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Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit

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Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit

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Product Highlights

  • Waterproof
  • Angled Viewing
  • 18-55x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 32-40° Apparent Field of View

You Pay: $106.69

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Celestron manufactures the Ultima line of prismatic spotting scopes in 65mm, 80mm & 100mm varietals to suit your needs. The larger two can also be had with ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements, an expensive product which produces a marked improvement in the color fidelity, resolution and edge delineation of the scope's imagery. All the Ultima line are mated to an eyepiece and render views which are both rightside up and laterally correct to the world, making them good for both terrestrial and celestial observing. All Ultimas are waterproof, making them more robust than ever before. Celestron surely is delivering exceptional value.

The Ultimas now offer the choice between 45° angled viewing or straight viewing as you prefer. Most users will prefer angled scopes because they are both simple to use for birds perched high above the viewer as well as easily simultaneously shared amongst users of differing heights. But some will prefer the straight viewing models, for these are much easier to use when hunting down the object of interest in the first place. Straight viewing models are also usually a bit lighter, brighter and less expensive. The choice is yours.

Certain Celestron products include their wonderful "No Fault" warranty coverage, which assures that your binoculars will be repaired or replaced at Celestron's option for as long as you own them-no questions asked! The only requirements on the user's end are to ship the binoculars(at the user's cost) to Celestron with a proof of purchase and a check or money order for $25 to cover the costs of inspection, shipping and handling. This warranty service is valid only for USA and Candadian citizens purchasing from an authorized Celestron dealer.

Built-In T-Mount Threading for SLR Shooting
The Celestron Ultima series feature a T-mount threading upon the eyepiece barrel, allowing your scope to act as an ultratelephoto lens upon your SLR camera (digital OR film) with just the addition of a camera-specific T-mount adapter.
Peepsight for quick initial location of your subject
Collapsible lenshood shields dew & stray light
Rubber armored housing
Smooth focus knob can be turned with a single finger
Accepts 72mm filters
UPC: 050234522489
Magnification 18-55x
Objective Lens Diameter 65mm
Angle of View 18x: 1.7°
55x: 0.8°
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 18x: 89' (30 m at 1000 m)
55x: 38' (13 m at 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance 20.0' (6.1 m)
Exit Pupil Diameter 18x: 3.6mm
55x: 1.2mm
Eye Relief 18mm at 18x (unspecified otherwise)
Relative Brightness 18x: 13.0
55x: 1.4
Twilight Factor 18x: 34.2
55x: 60.0
Weatherproofing Waterproof
Dimensions 13.0" (330mm) in Length
Weight 2.30 lb (1043 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.35 x 7.0 x 5.75"
Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit
  • Objective Lenscap
  • Eyepiece Cap
  • Case
  • Lifetime "No Fault" Warranty

  • Included Free

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    CelestronUltima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Bright eyepiece (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting (7)
    • Bright conditions (4)
    • Bird watching (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    a very good multi-use scope

    The morning after I got this scope the (angled) Ultima 65 let me watch as a Great Blue Heron a half mile away stalked then speared with its bill and guzzled down a writhing...Read complete review

    The morning after I got this scope the (angled) Ultima 65 let me watch as a Great Blue Heron a half mile away stalked then speared with its bill and guzzled down a writhing fish. After dark, with Jupiter centered in the field of view @55X, the planet was very sharp with surface banding and four moons easy to see. This spotting scope is well made and has good optics (all Ultimas use BAK4 prisms). There is some pincushion distortion noticeable on straight lines and the inevitable false color at high magnifications. About 15-20% of the outer field of view at high mag. is a bit soft, but I did not find that any of these were so extreme as to interfere with the pleasure of using the 65. I highly recommend this scope for land use and nature study, but it also does well on the moon and brighter planets, and at 18X can be used for scanning the Milky Way. Smallish and light weight, there's no reason to leave this behind when you want to see the world outside up close. A sturdy tripod is necessary for the best viewing, but it can be used handheld at lower magnifications.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good enough for non-demanding users

    I bought this Celestron 65 after first trying a generic Chinese 60mm spotting scope for shooting. I immediately return the junk product as the eye relief was so bad as to be unusable. An...Read complete review

    I bought this Celestron 65 after first trying a generic Chinese 60mm spotting scope for shooting. I immediately return the junk product as the eye relief was so bad as to be unusable. An experienced competitor advised me to avoid 80mm spotting scopes as he found his too large and a bit cumbersome (albeit with great optics however).

