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I've been researching this new spotter purchase for so long it's done nothing but really confuse me.  On one hand, I'm considering a Pentax PF80 ED 20-60, a Nikon Fieldscope 82mm 25-75x, and a Bushnell elite 80 ed 20-60.  I'm wanting to stay in the $1000-$1500 if possible.  If I'm willing to spend a little extra I get into the demo Zeiss 85T FL range.  I have not way of looking through anything other than the Zeiss (my neighbor runs one), so I cannot take a look beforehand.   Any suggestions are appreciated.  I've decided to stick with the 80mm class spotters.  Thanks.
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Those are all excellent scopes, and any differences in performance would be so small that they might be due to your eyesight rather than the scope. I'd buy whichever one i could get cheapest.
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Thanks you John.  I may have run across a Leica 77 APO televid I can get for $1399 (demo).  What do you think in this case?
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Odds are that Leica does not come with an eye piece?
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I would go to www.betterviewdesired.com and read their reviews of the 77 APO vs. Nikon, and the review of the Pentax as well.
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20-60 eyepiece included. 
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OK! just making sure.  Wink
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Leica has reported problems of moisture inside the tube. It usually gets fixed on the warranty but it still feels like a problem. Great optics otherwise but not enough diameter on the lense. I don't understand why they made it 77mm and not 80mm? Anyone can give me a reasonable explanation to that?
 
Fieldscope is a great scope but you must put upp with a narrower FOV on their zoom eyepiece. The fixed ones those are awesome but a little more unpractical.
 
Pentax is a very good choice as well.
 
My favorite in your description would however be Zeiss Diascope demo. It has an 85mm lense and plays in a higher division than all these other guys, a division, where acording to me there are only three players: Kowa, Zeiss and Swarovski.
 
Bottom line, if you can lay your hands on a Zeiss at a good price: DO NOT HESITATE!
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