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Just Purchased Minox MD 62

Postby pmlevine on Mon May 02, 2011 11:42 pm

I don't have much knowledge on spotting scopes, and just purchased a Minox MD 62 spotting scope, with a Minox 20x-45x zoom eyepiece. This is not an ED scope, the specs are: 62mm objective, 2 lens achromat, multi-layer coated, focal length 440mm, .8 lbs, 16 inches long, nitrogen purged. The exit pupil is 3.1 to 1.38mm, and field of vision is 1.7 to 1.1 degree.
I'm going on an Alaskan cruise in mid-May with my wife, the scope will be mainly for day time observing, I am also bringing a small tripod.
Today, observing birds in the backyard, color and sharpness was very good.
I will try some night observing with the scope while on the cruise, even though the field of vision and exit pupil are limited.
I just took it outside for the first time for night viewing, and stars seem fairly sharp and round, no "seagull" images, seems sharp almost to the edge. 20x definitely produces a clearer star image than 45x.
For binoculars, I'm taking a Nikon 10x50 EX, Bushnell Banner 7x50, and a Pentax 8x40.
I would welcome any input on the Minox spotting scope - i.e. good choice? I wanted a small quality scope mainly for birding and day use, an added plus is the portability of a small scope while traveling. Any helpful hints on use will be appreciated. My main concern is even though the cruise ship is large and not subject to a lot of wave movement, the ship is still moving, - will this movement make observing with the spotting scope problematic?
thanks,
Phil
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Re: Just Purchased Minox MD 62

Postby Jne_K on Tue May 03, 2011 8:52 am

Hi Phil

Wow! Looks like you are set to go with optics.

Good choice, yes, on the Minox. Great choice if you need a small scope of decent quality at a reasonable price. Minox makes a good scope, absolutely. I am also a fan of smaller scopes for my type of birding. I am willing to give up a little performance to get that much better portability.

Using a scope on a ship is always an iffy proposition. If the ship[ is large enough and the sea calm enough, you will get some use out of your spotting scope, yes, though you will more likely be at 20x than 45x. For sure, it is worth a try.

Have a great trip.
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