We often find that those interested in astronomy are also interested in the natural world around us too. A telescope, such as the very popular Celestron NexStar 5″ SLT or Evolution 8″ can, with the addition of an optional image erecting prism, be used for terrestrial use. However although these two aforementioned telescopes are often referred to as being portable, they are not the sort of equipment that you can easily carry to a nature reserve or to spot wildlife while walking in the woods or along the beach!
Enter the Celestron Hummingbird – a diminutive lightweight 50mm aperture spotting scope that can be easily carried in your coat pocket and is the perfect travelling companion.
Why is this spotter called Hummingbird? It was chosen because the scope reflects many of the qualities of hummingbirds: very small in size, very mobile and capable of long-distance travel.
It has high quality ED optics which means you will get sharp, clear and well colour corrected images. The spotting scope has a magnification range that goes from 7x (similar to that of binoculars) up to 22x (full-size spotting scope magnification range). It has an impressive close focus distance of ~3m (10ft) so you can get up close to objects and its easy to focus even with gloves on due to the central large-diameter focus ring. The Hummingbird is waterproof and Nitrogen filled to keep it protected against wet weather and humidity and its exterior has a durable protective armour for protection against knocks and bumps during transport and when in use. Although the spotting scope is light at only ~540g, it can be mounted on a tripod for extended duration use.
The Hummingbird comes with carrying case with belt and shoulder straps, eyepiece and objective cover and instruction manual.