nikon fieldscope III ED vs. Nikon tactical tf3 ed
You're correct. Only difference is color on the TF3. Either way, both great scopes, especially if you are getting a good price. Only negative is the limited eye relief on the zooms. It was non-existent on the old 20-45x, a bit improved on the optically better 20-60x, but still a bit short of what you need to be comfy with eyeglasses. Also, be sure the scopes include the eyepiece in the price. Nikon currently only offers the scopes with the eyepieces, but there was a time they offered the scopes and eyepieces, separately. If you see the scope being advertised as "body only", you don't get an eyepiece. If you do need eye relief, the fixed power, wide-angle Filedscope eyepieces are a great option.
Thanks for the reply. I do not wear glasses, do you think I would have issues with the eye relief? If that is going to be a problem I may look into another scope. Also, the one I am looking at does only have the 20-45x eyepiece. I also noticed some of the specs between the two are different such as the FOV and real and apparent fields of view. Is this just a mistake or is there a slight optical difference between the two scopes?
No, the difference in specs probably derives from the differences in the two different eyepieces. The scopes are the same, optically.
You won't have any issues with either eyepiece if you don't wear glasses, but the optics are better on the 20-60x zoom, no doubt about it. If you have a choice, go with that one.
Other than the color, same scope, yes, both on the body and the optics.
No, the ED is an option for the scope, not the eyepiece. Anything you get now, is the latest version from Nikon, but not enough difference between the MC or MCII to worry about.