Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

New scope shopping. Pentax or vortex

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Tuesday 12th November 2019, 23:54   #1
Pauhana
Registered User
 
Pauhana's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: From Florida to Middle Tennessee
Posts: 920
New scope shopping. Pentax or vortex

Looking to upgrade my 80 mm scope. Narrowed down to Pentax pf80 and vortex viper. I want a straight scope. Will be used primarily to scope large impounds in the area for ducks and gulls

I tired the Pentax this past week for 4 days using the Pentax zoom. Only thing I would like a wider fov on low end if possible. Beside that I thought the view was very good.

Viper I have not tried. So looking for input on it vs Pentax.

One concern I have is warranty on the scopes. I know vortex is unlimited warranty. Am I correct tha Pentax only is good for one year. Their web site to me is not real clear

Thoughts

Randy
__________________
.........................

“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams
Pauhana is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 13th November 2019, 14:44   #2
dipped
Registered User

 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: suffolk
Posts: 1,210
Hi Randy

No idea about the Vortex but I had the PF80 for a while but sent it back as it had bad flare where a cell edge caught the sun. Don't know if current models exhibit this. Did you notice anything?

Regarding the zoom the Baader Hyperion MkIV should be a bit wider than the Pentax and fit on.
dipped is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 13th November 2019, 17:45   #3
Pauhana
Registered User
 
Pauhana's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: From Florida to Middle Tennessee
Posts: 920
No flare noted but something to watch for if I go Pentax route
__________________
.........................

“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams
Pauhana is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 13th November 2019, 21:33   #4
dipped
Registered User

 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: suffolk
Posts: 1,210
Opticron do a new 77 model available as a straight scope which I think might take the Baader zoom too.

You don't say what scope you are upgrading from so don't know how much of an upgrade a new scope might be.
dipped is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Wednesday 13th November 2019, 23:30   #5
Pauhana
Registered User
 
Pauhana's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: From Florida to Middle Tennessee
Posts: 920
Celestron 80 with stock zoom.
__________________
.........................

“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams
Pauhana is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Saturday 23rd November 2019, 12:40   #6
Boogieshrew
Registered User

 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 526
Don’t forget that the Pentax takes Astro eyepieces so if you want wider fov a fixed Astro (which can be extremely wide) or a Pentax XW could begoodforyou
Boogieshrew is online now  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Scope Shopping for new Lumix G3 SeattleDan The Birdforum Digiscoping Forum 3 Thursday 22nd March 2012 16:22
Pentax camera adapter for the Pentax 80 ed scope? carsonbm Digiscoping Adapters 3 Thursday 16th July 2009 14:05
Help with scope shopping! Birdbrainjwc Kowa 1 Friday 6th March 2009 18:47
Scope shopping, hi everyone Dr. T Say Hello 8 Friday 16th March 2007 10:22

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.15689898 seconds with 18 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 19:20.