Celestron LandScout 10-30×50 Spotting Scope – Fogproof – Zoom
- Fully Coated Optics: Increased light transmission for bright, sharp images.
- Compact, Lightweight: Portable and packable, so you can take it on any excursion out in the field or on the range.
- Rotating tripod mount: Place the orientation of the eyepiece in the best viewing position for application.
- 10-30x Zoom Eyepiece: Adjustable magnification – wide field of view for general viewing or detailed up-close viewing when needed. Rubber grip for easy magnification adjustment.
- Large focus wheel with rubber grip: Easily focus on the subject, even when wearing gloves.
The LandScout 50mm Spotting Scope is easy-to-use and perfect for any outdoor activity. The compact, lightweight design is ideal for carrying with you on a backpacking trip or hiking excursion.
LandScout is also the perfect spotting scope to bring with you to an indoor or outdoor shooting range. You’ll be able to quickly set up this spotting scope and use the 10-30x zoom to get in close to the action.
Although it’s an affordable, entry-level spotting scope, the LandScout features multi-coated optics and provides bright, sharp views. Also makes a great backup scope when you don’t want to carry a larger, heavier scope.
Specification: Celestron LandScout 10-30×50 Spotting Scope – Fogproof – Zoom
|Dimensions||9 × 5 × 3 in|
Dr. Clive R. Bagshaw –
I bought this spotting scope because it is small and lightweight and fits in my day-pack for hiking and birding trips. I have a 20-60x 80 Opticron scope that cost 10 times as much, but with the added weight of a tripod I rarely use it. Overall, I was very impressed with the Celestron 12-36x x 60 scope. In the field it definitely helps to see detail that I cannot make out with my binoculars. I carried out a side-by-side comparison against the Opticron for reading newspaper print 50 feet away. The Opticron has better image quality as one would hope for the price tag, but the Celestron was quite impressive. A number of limitations have been pointed out by other reviewers. The focus ring is a little stiff to turn – the main problem is that, even on a fairly sturdy tripod, there is slight movement of the scope while turning focus. At the highest magnification, one has to turn the ring incrementally and check the focus a each point. This adds a few seconds to the focusing procedure which may or may not be critical for wildlife watching. The eye-relief is fine for me but may be a problem for spectacle users. The close focusing distance is a bit longer than other scopes, but in practice one would likely switch to binoculars at this point. The supplied tripod is not much use for the telescope since it requires a table of the right height. However , when mounted with a camera, the tripod is useful for table-top photography.In another comparison with the Opticron, I tried taking pictures of the moon with a hand-held digital camera resting against the eyepiece. I noted that while the Opticron gave a 3x larger image on going from 20x to 60x setting, the Celestron gave only a about a 2.1 fold magnification on going from the 12x to 36x setting. Comparison with the Opticron image size, suggested the 12x setting was accurate but the 36x as closer to 26x magnification (photos attached: do not judge image quality since exposure was difficult to control on my camera and it is hand held, but the relative diameters are meaningful). I checked with the Celestron Technical Department about this apparent discrepancy and they assured me the zoom settings were accurate, but they said they do not reveal their calibration procedure as a matter of policy. So I will leave it to the reader to interpret my findings. For my purposes the magnification range is fine as anything over 30x is often limited by atmospheric conditions. A 26x scope in my daypack is infinitely more useful than a 60x scope left at home.
Would be a 5 star review considering the optics quality. On that note, the quality of optics for the price are absolutely fantastic. Sure you could spend hundreds or even thousands more on a spotting scope if you really needed top notch clarity in the field for spotting animals at long distances, photo imaging at long distances and so on. “Not why I purchased this scope and shouldn’t be why you would purchase this scope”! Purely a range scope for spotting target holes out to 300 yards so why spend hundreds if not thousands on an “extreme” quality scope? Very clear optics and does the job just fine. The scope is light and small enough that if you wanted to carry it in the field it would be easy enough and I would not hesitate. The build quality is and seems to be very good. The small table top tripod is very sturdy and well built although I use a standard tripod most of the time. I would not hesitate to take this on a trip to Yellowstone or any other national park as a spotter out to under 500 yards and I will surely consider taking it on my next scouting trip. For the price it’s truly a great value, does it’s job well and it gives you the peace of mind that if you break it or lose it, it’s not the end of the world. That said I see no reason for this scope to break as the quality of the build is solid and baring any strange accident I see it lasting a life time given proper care. Clear enough to see 5.56 holes out to 300 yards. The perfect little range scope that easily packs in a range bag.
Inspired Dribble –
I compared this Celestron 12-36 X 60 spotting scope to a 20-60 X 80 Lando and a 20-60 X 80 Gosky . The much lower priced, more portable Celestron delivered reasonably good sharp images which only degraded slightly at higher powers as did the Lando. However, the apparent image size of the Lando 20-60 X 80 and the Gosky at its lowest magnification at 20X actually seemed larger than the Celestron at 36X Mag and of course much clearer and brighter at its starting magnification of 20X. Also, the Tripod with the Celestron was terrible, almost worthless. You would have to aim way above what you are looking at and set the control knowing the scope would fall dramatically more before hopefully coming close to the image you want to view. This Celestron scope absolutely needs a better tripod as the table top tripod that comes with it is barely usable – especially when trying to adjust at a higher powers. Also, the 20-60 X 80 Lando allows you to focus about 10 feet or so closer at near objects at 20 Ft and its tripod works well and locks in place well and does not keep vibrating at the slightest touch up and down like the fidgety tripod with the Gosky. The Celestron is about 11″ long compared to the Lando and Gosky 20-60 X 80 at 17″.The Lando seemed to also offer noticeably clearer optics than the Gosky 20-60 X 80 and has the best tripod of the three.For the difference in price of about $50 more (remember the others need a new tripod), if the larger size is not a problem, I think the Lando 20-60 X 80 is a clear winner. So, for budget scopes, I strongly recommend that you spend the little bit of extra money and buy and Lando. Its hard to imagine a more expensive scope doing all that much better than the Lando. In all fairness to the Gosky, I may have gotten a defective scope which is being send back as the magnification collar spun all around as if not connected properly. The Gosky did not focus near as clear as the chisel sharp Lando.
