Celestron Regal M2 LER 27x80 ED Spotting Scope is a rifleman's dream
and would be a great choice for anyone who wears glasses while spotting.
The eye relief is 32mm which means I can look at targets comfortably
with my prescription safety glasses on, and without jostling the scope.
It's important to note that the eyepiece comes with a long rubber eyecup
installed which isn't glasses friendly, however included in the box is a
very short alternate rubber eyecup for wearers of glasses that goes on
and protects the lens of your glasses from scratching on metal. That's
the ticket. The longer installed eyecup is meant for when not wearing
Being a photographer I thought seriously of buying an
adapter to allow me to use my Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens as a spotting
scope, but I'm glad I didn't because although that's fine glass, it
wouldn't have had the eye relief and it weighs a ton. This scope,
although big, is quite light due to the magnesium body. I've read that
it's a full pound lighter than the previous version due to changing from
aluminum alloy to magnesium.
I also have a Barska 20-60x60 scope
so that my nephew and I can watch each other shoot and make derisive
remarks regarding marksmanship, and that's a fine scope for the money,
but here's what you get for the higher price of this scope.
Rotating mount. This is useful if you want to have your eyepiece at an
angle just to the left of your rifle. Makes it so you barely have to
move your head to see how you're doing on the target. This also allows
you to use a medium tripod with the vertical tube inserted upside down
so that you can hang it underneath and get it right down on a high
shooting bench. I use a Sinclair bench clamp with this which works great
at my range, but it's nice to have options.
- ED glass.
Minimized vignetting and virtually no chromatic aberration distortion.
Crisp and clear all the way with no crazy prismatic colors messing up
your view. Outstanding light collection in dark-ish conditions to boot.
Excellent focus control. One knob for big changes and another for fine
adjustment. The fine adjustment knob is easy to turn with just a
fingertip on the fly without displacing the scope.
- With this
particular model made for shooters, you get a very nice zipper case
which can be left on at all times. It has a zippered relief hole for
mounting and can be peeled away at both ends, then the peeled parts can
be velcroed out of the way. Smart design.
- This will vary from
user to user, but I can easily see 30-06 holes on paper at 200 yards
with my middle-aged vision, which is iffy even with glasses, but even
worse using the Barska. Dialing in more magnification with the Barska
doesn't help because it's more a function of clarity, which suffers
greatly on inexpensive scopes at high magnification. My nephew does
better with the Barska than I do, but he's got younger eyeballs.
was a friend's far more expensive Kowa ED glass spotting scope with an
LER eyepiece that got me wondering if I could do well on my budget, so I
took a chance and I think I did fine. I haven't done a side-by-side A/B
comparison, but I'm sure this scope will compare well.