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ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Reviews by cassowary

Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Superb optics, weight, FOV, price
Cons
  • my focusing wheel becomes stiff in cold weather, not waterproof
Excellent Bins, that been around a long time. These bins have been discussed and praised a lot so the only thing I am adding is that I like the fact that they don't look pricey so they are less likely to get nicked.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • superb optics; high build quality; nice case; waterproof; OK for digiscoping; fairly light; Nikon USA service excellent
Cons
  • poor zoom; my scope isn't balanced on tripod plate
My Nikon 60 mm IIIEDA is used as a backup for a Nikon 82 EDA. For most of it's life this scope has just gathered dust at the bottom of my suitcase of wildlife watching gadgets; however recently my 82 was damaged and I was forced to dust it off and use it on a birding trip. I decided to use it with a 40x DS eyepiece. Anyway I was surprised at how excellent the image was in good light and compared very favorably to the larger scope. Obviously it isn't going to perform as well in low light. The only drawback was that my scope isn't balanced on the tripod plate. Overall a nice scope
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • quality optics, light weight, waterproof, compact
Cons
  • no good padded view-through case available
Truly a teriffic travel scope. The setup I use is Velbon head (245g) with the Slik Pro 614 CF legs (860g) Nikon ED50 Angled (470g) 27xWD eyepiece (165g). Total weight: 1740g. Also the Cley Spy view-through case.
Possibly the best travel scope available.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • superb optics; high build quality; nice case; waterproof; good for digiscoping; Nikon USA service excellent
Cons
  • poor zoom; precise focusing doesn't allow easy tracking of birds in flight
I use this scope (angled) as my primary scope with a 30x DS eyepiece - (my 25x - 75X zoom eyepiece is very poor) sometimes with a 50x DS. I also have both the 60mm and 50mm nikon ed scopes both also nice scopes but use the 82mm as it is better for taking pictures of birds (for identification). The focusing is very precise which has its merits, however it makes finding and tracking birds in flight trickier than on other scopes.

Edit 2/25/2011 - Somehow a couple of weeks ago the back end of my 82EDA broke off so I sent it in for service approx 10 days ago (I could only provide the receipt as the warranty is in storage). Anyway Nikon USA sent me back a new scope with kit (zoom eyepiece, cover etc) and new warranty which I received a couple of days ago all free of charge. As the service was superb I have upgraded my rating from a 9 to a 10
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