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THE SPOTTING SCOPE WILL BE USED FOR SPOTTING AND STALKING MULE DEER,ELK AND WHITETAIL DEER  AT UP TO A 1000 YDS.........

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Here is a link that specifically discusses your question.  Also you can check out another forum   24hourcampfire.com...search for user name "snyd" where it is discussed.  I bought the same scope and due to my high cheekbone needed an eyepiece with more eye relief. (I followed Snyd's advice and bought a williams eyepiece).  So if you buy body only, or with a fixed power eyepiece and would like a 20 X 60 zoom eyepiece I'll make you a great deal.
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Pentax's own high-end 20-60x eyepiece would be the most versatile while making the fewest/smallest compromises in image quality. Their high-end fixed eyepieces will offer the hands-down best images. 
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Does Pentax Make any other 20 X 60 Zoom eyepeice other than the XF model?

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Originally posted by Sled2live Sled2live wrote:

Does Pentax Make any other 20 X 60 Zoom eyepeice other than the XF model?

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Yes.  

Well, sort of.  In the 65mm spotting scope it is a 16-48x.  In the 80mm scope it gives 20-60x. and in the largest 100mm scope it becomes a 26-78x.  It is the Pentax SMC zoom eyepiece. It sells for right at $450. 

Even though it only reaches 48x with your 65mm PF-65, it will prove superior to the XF zoom (which is pretty decent in its own right.)




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Lucznik,
  Thanks for the info on their other zoom eyepiece!  I think the XF 20 X 60 zoom that came with it gives a great image it just didn't give me the eye relief I needed with my cheekbone getting in the way.  I really like the William Optics eyepiece, and it seems to give me a great image and a bit wider field of view.  It only goes up to about 52 X on my 65mm scope, but worth the compromise.
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I have that spotter with an XF zoom eyepiece, which is quite good.  However, the SMC zoom eyepiece is as good as it gets.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

I have that spotter with an XF zoom eyepiece, which is quite good.  However, the SMC zoom eyepiece is as good as it gets.

ILya


I have the 20-60X PF85ED, do I need the SMC eyepiece?  I like "great", but would prefer "as good as it gets."

And, again, thanx for recommending the Pentax, it is a fantastic scope, well worth the money!
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

I have that spotter with an XF zoom eyepiece, which is quite good.  However, the SMC zoom eyepiece is as good as it gets.

ILya


I have the 20-60X PF85ED, do I need the SMC eyepiece?  I like "great", but would prefer "as good as it gets."

And, again, thanx for recommending the Pentax, it is a fantastic scope, well worth the money!
 
You've got me a tad confused.  Do you have the PF-65 or the PF-80?  (There is no PF-85). 
 
Regardless, if you want "as good as it gets" in a zoom,  then you will indeed "need" the SMC eyepiece.  
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If the current setup is doing what you need it to do, then you do not need anything else.

The SMC eyepiece is better, but whether it is $200 or so better is entirely up to you.

If you already have the XF zoom eyepiece, I would probably be inclined to figure out which magnification level you use the most and perhaps augment your existing setup with one of Pentax' spectacular XW eyepieces.  For example I find that I use ~20x magnification 70% of the time.  In that case with PF65ED, I would get an XW20 eyepiece to add to my ZF zoom.

If you want to get the best possible versatility with a single eyepiece than the SMC zoom is about as good as it can get.

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