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Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit

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Value $7.89
B&H # CEC5SB Mfr # 52291
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Product Highlights
  • Angled Viewing
  • 50x Eyepiece
  • Accepts 1.25" Astronomical Eyepieces

The Celestron C5 Spotter is a 5" (127mm) aperture, 1250mm f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system. Its optical excellence is the reason it was chosen by NASA for many space shuttle missions. It can be the ideal choice for the serious bird watcher, nature lover or anyone who enjoys beautiful views - either from home or in the field.

With its huge aperture of 5", the C5 Spotter will easily outperform smaller aperture spotting scopes. Offering 4.5x more light gathering ability than a 60mm spotting scope and 2.5x more than an 80mm scope, the C5 is the ideal choice for when a powerful instrument delivering brilliant, crisp views is required.

The C5 is a versatile optical tool. A minimum close-focus range of 20' makes it ideal for observing plant life, wildlife, birds or insects. At the same time, the C5 can also be used as an astronomical telescope. In addition, the C5 goes easily from working as a powerful spotting scope to being a high performance 1250mm f/10 telephoto lens, with the use of the optional T-Adapter and camera T-ring.

Schmidt-Cassegrain optical design offers one of the most compact and rugged optical systems on the market today, and uses a combination of mirrors and lenses to produce the image.
Includes the terrestrial (erect image) 6x30 finder. The purpose of the finder is to locate objects that might otherwise be overlooked in the narrow, higher power field of view of the spotting scope.
The scope will attach to any photographic tripod with a 1/4"-20 threaded screw. The C5 attaches to the tripod via a photo tripod adapter block that has 2 1/4"-20 holes.
StarBright coatings on all elements. AR coating on the corrector yields greater light transmission, while HR coatings on primary and secondary mirrors provide greater reflectivity.
Magnification 50x
Objective Lens Diameter 127 mm
Angle of View 1.0°
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 53' (17 m at 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance 20' (6.1 m)
Exit Pupil Diameter 2.6 mm
Eye Relief 22 mm
Relative Brightness 6.7
Twilight Factor 78
Weatherproofing No
Dimensions 13" (33 cm) [length]
Weight 6 lbs (2.721 kg)
Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit
  • 25mm (50x) Plossl Eyepiece - 1.25"
  • 6x30 Erect Image Finderscope
  • Photo Tripod Adapter
  • Soft Sided Case
  • Lens Cap
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    CelestronC5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong magnification (10)
    • Bright eyepiece (8)
    • Sensitivity controls (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy (11)
      • Bright conditions (4)
      • Low visibility (4)
      • Shooting (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (14)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Perfect for long distance Whale Watching

      I have been through a heap of Spotters to watch the Humpback Whales migrate along the coastline from my home in Australia.
      When you spot whales you only have a few seconds to...Read complete review

      I have been through a heap of Spotters to watch the Humpback Whales migrate along the coastline from my home in Australia.
      When you spot whales you only have a few seconds to line them up and depending on the weather it can be a grey on grey background or beautiful water colour. The key is a large aperture Spotting Scope which gathers maximum light and can handle a magnification of at least 40X to see them up to the horizon from shore.
      I have tested and bought budget and high quality 65mm,and 80mm refractors, and 90 mm and 100mm Maksutov Cassegrains over the years. They all work ok in close but push them out wide to their limits and their smaller light gathering results in a muddy image, plus they can't handle the magnification.
      The C5 wins against them all. Clear bright optics, and a usable sight scope all in a compact package with a 45 degree viewing image. The included eyepiece works fine and you can always buy more to increase the magnification if needed. While portable the C5 needs a solid tripod to keep it rock steady. Also buy the c5 dew shield to protect against stray light.
      The handy padded carry case gives a great protection package.
      Hope this review helps others get the right gear for Whale Spotting.

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      A frustrating purchase

      The bracket for the finder scope was put on backwards by some worker in China making it impossible to align the finder scope with the spotting scope itself. The screws for doing the alignment...Read complete review

      The bracket for the finder scope was put on backwards by some worker in China making it impossible to align the finder scope with the spotting scope itself. The screws for doing the alignment are at the back of the finder scope bracket rather than at the front where they should be. When I tried to switch the bracket around the screws holding it were so cheap one of the heads rounded making it impossible to take the bracket off. I wish this product had been checked before sending because I am in Saudi Arabia making it expensive to return. So I may be stuck with an expensive piece of junk. I wish this particular product had been taken into space by NASA and left there.

