Celestron – Ultima 80 Angled Spotting Scope – 20 to 60x80mm Zoom Eyepiece – Multi-Coated Optics for Bird Watching, Wildlife, Scenery and Hunting – Waterproof and Fogproof – Includes Soft Carrying Case
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|Objective Lens Diameter||80 Millimeters|
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- ULTIMA ANGLED SPOTTING SCOPE: The outdoor enthusiast’s choice is our great all-around spotting scope with an 80mm objective lens and a 45° viewing angle. Perfect for observing nature and long-distance viewing.
- INCLUDES ESSENTIALS FOR BETTER VIEWING: Celestron Ultima 80 includes an extended tripod mounting plate, a zoom eyepiece with an integrated T-adapter for digiscoping, a carrying case, an eyepiece lens cap, an eyepiece port cover, a soft carrying case, an eyepiece pouch, a lens cloth, and an instruction manual.
- MULTI-COATED OPTICS: Every lens surface is coated multiple times with anti-reflective coatings to improve the color and contrast of images and maximize brightness, so you can enjoy brighter and sharper images, even when ambient lighting conditions are dim.
- SHARP ZOOM EYEPIECE FUNCTION: Our Ultima 80 Spotting Scope features a large focus dial, allowing you to bring your subject into razor-sharp focus before it moves away. The included zoom eyepiece helps you zero in for detailed views of distant subjects in seconds.
- UNBEATABLE WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Buy with confidence from the world’s telescope brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a two-year warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
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Ultima 20-60x80mm Angled Spotting Scope
A great all-around spotting scope that’s compact and portable, with a comfortable 45-degree viewing angle.
Extend plate, zoom eye piece with integrated T-adapter, carrying case, eyepiece lens cap, eyepiece port cover, eyepiece carrying case, eyepiece pouch, lens cloth, instrument manual included.
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The Celestron Ultima 80 series was designed to perform well in a range of viewing situations. Outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers will love it for observing nature and sharp long-distance spotting. The 80mm refractor features excellent multi-coated optics packed into a portable and durable housing and includes a powerful 20-60x zoom eyepiece. The Ultima spotting scope is completely waterproof and fogproof. It’s been filled with dry nitrogen gas and sealed to prevent internal fogging of the lenses. You’ll be able to enjoy your viewing activities to the fullest even during extreme weather conditions! The Ultima 80 angled spotting scope also includes a T-mount adapter for digiscoping; this allows you to capture bright, sharp images through your spotting scope. Simply attach your DSLR camera equipped with a T-ring, and you’re ready to go! Each Celestron optical product is engineered for the highest performance, durability, and quality in its class. Celestron optics provide you with a lifetime of viewing enjoyment at an unbeatable value! Buy with confidence from the world’s No.1 telescope brand and a leading sport optics brand, based in California since 1960. You’ll also receive a Limited Lifetime warranty and unlimited access to technical support from our team of US-based experts.
The Ultima 80 features a sleek, waterproof design and includes a padded soft case with zippers on both ends so the scope can be protected even while mounted on a tripod. Including the eyepiece the Ultima 80 measures just over 18 inches long and weighs about 3.6 pounds. The rubber eyecup can be removed to expose a standard “T-thread” for attaching a camera. I like the 45* angled eyepiece because I can use a shorter tripod to support the spotting scope while viewing or while taking pictures with a small camera attached to the eyepiece.
The focus ranges from 27 feet to the horizon with just a few turns of the focus knob. When I fold down the rubber eye cup I can keep my glasses on and see the whole 2 degree field of view at 20X magnification. With my glasses on I need very little focus adjustment while I crank the zoom eyepiece from 20X up to 60X. Sometimes though I like to take my glasses off while observing because the view seems to have just a little more contrast and sharpness. I like the fact that the Ultima 80 gives me a sharp image either way.
The drawback of the tradition crown and flint achromatic lens used in the Ultima 80 Zoom Spotting Scope is a bit of false color, also known as blue fringing or chromatic aberration. Blue fringing seems well controlled at 20X magnification, but it becomes increasingly noticeable as I zoom up to 60X. Celestron also offers the Ultima 80ED and the Regal 80 F-ED spotting scopes which use exotic ED glass lenses to virtually eliminate blue fringing and produce the sharpest possible high power views.
