Celestron Hummingbird Review: Birder-Friendly Spotting Scope

Hello there, welcome to Bird’s review. Today’s bird is called the hummingbird. Haha, sorry if I threw you off guard. No, we are not reviewing any birds here. but Celestron Hummingbird 9-27x56mm ED micro spotting scope.

Celestron Hummingbird 9-27X56: Outlooks

Celestron Hummingbird 9-27x56

Specifications | Magnification: 9 – 27x; Objective Lens: 56 mm; Eye Relief: 15 mm; Exit Pupil: 6.2 – 2 mm; Linear FOV @1000 yds: 216 – 98 ft; Close Focus: 9.8 ft; Weight: 20.8 Oz.

Build Quality

Everyone might have a negative thought about the build quality as the scope is really small and light. Only 8 inches long with the eyepiece. The weight of the scope is only 590g. Less than half compared to regular-size scopes.

Build quality is impressive and the scope fits inside your pocket. The Celestron Hummingbird is a pocket scope that you can use without a tripod if you want.

Optics Quality

By reading the full name you might get the hint that the scope has ED glass. ED means extra-low dispersion. Which means it eliminates the chances of chromatic aberration (CA). 

  • The lenses are also fully multi-coated. The prism of the Hummingbird is made of BaK-4 glass and coated with phase coating.
  • Overall the best coatings you can expect for any optics under 300$. All that in a small package is quite impressive. Props to Celestron for pulling it off.
  • The objective lens of the hummingbird is 56mm and provides a Linear Field of View at 1000 yards 663-297 feet.

We had no phase shifting or chromatic aberration regarding complaints. Not to worry the scope has water resistance.


The included eyepiece for this model is 9-27x. As we mentioned earlier the scope does not suffer from any kind of phase-shifting or chromatic aberration. 

  • The 9-27x eyepiece provides great performance. 
  • The field of view is pretty generous and the close focus of the scope is 9.8 feet. 
  • The eyepiece provides enough amount of eye relief 15mm.

Did we forget to mention you can add any 1.25-inch eyepiece? You heard that correctly. You can add any 1.25-inch eyepiece you want. 

The scope is waterproof so you don’t have to worry about water issues after changing the eyepiece. And you can use astronomy eyepieces also if you want.


The scope is in my opinion best spotting scope for digiscoping under 300$. The reasons are –

  • It’s affordable.
  • The scope is lightweight and small enough to carry inside the pocket.
  • You get a free universal mobile smartphone adapter out of the box.
  • It’s a full package for digiscopers and birders.

Honestly, it’s surprising how great of a value the Celestron Hummingbird provides.


  • Small and lightweight.
  • Great lenses for the price.
  • Free mount for digiscoping.
  • Supports any 1.25-inch eyepiece.


  • Not the sturdiest build-out in the market.

Celestron Hummingbird 9-27X56 Review Summary

The Celestron Hummingbird 9-27x56mm is an interesting spotting scope. It contains a lot of things in the box. A great budget-friendly scope. Easy to use and easy to carry around.

If that’s what you want you won’t find a better scope, not in this price range. It’s smaller than most 50mm scopes and provides more field of view than most 50mm scopes in this range. While still being priced fairly low and competitive.

  • It’s a great scope providing great value for money that’s what I am trying to say. Be sure to visit us more to find out about more spotting scopes and rifle scopes.

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