When you want the optical excellence of Pentax in a portable package, the PF-65 EDII is the size for you. A popular choice, Pentax spotting scopes offer high performance at an affordable price. Housed in a lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Pentax ED offers optimum optical resolution by incorporating extra-low dispersion (ED) glass. With fully multi-coated lenses, light transmission is maximized for clarity and contrast of details. This scope will accept a variety of 1/4 inch astronomical eyepieces (not available from Eagle Optics) and comes with the Pentax Worry-Free warranty.
Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Glass
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Optimize light transmission through the prisms.
Offer maximum image quality and durability in a traditional design.
Angled Body Design
Is favored by users of different heights for viewing without adjusting the tripod height as frequently. The angled design works well when viewing at an upward angle.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Reduces glare and shields the objective lens from raindrops.
Rotating Tripod Ring
Allows greater flexibility when positioning the spotting scope.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope.
Barrel is filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Objective Lens Diameter
65mm angled spotting scope body (eyepieces sold separately)
this scoope is good with eyepiece pentax 14 xw for birding (28x). Este scope es fantanstico para observar aves siempre que uses el eyepiece 14xw. Si lo compras con el zoom 20-60x no es util para la observacion de aves. Si buscas un scope economico, pequeno y liviano este es bastante bueno para observar aves.
Victor from Michigan
I bought this scope for birding after using a Celestron C-90 for a few years. I needed something compact and light weight to lug around in a backpack or bike bag. I chose this scope because of the ability to use standard 1-1/4" telescope eyepieces which I already owned. I have never been a big fan of zoom eyepieces on spotting scopes or telescopes for that matter. I have owned the Pentax PF65 EDII for 4 years now and couldn't be happier. Bright accurate views through my 17mm Baader Hyperion eyepiece and the Celestron 26mm piece also. Very little CA even in bright light on this scope and the focus is easy to use. The optical & build quality are second to none, I am impressed every time I take it afield.. This is a fantastic scope for the money, buy it, you will not be disappointed.
Pentax PRF ED II 65mm Spotting Scope
Jay Young from Columbus, Ohio
As an amateur astronomer as well as birder, I have long been aware of the degree to which captive and proprietary eyepieces confound spotting scope review results. Astronomical telescopes are all outfitted with a 1 1/4" eyepiece barrel permitting the use of literally, thousands of eyepiece options. Reviews of telescopes typically utilize well known, widely recognized, highest quality eyepieces to ensure that the review of the telescope is not limited by the eyepiece. Birding spotting scopes, in most cases, utilize captive eyepieces that are proprietary to the scope maker. This prevents direct comparison of spotting scopes while holding the eyepiece constant. Thus a Swarovsky scope is, in significant part, well rated due to the excellence of their eyepiece or zoom. It may be that another, less favorably reviewed scope, would perform close to the Swarovsky if it utilized the Swarovsky eyepiece. The Pentax PRF ED II 65mm spotting scope is unique in that it, like astronomical scopes, permits the use of thousands of 1 1/4" barrel astronomical eyepieces. I have found the Pentax objective lens, in star tests using high quality Tele-Vue eyepieces, to be of exceptional quality. When partnered with eyepieces of similar quality (e.g. those fixed focal length eyepieces made by Tele-Vue or Pentax) the Pentax PRF ED II 65mm provides spectacular performance, comparable to other high end spotting scopes costing hundreds of dollars more. I have been less impressed by the Pentax zoom often provided in a "package" with the Pentax scope. Frankly the Pentax zoom diminishes the potential performance of the scope well below the capability of the objective lens. The good news is that the Pentax scope is not limited by a proprietary eyepiece design and can be significantly improved through the adoption of an alternate fixed focal length eyepiece. Additionally, for birders who prefer a zoom, the Baader Planetarium 8-24mm Hyperion Clickstop Zoom Eyepiece significantly improves the Pentax scope beyond its performance using the typically supplied Pentax eyepiece. In summary, I have found the Pentax PRF ED II 65mm Spotting Scope to be of unusually high quality in terms of its build quality and the optical quality of its objective lens. In fact, its performance is virtually unsurpassed when utilizing higher quality astronomical wide field eyepieces such as those made by Tele-Vue and Pentax (XW series).
Great optics, good price
Tim from Memphis, TN
As an amateur astronomer and birder I've got quite a few telescopes and binoculars and I appreciate good optics. I was not willing to spend $1K or more on a spotting scope but I also did not want to settle for mediocre optics while still spending hundreds of dollars. Plus I did not want to spend even more hundreds for eyepieces or for a single zoom eyepiece that gives a narrow field of view, usually only around 40 degrees at one end or the other of its magnification range.
I can use standard 1 1/4 " astronomy eyepieces in this scope which is a big plus. I already have over a dozen good quality eyepieces and all of them work in this scope. The better quality ones of various brands give wide and flat views with little to no distortion in the Pentax. The optics of this scope are first-rate, very bright and sharp. I compared it side by side with a 4" (102mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope I have adapted for terrestrial use and the Pentax 65mm lens does not give up anything when compared at the same powers and at the same exit pupil diameters. This scope is a keeper! I am very happy with its quality and its overall fit and finish and especially impressed with the great views it gives.