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Spotting scopes for scenery

Postby tomo on Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:01 pm


Can you recommend a few high quality spotting scopes for the following application. We live on an open salt marsh with expansive views of the landscape and sky. We'd like to have a wide field of view and high magnification, plus night sky viewing. The scope will generally stay in one spot near a window, so a solid mount is important.

Postby Jne_K on Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:24 pm


Here are the top picks in the spotting scope world. All of these will be within a hair of each other as far as optical performance.

Swarovski STS or ATS 80HD (zoom kit),

Leica 77 APO, ... scope.html with 20-60x zoom, ... cular.html

Nikon 82mm ED, ... -82mm.html with 25-75x zoom, ... -7467.html

Kowa 823M or 824M, ... copes.html with 20-60 zoom, ... copes.html

Zeiss Diascope, ... ewing.html with 20-60 zoom, ... scope.html

Just a cut below, optically, but still very good are

Pentax PF80ED (zoom kit),

Bushnell Elite 20-60x80ED (comes with eyepiece),

For a basic, but very durable tripod and a good choice for any of the above, try a Bogen 3180N, ... d-kit.html

All of the above offer the best in portability, but are limited in their magnification (except the Pentax). For a superb corssover instrument that will excel for both daytime viewing and astronomy, try the Televue TV-76, ... ckage.html or the Televue TV-85, ... ckage.html mounted on the beautiful Televue Panormic mount, ... mount.html
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