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Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Jne_K on Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:04 am

Me, either. Will get back to on this one.

Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Guest789 on Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:17 pm

Hello Joanie,

Can hardly wait until you get your hands on a Vortex Razor scope and tell us what you think about it, including where it "fits" within this very useful grouping you have laid out for us.

Much appreciated,

Jake

Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Jne_K on Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:37 am

Hi

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.

Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Guest789 on Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:53 pm

Thanks Joanie,

One more question if I may. In your estimation, is there a class in between the group above and the ultra premium scopes such as the Kowa 883 and Swarovski? If so, which ones would be in this class?

Much appreciated as always,

Jake

Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Jne_K on Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:38 am

I'd rate them as being in the same general class, but one or another may score differently any one of several optical categories, such as resolution, contrast, color correction and so on. Close enough, though, that I would make a decision based on features other than just optical.

Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Guest789 on Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:37 pm

Hello Joanie,

Are you saying that from and optical perspective, the Celestron Regal is the equal of the Bruntan Eterna and the Pentax PF80 ED? In other words, there is no difference, or are you saying they can be grouped together in the same class, but not necessarily equal?

Jake

Re: Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by Jne_K on Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:53 am

Hi

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.

Celestron Regal F-80ED

Post by bruco on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:17 pm

What is your opinion of the 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.

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