Solid Scope for the money.
on March 8, 2017
Purchased for spotting rifle targets up to 300 meters and limited digiscoping.
and finish are excellent. All controls work smoothly and positively.
No chromatic aberration seen during day, desert conditions. Lens cover
and eyepiece cover feel robust and attach firmly to the scope to protect
the glass. Can see individual leaves on trees over 400 yards away at
60x with no apparent image degradation. Some folks reported problems
with the nylon storage bag; however, mine fits perfectly.
minor gripe is that the zoom function on the eyepiece twists
counterclockwise (left relative to the user) to increase, which is
counter-intuitive to me. All my other zoom riflescopes and binos twist
right/clockwise to increase magnification. Not enough to remove a star,
it just threw me the first time I tried to zoom and wondered why the
ring wouldn't turn.
Still need to try it in overcast, twilight
and night conditions, and run a star test to fully evaluate the scope.
However, I'm happy with it and confident it will more than meet my needs
for a spotting scope.
Excellent long range spotter with a fantastic price and excellent optics as well
I compared the M2 Regal 100 ED side by side with a Vortex Razor,
Swarovski and Leupold on my private 300 yard range as well as long range
spotting (1.5 miles). All I can say it the Celestron Regal M2 100 ED
compares very favorably, considering it's retail price (much lower than
the others and way below the Swarovski.
I was able to discern the printing (small print on a standard sized
target at 300 yards (and read it easily) with the Regal (barring the
usual thermal abberation). 22 caliber prints on the target at 300 yards
were easily seen.
The dual focus knobs allow quick focusing and then the fine knob brings
the image to fine focus. The scope came with a well made zippered case
that you can leave on all the time (has a bottom zippered opening to
allow fixing to your tripod.
I had read elsewhere that at maximum magnification (65X) there was some
vignetting around the edges of the image. I had none. The image was
clear at the edges as well as the center.
The long range test was at 1.5 miles on a fixed object (farm house). I
was able to distinguish clearly (barring thermal abberation again), a
hose bib on the side of the house at 1.5 miles, this unit is well suited
for game spotting at extreme distance.
The eyepiece mount is industry standard 1.5" so any eyepiece from and
manufacturer will fit, but the supplied 25-65 eyepiece is excellent at
all magnification ranges. It comes with a twist up rubber eyepiece cap
that works well and a useless T adapter, if you want to 'phone-skope',
get an aftermarket phone mount.
The scope comes with a very substantial (aluminum) screw on eyepiece
cover, something the others lack (except the Swarovski). On the down
side, it's heavy and requires a substantial tripod to stabilize it. The
objective lens cover is not tethered so it can be misplaced and the
retractable sunshade has a useless coarse object locating feature I
totally disregard. The Regal is only offered with an angled eyepiece (I
prefer a straight eyepiece) but in defense of the Regal, you can rotate
the body of the scope in it's mount, to any viewing angle you prefer,
so you can use it on a car window mount with limitations.
I also ships with a balance rail (that I do not use). Attachment to a
substantial tripod negates the balance rail and added weight. I suggest
(for a tripod), the Celestron Regal tripod, it's well capable of
handling the weight of the scope and had what I consider an excellent 3
axis fluid pan and elevation.
Don't expect stability (with this spotter) attached to a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, won't happen.
For the price point, it's an excellent optic. Heavy compared to a
lesser (smaller objective) optic, but on the plus side, the larger the
objective, the better low light gathering capabilities a spotter will
I recommend it for long range spotting as well as range use. Hard to beat the image quality for the price point.