Celestron Ultima 80mm 20-60x Straight
  • Celestron Ultima 80mm 20-60x Straight

Celestron Ultima 80mm 20-60x Straight Spotting Scope

The Ultima 80 mm offers a step up in aperture from the 65mm, offering 50% brighter images. The 80 mm refractor features excellent multi-coated optics packed into a portable and durable refractor design and it comes standard with a 20-60x zoom eyepiece.

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This series was designed to perform well in a range of viewing situations, making it a great all-around optical instrument. You'll love it for observing nature and long distance spotting and since it is completely waterproof you can feel comfortable using it in extreme weather. The green rubber optical tube allows for subtle observation in any nature environment. Ultima spotters are a great companion for any nature or outdoor enthusiast. Soft carrying case included.


  • 80 mm Refractor Spotting Scope
  • Multi-Coated optics
  • Straight through viewing angle
  • 20-60x zoom eyepiece
  • Sight tube for quick targeting
  • Waterproof
  • Soft carrying case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


Linear Field of View (@1000 yds) 105ft @ 20x 53ft @ 60x
Optical Coatings Multi-Coated
Weight (oz) 57 oz (1616 g)
Accepts filters No
Camera Adaptable Yes

  PDF Specification sheet for filters and dew straps

Celestron product number (straight)  #52254
Warranty: 2 years

Our view

A budget priced 80mm achromatic spotting scope available in both angled and straight through models, that has very low levels of chromatic aberration for an achromat. These Ultima scopes are complete with 20-60X zoom eyepiece only, however, the eyepiece has a t-thread under the rubber eyecup, which can be threaded into a t-adapter for dSLR eyepiece projection photography. As usual with our selection of spotting scopes, there is little else to recommend at or near this price, that has the optical performance of the Ultimas. This is a great choice for a young birder starting out on a budget, or a great second telescope for the glove compartment in the car, for those birds that you see when you have left your main scope and tripod at home. These scopes are also useful for aircraft spotting. They are light enough to be hand held at lower magnifications at an airshow or outside an airbase, and only require a lightweight tripod for greater stability. Although not filled with nitrogen gas, these scopes can still be used in the rain. The vulnerable joins on the scope body are sealed with an oiled rubber o-ring.


For aircraft spotting without a tripod, choose the straight through model. Its easier to follow a moving aircraft if the orientation of the head is the same as the axis of the scope. For birding, if most of your time will be spent in hides, choose the straight .


Data sheet

Optical Coatings
Multi Coated
Objective Lens Diameter
The most important feature?
Digiscoping with a DSLR Camera

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