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Assorted Birding Scopes
Personally Reviewed

2000

by Michael and Diane Porter

PENTAX

Pentax PF-80 ED 80mm

Pentax created this new, waterproof, straight-through 80mm scope to take advantage of the time-honored 1-1/4" Pentax telescope eyepieces. You can get six interchangeable fixed eyepieces, originally designed for astronomy and low-light viewing conditions, and a 20-60x zoom. The scope body is waterproof even without the eyepiece attached. Remarkably, the Pentax zoom eyepiece itself is also waterproof.

The Pentax zoom has extra long eye relief (20mm). The ring that changes the zoom's magnification is broad and unusually easy to turn. As with the Leica scope, you twist the front of the eyepiece to dial up the precise amount of eye relief that fits you and your eyeglasses.

Pleasant rubber housing covers the magnesium-alloy frame of the straight-through scope. There's an extendable sunshade and a sight on top to help you aim. The focus wheel, at top right of the prism housing, turns smoothly.


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