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Celestron Regal for Elk Hunt?

Postby Elk_Huntin on Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:09 pm

I've seen a number of good reviews for the Celestron Regal 65 & 80 ED scopes on this and other forums.

I think I'd like to get one of these scopes, but I am concerned that they may be too heavy to use for my upcoming Elk hunt. I would like to know from those with experience with these scopes (or another scope of similar weight), if it will be too heavy to carry along on my hunt?

If they are too heavy, is there another scope of similar optical quality in the $450-$700 range that you would recommend?

Also how much would a tripod of adequate quality for these scopes weigh?

Thanks in advance,
EH
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Re: Celestron Regal for Elk Hunt?

Postby Jne_K on Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:53 am

Figure on an average of 6-7 poinds on a tripod for an 80mm scope, but you can get by with a lighter tripod for a smaller scope.

Most high grade 80mm scopes average about 60-70 ounces,with eyepieces, so the weight on the Regal is nominal. The reagl is fine, in either 65mm or 80mm, but you'll have to make the decision as to how much weight you want to carry. Just remember, the bigger the scope, the bigger the triopd needed.
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Re: Celestron Regal for Elk Hunt?

Postby Elk_Huntin on Mon Nov 09, 2009 3:52 pm

Joane,

Would this tripod hold up to the 65 or 80 Regal?
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-ad ... 84040.html

I'm thinking the lighter weight makes sense for the hiking, and I may not have the tripod fully extended a lot of the time.

If not I guess I can just deal with the extra weight of the Manfrotto Bogen 055XDB, 128RC Tripod , or the 190 version.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

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Re: Celestron Regal for Elk Hunt?

Postby Jne_K on Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:31 am

Hi EH

Just about perfect for the 65ED, but a bit on the light side for an 80mm scope. Will work with an 80mm, but marginal in a stiff wind and not as stable at 40x and above. otherwise, all metal and well built
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Re: Celestron Regal for Elk Hunt?

Postby Elk_Huntin on Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:29 pm

Sorry to beat a dead horse here.

If I were to get the Bushnell Advanced Titanium and used it with the 80mm, would it still be shakey past 40X if the tripod was not fully extended? How's the head on this mount?

Would any mounting adapter etc... be necessary to mount the Regal 80 on it?

Lastly, have you used or had any feedback on this tripod: http://www.opticsplanet.com/brunton-car ... ripod.html I can't find much of anything about it online. How would it compare to the Bushnell Advanced Titanium and the Bogen 55xdb? Is it worthwhile or a waste of money.

Hopefully this is my last round of questions before I make a purchase.

Thanks again,
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Re: Celestron Regal for Elk Hunt?

Postby Jne_K on Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:56 pm

Hi

Yes, both in terms of the legs and the head, the Bushnell is not going to do a great job with an 80mm scope.

Any spotting scope can thread to any photo tripod, since spotting scopes are threaded eaxctly the same as cameras - no adapter needed.

Brunton has not done a good job of supplying specs on their tripods. Note that this model DOES NOT include a head, so add another $80-100 for any standard tripod head and, of course, you also need to add the weight of a head.
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