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Old Monday 30th June 2014, 22:22   #101
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I just bit the bullet and purchased the 13 mm. Baader Hyperion.

WOW! I don't have complaints against the quality of the provided zoom at the price, but the view at about 30x (assuming that the 65 mm. Regal M2 has a focal length of 384 mm) goes to the next price level, certainly. At 120 euro it's a really worth upgrade.

The image is much brighter (I would dare to say a whole f-stop, but it's a rough estimate, I didn't made any measurements) and the contrast is certainly better.

And for watching distant shore birds when you will be keeping the magnification to the maximum, so I don't think I will miss the zoom.

I guess I will dare to try one of the larger magnifications, the result has been really encouraging.
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Old Tuesday 1st July 2014, 21:07   #102
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Has anyone compared the Celestron Regal M2 80ED to a Pentax PF-80 ED spotting scope..?
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Old Tuesday 1st July 2014, 22:06   #103
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Has anyone compared the Celestron Regal M2 80ED to a Pentax PF-80 ED spotting scope..?
I have the 100mm Celestron F-ED and I like using my Pentax 20mm Pentax XW eyepieces in both. I like the view a little better in the in the Pentax with higher contrast but I also like the angled Celestron . Here is a photo of them side by side with 20mm Pentax XWs in each and a video of the Celestron.
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Old Tuesday 1st July 2014, 22:57   #104
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I have the 100mm Celestron F-ED and I like using my Pentax 20mm Pentax XW eyepieces in both. I like the view a little better in the in the Pentax with higher contrast but I also like the angled Celestron . Here is a photo of them side by side with 20mm Pentax XWs in each and a video of the Celestron.
https://vimeo.com/38310601
Thanks Jogiba,
I own a Celestron M2 80mm scope and have been offered a new Pentax 80ED for a very low price. I was thinking of getting my dad the Pentax, but if it is better than the Celestron, then he can have the Celestron scope with a new BH 17mm eyepiece .... ( great video by the way )

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Old Tuesday 1st July 2014, 23:08   #105
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I have the 100mm Celestron F-ED and I like using my Pentax 20mm Pentax XW eyepieces in both. I like the view a little better in the in the Pentax with higher contrast but I also like the angled Celestron . Here is a photo of them side by side with 20mm Pentax XWs in each and a video of the Celestron.
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One other thing,.. when you attach the 20mm XW eyepiece on to the Pentax scope, how sharp would you say the views are beyond say 300 meters..? As Id like some advice on the best Pentax eyepiece to use for long distance birding, scanning hikers and raptors on the nearby mountains, with the Pentax 80ED scope.

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I have used this scope off and on this spring and summer. I am very happy with the quality and understand the good reviews this scope has received. The view is sharp and bright. I do not see the purple fringing that I saw when looking at bright snow in the winter. I am sure it is still there under the same conditions but I am happy with the scope overall. I paid around $500 for the Regal M2 80ED (I forget now if it was a Black Friday special or some Christmas special).

I am getting great close-up looks at bald eagles on the nest and peregrine falcons from far away. The view is great. As I am looking thru the scope and the quality, I keep thinking about doing some digi-scoping. Is the Celestron Universal adapter the best tool or are there other options? I plan to use small point and shoot cameras like the Panasonic LX-7.
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I have used this scope off and on this spring and summer. I am very happy with the quality and understand the good reviews this scope has received. The view is sharp and bright. I do not see the purple fringing that I saw when looking at bright snow in the winter. I am sure it is still there under the same conditions but I am happy with the scope overall. I paid around $500 for the Regal M2 80ED (I forget now if it was a Black Friday special or some Christmas special).

I am getting great close-up looks at bald eagles on the nest and peregrine falcons from far away. The view is great. As I am looking thru the scope and the quality, I keep thinking about doing some digi-scoping. Is the Celestron Universal adapter the best tool or are there other options? I plan to use small point and shoot cameras like the Panasonic LX-7.
I appreciate that this thread is about the Celestron Regal M2 ED series but I wonder if anyone has been able to compare the Celestron M2's to what must be a close competitor, the Hawke Endurance ED series - 68mm and 85, also built in China for a European company, UK this time not US. Both brands are in the same middle sector of the market.
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I appreciate that this thread is about the Celestron Regal M2 ED series but I wonder if anyone has been able to compare the Celestron M2's to what must be a close competitor, the Hawke Endurance ED series - 68mm and 85, also built in China for a European company, UK this time not US. Both brands are in the same middle sector of the market.
Hi Jonathan,
Ive not been able to compare my Celestron Regal M2 ED 80mm against a Hawke Endurance ED scope, but Im sure someone on here will have.
On a side note, I have a Hawke rifle scope on my .22 Weihrauch air rifle and the view is always very sharp.
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