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Celestron 52304 Regal M2 65ED Spotting Scope


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16-48x65
  • ED Objective Lens: Minimizes chromatic aberration, accurate color reproduction, increased resolution and contrast.
  • XLT Coatings (Fully Multi-Coated Optics)
  • 16-48x Zoom Eyepiece and Standard 1.25" Eyepiece
  • Magnesium Alloy Body: This material is strong and durable, but lighter weight than traditional aluminum alloy housings.
  • Rotating tripod mount with detents: Place the orientation of the eyepiece in the best viewing position for application.
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Technical Details

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  • Zoom Lens

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.6 x 3.8 inches ; 4.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00BQ52R5E
  • Item model number: 52304
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,162 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 7, 2013

Product Description

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The Regal M2 spotting scope series is the next generation of our top-performing Regal F-ED spotting scopes. Day or night, the Regal M2 is optimized to provide the sharpest images available. You’ll love them for bird watching, nature observing, long distance viewing and casual astronomical observing. These top-of-the-line spotting scopes provide all the advanced features usually found on more expensive scopes, including Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass. The series boasts a magnesium alloy body, decreasing the overall weight of the spotting scopes by more than 14% when compared to the previous model. The new M2 scopes also include an upgraded dual focus mechanism, allowing you to bring your subject into focus two times faster.

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Its a great scope!!!
citizen8700
I put some lead down range about 200 yards and was able to see my target crystal clear.
Todd T Marsh
Night time use is great and it is bright enough.
gj

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd T Marsh on August 6, 2013
Style Name: 16-48x65 Verified Purchase
I received the scope today and immediately set it up. I liked that the eyepiece had a really nice eyepiece cover made out of a solid metal. Probably brass or something. I then put on a tripod and started focusing on objects in the distance. I used the sighting line on the lens shade to help site in. I found this easier than other spotting scopes I have used. Others have a tiny sighting scope that just seems to make the scope bulkier. I have a Nikon spotting scope and the spotter is plastic. Once I felt I was lined up I was able to use the course focus adjustment to focus on the objects. Once this was set the fine adjustment really brought in the object crisp and clear. The focus adjustments were easy to use, smooth and fast to set. I used various objects at variable distances. Very smooth to adjust the focus and found it was easy to set by feel of my hand.

The eyepiece is a 16x to 48x magnification. I set the eyecup up since I do not wear glasses. Felt very comfortable. I started at 16x on objects and found it easy to zoom in and out by rotating the eyepiece. As mentioned adjusting the focus was easy to do with my hand while looking through the eye piece.

The tripod mount allows rotation of the scope. Real easy to do, slight turn of the knob and the tripod ring rotates. As the ring rotates it clicks into different positions. I rotated it a full 360 degrees as the manual states. At the same time I adjusted the eye piece fairly easy by loosening the lock ring on the eye piece. Nice to be able to do this. I like to go to the gun range and shoot prone. I can see how the versatile positioning will work with the proper mount.

The tripod mount is great because it has 4 holes to mount with. This allows to mount the scope balance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2014
Style Name: 16-48x65 Verified Purchase
I had both of these spotting scopes side by side for comparison. My results are as follows.

Design: I'll state the obvious first since you can see most of this from photos of the two spotting scopes. Both scopes have a kind of rubber like exterior with the Vortex being a little "tacky" feeling and the Celestron being a little smooth. Both have rotating rings and a foot for attachment to a tripod. The Celestron fit my tripod adapter, the Vortex did not. Different sizes so beware. Objective cover for the Vortex is soft rubber push on, the Celestron has a solid plastic two clip cover like on most SLR lenses. The eyepiece cover for the Vortex covers the eye cup and the Celestron covers the entire eyepiece down to the scope body and is made of metal and is screwed on to the scope body. Both have sliding sun shades. Biggest difference externally is the picatinny rail on the Vortex. Celestron does not have one. The rail is for mounting a very small "scope" for finding object quickly. Really nice idea. The "slow" and "fast" focusing is on the top right on the Celestron and directly on top on the Vortex. I liked the Vortex on top, my son liked the Celestron focus. So, each to his own. Both have rotating eye cups.

Optics: Well, they were virtually tied in quality of optics as far as I can tell. Note that the Vortex costs about 150 more than the Celestron. One difference in operation of the scope was the eyecup and eye relief. When you put your eye up to the Vortex and touch the eyecup edge with your nose for example you see a darkening around the edge of the image. If you pull your eye away from the eyecup it will fill and be ok. The Celestron view is perfect the minute you put your eye to the eyepiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gj on August 17, 2013
Style Name: 22-67x100 Verified Purchase
Great scope for the price. I have tested several scopes before and this one fits the bill. This works just as well and with all the features of much higher end scopes. For eg, the dual focusing works great and just as well as one of the >$2000 scopes. Night time use is great and it is bright enough. I like that it is angled and not straight. It would depend if you need the scope to be down low or not. I think Celestron has the best optics for it's price. Having DSLR adapters are great but I hope there would be an iphone adapter soon.
The scope also looks very durable with solid materials unlike some of the other scopes. Easy to use. It is definitely worth the price and save you money on the quality of the scope.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Chen on November 17, 2013
Style Name: 22-67x100 Verified Purchase
Summary: If you're on the fence, and at the time of reading this review the price is still $729, buy it before the price goes back up or the product becomes discontinued.

I researched for "the best" spotting scope for under $1000 two years ago and the Regal M2 100ED remains the highest regarded in the birding, casual astronomy, and shooting/hunting circles. But at $850, the price was still a little steep for me, so I held out.

Two years later in early October 2013 Celestron released a rebate, dropping the price on the Regal line. The 100ED became $729, then $723. I couldn't pass up this discount since the 100ED price does not move up/down like other products. All other stores will honor the $729 price since it's set by Celestron. Amazon is having stock issues but other stores have stock if you're in a hurry.

This discount is either due to Celestron needing revenue at the end of the year, or they're discontinuing this line. If they discontinue, we'll either get a slightly better product at the same price, significantly better at a higher price, or a worse product. All three options aren't worth it for me to wait.

Fantastic scope for a (maybe temporary) discount by Celestron.
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