I owned that 82ED spotter for a while, and compared it side by side to some really nice spotters, i.e. Zeiss 85 T FL, and it more than held it's own optically and in the build quality category. The biggest problem with it is the narrow FOV of the 25-75x eyepiece. Why Nikon never did market a WA zoom for it had many hunters and birders baffled. You had a world class optic that never got any attention, primarily due to, IMO Nikon Sport Optics being pretty clueless, especially their marketing dept. Then they brought out the abomination of a spotter called the Nikon EDG, which has to be the ugliest, heaviest spotter known to mankind, trying to compete with the big boys. A miserable failure is what it is, just like the EDG binos. I doubt Nikon SO even knows what they're going to do.
End of rant, flame away boys.