Celestron Regal F-80ED
I have tried the Vortex Skyline 80 (non-ED), which had so much chromatic aberration it was unusable for my purposes and I returned it. I then tried the Vortex Skyline 80ED. There was some improvement in CA and "picture" quality over the non-ED model, but in my opinion not an additional $300 worth, so I gave up on it as well.
I have seen several rave reviews on the Celestron from both shooters and bird watchers (which I didn't see on either Vortex) and am wondering if it is worth a try or am I comparing apples to apples here with the Vortex ED and need to get out of this price class altogether?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
You can see my review on this forum on a previous post at, Celestron Regal 80 ED
Yes, it will be a best buy for the dollar, in terms of optics and you will need to spend much more in an 80mm scope to get that kind of performance. I also like the Regal for its ability to use standard telescope eyepieces. Won't get you the build quality of a Japanese scope like the Brunton Eterna or the Pentax PF80ED, but optics are in the same class.
Yes. I would consider the Nikon Fieldscope 82ED to be in that premium class, but that darn zoom, although optically very good, comes up too short on eye relief if you wear glasses. I used to own this scope and, on a rare day of good seeing conditions, that scope would handle that 75x, effectively. The only way to use the 82ED, comfortably, with eyeglasses, is to go to one of the excellent Fieldscope fixed power, wide-angle eyepieces. If you need the eye relief and want to stay in that 80mm class, you will need to spend the money and get, say a Kowa 773 and so on.