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Hello all - Advice for first scope (1 Viewer)


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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,



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Welcome to Birdforum! I am sure you will find lots to interest you here and I hope you enjoy your visits.

I see you've posted in the Scopes forum and am sure you'll get some help there.

delia todd

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Hi Josh and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

I notice you've also posted in the Equipment forum, and have no doubt someone will soon be along with some ideas for you.

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy your time here with us and I'll look forward to hearing your news - Norfolk is a wonderful county for birds isn't it.


United Kingdom
Thank you both! Annoyed I only just found this forum so much advice and seems really friendly.

And yes I am very lucky to live in Norfolk lots of great opportunities very close to home.


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Hi Josh,
Welcome to BF! It is a great community.

No vast experience, but a word of caution.
Scopes are a PIA, albeit a necessary evil when scanning a shoreline or a distant vista.
They are bulky and clunky, need an even more bulky and clunky tripod plus a head with probably incompatible fitting to work properly.
Then their presence detracts from the rest of your birding walk.

So be sure that a scope is what you really want, maybe a better glass would be more useful. But if a scope is the choice, then look carefully at the tripods sub forum and Ebay for possible bargain supports.
The scope should be the accessory on the tripod, not vice versa, because the best scope is useless on a wobbly support..

KC Foggin

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Hi there and a warm welcome to you (y)

We're glad you found us and thanks for taking a moment to say hello. Please join in wherever you like ;)

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