Celestron C5 127mm f/10 50x Spotting Scope (OTA Only)

Celestron C5 127mm f/10 50x Spotting Scope (OTA Only)

Celestron C5 127mm f/10 50x Spotting Scope (OTA Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 45° Angled Viewing
  • 50x Long Eye Relief Eyepiece
  • Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical Design
  • Starbright Multi-Coating System
  • Precision Internal Focusing Mechanism
  • 6x30 Erect-Image Finderscope
  • Accepts 1.25" Astronomical Eyepieces
  • Camera-Mountable with Optional Adapters
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Mounting Block
  • OTA Only, Tripod Required
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Celestron C5 Spotter overview

  • 1Description

The Celestron C5 127mm f/10 50x Spotting Scope is the ideal choice for the serious bird watcher, nature lover, amateur astronomer, or anyone who enjoys beautiful views - either from home or in the field. With its generous 5" aperture, the C5 Spotter will easily outperform smaller aperture spotting scopes. This is a versatile optical tool with a minimum close-focus range of 20' to make it ideal for observing plant life, wildlife, birds or insects; and since it accepts any 1.25" eyepiece the C5 can also be used as an astronomical telescope. The scope can easily be transformed from a powerful spotting scope to a high performance 1250mm f/10 telephoto lens with the use of the optional T-adapter and camera-specific T-ring. Celestron offers the C5 here without a tripod, but includes a 1/4"-20 mounting block so it can easily be attached to many photo, video, and field tripods with a payload capacity of at least 6 pounds. The block has multiple holes along its length for proper placement to achieve the optimum balance.

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  • Large 127mm (5") aperture
  • f/10 focal ratio
  • 1250mm focal length
  • Compact Schmidt-Cassegrain optical path
  • Starbright multi-coating system: Anti-reflection lens coatings and highly-reflective mirror coatings ensure maximum light transmission through the entire optical path for sharp and bright high-contrast images with little edge-to-edge distortion
  • Internal focusing mechanism
  • 20' close focus distance
  • Adaptable for prime-focus photography with optional T-adapters and camera-specific T-rings
  • OTA only, tripod required
  • 1/4"-20 mounting block fits many photo, video, field tripods
  • Multiple mounting holes enables proper balance
  • Weight: 6 pounds
Included Accessories
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most 1.25" filters
  • 25mm focal length produces 50x magnification
  • 22mm eye relief
  • 52' field of view at 1000 yards
  • 45° angle places head in a comfortable viewing position
  • Integrated erecting prism corrects view horizontally and vertically for terrestrial use
  • 6x magnification ensures a wide field of view
  • 30mm objective allows users to see dim objects without adding excessive weight or bulk
  • Integrated erecting prism for terrestrial use
    Carrying Bag:
  • Soft nylon
  • Water-resistant provides protection from the elements
UPC: 050234522915
In the Box
Celestron C5 127mm f/10 50x Spotting Scope (OTA Only)
  • 45° Erecting Prism
  • 25mm Eyepiece
  • 6x30 Erect Image Finderscope
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Adapter
  • Soft Sided Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Celestron C5 Spotter specs

    Magnification 50x
    Objective Lens Diameter 127mm / 5.0"
    Focal Length 1250 mm
    Angle of View 1.0°, actual
    Field-of-View 53.0' @ 1000 yd / 17.6 m at 1000 m
    Minimum Focus Distance 20' / 6.1 m
    Eye Relief 22.0 mm
    Weatherproofing No
    Length 11.0" / 27.9
    Weight 6.0 lb / 2.7
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.0 x 14.0 x 11.0"

    Celestron C5 Spotter reviews

    C5 127mm f/10 50x Spotting Scope (OTA Only) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you ever wanted Superman's powers... 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great scope! 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.
    Date published: 2011-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-12
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent little grab and go scope 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.
    Date published: 2010-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm happy 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.
    Date published: 2011-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast delivery 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.
    Date published: 2012-11-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome value! 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-18
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