Shot at 20X zoom at about 20 yards, cropped 50%
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Shot at 20X zoom at about 50 yards, cropped 30%
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Shot at 20X zoom at about 50 yards, cropped 30%
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The Celestron scope came well packaged with only one small ding and tear in the container. This did not impact the contents. It came with an instruction pamphlet, small lens cloth, and ocular lens inside a plastic tube hard case with it’s own separate nylon carry case. The scope also comes with a nylon carry case however it’s not padded and would not provide any significant degree of protection against drops. You can, however, still use the scope for viewing with the cover on by simply unzipping and exposing the objective and ocular lens. I sorta like this feature. The scope is waterproof and has a BAK4 prism according to the manual. I was unable to find any verification either in the user manual or Celestron webpage that this scope is nitrogen or argon purged.
The body of the scope appears to be a metal alloy with the rear portion rubberized. The ocular lens threads on to the body and can be stored separately in its own hard plastic tube as mentioned. Eye relief is achieved by a rubber eyepiece grommet that you fold up or down. The magnification ring on the ocular is smooth and crisp as was the focus knob. The objective lens comes with a clip on style lens cap. There is no pull out sun shade on the objective lens. That’s a bummer.
I mounted the scope on a camera tripod to test it and immediately noticed the scope is forward weighted and tippy- in other words not balanced very well. Therefore using a sturdy tripod is critical with this scope. The images from this scope were excellent considering the the price. As with most scopes in this price range image quality at lower magnifications produce better views. There was some chromatic aberration noted but nothing I would consider outrageous. I believe it will do just fine as a range spotter and even a grab-and-go for some light bird watching.
Pros- Inexpensive, decent build quality, ability to swap out ocular lens, good “bang for the buck”.
Cons- No sun shade on objective lens, non-padded carry case, forward weighted (tippy) design.
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On the negative side, the scope is a little cheap in places. The threads on the eye piece are plastic and could easily be stripped by an impatient ham handed user. Likewise, the objective lens cover locks in place but is pretty easily dislodged. The included case has zero padding. Some reviewers complained about no eye relief at 60 power. This is true. Glasses must be removed at higher magnifications. I had no problem focusing without my glasses but don't know if this will be true for all prescriptions.
The bottom line: For $169.00 this scope is a bargain. If you handle it carefully, I would expect a good long service life.
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Used it in a variety of situations and lighting conditions from bright sunlight to near dark whilst watching Otters.
The size is quite bulky to be carried in a mid sized rucksack, but its managable and relatively light.
I was very unimpressed with the optics. It was relatively bright at the lower end of the magnification, as it should be for the size of the objective lens, but no brighter than my 8x32 binoculars.
The main problem (and the reason I have since sold it on Ebay) was the image quality, it just wasn't very sharp. Detail was difficult to observe and it only got worse with increased magnification.
A lump of a scope with optics not suitable for serious birding and too large for the shooting/archery range.
Overall the image is quite sharp and bright and very pleasing, certainly good enough for my eyes when bird watching to pick out details and identify the species being observed. the scope is relatively light for it's size and the carry bag is reasonably handy.
A couple of niggles, as some have pointed out the scope cant really be used with the carry bag, it really needs a velcro or other flap over the focus knob to make it accessible, then I think it will work "in the bag". The front dust cap is a bit weedy and pops off with the slightest touch, the eyepiece cap is much firmer and pushes over the rubber eyecup and has a tendency to also remove the eyecup leaving the camera adaptor thread exposed.
Although I have a T2 camera adaptor I have not used the scope for digiscoping, I own some fairly good telephoto lenses and this scope is certainly no match for them optically but if you don't have such exotic gear in your camera bag I can see where this scope could be of some use.
Good product for the price though. Maybe I should have gone for the 100mm rather than the 80mm and paid the extra.
A bit heavier than I thought but really no complaints