Celestron, well known as an astronomical telescope maker, is ready to raise the bar on sport optics, with new product lines and accessories. Celestron has binoculars, spotting scopes, and accessories designed for every archer’s, birder’s, and hunter’s lifestyle and budget.
Assembled in the USA from Japanese optical components, Celestron’s new Echelon line ($789.95-899.95) are of large aperture porro binocular design, optimized for long-range glassing and lowlight viewing , each of the three rugged models—available with 10x, 16x, and 20x magnifications—features massive 70 mm objective lenses with fully multi-coated optics (utilizing Celestron’s proprietary XLT coating), BaK-4 prisms, and a large exit pupil, providing sharp clarity and maximum light transmission, in the dimmest lighting conditions. Outside, the fully waterproof, nitrogen-purged, rubber-armored aluminum housing withstands rough use in all elements. All Echelon models come with a waterproof hard case for maximum protection, along with a padded neoprene neck strap for comfort during long viewing sessions.
Introduced in 2013, the budget-friendly Nature DX line quickly garnered accolades. For 2014, the popular line gains three new large-aperture, tripod-adaptable roof prism models in versatile 8x, 10x, and 12x magnifications, all with 56 mm objective lenses and a 9.8’ close focus . The trio has the same great features found on the other Nature DX products ($94.95-219.95), including fully multi-coated optics, phase-coated BaK-4 prisms, metal twist-up eyecups, completely waterproof, nitrogen-purged polycarbonate housing—and, affordable pricing.
Celestron debut a pair of 1.25” spotting scope eyepieces:
The Wide Angle Eyepiece reveals a wide field of view for quick subject acquisition, as well as 20 mm of eye relief and a twist-up eyecup for comfortable viewing. The Wide Angle Eyepiece provides magnification of 26x (on a 65 mm scope), 32x (80 mm scope), and 36x (100 mm scope).
The Long Eye Relief (LER) model sports an extended eye relief of 32 mm and a removable rubber eyecup, ideal for use with protective eyewear. The wide field of view is also helpful in pinpointing far-off subjects. The LER Eyepiece provides magnification of 22x (on a 65 mm scope), 27x (80 mm scope), and 30x (100 mm scope).
Each eyepiece features proprietary XLT fully multi-coated optics for maximum light transmission—creating bright images with increased resolution and contrast—as well as being completely waterproof and nitrogen-purged to withstand the elements. They’re also digiscoping-ready: simply remove the eyecup to expose the threads, then attach a T-thread adapter ring (Wide Angle Eyepiece only) and T- ring (not included). Both eyepieces come with a storage pouch for added security.
Celestron’s Regal M2 80ED receives an upgrade aimed especially at target shooting enthusiasts. The Regal M2 LER kit pairs the high-end Regal M2 80ED spotting scope with the new 27x Long Eye Relief (LER) eyepiece that offers 32 mm of eye relief, making the scope easy and comfortable to use while wearing shooting glasses and without needing to move out of the shooting position. The kit also comes with a new stay-on carrying case that allows the spotting scope to be mounted on a tripod while still in the case for extra protection.
The above products join the existing Granite ED ($389.95-449.95) Trailseeker ($219.95-249.95), Cavalry ($99.95-249.95), Oceana ($149-95-159.95), Skymaster ($79,95-369.95), Cypress ($69.95-99.95), Outland X ($49.95-84.95) binocular series
The new TrailSeeker tripod is a lightweight aluminum tripod with a ¼-20 standard thread mount that will accommodate spotting scopes, binoculars, and cameras. Its two-way fluid pan head ensures smooth, fast spotting and tracking with its large range of motion and single-tension pan and tilt adjustment. Flip lever leg locks, multiple leg angles, rubber feet, padded leg wraps, and a retractable balance hook make it adaptable for all types of terrain and weather conditions. The quick-release plate helps you set up and break down in seconds, and it all neatly folds up into the included carrying case.
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