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Looking for the best picture from a spotting scope, have been looking at the Leica APO-Televid 77 and the Zeiss 85mm, both in the angled body, both would have a variable 20-60 eye piece.

 

I have looked thru a Leica APO-Televid 77 and it's awesome, but have heard good things about the Zeiss also.

 

If I have left any other scopes out of the running feel free to make recomendations but they have to be as clear as the Leica.

 

Thanks

Scott



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Originally posted by Scott Cousino Scott Cousino wrote:

 

If I have left any other scopes out of the running feel free to make recomendations but they have to be as clear as the Leica.

 

 

 

Several scopes are as good or better than the Leica Apo Televid 77. Try Kowa Prominar 883, 884, 773, and 774,  the Swarovski 80 mm HD, the Nikon 82 mm ED and the Pentax 80 mm ED. Among these, the choice is a matter of personal preference or bad luck (if you get a less than perfect sample).

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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

Originally posted by Scott Cousino Scott Cousino wrote:

 

If I have left any other scopes out of the running feel free to make recomendations but they have to be as clear as the Leica.

 

 

 

Several scopes are as good or better than the Leica Apo Televid 77. Try Kowa Prominar 883, 884, 773, and 774,  the Swarovski 80 mm HD, the Nikon 82 mm ED and the Pentax 80 mm ED. Among these, the choice is a matter of personal preference or bad luck (if you get a less than perfect sample).

 

Out of the scopes you listed are they comparable or better than the Leica APO 77 and Zeiss 85mm?

 

I am looking for the "Holy Grail" of spotting scopes, buy once cry once.

 

Scott

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Out of the scopes you listed are they comparable or better than the Leica APO 77 and Zeiss 85mm?

 

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That is exactly what i wrote above. Yes they are.

 

The new 88 mm Prominar scopes by Kowa leave Leica's 77 APO in the dust. Check for 8843 and 884 by following the link bellow.

 

http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=298



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If you're looking for the best images try a good, smaller astronomical refractor. TeleVue makes a popular one with very good images: 

 

http://www.betterviewdesired.com/BVD701/tv85.html

 

Tele Vue 85: an unconventional scope ...clearly a new optical reference standard...

 

For many years the Tele Vue Ranger 70 mm ED scope has been the BVD Reference Standard for optical performance. The Ranger, at 70 mm, is brighter and sharper than any of the conventional 80 mm scopes I have tested, with the exception of the new Pentax 80 mm ED.........The Tele Vue 85 goes beyond need. The 85 shows, at any distance and any power, right out to the limits of daylight viewing, all the detail, I am convinced, that there is to see. In direct comparison with the finest scopes on the market, the Tele Vue 85 consistently shows a brighter, more subtly detailed, image of the bird. You can see things in the Tele Vue's image that just aren't there in the Pentax 80 mm or the Nikon Fieldscope. You can see things in the 85's image that aren't there in the Ranger. In the testing situation pictured above on the Kennebunk Plains, the detail was especially evident in the breast feathers of the hawk. All of the scopes clearly showed the feather pattern of the breast. The 85 showed individual feathers. At closer range, the 85 is the equivalent of a long range microscope, showing more detail than you could possibly see with the naked eye, even at 25x.

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