When you first take the Celestron Regal 65 F-ED spotting scope out the box, you will notice how solid the build quality is. By no means the lightest spotter on the market. At 1.8kg, it is the same weight as many 80mm spotting scopes, but this is a reflection on a scope that is built to last.
Its not just about build quality to justify the high price. The optics are superb. This scope in my opinion will easily outperform the Ultima 100ED. The over sized eyepiece gives edge to edge sharpness with virtually no false colour. Unlike cheaper 65mm scopes, there is very little fall off in quality at higher magnifications.
A bonus with the Regal range is that they accept astronomical 1.25″ eye pieces.
Good news for spectacle wearers with very long eye relief. Without glasses on, I found I could keep the twist eye cup fully out at highest power. There is no internal reflection to aid high contrast.
Another plus point is they really look the part with an attractive body design.
Highly recommended spotting scope