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Celestron 52304 Regal M2 65ED Spotting Scope

4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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  • 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, Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) : 131-68 ft / 43-23 m, Close Focus - 16.4 ft / 5 m
  • 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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Product Description

Style: 16-48x65

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13.1 x 4.6 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 4.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number 52304
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4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,257 in Camera & Photo
#38 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Telescopes > Refractors
Date first available at Amazon.com March 7, 2013

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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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It says on the outer box, "Designed for the Shooting Enthusiast." That is an understatement. I got this model (with the Long Eye Relief) because I'd worked my way through the low end spotting scopes (Konus, low-end Celestron, Redfield, Bushnell, everybody really) and the mid-range stuff (Bushnell Legend, Vanguard Endeavor HD, Alpen 7xx(?)-which was the best of that crew in my opinion) to find a useable spotting scope for High-power Service Rifle matches. Additionally, I practice alone often and need to see shots on black target face out to 300 yards. For that I got the zoom eyepiece for this scope from Celestron (a 1.25" model - model 82003). There is a third wide angle eyepiece but I do not have. I had planned on taking the plunge and getting the Vortex or the Pentax, but I'd had nice luck with a Celestron 80mm some time ago and figured I'd give them a shot before I went big.

Glad I did. It's a grey, cloudy, PA day right now, mid-afternoon, and I've got the Regal LER model to read bottle labels off a spray bottle at the Progressive Auto Repair joint apx. 250-275 yards away. The rubber eyecap on the eyepiece needs a little shortening but the eye relief is MASSIVE once that's done. Additionally, the image is clear, clear, clear right up to the edges. I think this is perfect for shooting in which you have spotter on the target from scorers in the pits. The zoom eyepiece has it's limitations, but I've gotten close to 50x with very little degradation of image. 38-45x seems to be the sweet spot though. I've heard one of the drawbacks was weight, but the M2 has been redesigned as well. It's no where near as big or heavy as I expected. Certainly smaller than the Bushnell Legend as that thing seems more designed to fight bears than as a fine-tuned optics instrument.
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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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