    This scope does the job. Nothing to particularly rave or rant about. Optic quality seems decent for the price but the eye relief is poor at anything about 18x. I try to leave it as close to 18x as possible when using at 100yards.

    I compared this to a 50mm Bushnell at the range and expected this be quite a bit better but I found them similar. This is not an amazing product for the price but neither is it terrible. If you are looking for middle of the road like I was give it a try. Don't expect to wear glasses and zoom in however.

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    4.0

    Celestron 65 Spotting Scope

    By UnCL3

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bright Conditions
        • Shooting

        Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

        I bought this for spotting paper targets at 100 yards at the shooting range. I didn't want to spend much, and this scope fulfills this need and is a great value. 5.56 holes are very visible at 100 yards. At 200 yeards, you can see holes left on a Shoot-N-See target fine also, but not on a regular paper target. Many expensive spotters don't do well at 200 yards, but the reason for the purpose is for 100 yard targets. This scope is great at that and very affordable.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Celestron Ultima 65mm Spotting Scope

        By Phil D.

        from Southern CA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Eyepiece
        • Sensitivity Controls
        • Smoothpositive Controls
        • Strong Magnification
        • Super Clear At Lower Magn

        Cons

        • No Included Tripod

        Best Uses

        • Shooting

        Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

        I bought this to use at the range when testing different rifle loads @ 100 yards. I was quite frankly shocked at the clarity, & that out to 300 yards! The only caveat is using it with ample light (daylight) conditions. I am very happy with this scope. The only negative is that it doesn't come with a table-top tripod (as a lot of spotting scopes do in this price range) so you need to purchase that separately.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Satisfied

        By divingpa

        from Newport News, VA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Band For You Buck
        • Bang For Your Buck

        Cons

        • Eye relief

        Best Uses

        • Bench Shooting
        • Bird Watching
        • Shooting
        • Spot And Stock Hunts

        Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

        This spotting scope was recommended to me by a long range shooting instructor with decades of experience and the opportunity to use and test all the various scopes his students bring to his school. I was shopping in the $- ranges and when he recommended a scope in the $ range I had to check it out.I haven't had the opportunity to take it hunting yet but my initial impressions are that it is a well built scope that transmits light well...glass is very clear. It is lightweight enough that it shouldn't be a bother humping around. The ergonomics are good, casing solid, coatings and protective material appear more than adequate.The only complaints I have are not isolated to this scope...they are shared by some of the high end ones. First, eye relief could be more. Trying to take advantage of the full field of view with glasses (sunglasses or prescription) would be difficult. Second, a coarse and fine focus knob would be an asset. Coarse to go through from low to high magnification quickly with <1 turn, and then a fine focus to bring in the object in sharp detail.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great

        By REVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD_

        from Illinois

        Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

        Bought this for the shooting range. It's very clear out to a 100 yards , that's all the range I have. Works great well worth the money. I've had no problems with it. I've also tested it just looking down the road and 200 plus yards is also clear.

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        4.0

        excellent value

        By tony

        from miami, fl.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Eyepiece
        • Easy to use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Shooting

          Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

          easy set up. great for the shooting range and watching wildlife in the back yard.

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good spotting scope for archery

          By habarovsk

          from Melbourne, Australia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright Eyepiece
          • - Sufficient Magnificatio
          • - True To Colours

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting

            Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

            - magnification is good enough to distinguish between arrows at 90m
            - the view is clear enough to distinguish between similar colours (black and blue, red and orange)
            - good value for money

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A very practical scope.