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      1.0

      A frustrating purchase

      By Mikeskor

      from Saudi Arabia

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

            The bracket for the finder scope was put on backwards by some worker in China making it impossible to align the finder scope with the spotting scope itself. The screws for doing the alignment are at the back of the finder scope bracket rather than at the front where they should be. When I tried to switch the bracket around the screws holding it were so cheap one of the heads rounded making it impossible to take the bracket off. I wish this product had been checked before sending because I am in Saudi Arabia making it expensive to return. So I may be stuck with an expensive piece of junk. I wish this particular product had been taken into space by NASA and left there.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Spotting scope

            By Muz

            from Austrailia

            Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

            Great scope and really clear image would recommend

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By Alan-43

            from Huntsville Al

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright Eyepiece
            • Sensitivity Controls
            • Strong Magnification

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Low Visibility
              • Security
              • Shooting

              Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

              Primarily used for wildlife and for astrological photography - Great for both applications

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Gift for my wife

              By Vanpaul

              from Vancouver

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright Eyepiece
              • Strong Magnification

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy

                Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                I bough this scope for my wife for several reasons. It is light enough for her to carry around, it can do Terrestrial and Astronomical viewing. Image is sharp, bright and lots of accessories you can get for the C5. Reasonble price for the performance.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Better than expected

                By Rowds

                from Lafayette, La.

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright Eyepiece
                • Sensitivity Controls
                • Strong Magnification

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Astronomy
                  • Bright Conditions
                  • Low Visibility

                  Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                  Great all around telescope. It far exceeded my expectations, both in celestial and terrestrial viewing, and so portable. setup is quick. I have mine mounted to Parallogram mount.
                  It comes standard with a 25mm eyepiece. I would recommend complementing it with a 12mm, and a 2X Barlow. My next purchase will be a Bino-viewer.

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                  • Yes

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fast delivery

                  By Blazer59

                  from Yokohama,Japan

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Bright Eyepiece

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Astronomy

                    Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                    I am live in Japan.
                    I took only 4days to reach to scope at hand.

                    Also Great scope for terrestrial viewing, very clear and high detai. I'm very pleased.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I did not expect so many many features

                    By Gufaro

                    from Melbourne-Australia

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                          It's really amazing when I do bird watching, also the observation of the moon and planets, and the use in photography.
                          His power is great, and the quality of the images are clear and bright, I'm very happy to have purchased this product.
                          I have nothing negative to say about this product.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          roadwarrior_41

                          By roadwarrior_41

                          from Saskatoon, SK. Canada

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright Eyepiece
                          • Sensitivity Controls
                          • Strong Magnification

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Astronomy
                            • Bright Conditions

                            Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                            Awsome for terrestrial viewing

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Good piece of glass

                            By KenF

                            from Virginia

                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                  I use this for terrestrial spotting and photography. It makes a very good high-powered spotting scope. When used with the f/6.3 corrector, it takes very good photos.

                                  The packaging is compact and portable for the performance that you get. I'm very happy with it.

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                                  • No

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I'm happy

                                  By RustyCannon

                                  from Castle Rock, Colorado

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Sensitivity Controls
                                  • Strong Magnification

                                  Cons

                                  • Adapter threads

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sight seeing

                                  Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                  Scope works as expected - well. I also bought a T-ring and camera adapter and I'm learning how to use my camera now since this is the first non-auto-focus lens that I've had in many years.

                                  I have an expansive mountain and city view from my home and wanted a scope that I could use to identify distant landmarks. The C-5 is doing the job.

                                  The only con that I have is the threads for the adapter - visual adapter or T-ring for camera adapter. They're easily cross-threaded.

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                                  • No

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                                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great scope!

                                  By Aquabob68

                                  from Douglasville,ga

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good definitionprice

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Astronomy

                                    Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                    Great scope for terrestrial viewing, very clear and high detail, with certain eyepieces stunning clarity and wide feild of view, the supplied eyepiece is decent but would recommend and upgrade to get the most out of this scope, a baader Hyperion zoom lense will make this scope complete and a good alt/azi mount tripod. I've watched spiders make webs with great clarity in the tops of distant trees at 100 yds..and for stargazing jupiter and it's moons in detail like I've never seen thru a scope ever...credit the baader Hyperion eypiece tho, but the 24 mm celeston ep is good..but would recommend to anyone that's interested in this scope to upgrade ep's, great scope for terrestrial and astronomical, well built, solid, 1.25 barrel length makes it upgradeable wilt accessories like focal reducers and high quality lenses, camera adapters t rings etc.., its called a spotting scope but it's also a great 5" sct telescope.

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                                    5.0

                                    power i was looking for!

                                    By wild life seeker

                                    from st.louis

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Bright Eyepiece
                                    • Sensitivity Controls
                                    • Strong Magnification

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Wild Life

                                      Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                      i wanted scope for bird,& wild life spotting. very powerful scope. once u get it sited in its easy too use.

