Celestron 60mm straight viewing refractor, 20-60x zoom

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This Celestron 60mm zoom spotting scope has some unexpected extra features to go with its good optical performance, and a sensible price that is perfect for the birder on a budget . . .

Our Product #: C60SZ
Celestron Product #: 52229

Product Description

In addition to the good resolution and light-gathering of its 60mm fully-coated objective lens, this Celestron 60mm refractor zoom spotting scope has some quality features you might not expect at its low price. It is waterproof and comes with a tabletop/cartop tripod, a soft case, and a hard carrying case. We know of no other 60mm spotting scope that beats the price/performance ratio of this Celestron 60mm zoom. This economical straight viewing spotting scope makes good 60mm birding optics affordable for just about everyone.

Optical features of this Celestron scope . . .

60mm objective lens: Its 60mm objective lens provides good resolution and is fully anti-reflection coated (as is the image erecting prism system) for good light transmission and contrast.

Zoom eyepiece: Its 20-60x fully-coated zoom eyepiece has a rolldown rubber eyecup for eyeglass use. Eye relief is specified to be 15mm at 20x and 11mm at 60x. While these figures are technically correct, the actual usable eye relief of this and all other spotting scopes typically measures a mm or two less due to the recessed location of the eyepiece. There will be some minor vignetting of the field for eyeglass wearers.

Close focus: The scope close focuses down to 29'. Not spectacularly close, although looking at a bird through the 60mm Celestron zoom at that distance at 20x would effectively be the same as looking with your unaided eye from a distance of less than 18".
Mechanical features of this scope . . .

Focus knob: The scope's focusing knob is located at the top right front of the prism housing to allow precise focusing with either hand, even while wearing gloves or mittens. It is semi-recessed to resist snagging on clothing or carrying case and is grooved for a sure grip. Magnification is changed by turning a ring at the base of the eyepiece.

Tripod: A fixed height metal tabletop/cartop tripod is standard equipment. It has a standard 1/4"-20 thread mounting bolt that threads into the tripod mount hole on the underside of the scope to hold the scope firmly in place. A simple twist on the pan handle locks and unlocks the tripod head, allowing you to move the scope in any direction to track moving targets. Another twist on the handle locks the scope in place for extended viewing of stationary targets. Rubber-tipped feet on the tripod allow you to use it on car hood or roof without marring the car's finish. In addition, the tripod mount on the underside of the scope allow you to mount the scope on any full-size photo tripod having a standard 1/4"-20 thread mounting bolt.

Waterproof: The Celestron 60mm zoom refractor is waterproof. While it is not guaranteed to be fully submersible, sudden showers or wind-blown ocean spray are no cause for concern.

Cases: A soft case is standard equipment, as is an aluminum frame hard carrying/storage case. Protective slip-on dust covers are provided for both objective lens and eyepiece.

Tech Details

Aperture 60mm
Armored No
Exit Pupil 3mm @ 20x
Eye Relief 15mm @ 20x
Field of view 1000 yards 130' @ 20x, 65' @ 60x
Length 13.6"
Magnification 20-60x
Near Focus 29'
Twilight Factor 34.64 @ 20x
Weight 23 oz.
Warranty Limited Lifetime


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Supplied Accessories

  • Lens cap
  • 20-60x zoom eyepiece
  • Eyepiece dust cap
  • Soft case
  • Hard case
  • Tabletop/cartop tripod