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I had the chance to compare several spotting scopes last week. Won't go into details, but the Pentax 65 mm ED with the SMC eyepiece was absolutely unbelievably good.
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Is that SMC a variable?  Thanks, I'm obviously not familiar with them.
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Yes, and it is expensive, but the overall package (scope+lens) is well worth it.
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Some info available here from the Pentax site:
 
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Is the SMC variable the one that comes with the PF65 ED package?  If not,  is a person well advised to get the pentax body only and get the SMC instead?  Thanks.
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I have the PF80ED and really, really like it.  it is huge, but very clear, very sharp, great color - and the best eyepiece in the business.

Enjoy the scope, it is a great deal in a spotter.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Is the SMC variable the one that comes with the PF65 ED package?  If not,  is a person well advised to get the pentax body only and get the SMC instead?  Thanks.
 
Usually yes. Just make sure that it is the XW/SMC series Pentax zoom.
As these scopes take any 1.25" astronomical eyepiece, the possibilities are tempting and endless.
There are many eyepieces out there, from $30 to $500. You could start with just the body and a $70 eyepiece, decide whether you want a zoom or a fixed power wide angle eyepiece (and what magnification), and later purchase a premium eyepiece when funds permit. 
 
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

Just make sure that it is the XW/SMC series Pentax zoom.
 
The Pentax SMC XW zoom eyepiece will give you a magnification range of 16x-48x in the 65 mm scope. It is of higher quality than the Pentax XF zoom eyepiece, which will give you a magnification rage of 20-60x in the 65 mm scope.
 
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Just to show you the possibilities at the upper end,
check out the Tele Vue Ethos 13 mm eyepiece ($620) : it will give you about 30x magnification in the 65 mm scope, with 100 degrees of edge to edge sharpness and incredible contrast.
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I have several of the Pentax eyepieces offer someone who is interested, I just cannot post them as yet.
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Originally posted by dahoffman72 dahoffman72 wrote:

I have several of the Pentax eyepieces offer someone who is interested, I just cannot post them as yet.
 
There is a reason why you cannot post your items for sale.  And yet, you persist in telling everyone in numerous places that you have them whilst bemoaning that you don't yet have the requisite permissions.
 
Rather than wasting everyone's time, why don't you just be patient, spend some time at the site, contribute to some posts in a meaningful way, and let people get to know you a little?  It won't take hardly any time at all and you'll have earned the appropriate permissions and in the meantime, you won't create a bad reputation for yourself that will most assuredly cause you more difficulty in selling your items than will this short little "probationary" period.
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Originally posted by lucznik lucznik wrote:

There is a reason why you cannot post your items for sale.  And yet, you persist in telling everyone in numerous places that you have them whilst bemoaning that you don't yet have the requisite permissions.
 
Rather than wasting everyone's time, why don't you just be patient, spend some time at the site, contribute to some posts in a meaningful way, and let people get to know you a little?  It won't take hardly any time at all and you'll have earned the appropriate permissions and in the meantime, you won't create a bad reputation for yourself that will most assuredly cause you more difficulty in selling your items than will this short little "probationary" period.
 
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Is the SMC XW zoom eyepiece the one that comes with the pentax scope on samplelist.com?  I am looking pretty hard at that spotter.ShockedThanks!!!
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Wyobowhunter, the eyepiece which comes with the scope normally is the SMC Zoom which is a 8-24mm which equates to a 20 - 60 zoom.  As far as I know the XL and XW series are all fixed focal lengths.
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Originally posted by wyobowhunter1 wyobowhunter1 wrote:

Is the SMC XW zoom eyepiece the one that comes with the pentax scope on samplelist.com?  I am looking pretty hard at that spotter.ShockedThanks!!!


No, it is not.   The scope on the samplelist is the XF zoom which is Pentax's lower-end zoom.  It is the one that typically is included with the PF65 as a kit. 

The SMC zoom eyepiece can be found here:

 http://www.swfa.com/pc-7334-2849-new-pentax-zoom-eyepiece.aspx

It costs $460 all by itself, but the images it produces are fantastic.
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Originally posted by dahoffman72 dahoffman72 wrote:

Wyobowhunter, the eyepiece which comes with the scope normally is the SMC Zoom...
  This is incorrect.

The eyepiece that comes with the PF65 is the lower-end XF model.

The SMC eyepiece is included with the purchase of the PF80 and/or PF100 kits.


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As an owner and user of the PF80, the upgraded eyepiece is worth the extra $$!
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The "default" eyepiece that comes with the Pentax PF65ED spotter is the XF zoom (I have one) which is pretty decent for the money, but not nearly as good as the higher end XW and SMC zoom eyepieces.

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I recently got rid of my Leupold Wind River 15x45 60mm spotter and replaced it with the Pentax 65EDIIa (angle) and the better SMC Zoom eyepeice (#70509).

WHAT a difference!  There is no comparison in the quality of the optics.

I know it is kinda expensive but I was tired of not being able to see 223/556 paper holes at 200yds and straining at 100 yards.

I do not have that problem now and for good reason as I am shopping for a 308 bolt rifle and will be shooting 300yds +.
 
Nice spotter.
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