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I still haven’t selected a spotting scope.  As each day passes I question what scope I should end up with.  Right know I want something in the 60-66mm range.  I would like to stay around $1500 with the lens and eyepiece.  That puts me in the Zeiss and Leica range.

 

I hear the rave reviews about the 77mm and bigger Kowa scopes with the Prominar XD lens.  My question is, on the smaller models they offer an ED version.  Would the Kowa 60 or 66mm ED versions be comparable to the Zeiss Diascope or Leica Televid non APO?

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After posting my post I looked at the Kowa website.  It appears the ED is in fact the Prominar XD lens.  Not that it changes my question much but how would this stackup against the Zeiss and Leica?  For like $1250 it would get me the Kowa 66mm with 30x wide angle eyepeice.  If these are like their big bro's that have reviews similar or better than the Swarovski HD would this be the better option? I havent seen any reviews or feedback on the Prominar XD on the 60 or 66mm.
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