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Celestron Ultima 80 Spotting Scope w/ 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece & Tripod
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Most Helpful Positive Review Serviceable Scope - Found Another Use For Tripod
Ignore the tripod the scope alone is worth the price you are paying for the...
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Most Helpful Negative Review Not very good at 200 yards and tripod...well, read on.
This scope works well out to 100 yards, delivering a crisp, bright image th...
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Spotting scope

by deadeyegv, from United States, CA Written on September 30, 2014
I bought this to use during my high power rifle activities. It is exactly as advertized and a great bargain for the features. I use a different stand for shooting but the included tripod works well for "star gazing"...
Would recommend: Yes
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Third times a charm

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on June 16, 2014
After sending back two scopes this one finally meets the grade for price and optics. Best optics of the chinese scopes I've tried. It's a big sucker, but i won't be lugging it around much. You do have to glue your eye to the eye piece. The Redfield and Simmons were shameful for optic quality. I'm keeping this one.
Pros: Good optics, good construction, holds focus
Cons: Heavy, poor eye relief, a little color fringing ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Not very good at 200 yards and tripod...well, read on.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on August 12, 2013
This scope works well out to 100 yards, delivering a crisp, bright image that allows easy spotting of small diameter rounds. However, at 200 yards, I needed maximum magnification (60X) and the image was quite gray and it was tough to see small diameter hits on the target. I still gave this a recommend as I believe it will work very well for those who only wish to shoot out to 200 yards, with a tripod modification.
The tripod: This tripod is suitable for cameras. It is not suitable for use at a range. The scope vibrated from muzzle blasts, even when the scope was moved away. I think the scope, even with loss of light gathering, might be acceptable at 200 yards if it is mounted to an actual rigid tripod. Celestron is harming an OK scope by providing s lousy tripod with it.
Pros: excellent up to 100 yards
Cons: marked loss of light gathering at 200 yards, tripod is unacceptable...
Would recommend: Yes
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Works great at the shooting range.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AZ Written on August 12, 2013
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....
Would recommend: Yes
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Good for the price

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MA Written on July 30, 2013
Great value for what it is. The optics are clear and can easily see 308 out to 300yards. 223 can be a bit of a struggle at 200 yards. Eye relief is ok but what is expected in this price range. I would recommend this optics for a budget minded consumer.


Tripod is junk. Wobbles as soon as you touch it. Needs to be replaced. I now use it for my chronograph.
Pros: Price:quality Ratio, lens, easy of use.
Cons: Tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good for the money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, KS Written on July 14, 2013
Great scope, although a little bigger than auseI had anticipated. The tripod, however, was absolutely worthless. Too much movement . I'm using one of my higher quality camera tripods. A good tripod makes the scope shine. I purchased the combo because it was cheaper than buying the scope by itself. Love the scope, though
Pros: Very clear and able to see holes in targets up to 300 yds
Cons: Te tripod is of no value...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron Ultima 80mm

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WI Written on July 13, 2013
I was skeptical but I after receiving the Celestron Ultima 80mm I compared it side by side to my friends Swarovski. The Swarovski was better but not really significantly. The Celestron is a great value.
Pros: Great for the money...
Would recommend: Yes
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Would buy scope again, but not tripod

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, GA Written on May 22, 2013
Scope is great, although adjusting magnification does not feel as smooth as I would like. Maybe just me, but do agree with criticism at 60X...looks pretty good. Tripod is a mismatch for this scope...pretty cheap.
Pros: Scope
Cons: tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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great scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on April 28, 2013
I am using the spotting scope for target shooting. Can easily see .22 caliber at 200 yards. Very clear and easy to focus. Shot .308 at 300 yards and could see those impacts with ease also. The tripod is a little on the light duty side. It holds the scope I'm not afraid of it falling but it doesn't hold the scope steady at high magnification. Even a slight breeze causes a shake. The scope is very well worth more than cost. Very clear and bright at all magnification.
Pros: very clear
Cons: tripod is not very good...
Would recommend: Yes
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you get pretty decent spotting scope for the price

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on April 25, 2013
For the money it works, see .22 bullet holes at 100 yards with black target, 200 yards see 30 caliber holes on white targets, savings for me, no splatter targets.
Pros: clearity
Cons: tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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