Spotting scopes for scenery
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.
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), http://www.opticsplanet.com/swarovski-sts80hd.html
Leica 77 APO, http://www.opticsplanet.com/leica-telev ... scope.html with 20-60x zoom, http://www.opticsplanet.com/leica-b-20- ... cular.html
Nikon 82mm ED, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-spott ... -82mm.html with 25-75x zoom, http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-spott ... -7467.html
Kowa 823M or 824M, http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-82-hig ... copes.html with 20-60 zoom, http://www.opticsplanet.com/kowa-interc ... copes.html
Zeiss Diascope, http://www.opticsplanet.com/zeiss-diari ... ewing.html with 20-60 zoom, http://www.opticsplanet.com/zeiss-15-45 ... scope.html
Just a cut below, optically, but still very good are
Pentax PF80ED (zoom kit), http://www.opticsplanet.com/penpf80edspo.html
Bushnell Elite 20-60x80ED (comes with eyepiece), http://www.opticsplanet.com/620080.html
For a basic, but very durable tripod and a good choice for any of the above, try a Bogen 3180N, http://www.opticsplanet.com/bogen-manfr ... 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, http://www.opticsplanet.com/televue-76- ... ckage.html or the Televue TV-85, http://www.opticsplanet.com/televue-85- ... ckage.html mounted on the beautiful Televue Panormic mount, http://www.opticsplanet.com/televue-ash ... mount.html
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