Meta: If you think you need a new spotting scope, or perhaps your first, you should check out this in-depth review of the Celestron Landscout 10 30×50 Spotting Scope to see if it is what you are looking for.
Spotting scopes like the Celestron Landscout 10 30×50 Spotting Scope have a variety of applications. The most common of them are hunting and birdwatching. If you enjoy birdwatching, you probably already know that binoculars can only do so much. While some birds may have no fear of coming up to your feeder outside of your kitchen window, a lot of them keep their distance from the bustle of a home. You have to seek them out, and even then, it can be difficult to get close. A spotting scope can get you up close and personal (thanks to zoom and stability) without the risk of spooking them.
If you are a hunter, sometimes you will need to survey the surrounding area more thoroughly than you would be able to with a monocular or your binoculars to see your target approaching from far off. The earlier you spot your target, the more time you will have to set up your shot and prepare for the kill.
Whether birdwatching or hunting, a spotting scope can help to close the gap between you and the animal that you seek out, without requiring that you get any closer than you have to. In this thorough review, we will be going over the Celestron Landscout 10 30×50 Spotting Scope. We will look at the features of the scope, some pros and cons, what people think about the Celestron Landscout, and some frequently asked questions. Let’s start with the features:
Features of the Celestron Landscout 10 30×50 Spotting Scope
This spotting scope has a magnification range of 10x to 30x. This means that objects or animals, nearby or far away, are no problem for the Celestron Landscout. Being able to use a magnification of 10x will allow for the viewing of closer targets in incredible detail. Being able to do this can enhance your understanding of the particular scenario and keep close tabs on exactly what your target is doing. Being able to magnify your image up to 30x will allow for the spotting of objects or animals from far away. Being able to do both or rest somewhere in the middle is a great feature.
The objective lens of the Celestron Landscout is 50mm. With such a diameter, plenty of light is allowed into the body of the scope. With more light in the body of the scope, your image will be brighter, clearer, and have better color fidelity.
Fully Coated Lenses
The lenses used in the Celestron Landscout are fully coated, meaning that the glass has been covered to protect it from scratches or scrapes as well as for anti-reflectivity. When light passes through a lens, some of the light is inevitably reflected off. Fully coated lenses absorb more light. In other words, more light is allowed to pass through a lens that is coated versus a lens that is not. The more light that is allowed into the body of the scope, the brighter the image will be. Coated lenses also provide more color fidelity, better contrast, and more clarity. With coated lenses, a spotting scope will perform better in low light scenarios as well. Since big game animals are on the move at dawn or dusk, having this extra time can be extremely valuable for hunters.
Eye relief is the distance at which your eye should be from the first lens to see the image at its peak quality. The eye relief of the Celestron Landscout is 14mm to 18mm. This means that your eye(s) will have ample room and will thus not become quickly fatigued. The eyecup of this scope is also padded so that your eye does not have to rest on hard plastic or other rough materials to be in the right position for viewing. People often overlook the importance of comfort when it comes to looking through a scope. If your eyes become fatigued early in the hunt, it will make spotting your target and aiming much more difficult when the time comes.
Field of View
Having a field of view that can encompass a variety of sizes of areas is also important. If you want to see details of the target or desired object or animal, you will typically have a smaller field of view when you use a high magnification setting, and a larger field of view when using a lower magnification. Some field of view must be maintained at any magnification so that you don’t miss out on important contextual information. This is especially true while hunting. The Celestron Landscout 10 30×50 Spotting Scope has a field of view ranging from 89ft at 1000yds to 168ft at 1000yds, ensuring that you keep up with important details throughout your image.
The Celestron Landscout is water-resistant, meaning that moderate amounts of rain or other moisture will not pose a problem. It is not waterproof, however, and should be protected from large amounts of rain or other moisture. The fact that it is water-resistant is a great thing because the weather on a hunting trip is seldom ideal, and your equipment should be built to survive the challenges of your journey.
Case and Tripod Included
The ability to affix your scope to a tripod is a must. Since the magnification can be quite powerful, keeping focused on a long-distance target is tricky unless your scope can be grounded to reduce movement or tremors. The Celestron Landscout can be easily mounted to the tripod that comes with it. The tripod conveniently folds into a small, packable, size and is lightweight for carrying. A soft case is also included to provide additional protection for your scope and tripod.
