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Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope

Item# CELE078
 
4.5

(30 Ratings)

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Description

Ultima's the ultimate all-around scope!


The entry-level instrument in a fine series of spotting scopes, the Ultima 65 18-55x65mm spotter is the ultimate in multi-coated optics packed into a portable and durable refractor design. It features an 18-55x-zoom eyepiece and is available in both angled and straight body designs.


Designed to perform well in a range of viewing situations - from astronomical to terrestrial - it's a great all-around spotter. Indoors or out, you'll find it great for observing nature, for spotting shots on the range and even for viewing the mysteries of space.


The Ultima 65's green, metal, optical tube allows for stealthy observation in any natural environment. That makes the Ultima a great companion for the nature or outdoor enthusiast. The Ultima 65 is truly the ultimate in efficiency and design!


High Performance Features:

  • Multi-coated optics
  • 18-55x-zoom eyepiece
  • Sight tube for quick targeting
  • Waterproof to handle all weather conditions
  • Limited lifetime warranty


The 18-55x65 Ultima spotting scopes also comes with a limited lifetime warranty to give the ultimate in protection. You'll get a lifetime's performance from the Ultima 65.

Shipping Restrictions:
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Size

Mid-Size Spotting Scopes

Eye Relief

18mm @18x

Waterproof

Yes

Features

Waterproof , Zoom Lens

Type

Angled

Magnification

18-55x

Brand

Celestron

Objective Lens Diameter

65mm

Field of View at 1000 Yards

89ft.@18x-38ft. @55ft.

Angular Field of View

1.7 Degrees-.73 Degrees

Close Focusing Distance

20ft.@ 18x

Length (in)

13 Inches

Spotting Scopes Series

Celestron Ultima Spotting Scopes

Scope Type

Angled

Spotting Scope Size

Mid-Size

International Shipping

Canada

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Customer Reviews

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Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong magnification (10)
  • Bright eyepiece (9)
  • Sensitivity controls (9)
  • Quality lenses (7)
  • Strong construction (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (9)
    • Bright conditions (8)
    • Bird watching (6)
    • Shooting (6)
    • Low visibility (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (21), Avid adventurer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Reviewed by 30 customers

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    4.0

    Good scope for the money

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Decent Viewfinder
    • Not Too Heavy
    • Strong Magnification

    Cons

    • Poorly Illuminated
    • Very Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Birdwatching
    • Bright Conditions

    Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

    I bought this as my first scope, and I still own it. I do not use it all the time, but when I do need it, it is indispensable. I bring it along when I go birdwatching near the coast so I can see birds off the shore. It is helpful anytime the target bird is a bit too far off to be seen well with binoculars, but I strongly prefer binoculars when looking at closer birds.
    This scope makes a very good first scope. It's very easy to use and is pretty durable. (I have accidentally knocked it over while it was on my tripod; the tripod broke, the scope was undamaged.) I like the viewfinder a lot; unlike some scopes, which have none, it makes it very easy to find things quickly. It does the job very well for the price, but there are some drawbacks.
    1. The image is very dark at full zoom even in bright light.
    2. The field of view decreases drastically as you zoom in.
    3. Light dispersion is present, especially when using the scope to look at stars and planets, but is not too bad.
    4. The focus knob is incredibly slow. By this I mean I have to turn it a good many times to focus it. This can be very annoying when trying to focus it on a moving bird.
    5. I don't like how when the eyepiece is removed and put in its case, the only thing that protects the inside of the scope is a flimsy, loose little rubber cap. I lost mine quickly, and now I use a ziploc bag.
    The fact is, you could probably get a much better scope for an extra $100-200, but for the price it is very good.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Spotting

    By Garrison

    from NORTH LAS VEGAS,NV

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright Eyepiece
    • Sensitivity Controls
    • Strong Magnification

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Shooting

      Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

      I love how I used it at the range and works very well.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Excellent, worthwhile scope

      By Birder

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Pros

      • Can Use With Glasses
      • Excellent Value
      • Good eye relief
      • Guaranteed
      • Inexpensive
      • Not Too Heavy
      • Sighting Hole Easy To Use
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Blurry Edges In Low Light
      • Eyepiece Falls Off

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Birding
      • Bright Conditions

      Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

      This is an excellent spotting scope. You can't beat it with anything under $300 or more, I would imagine! I know I said that it has blurry edges of images in low lighting, but this is a very small thing and no big deal at all. Excellent for a first purchase. Overall wonderful scope.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Easy to use and portable

      By Red Deb

      from aurora ne

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sensitivity Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bright Conditions

        Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

        outdoor bird watching

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        nice scope

        By debbie9001

        from Alderson, WV

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching

          Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

          Very good scope for the money. Used it to zoom in
          on nesting pair of Bald eagles at 1/4 mile away
          and the image was very clear.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Spotting Scope

          By cappy

          from south jersey

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

            Purchased this scope for my son and we love it.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Up Close & Personal

            By BeerNuts

            from Palmer Lake, CO

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • No Eyepiece Lens Cap
            • No Objective Sun Shade

            Best Uses

            • Bird Watching
            • Hunting
            • Low Visibility
            • Target Spotting Scope

            Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

            Pro:

            This scope is primarily to be used for spotting targets. I like that it has quality BaK-4 porro prisms, assuring better light transmission and the 65 mm objective lens. Most spotting scopes in this price range seem to come with the BaK-7 prism which has lower light transmission. I find that the scope is clear from edge to edge and has an easily detachable eyepiece with a separate storage case. The soft case will accommodate the scope with the eyepiece attached. The focus knob works smoothly with enough resistance to retain the setting. The zoom eyepiece works easily over the full range. The inclusion of an aiming sight tube, next to the eyepiece, is a nice touch not found on most scopes. This helps to quickly acquire the target.

            Con:

            I am concerned that there is not an extendable lens shade for the objective. I will be in bright conditions mostly. My at-home test, in bright sunshine, did not present a problem with the sun high and slightly ahead of the scope. A sunshade is not an option from Celestron but I did easily make a 4" one from a black plastic report cover and some Velcro. The lack of a sunshade may give away a hunters position to the quarry.

            The only other gripe that I have is that the eyepiece does not have a lens-cap which seems to be standard equipment on the other scopes I considered. This is important, to me, as dusty conditions on the range will contaminate the eyepiece without the cap. Even in the scope storage case with eyepiece attached, a lens cap should be standard practice. Both of these gripes were conveyed to Celestron with the usual non-responsive reply received. Probably computer generated response.

            Conclusion:

            As with all spotting scopes used at high power, the addition of a sturdy tripod is mandatory for best results. The Vortex or Bushnell "shooters stand" table-top tripod or maybe the Vanguard "lite 1" should be adequate for shooters use but the Vortex and similar Bushnell also have issues. The Celestrons lack of a tripod, which many spotting scope manufacturers include, was not an issue because these freebie pods are generally flimsy and not suitable, at least in my opinion.

            For the money, < $120, this scope is an excellent value and I highly recommend it. The gripes are small and can be overcome as necessary.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Scoppe

            By Brian the Birder

            from Champaign, Illinois

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Bird Watching

              Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

              This scope was a great value. Nice views, relatively compact. I'd use a medium weight tripod with it to ensure the steadiest possible views.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very good scope

              By CoSCCW

              from Colorado Springs, CO

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Quality Lenses
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bright Conditions
                • Low Visibility
                • Shooting

                Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

                Very high quality scope, at 150 yards it still has a very clear image. highly recommend

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Deep range of vision, deeply appreciated

                By Pennsylvania Bird Fan

                from Shillington, PA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Angled
                • Clarity
                • Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bird Watching
                  • Hiking/Backpacking
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope:

                  For the beginner, this scope gives you more than its money's-worth. The clarity provided by the excellent lenses heped me check out a BALD EAGLE's nest from across a river without disturbing its habitat! Awesome!

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                  Customer Q & A

                  Q1: You have the eye relief listed as 18. Is this 18 centimeters or 1.8 inches?

                  A: The eye relief on this scope is 18mm (millimeters).

                  Q2: Please tell me the weight of this scope.

                  A: The Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope weighs 2.2lbs.

                  Q3: Can this scope be used easily while wearing eye glasses?

                  A: Yes, the Celestron Ultima 18-55x65 Spotting Scope has a long eye relief of 18mm and would be very easy to use with eyeglasses.

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