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Need suggestions for Sub $1000 80mm spotting scope with the same image quality as Nikon Fieldscope ED50 (1 Viewer)

Passakorn

Member
I am looking for a (hopefully) sub $1,000 for a new 80mm spotting scope. Now I have Nikon Fieldcope ED50 and I like the image quality (brightness, contrast, clarity etc., apart from it broke into 2 pieces).

I am wondering if I could get suggestions for 80mm range spotting scope that has at least the same image quality for magnification up to about 60x? 30x on the fieldscope ED50 starts to dim quite a bit and I would like to have more magnification if possible. As I only own the ED50 (along with Nikon monarch7 8x30 and Votex viper hd 8x42 binocs) so I set this one as a bench mark for me. Although I may lug it around but the weight is not so much a problem to me.

Thank you so much,

Passakorn
 

jring

Well-known member
Hi,

first of all, you can probably tape your ED50 back together... And naturally an ED78 or ED82 would make sense so you can switch the eyepieces back and forth...

Those can often be found from sellers in Japan on US ebay...

Joachim
 

gr8fuldoug

Camera Land / Supporting Vendor
Athlon Ares G2 UHD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope
  • Aprochromatic Lens System: Apochromatic lense system gives you the result of images which have greater contrast, sharpness and color definition
  • UHD Glass: Extra-Low Dispersion glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings an ultimate clearest and sharpest image to your eyes
  • ESP Dielectric Coating: ESP Dielectric Coating is a multi layer prism coating that reflects over 99% of the light to your eyes bringing you a clear, bright image that displays accurate color reproduction.
  • Magnesium Chassis: Magnesium chassis give you the strength of a metal chassis while reducing the weight as much as 30%
  • XPL Coating: XPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches
  • Bak4 Prism: Bak-4 glass prisms reflect more light to your eyes which will give you brighter and sharper image.
  • Advanced Fully Multi-Coated: Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.
  • Argon Purged: Argon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .
  • Waterproof: Waterproof to protects the binocular in the harshest weather conditions or if accidently submerged underwater
  • Rotating Ring: Rotating Ring allows you to rotate the scope around tripod supporting ring into the most comfortable and convenient angle for observation
 

fazalmajid

Well-known member
Supporter
United States
An Opticron MM4 77mm, perhaps? It's $100 above your budget with the HDF eyepiece, $300 with the SDLv3, but the warranty is outstanding and Opticron's been in business for a long time, the company is not likely to disappear before the warranty expires. I have the 50mm version and it is an outstanding little scope.
 

sillyak

Well-known member
What eyepieces do you have for the ED50?

Nikon Fieldscope 82 bodies are avaliable in excellent condition on eBay for less than your budget, they use the same eyepieces as you ED50. There are always straight bodies avaliable, sometimes you need to watch for a couple weeks for an angled to pop up. The ED82 is Made in Japan to a higher standard than the Chinese ED50, so no worry about it splitting in half. Optical quality is excellent, but the MCII 25-75x zoom is tight on ER and AFOV.
 

gr8fuldoug

Camera Land / Supporting Vendor
Athlon Optics Ares G2 UHD 20-60x85 Spotting Scope

When details matter, look no further than the 20-60×85 Ares G2 UHD. Whether you are a birder looking for variances in plumage, or a precision shooter spotting impacts at 1,000 yards the extra-low dispersion glass provides vivid clarity and resolution in a full-size spotting scope.

  • Aprochromatic Lens System: Apochromatic lense system gives you the result of images which have greater contrast, sharpness and color definition
  • UHD Glass: Extra-Low Dispersion glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings an ultimate clearest and sharpest image to your eyes
  • ESP Dielectric Coating: ESP Dielectric Coating is a multi layer prism coating that reflects over 99% of the light to your eyes bringing you a clear, bright image that displays accurate color reproduction.
  • Magnesium Chassis: Magnesium chassis give you the strength of a metal chassis while reducing the weight as much as 30%
  • XPL Coating: XPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches
  • Bak4 Prism: Bak-4 glass prisms reflect more light to your eyes which will give you brighter and sharper image.
  • Advanced Fully Multi-Coated: Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true color across the entire light spectrum.
  • Argon Purged: Argon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .
  • Waterproof: Waterproof to protects the binocular in the harshest weather conditions or if accidently submerged underwater
  • Rotating Ring: Rotating Ring allows you to rotate the scope around tripod supporting ring into the most comfortable and convenient angle for observation
 

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