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      great scope

                                      By Herbie the cat

                                      from Kansas City, MO

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Bright Eyepiece
                                      • Strong Magnification

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Astronomy
                                        • Bright Conditions
                                        • Shooting

                                        Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                        Really needs a good mount for Prime Focus still photography but for my HD video through my camera it works great! Clean crisp images of the wildlife.

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                                        • No

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                                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        If you ever wanted Superman's powers...

                                        By Speedy Tortuga

                                        from Albuquerque

                                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Powerful Almost scary
                                        • Strong Magnification

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Astronomy
                                          • Bird Watching
                                          • Low Visibility
                                          • Terrestrial viewing

                                          Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                          If you ever wanted Superman's powers, this comes mighty close.

                                          The optics are excellent -- sharp and bright. I can see clear across town, read traffic signs from miles away, see the crags of the moon and the rings of Saturn. The eyepiece that ships isn't the most powerful the aperture can resolve. I've ordered the zoom eyepiece from -- where else? -- B&H (best camera store in the world).

                                          Know that you will need a good tripod. Excellent for terrestrial and some astronomy. If you want purely astronomical, get a mount. If you are clumsy, consider other spotting scopes, as more rugged.

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                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          awesome value!

                                          By Glenn

                                          from Philadelphia, PA

                                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Strong Magnification

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Astronomy
                                            • Low Visibility

                                            Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                            Great spotting scope, excellent value. The field of view corresponds to about my thumbnail at arm's length, to give a rough idea what 1 degree is like. I'm going to use it mostly for astrophotography, so I need to get the 6.3 corrector lens. The carrying case is well padded, but you have to remove the eyepieces every time, which is a little tedious.

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                                            5.0

                                            Superb "bang for the buck" value

                                            By ukman

                                            from nj

                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Value for money
                                            • Very compact
                                            • Well made

                                            Cons

                                            • Case very cheap

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Astronomy
                                            • Bright Conditions
                                            • Planets and moon

                                            Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                            Very happy with my purchase.
                                            Very well made although the case could be better.

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                                            • No

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                                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Excellent little grab and go scope

                                            By Quadstar

                                            from Reston, VA

                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • 50 inch focal length
                                            • 5 inch diameter objective
                                            • 6 pounds
                                            • Optical coatings
                                            • Very short tube length
                                            • Vixen dovetail mount bar

                                            Cons

                                            • Long Cooldown/Warmup

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Astronomy
                                            • Shooting

                                            Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                            I use the C5 for visual and imaging astronomy. I already own a Nexstar 8SE and wanted something smaller with the same type of capabilities that I could use on the Nexstar mount, an AstroTrac mount and a manual az/alt mount for travel purposes. The C5 fit the bill and I am very pleased with its visual and imaging performance. Already having a larger SCT, I know about the pros and cons of this type of design, so I'm not surprised by anything. It can share accessories with 8SE without the need for new accessory purchase. At 6 pounds, it is a nice fit for the AstroTrac mount. If you want visual capabilities between 50 and 150 (for most seeing conditions, this lightweight, highly portable scope meets the requirement. The supplied foam lined nylon carrying case is very nice. Prime focus and afocal imaging work great with both a webcam and a DSLR camera. For my usage, it is an all around excellent purchase at an excellent price.

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                                            5.0

                                            Perfect for long distance Whale Watching

                                            By Retrosurfer

                                            from Sydney Australia

                                            About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • BH Photo Video reputation
                                            • Bright Eyepiece
                                            • Celestron Reputation
                                            • Large light gathering
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Padded Protection
                                            • Strong Magnification

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Whale Spotting

                                              Comments about Celestron C5 Spotter 5"/127mm Spotting Scope Kit:

                                              I have been through a heap of Spotters to watch the Humpback Whales migrate along the coastline from my home in Australia.
                                              When you spot whales you only have a few seconds to line them up and depending on the weather it can be a grey on grey background or beautiful water colour. The key is a large aperture Spotting Scope which gathers maximum light and can handle a magnification of at least 40X to see them up to the horizon from shore.
                                              I have tested and bought budget and high quality 65mm,and 80mm refractors, and 90 mm and 100mm Maksutov Cassegrains over the years. They all work ok in close but push them out wide to their limits and their smaller light gathering results in a muddy image, plus they can't handle the magnification.
                                              The C5 wins against them all. Clear bright optics, and a usable sight scope all in a compact package with a 45 degree viewing image. The included eyepiece works fine and you can always buy more to increase the magnification if needed. While portable the C5 needs a solid tripod to keep it rock steady. Also buy the c5 dew shield to protect against stray light.
                                              The handy padded carry case gives a great protection package.
                                              Hope this review helps others get the right gear for Whale Spotting.

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