2,509 Brands 451 Categories All Departments

Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

This forum is dedicated to spotting scope and monocular topics. We have a great a selection of the best spotting scopes and monoculars on the market. Share your reviews, tips and tricks. Ask questions, we're here to help!

Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby fred on Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:49 pm

Trying to decide btwn the Nikon Prostaff 20-60x82 or the Alpen 20-60x80.
Both have angled eye, are water and fog proof, & fully multi coated. There is a significant price diff. what will I get with the Nikon that I won't from the Alpen for the extra cost? Will be used for hunting and wildlife viewing.
thanks in advance.
fred
 

Re: Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby Jne_K on Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:35 am

Hi

About the only thing you will get with the Nikon is the option of other eyepieces. That's unusual for a scope at this price, but Nikon has not been good at getting these available, so it may be academic. Both are great scopes for the money, but I see no other adavntage with the Nikon.
Thanks for posting with us
Joanie K - Your personal optics expert

Forum: http://www.opticsplanet.com/msgboard
Blog: http://blog.opticsplanet.com/
Store: http://www.opticsplanet.com/

Phone: (800) 504-5897
Fax: (847) 919-3003
Jne_K
Site Admin
 
Posts: 7665
Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:09 pm

Re: Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby fred on Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:47 am

Thanks for the input. I have the ability to get this nikon for $379 or this Alpen for $305 using a "pro deal" our company has. what would you do?
does the nikon use better glass? any optical advantages of either (i.e. clarity, etc.)?
fred
 

Re: Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby Jne_K on Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:13 am

Hi

For the little extra, I'd get the Nikon with the idea that I might be able to get an optional eyepiece if I ever need one and, yes, the Prostaff did score ever so slightly better in terms of resolution.
Thanks for posting with us
Joanie K - Your personal optics expert

Forum: http://www.opticsplanet.com/msgboard
Blog: http://blog.opticsplanet.com/
Store: http://www.opticsplanet.com/

Phone: (800) 504-5897
Fax: (847) 919-3003
Jne_K
Site Admin
 
Posts: 7665
Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:09 pm

Re: Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby chafro on Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:58 am

I used a Nikon XL II this wekeend and coudnt see very clearly at more than 30X , light was very good, was very hard to analize a deer at 500 yards. Is it beacasuse the price range? Or maybe just spoting scopes are not clear enought for this use? Does it really make a difference to go with a 1K like the swarozski ATS65 HD ?

Thanks
chafro
 

Re: Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby PhilR. on Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:09 pm

chafro wrote:I used a Nikon XL II this wekeend and coudnt see very clearly at more than 30X , light was very good, was very hard to analize a deer at 500 yards. Is it beacasuse the price range? Or maybe just spoting scopes are not clear enought for this use? Does it really make a difference to go with a 1K like the swarozski ATS65 HD ?


Most low-end, and a lot of medium-priced 60mm scopes get dim once you get above 30x. That's the price you pay for having a small, decent, but inexpensive objective lens. And too, 500 yards on a deer is beyond what most 60mm scopes can do anyway, even analizing :shock: (the look on the deer's face when you analize him...).

If you want a bright image with a 60mm scope, you will need to go to a high-end scope, or at least something with HD lenses. No, I don't think you need to go all the way up to a Swarovski, but it will take at least $500 to do 40x-45x well with a 60mm scope.


Also, I would recommend that if you want to analize (analyze) deer at 500 yards but don't want to spend Swaro money, that you consider a scope with a larger objective lens.
PhilR.
 
Posts: 110
Joined: Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:32 pm

Re: Nikon prostaff or Alpen?

Postby Jne_K on Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:55 am

Hi

It's a combination of things. As Phil said, detail at that distance is only going to be available in an expensive spotting scopes because it costs big bucks to produce optics with enough quality to see detail at that distance. Keep in mind, though, that even the best Swarovski, Lieca or Kowa spotting scope will still require good steady atmospheric conditions for that distance if you are trying to see fine detail. Atmospheric turbulence can be as much or more a factor in what you can see at that distance than the scope your are using.
Thanks for posting with us
Joanie K - Your personal optics expert

Forum: http://www.opticsplanet.com/msgboard
Blog: http://blog.opticsplanet.com/
Store: http://www.opticsplanet.com/

Phone: (800) 504-5897
Fax: (847) 919-3003
Jne_K
Site Admin
 
Posts: 7665
Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:09 pm