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Hello guys, I am looking for a spotting scope for hunting, and I am willing to pay for certain level of quality as I hunt in Mexico / south texas (deer and predators) in places where the vegetation is very thick, and it is difficult to find game or an antler, so this justifies spending the extra bucks.
I have my sights on a Nikon Fieldscope  20-60x60mm however I don't know if it is really worth it to go up to the ED version
I have zeiss riflescopes and binos but I think a Zeiss Diascope will be a madness for arround $1,900.....
Thanks for all your advice.

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The ED Fieldscope model is definitely worth the difference.
 
The Zeiss Diascope is better than the Nikon Fieldscope.  You should be able to easily find it for much less than $1900.  
 
SWFA has the straight, silver diascope 65 for $900.  Add $600 for the variable eyepiece and you're "out the door" for $1500.
 
 
I've actually seen Diascopes (NiB, non-lutotec models, complete w/ 15-45x vario eyepiece) selliing for as low as $1200. 
 
I realize that those are still beyond your stated $1000 budget, but they are a lot better than the $1900 price you were quoting and are pretty comparable to what you would need to spend to step up to the Fieldscope ED.
 


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What lucznick said, or a Pentax ED 65, but make sure that you get the SMC zoom
The scope body costs $579, the zoom is $458.
The nice part about this scope is that it is as good as a Zeiss or Swarovski. The view is incredibly sharp, bright, and free of distortions, and the colors are very vivid and neutral. A really "wow" scope. 
Stay away from XO and XF eyepieces, you want XW or SMC eyepieces. Also, you can buy the scope body only, and just about any 1.25" astronomical eyepiece for $30-$50 (it will fit the scope, but choose the lower end of the power)  and purchase the more expensive eyepiece later. 
Another thing to pay attention to is to buy from swfa.com Their price is excellent, and if you have a "lemon" scope they will replace it. "Lemon" optics happen every now and then.
I don't know about the scopes marked Pentax ED II (some kind of second generation). They maybe be just as good.
Don't forget to budget $150-$250 for a good tripod. Scopes are almost worthless without them - though my buddy in Austria hunts with a long draw tube Swarovski which he rests on a rucksack.  


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There are also other zooms available cheaper for the Pentax. probably not quite the quality, but 95%. I have a Vixen zoom. Google it.
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Thanks a lot for the good advice...

I wonder which difference is there between the Nikon Fieldscope ED and the Zeiss Diascope. These are now my targets

I have just got some Zeiss Victory Binos 8x42FL and they are just awesome ! I was astonished.....

I think it'll be the same with the spotting scope. the problem is the tag........... maybe we can get a similar performance to the zeiss with the nikon at a lower price.
But then we begin to be loyal to the brand

So hard to decide !
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