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Nikon 60mm Fieldscope

Tested in 2000 trials for
BirdWatcher's Digest

by Michael and Diane Porter

Nikon 60mm Fieldscope

Nikon 60mm ED Angle Fieldscope III

This is a sweet little scope. It was the absolute favorite of one of our judges in the 2000 trials. It's compact, well sealed, waterproof, and nitrogen purged. It has a pullout sunshade and broad, rubberized, easy-to-find focus ring. There are sighting lines on the right side of the prism housing.

Nikon's small 20-45x zoom eyepiece turns smoothly and contributes to the compactness of the 60mm scope. If you wanted to backpack with a spotting scope, you could be very happy to carry this rugged, well made little scope.

We were surprised that its resolutions scores were not quite so high as we expected for a first-rate Nikon instrument. However, its handling qualities are so good that a birder might put up with less than perfect resolution.


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