            By Aussie Bruce

            from Australia

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright Eyepiece
            • Crisp image
            • Great Value for Money

            Cons

            • Less Clear At High Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Shooting

            Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

            I found this scope to be great value for the money. As a 25 metre spotting scope it provides a crisp image at minimum magnification, with a zoom which is 'just right'. As the eyepiece is zoomed in the image gets less distinct but is still very useable at 50 metres. It will also focus clearly to 10 metres.
            I am very happy with this purchase.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Decent Scope

            By A Hogate

            from NJ

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright Eyepiece
            • Strong Magnification

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Birding
              • Bright Conditions
              • Low Visibility

              Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

              This is a good scope if you can't aford a more expensive one. It works well for viewing birds at a fair distance. You can see a lot of detail at a long distance. The scope is light and it is easy to carry in the bag it came with, and the eyepiece comes in a hard plastic case. The waterproof/fogproof feature is a big plus as well. The little t-mount hook up for DSLR is okay but the aperture zoomed in is too small. Unless you're in direct sunlight at high ISO, the shutter speed will be too slow and you'll get a blurry picture. Besides, the scope is too light to hook a camera to with any amount of stability; it's a neat addition, but not the most useful thing in the world. If it's your plan to use this as a lens, I'd suggest an actual lens, or a heavier scope.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good birding scope at a good price

              By DG

              from North Carolina

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                  I bought this for my wife's backyard birding and she's delighted. Well-suited to the purpose in the 20-40 yard range without zooming. Eye relief isn't bad, but could be better. Decent for casual celestial browsing as well.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good enough for non-demanding users

                  By Gidaeon

                  from MI

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fair quality optics

                  Cons

                  • Mediocre eye relief
                  • No tripod included

                  Best Uses

                  • Bright Conditions
                  • Shooting

                  Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                  I bought this Celestron 65 after first trying a generic Chinese 60mm spotting scope for shooting. I immediately return the junk product as the eye relief was so bad as to be unusable. An experienced competitor advised me to avoid 80mm spotting scopes as he found his too large and a bit cumbersome (albeit with great optics however).

                  This scope does the job. Nothing to particularly rave or rant about. Optic quality seems decent for the price but the eye relief is poor at anything about 18x. I try to leave it as close to 18x as possible when using at 100yards.

                  I compared this to a 50mm Bushnell at the range and expected this be quite a bit better but I found them similar. This is not an amazing product for the price but neither is it terrible. If you are looking for middle of the road like I was give it a try. Don't expect to wear glasses and zoom in however.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  a very good multi-use scope

                  By Jack the Opticalman

                  from Oliver Springs, TN

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Small
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy
                    • Bird Watching
                    • Hiking/Backpacking
                    • Hunting
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                    The morning after I got this scope the (angled) Ultima 65 let me watch as a Great Blue Heron a half mile away stalked then speared with its bill and guzzled down a writhing fish. After dark, with Jupiter centered in the field of view @55X, the planet was very sharp with surface banding and four moons easy to see. This spotting scope is well made and has good optics (all Ultimas use BAK4 prisms). There is some pincushion distortion noticeable on straight lines and the inevitable false color at high magnifications. About 15-20% of the outer field of view at high mag. is a bit soft, but I did not find that any of these were so extreme as to interfere with the pleasure of using the 65. I highly recommend this scope for land use and nature study, but it also does well on the moon and brighter planets, and at 18X can be used for scanning the Milky Way. Smallish and light weight, there's no reason to leave this behind when you want to see the world outside up close. A sturdy tripod is necessary for the best viewing, but it can be used handheld at lower magnifications.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Looking for an inexpensive scope! BUY IT

                    By mihrans

                    from Reseda, CA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Needs Eyecap

                    Best Uses

                    • Hiking/Backpacking

                    Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                    This is my second scope. First one (another brand) was returned for having a horrible eye relief. This scope has decent eye relief and very good overall results and build quality is not cheap.

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                    5.0

                    Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope

                    By John

                    from MA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Low Visibility

                      Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                      I use this product as a spotting scope to view indoor pistol targets at a range of fifty feet; both for 22 and 45 calibers. I was very pleased with the edge to edge crispness of the scope and overall clarity. The range is poorly lit with fluorescent lighting and I could see a "period" on the score section at this distance. The overall build quality of the scope is very good and the lifetime warrantee encouraged me to "give it a try." My experience with this scope is limited to the above use. I intend to use it out doors to view wild life. Although not a compact scope the image for my use more than compensates for the slightly larger size.

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                      3.0

                      In line with the price

                      By Enrico

                      from Chieti, Italy

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Poor Lens Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Bright Conditions

                      Comments about Celestron Ultima 65 2.6"/65mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                      I bought it for use with my DSLR camera but the result is orrible. Inusable at low zoom and too much distorsion at hight zoom. Don't but it if your target is photo. Acceptable for spooting view.

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