The dial used to make focus adjustments is extra-large in size, making it simple to use and precise. The focusing knob also has a rubber grip so that it is easy to use with sweaty hands, with or without gloves. The only thing to look out for is that this style of focus adjustment has room enough for small particles to enter. With care, this can be prevented.
Pros and Cons of the Celestron Landscout 10 30×50 Spotting Scope
- Ample magnification with a range of 10x to 30x
- Fully coated optical lenses
- 50mm objective lens
- 14mm to 18mm eye relief
- 89ft to 168ft field of range at 1000yds
- Case and tripod included
- Fine-tuning focus dial with rubber grip
- Tripod is not of high quality
- Focus is finicky
What do Customers Think of the Celestron Landscout?
People agree that the price is nearly unbeatable. For the money, you couldn’t expect anything more. It is also a commonly held opinion, though, that the low-cost is not reflected in the quality. People tend to feel as though the optics are of great quality and that the scope works well in any lighting situation. Another aspect of the Celestron Landscout that people appreciate is the lightweight construction and packability. It is, after all, important that you can carry your new gear the distance required to use it. The rotating tripod mount is a crowd-pleaser as well. What makes the tripod mount a noteworthy feature, however, is the angled eyepiece. The angled body of the scope makes for comfortable viewing as well as ease of use. This coupled with the rotating mount makes this scope very convenient. The rubber-ringed adjustment ‘wheel’ is also appreciated by customers. Commonly, people use their gloves while hunting, and the focus is easy to turn with or without the use of gloves. It is the entire magnification and zooming setup that people like about this scope. Though some have said that the focus is finicky, the overall user-friendliness is great, and the image is fairly easy to ‘dial-in’ to create a crisp and clear picture. Since you can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a spotting scope, this really is a great little scope for the price. Even at a low price, customers tend to agree that it is an investment worth the money.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spotting Scopes
Q: Is water-resistant the same as waterproof?
A: No. While a water-resistant product can handle some amount of moisture such as splashes or light rain, it can still be damaged by water, and care should be taken to keep your scope dry. When water finds its way inside of your scope, it will greatly affect it. The water will evaporate and condense over and over again with nowhere to escape, resulting in a permanent interior fogging problem.
Q: How big should my objective lens be?
A: A quality spotting scope will have a large objective lens. Though the bigger the lens, the more expensive (typically) that the spotting scope will be, it is worth the investment. Anything larger than 45mm will let in a great amount of light. The more light that enters the body of the scope, the better the image will be. Since the Celestron Landscout has an objective lens of 50mm, the light that it can use is plenty for a bright image in several lighting conditions.
Q: What do coated lenses do? Aren’t there a lot of different kinds of coatings?
A: There are several benefits of coated lenses. The most common lens coatings are there to prevent light reflection and to protect the lenses. The more light that is reflected off of the glass, the darker and less clear your image will be. There are also waterproof coatings and coatings to correct phasing. Phasing occurs when an image is refracted back and forth in the body of the scope and the refracted images become misaligned or ‘out of phase’. A few other things that coating can help to eliminate are aberration and dispersion.
Q: If something is waterproof, is it fog proof too?
A: Unfortunately, no. Scopes that are fog proofed are usually either argon-purged or filled with dry nitrogen gas. This means that the inside of the scope is pressurized with a gas that is dense enough that it does not easily accept water molecules, but not so dense that it affects visibility. Scopes that are fog proof are impervious to rapid, outdoor temperature changes that could, under normal circumstances, cause glass optics to fog up with condensation.
This little spotting scope is super for the price. It would only be better if it were fully waterproof and fog proof. If, however, the proper care is taken to keep it dry, this little guy can last a long time. The 50mm objective lens is nice because it lets in an ample amount of light, thus keeping the image quality bright and clear. The rotating tripod mount is a sweet feature as well. Being able to stabilize it while also using the angled body style is very nice. If you are looking for an inexpensive spotting scope that will provide quality images without breaking the bank, the Celestron Landscout is a great choice.
What sets this scope apart from other spotting scopes is the quality of the optics considering the price. Spotting scopes with fully coated lenses are typically in a much higher price range. Again, coated optics greatly reduce the amount of light that is reflected off of the surface of the glass. The better the coating, the more efficient the lenses are at absorbing and using the available light. For the cost of this scope, you could not ask for a brighter or clearer image. Hopefully, this in-depth review has given you a good look at the Celestron Landscout and has helped you to determine whether it should be your next spotting scope.