I research extensively prior to buying the Celestron Ultima. Considering price, features, and functions I feel I made the right choice' plus you can't go wrong purchasing from Optics Planet.
I knew it was the correct choice when I set it up as soon as it arrived and could spot pigeon poop on a neighbors roof at about 250 yards.
Seriously; I will use this 90% of the time for target shooting. Just for grins I printed off some paper targets at home for real test (I normally use Shoot 'N 'Cs). No problem seeing my hits on the home made targets at 200 yds. with a .556 caliber. I will pay for this scope in the target cost savings!
Many reviews knocked the tri-pod but I found it to be user friendly and adequate for my purposes; just don't hang from it!
I know I made the right choice for my purposes by purchasing the Celestron Ultima!
Pros: Easy object acquisition and focusing.
Cons: Slightly large for backpacking.
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.