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Looking at the following spotters:


1.  Kowa 66mm (non-ED)

2.  Pentax 65 ED

3.  Nikon Fieldsope 60mm  (non-ED)


The Pentax is the least expensive with the ED glass, but compaired to the others is the  Pentax ED any better?  Would use the spotter for hunting and would like to try some digiscoping. Any comments on these or similar scopes would be helpful.

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Pentax 65 ED is the best on your list. Make sure that you get a good eyepiece for it, and of course, a good tripod.
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Here is a copy/paste of a post I just left for Koshkin in his compact spotting scope thread. In short, I agree with anweis.....





May I suggest the Pentax 65 mm ED model? It is fairly compact...about 10 or 11 inches long without the eyepiece, of the porro design and should just fit into your price range. The scope body sells for about $420 at a few places online (PM me if you want the specifics, not affiliated with any of them) and you can put just about any 1.25 inch astronomical eyepiece on it. These range in price from $20 a piece all the way up to $300 or $400 each if you buy the high end Pentax XW series or a Televue, Panoptic, etc... I bought a three piece set of fixed eyepieces from a local distributor called Knight Owl optics for about $100 (20x, 28x, 43x) and that set me back about $100 (each eyepiece sells for around $37 individually). They all have very good eye relief with the 20x unit having about 20 mm and all of them have a field of view of between 65-70 degrees. That is trully "wide angle" from a scope perspective. I highly recommend them.


I am currently in the process of looking for a zoom eyepiece for it and am stuck between a $60 Scopetronix unit and a $170 Vixen lanthanum glass model. I haven't decided yet but when I do I will be glad to post on it.


Keep in mind that this scope, and its two bigger brethren, are often compared very favorably to the Zeiss, Leica, Nikon and Swaro models of similar configurations. here is a link to the most recent BVD review of it.

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