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Re: Spottting scope recommendation

Post by Steven_L on Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:48 am

You will be extremely pleased with the Pentax. Way to go spending more than you originally thought. It will be worth every penny and you will enjoy it for a lifetime, then pass it down! Enjoy your excellent new spotting scope!

Re: Spottting scope recommendation

Post by 1973CJ5 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:10 am

Thanks for the input Steve. I just purchased the Pentax PF 80ESA 20x60x80MM from Optics Planet.

1973 CJ5

Re: Spottting scope recommendation

Post by Steven_L on Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:55 am

You got me there. I would have to recomment the Pentax PF 80 A 20x60x80 for performance and optical quality. They are excellent. Objective size means resolution and light, but the size may be a drawback for you. You're already getting pretty big with the 60mm objective size, but the 80mm is a chunk more to carry. The picture of the Pentax is hard to argue with, though. Very, very nice. I think you may be looking at the price without the eyepiece. The body with the eyepiece is over a grand. I prefer angled eyepieces. The only real drawback as opposed to a straight eyepiece is that is is harder for a beginner to acquire his target, and it's very hard to use with an automobile window mount. Great for using a shorter tripod and perfect for the shooting range.

Re: Spottting scope recommendation

Post by 1973CJ5 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:19 pm

Hello Steve,

Thanks for the response more question, if you had the choice between the Vortex Viper HD 20x60x80 or the Pentax PF 80 A 20x60x80, which one is the best value (clarity throughout the zoom range, use during early morning and late afternoon, dependability, construction, and warranty)? I think the Pentax is about $150 more.


Re: Spottting scope recommendation

Post by Steven_L on Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:50 pm

I think the Vortex Viper HD has it all over the Alpen and the Hawke you mentioned, especially in overall construction and ruggedness. The others have to reach a bit to get to the quality level of the Vortex. They design and have manufactured for them various high-end optics that have been proven in a very short time to be comparable to some of the most highly regarded products in the industry. Great company to work with, and very innovative and quality conscious with excellent performance.

Spottting scope recommendation

Post by 1973CJ5 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:47 pm

Which of these three spotters would you recommend?; Vortex Viper HD 20x60x80, Alpen Rainer 20x60x80, and Hawke Endurance 20x60x80. I currently have an Alpen 20x60x80 that I purchased for $350 four years ago. Although happy with the current Alpen that I own, my 54 year old eyes are not getting any better and I am looking for options to increase clarity without breaking the bank account. The spotter will most often be used for 1) Target shooting out to 300 yards, and 2) Bow and rifle hunting in the early morning and late afternoons in the North Dakota Badlands. Reason I am looking at these three scopes: I am currently working in Japan and will purschase without looking through the scopes-----I have seen good reviews on the Viper HD. I am very happy with my current Alpen but want ED glass, thus considering the Alpen Rainer. I own two Hawke Sidewinder 30 Tactical rifle scopes which I am very pleased with, thus considering the Hawke Endurance.

Thanks in advance for your response