If you cannot decide which spotting scope to buy, this in-depth review of the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope can be a great starting point in finding the best one for you.
If you are looking for a new spotting scope, the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope should be on your list to consider. If you enjoy birdwatching, but your binoculars aren’t quite doing what you need them to do, a spotting scope would be an upgrade. The fact that spotting scopes tend to have larger objective lenses mean that they produce a brighter image, but we will get to that in a minute. Spotting scopes are easier to mount to a tripod as well, making them a stable and easy-to-focus option. If you enjoy hunting, a spotting scope will tend to give you a bit more viewing range (or maybe a lot more), and again, having the option for stability is a huge plus.
Imagine a bird flitting away just as you get your binoculars dialed in and focused, or squinting through your binoculars to see what it was that broke the twig that you heard, only for it to be just far enough out that you can’t tell what it is. It is for these scenarios that a spotting scope is designed (and some others). Another thing that is becoming more popular is digiscoping. This is an activity that involves capturing images with a digital camera through a spotting scope, binoculars, or another optical device. Some spotting scopes, such as the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope, are designed to be attached to a camera for digiscoping. In this in-depth review, we will be looking at the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope. We will cover the features, pros, and cons, the customer sentiments of the scope, and some frequently asked questions. Let’s begin with the features:
Features of the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope
ED Objective Lens
The objective lens is 65mm in diameter. This is quite large for a spotting scope within the price range of the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope. A larger objective lens means that more light enters the body of the scope. More light in the scope means a lot of good things. First of all, it means that the image will be bright and visible, even in low light situations. It also means that there will be more contrast in the image. Another benefit of having a large objective lens is that it is easy to clean and care for. The glass used is called Extra-Low dispersion glass, or ED glass. ED glass can reduce or eliminate chromatic aberration. Chromatic Aberration happens when light is ‘dispersed’ after passing through a prism. This looks like a ‘rainbow effect’ in bright areas of the image. Though it might be pretty, the effect is not desirable when using a spotting scope.
XLT Lens Coatings
The XLT lens coatings used on the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope is designed to allow ultimate light transmission through the lenses, especially when there is not much light available. These coatings are often used on telescopes that are of ‘observatory quality’. The whole idea, again, is that the maximum amount of light is allowed to pass through the lenses and, ultimately, will be used in the creation of the visible image seen from the eyepiece. The coatings make the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope ideal for use in low light. The lenses of this scope are fully multi-coated, meaning that the coating covers the glass from edge-to-edge.
The angled body of this spotting scope is extremely handy. When an optical device has a straight body, it can be difficult to position yourself and the scope in a comfortable way while observing your desired object or target. A scope with an angled body makes it much easier to maneuver yourself and the scope to catch the right viewing angle. This can also save some space if you are planning to use it in the deer stand. It should also be noted that the eyepiece can be rotated to further accommodate awkward angles.
The magnification range of the Regal M2 65 ED has a low-end of 16x and a high end of 48x. This is a very wide range of magnification, and at full power, this scope is quite remarkable. This scope is very good for long-range viewing and can, of course, be used for things a bit closer as well. It is recommended that the tripod is used for stability and to reduce ‘shakiness’, and is especially recommended for use at the higher end of the magnification range. The wide range of magnification makes this scope especially good for hunting or digiscoping. The fact that the eyepiece is also rotatable and can help to work around odd angles is another feature that makes this scope a great digiscoping tool.
Field of View
The field of view of the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope at 1000yds distance ranges from 68ft to 131ft, ensuring that you can see plenty of the surrounding area for contextual information if needed. This is often a need that is overlooked by hunters. When you are looking at a deer or other game animal, being able to see your target’s surroundings will help you to determine location and behaviors accurately and quickly without moving the scope to get the information that you need.
The eyecup of this spotting scope twists into and out of place. This makes for easy packing and easy use. The eyecup is also comfortable and has an eye relief of 20mm. Eye relief is very important. If your eye is required to be extremely close to the lens in the eyepiece, your eyes can become fatigued very quickly. Eye relief of 20mm is a comfortable distance and will not strain your eyes.
The Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting scope is completely waterproof, and not just water-resistant like some models. If water were to get inside of your spotting scope, it would create permanent visibility problems due to internal fogging. This scope, however, is fully waterproof to provide confidence on those wet and dreary days that happen all too often on the hunt.
Tripod Mount and Carrying Case
The carrying case included with this spotting scope will help to protect it while on the trail, in the car, or while it is packed up at home. Another positive aspect of a carrying case is that you can keep all of the components of your scope together to avoid misplacing small eyepieces, the tripod, or other items. There is also a tripod mount included with the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope for stability and accessibility. The mount itself is fully rotatable to make sure that you can get the viewing angle that you need.
Pros and Cons of the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope
- 65mm objective lens for bright images
- ED glass is used for light transmission and color aberration correction
- XLT lens coatings
- Angled body for perfect angles
- Wide range of field of view
- Comfortable on the eyes with eyecup and 20mm eye relief
- Fully waterproof
- Comes with necessary adapter to affix a camera to the scope for digiscoping
- Tripod mount and carrying case included
- Heavy cameras can damage eyepiece
- Some people reported focus problems
- Slightly bulky
Customer Sentiments of the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope
Overall, customers who have purchased the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope are very pleased. The optics are phenomenal, and the scope has many applications of use. The fact that it can be used for digiscoping is a definite crowd-pleaser. The only caveat is that a heavy camera can potentially harm the eyepiece once it is connected. The user should take care to buttress the camera to avoid this. Other than the occasional complaint about bulkiness or problems with figuring out the zoom, people seem to be very pleased. It is also often noted that this scope has great light transmission, crystal clear images, and is fairly good in low light situations. People seem to love this scope unless they have serious space limitations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Spotting Scopes
Q: What magnification do I need for my spotting scope?
A: This, of course, depends on what it is that you intend to do with it. If you will only be birdwatching from your kitchen window, then you probably won’t need a super-powerful magnification. If, however, you are going to be using it to spot targets on your hunting trip, you might need more powerful magnification, especially if you are planning to shoot with a long-range rifle.
Q: How can I keep my camera from damaging my scope?
A: You have several options here. Your first would be to firmly attach the camera and support it from underneath with your hand. This may not allow, however, for the stability that you need for the shot. Another option, (I know it sounds ridiculous), would be to have a secondary tripod to support the camera. If, however, your camera is lightweight, it will most likely not be a problem.
Q: How much money should I spend on my spotting scope?
A: Again, this depends. If you are on a budget, just set your budget and stick with it. There are a lot of factors when it comes to pricing a spotting scope. A few of these factors are the material of the body, the quality of the glass and coatings, the size of the objective lens, and whatever additional functions that you might want. A quick search will show that there are all sorts of gadgets out there. Just set your expectations, set your budget, then do your homework!
Q: Can I use my spotting scope at night?
A: By itself, probably not. The exception would be if you were looking at bright objects such as the moon. It still would not likely be as profound of an experience as you had hoped for. It might be possible, however, to capture photographs while digiscoping at night. Since you can set your camera’s aperture and exposure time, you have a little more control. Though you might not be able to see with your eye at night through the scope, your camera may still be able to get images. This is not to say, however, that this scope can’t be used at dawn or dusk! The lens coatings, glass quality, and objective lens size can help you to see bright, clear images, even when there is only a little bit of available light.
The Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope is a great scope, despite its bulkiness. The image through the scope is bright and clear, thanks to the quality optics, and the waterproof construction makes it a great tag-along on your next hunting trip. One of the coolest features of this scope is that it can be attached to your camera to take close-up pictures from far away. Whether you are into digiscoping or you want to take a picture of the wildlife on your next hunt, this feature is sure to be fun to explore. This scope is also great for birdwatching. Now, you can level up your birdwatching game by taking pictures to document your sightings. The scope itself is of exceptional quality, considering the price, but the tripod will most likely need to be replaced, as the quality does not match that of the scope. All things considered, this scope is awesome. With a little care, it could be your next adventure buddy for years to come. Hopefully, you have learned a little about the Celestron Regal M2 65 ED Spotting Scope in this review and can now decide what spotting scope will work best for you. Happy scoping!