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Spotting Scope Advice (2 Viewers)


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United States
Hello all- I am in the market for my first spotting scope. I recently moved to a waterfront home and want something primarily for viewing waterfowl. I don’t want to jump in at the high-end scopes, something less than $800 is my target. After my research to date, I’ve got two scopes in mind:

Celestron Regal M2 80ED
Hawke Endurance ED 25-75 x 85

The Hawke is running about $100 less than the Celestron. Also the Celestron seems out of stock at most if not all retailers.

I don’t live close to any stores where I could check them out- so I’m probably stuck ordering online and returning if not happy with the example.

Alright you experts! Are there any pros/cons with either of these two that would weigh the selection towards one over the other?

Advice is appreciated!


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first of all, welcome to BF!

I would look at used too, if you can find sth where you are or in the classifieds here... A used Nikon Fieldscope 82 ED with one or two EPs sounds possible inside the budget and those tend to be quite good.

Of the two listed above I would take the Celestron - they come from an astro company who are used to the closer quality requirements of the astro crowd and it also takes 1.25" astro EPs (not all will come to focus at infinity but there are lists out there) so if you later find your favorite magnification, you can easily get a wide angle EP in that magnification.



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