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Difference between Alpen 786 and 788 models

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Difference between Alpen 786 and 788 models

Postby Roo on Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:30 am

Hey guys;

Can anyone help me in differentiating between 2 Alpen Spotting scope models 786 and 788.

I have gone through the descriptions of both but couldn't find much difference between 2 models apart from Straight eye piece with Top focus for 786 and Angled eye piece with centre focus for 788.

Is there any other differences apart from this? I've heard a lot about the performance of Alpen 788 but it comes with an angled eye piece and I am after a straight one. Will 786 perform as good as 788?

Your suggestions will be much appreciated
Roo
 

Re: Difference between Alpen 786 and 788 models

Postby Guest on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:34 am

Roo wrote:Hey guys;

Can anyone help me in differentiating between 2 Alpen Spotting scope models 786 and 788.

I have gone through the descriptions of both but couldn't find much difference between 2 models apart from Straight eye piece with Top focus for 786 and Angled eye piece with centre focus for 788.

Is there any other differences apart from this? I've heard a lot about the performance of Alpen 788 but it comes with an angled eye piece and I am after a straight one. Will 786 perform as good as 788?

Your suggestions will be much appreciated


Wait for Jne_K advice on the matter...

But in this case. Most likely there is almost no difference at all.
Both scopes are the same.

The only minor difference is that the angled one need 1 more mirror... so very sensible eyes may detect a bit of loss in the light there. Another minor difference is that usually the angled ones have a tiny bit more of focal length.
But in this particular case I doubt you will see any difference.

The major difference there is if you want it angled or straight.

Most of the people like the angled models more, I like straight.
(But often I am on my knees for spotting.)
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Re: Difference between Alpen 786 and 788 models

Postby Jne_K on Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:57 am

Hi

That is correct, just a difference between an angled design and a straight design. True, on paper, an angled scope uses a mirror in the system, so there is some light loss, but it is so minimal as to be a nonissue. I've been using spotting scopes, both straight and angled, for thirty years and that light loss can be ignored, I assure you. Make your choice between straight and angled on other factors.

Angled or straight on a spotting scope is a matter of body design, not the eyepiece, as some believe. It is a feature built into the body. You cannot convert an angled body scope into a straight or vice versa by changing eyepieces or adding adapters. You must choose this feature up front when you buy a spotting scope. That said, there is no wrong choice, here, just a matter of some advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it as much a matter of personal preference, as any. The majority of serious birders, by a slim margin, use angled but go with what works for you. I have both.

Straight bodied spotting scopes are easier to line up on target for beginners and also balance nicer if you attach a heavy SLR camera on the back for photography. Straight bodied spotting scopes are also a better choice for looking down at objects, as you might from an elevated blind of observation tower. Straight bodied spotting scopes are also much easier to handle and use when viewing from a vehicle with a window mount.

Angled bodied scopes are more comfortable to look through for longer periods of time, since you are not squirming down to look through the eyepiece. Angled bodies spotting scopes are also more stable, because they can sit lower on the tripod. Angled scopes are also easier on the neck when looking at objects at an elevation, as in birds in distant trees or mountainside. Lastly, angled bodies scopes, if supplied with a tripod collar (a ring around the center of the scope that allows the scope to rotate while on the tripod) and are a better choice if you are sharing the scope with people of different heights, since you can adjust the eyepiece to the side for shorter observers.
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Re: Difference between Alpen 786 and 788 models

Postby Roo on Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:51 pm

Hey guys;

Thanks for your replies, it really helped and if difference is only the angle of eye piece between 2 models then I'll go for 786.

Once again thanks a lot for the detailed information on them.
Roo
 

Re: Difference between Alpen 786 and 788 models

Postby Jne_K on Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:02 am

You are so very welcome. Glad to help.
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