Terrier Fan22 –
I can believe I got this for $50. I use it on a nice full-length tripod but the optics are great. It is bright, has great eye relief but most of all it is SHARP throughout the entire 12-36 focal range. I’ve had more ($150) expensive 20-60X scopes that rapidly lost quality after 20X. The zoom and the focus rings are smooth and don’t turn too easily. It is small and perfect for birding. Yay!!!!!!
frank m –
the pros are the landscout is light and portable is easy carried packed away for travel the images through the lense is fairly clear with good light transmission field of view is reasonable oboviously narrows as you increase magnifacation it weight is 500grams i believe i mean for the price you ll not get a better little scope tripod needed for higher magnifacation you can handhold to a degree at the lower magnifacation it only comes in angled version now a few cons nothing major it has bak 7 glass some people reckon bak4 is better images but trust me ive had many sciopes bak 7 work well in this unit the large focusing wheel can be a little stiff the eye relief is a little short but still buy this scope you wont be dissapointed theres other cheap scopes out there simular price wont hold a candle to this one i paid 66 pounds wait for this price you should buy it for said price good luck hope this helps
I knew this would be small but when it arrived it was tiny. Image quality isn’t going to match a Swarovski of course, but it’s clear and bright, and it’s perfect for travel to places you don’t want to take your expensive, heavy scope.I don’t trust optics in checked baggage, even inexpensive ones, the thieves don’t know that until it’s too late. This scope is so small it fits in a lens pouch and into my hand luggage, no problem.The included desktop tripod is no good for the field so I bought a £10, 127cm Amazon Basics tripod which weighs in at 550g. Scope and tripod under 1kg for £75, seems too good to be true! It blows over if you sneeze but it’s a great match and for travel it’s perfect.
Mr. Graham Bawden –
I had been looking for a reasonably priced spotting scope for some time and this certainly fits the bill. I comes complete with lens caps and tripod stand in a nice zip case with carrying strap. The 12 to 36 magnification is adequate for the ranges at which we shoot and the large focusing ring is easy to use yet firm enough that it does not move accidentally. The tripod mount thread is similar to camera tripods so you could always add a lower or higher tripod to suit your needs. For indoor 25 metre shooting the unit sits neatly on the firing bench. The scope is held in the tripod mount by a ring mount which is adjustable so you can have the eye piece facing in any direction you favour. An excellent product at the price.
clydedog davies –
The first one was faulty so I returned it and rather than have a refund I had i hope another one. I was so impressed with the other one as long as it lasted ,I thought I would give it a trie again so far so good, but the return process is pathetic ,if only they had people that would listen ?.
Buyers Beware. A poor quality product, that disappoints from opening the box. At its lowest magnification 10x the image is hard to get into sharp focus, from 15x to 30x don’t bother trying the image is dark and misty. In fact You could save yourself £55 and replicate this 50mm telescope by viewing through the bottom of a milk bottle. Sent back same day for a refund.
Scent a bummer –
I already own a more expensive and powerful scope, but needed something a little smaller for a holiday. Bought this 10×30 as a punt at the price, but was amazed by its quality when it arrived. Really clear from 10 through to 30 and so light and compact, exactly what I was after.
ted williams –
Ideal for close range working, my lady who has only limited sight is now able to see the birds at the end of the garden thanks
Alex Davies –
Simply excellent quality – I was amazed at how clear and crisp the images were through this scope throughout the entire zoom range, it’s literally as good as the naked eye and I am continously impressed. Can’t recommend this scope enough, you really get what you pay for!
Barry byatt –
Great for the price. Bought to take on holiday and did the job.
Has good quality compares well to others costing 4-5 times the price.
Un telescopio muy normalito, y más bien algo caro (86 € he pagado por él) para la calidad general que tiene. El modelo que he comprado es el de 60 mm de apertura y 12 a 36 aumentos.Puntos a favor:1.- Tamaño pequeño y muy compacto, muy portable.2.- Diseño sencillo y atractivo.3.-Peso: 500 gramos.Puntos negativos o a mejorar:1.- Anillo de enfoque impreciso, y al tener forma de anillo integrado en el cuerpo del telescopio, cuando enfocas vibra muchísimo la imagen.2.- Muchísima aberración cromática y de enfoque al utilizar los 36 aumentos, decepcionándote si lo usas con esos aumentos . Es un telescopio para usar con 10-20 aumentos, no más.3.- Tuerca del trípode de mala calidad, tardando bastante tiempo en fijarlo al trípode, y haciendo esta tarea bastante incómoda.4.- Ausencia de aro de goma en el ocular (por donde miras).Por el precio que tiene hay otras opciones de más calidad en el mercado, y que también están fabricados en China como este.El envío tardó 48 horas.Espero que esta revisión te haya sido de utilidad, comprar informado es comprar mucho mejor.