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First scope & tripod advice (1 Viewer)


United Kingdom
Hello I was hoping this would be the place to get some advice from some vast experience.

I have been birding for a while with a pair of old binoculars and now want to take the step up to a scope.

I have done some research but the amount of information can be quite daunting.

I have a budget of around £300 for scope and tripod and was wanting on opinions for a good setup.

So far I am thinking either a celestron ultima 80 or trailseeker 80, are these a good entry point?

As far as tripod I have no clue! Open to any links to good quality used equipment.

Thanks for your help,



Camera Land / Supporting Vendor
Welcome to BF Josh,
Have you looked at offerings from Hawke, Athlon or Konus? IMO, those would be the best available budget minded spotter offerings


United Kingdom
Thank you I haven't looked at any Athlon scopes will do now.

I am struggling more with tripod to be honest. Finding it difficult to compare between.

Is it possible to get a good tripod for under £100?


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yes, a used set of aluminum legs can be had for 25 quid max - if there is a head included, it's most probably not a video head so you might want to look for some used one too... Manfrotto 128RC for smaller scopes, 500AH for full size ones...


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