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I have been using a Kowa TS-501 for the past couple years. I love the size of it. Having shifted interest to High Desert Mulies I think a fixed would be more to my liking. Anyone have any ideas? I don't mind the extra weight of a heavier scope as long as it can take its share of abuse in a backpack. A compact model that sees better- farther and one that will easily read the zero progress at 100+ yards.

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Ed
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It sounds like you are ready to upgrade to a bigger scope.  Perhaps something in the 65mm range.  Personally, I am veyr fond of Pentax PF65ED with any one of their excellent XW eyepieces.

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I had this scope in my sights; but since you pushed me over the edge- I am ready to commit, I have a couple of questions about this scope...

1, What is the difference between PF65ED and PF65EDII? I assume that the "A" just means angled?

I was hoping to get a scope that was not too fussy. Is this model too much? Will I have to worry about the eyepiece falling off? I am generally using the scope in semi-dusty conditions, While I can keep it clean and free from shock, my backpack plays hell with eye cups and lens caps.

I want a fixed eyepiece, not a zoom type. What should I look for in one and do I have to go with Pentax only to obtain best results. I have eyepieces for a celestron, I am guessing they wont work with this scope; but there are a fer eye pieces that are not by celestron, so I don't know...

Thanks,

Ed

P.S. I see this scope online from about four hundred (body only) any idea where I can/should buy for best deal with a fixed EP?

Ed
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"A" does stand for "Angled".  "II" is a newer version of the spotter, but I think the differences are cosmetic. 
With eyepieces, Pentax works with any standard astronomical eyepiece that is 1.25" in diameter.  Still, Pentax eyepieces are absolutely superb, especially the XW line.  With fixed magnification eyepieces I would probably get either XW14 (~28x with PF65) or XW20 (19.5x with PF65).
I have not found my scope to be fussy (it stays together just fine) and it comes with a nice case anyway.

This forum is run by SWFA, so I would check with them first.  They have good prices and they match the prices of legitimate competitors.

ILya
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