Pentax PF-65ED 2.6"/65mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope (Angled Viewing) with 20-60x Wide Angle Zoom Eyepiece & View-Through Case (42-60 Degree Apparent Field of View), Your Choice Angled or Straight $599.99
I just caught a deal on the Show Samples. These are as new with the full warranty and your choice @ $599.99 with the Pentax 70530 XF Zoom Eyepiece and Field Case.
Sales Pitch with Features
Pentax only manufactures ultra-premium spotting scopes, available in either 65mm, fullsized 80mm or gargantuan 100mm diameter front objectives. These allow high magnifications in all sorts of light thanks to their large-diameter exit pupils. After all, magnification specifications for a scope aren't very meaningful if you can only use them in the brightest of conditions.
These scopes use 1.25" diameter eyepieces, which allow less compacting of the light shaft produced by the objective lens and thus a larger image with superior depth perception. This is terribly important, for in addition to the brilliant offerings from Pentax themselves it also means you can use the best of astronomy eyepieces from elite telescope manufacturers such as Meade, Celestron and of course the venerable Tele Vues. The PF-65ED has a focal length of 390mm, so if you're using conventional 1.25" eyepieces you divide 390mm by the focal length of your eyepiece to determine the effective magnification. The Pentax ED scopes function brilliantly in many conditions of light and climate, and are remarkably light thanks to their metallic alloy housing.
Pentax's scopes are available in either a straight viewing or angled viewing depending upon your needs. This is a personal preference which cannot easily be defined for you until firsthand experience, but the conventional thinking is that the scopes with angled viewing provide superior comfort during long observations as well as easy simultaneous use amongst those of differing heights-which is quite difficult with a straight viewing design scope.
• Porro prism design with Pentax's trademark Super MultiCoated optics
• JIS Class 6 waterproof & fogproof construction
• American standard 1.25" (31.7mm) thread diameter allows use of many telescope eyepieces
• Rotating tripod collar with detented click stops
• Retractable lenshood
• Accepts 67mm filters
• Pentax "Worry Free" Warranty
Pentax will repair or replace this spotting scope to the original purchaser (even if damaged by fault) for a charge of $19.95. This warranty does not cover cosmetic damage, theft or loss. Replacement may be with comparable model at Pentax's discretion if the original model is no longer available.
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