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I am considering a Pentax 65 edII and there xw 14 or 20 eyepiece or a 65 viper hd with there 25x eyepiece?  I will use it for spotting deer and elk from my pickup and digiscoping.  Which would you choose?  If the Pentax which eyepiece?  Thanks 
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Tough call.  I used to have a ed65, and really liked the image.  There are very good reviews for the Viper HD out there as well.  I spent some time with the Viper HD 80mm, and thought it was a really good value.
 
The Viper HD is available with great digiscoping accessories, and if you will be doing that a lot, I would probably go with the Viper.
 
Vortex also has a better warranty.
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Would there be a benefit in buying the 25x eyepiece for the vortex?
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Typically there is an optical advantage to fixed eyepieces, but I don't know if that eyepiece is compatible with Vortex' digiscoping equipment.  I have a Vortex Razor HD spotter, and i am more than satisfied with the performance of the zoom, even for digiscoping.
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I stopped by the warehouse today to take a look at these.  Of course they didn't have either one.  They took the viper 20x60hd, razor hd and the leica outside for me to look though.  What a difference between the viper and the razor!! The warehouse here sets right on snake river canyon and you can look for 15 miles.  I was not impressed with the viper in the least, terrible eye relief and was hard to see through above 40x.  The razor was much better imo.  I should have stopped there, but made the mistake of looking through the leica.  Monday I'm going to order the leica and cry all the way to the bank :-)  but I hope will last me for the rest of my hunting career!!
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Oh, I am sure the wallet pain will subside soon enough!
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And there lies the problem with all good glass,once you look at the best you never want to go back!Youv'e made a very wise decision.In 5 yrs see how much trade value you get for the Razor vs. the Leica Whistling
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Originally posted by stickbow46 stickbow46 wrote:

And there lies the problem with all good glass,once you look at the best you never want to go back!Youv'e made a very wise decision.In 5 yrs see how much trade value you get for the Razor vs. the Leica Whistling
 
 
Hmmmm, I don't know about that.  I actually predict the Razor will hold its value quite well.  My hunting partner keeps trying to get me to sell him mine, in fact.  I might just do it, and check out the new Zeiss super-spotter.
 
The Leica is an excellent instrument, and I do think the OP will get many years of great use out of it.
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I have been using the Pentax Pf 65 ED2 with the XW 14 eyepiece all summer.
I previously had the XF Zoom on it. I don't miss the zoom at all.
 
28x is a perfect compromise for this scope. The XW14 has a 70 degree apparent FOV,sharp to the edges, no CA and brighter/better resolution thah the XF Zoom on 28x.
 
I feel to get a better image than this combo produces in a 65mm you woud have to go to a new Zeiss, Swaro or Leica with wide angle zoom or their fixed eyepieces.
 
 
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