be the way to go for bird watching and nature studies.I made the support for mine since I only use it for target shooting.I used a 6 inch steel c-clamp and a 3/4 inch solid brass rod all bolted together with a sturdy ball head mounted on the brass rod.This whole contraption is then mounted to a concrete shooting bench.I tried initially to use a medium duty carbon fiber tripod(100 dollar range)but it was just not up to my needs for stability(close but no cigar)All in all this is the best spotting scope I have seen at the range where I shoot.It is large, and very nice to view thru when mounted on a steady and stable support.I would highly recommend this spotting scope to anyone that needs plenty of light coming down the tube.
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