The 80mm objective lens of the PF-80 ED gathers a considerable amount of light to provide you with details of shorebirds or big game. Pentax spotting scopes offer high performance at an affordable price. Housed in a strong 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. Packaged with a 21-63x (angled), this scope accepts a variety of 1/4 inch astronomical eyepieces (not available from Eagle Optics). This scope 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.
This is a great scope for sharing with others because of the angled eyepiece. It is also a wonderful way to introduce beginning birders to high quality optics. This has the first zoom eyepiece I have ever owned; the quality was impressive. The smooth focusing was a pleasure to use, as was the ability to get a bright view of feather detail on ducks, pelicans, loons, herons, and other birds. This scope has now been heavily used during two spring waterfowl migration seasons, and has been responsible for turning several folks into enthusiastic duck watchers. This purchase convinced me to give up my 40 year-old 15x Spacemaster II to a friend. I also intend to buy a few fixed power eyepieces for this fine optic. It would be advisable to use this spotting scope on a substantial tripod, especially at higher powers.
Pentax PF-80 ED
Bob from Madison
I really like this scope. It brings in great light and is easy to focus. The angled design makes viewing birds above much easier with less back strain and it also makes digi-scoping easier.
Super Mirage Scope, Bargain Priced
Ric H from Harvest, AL
I shoot high power rifle matches and need a scope that is capable of seeing the mirage clearly at 300-1000 yards. The close stuff doesn't matter much. I used a Kowa 821 and 823 for 3 years. Both were excellent scopes but I didn't see much improvement in seeing the mirage under less than idea conditions with the purchase of the Kowa 823. It has their fluorite crystal lenses and I had three of the fixed focal length eyepieces, two are the newer design.
I purchase a Pentax PF-80 with the zoom and the contrast and sharpness were slightly better than my Kowa 823. I confirm this by reading newspapers taped to a fence at rather long distances. I insured that the field of view was the same on both scopes. I did notice the eye relief was less, so scope placement was important. I later purchase the fixed W20 eyepiece...WOW. I have super field of view, contrast and sharpness. The mirage is visible under some cloud cover situations when the Kowa showed nothing. Being able to see and respond to those changes allowed me to maintain high 600 yard scores when others just as capable as myself would drop points. As a high master service rifle shooter sometimes you have to experiment with different equipment and not follow the crowd. Little advantages can and do lead to wins. As a note I had to have my Kowa 823 replaced under warranty, the first had a defect, most likely caused during shipping and wasn't as sharp as my Kowa 821. The second scope was super. So even when you upgrade, look, compare, test and be honest with yourself. The higher end European scopes are sharper than my Pentax, so budget should dictate your choices.
Pentax PF-80 EDA
Jake Gleason from Ladera Ranch, CA
I was skeptical when I took a chance on this scope. I have looked through a Leica 77mm before and I knew what I wanted to see. At first I was concerned with the heat waves I was getting above 20/30x. However if you read the reviews on all high Euro scopes, they all pound sand on a hot day. I finally got this scope up in the hills at about 50 degrees and WoW! I zoomed in on a doe at about 800 yds. I could see where her hair was roughed up from walking through the brush. Sold! I was also skeptical of the angled eyepiece, but it makes it so easy to share from person to person and this scope easily rotates 90 degrees on its side for looking out your car window. Only draw back is size and weight.
Ken Bennett from North Carolina
We purchased this scope from Eagle Optics in 2003 for our first Florida birding trip. Some comments:
1. The optics are first-rate. In side-by-side comparisons with other top-end scopes, the Pentax is outstanding in brightness, sharpness, resolutions, color, and image quality right out to the edges of the frame.
2. The angled prism makes a HUGE difference when sharing the scope among people of different heights (my family being the prime example -- I'm 6-2 and my wife is 5-4.) It took us very little time to become accustomed to finding birds with the angled prism.
3. The Pentax zoom eyepiece is the best zoom I have ever used. It's also huge and heavy, and like any zoom has a narrower field of view than fixed eyepieces. My next purchase is the Pentax XW14 fixed eyepiece to get the extra field of view.
4. The 80mm scope is quite large compared to our ancient 60mm scope. Even with a carbon fiber tripod, carrying it all day can be tiring.
5. The scope has held up very well over nearly six years of moderate to heavy use. We leave it in the padded case, attached to its tripod, ready to go.
Seeing is believing
Mark Sarracino from drexel hill, pa
I purchased this scope initially for target shooting at 50-100 yds. Not only does this scope do well for spotting 22 rounds at 100+ yds; but it is also great for spotting wildlife. From early in the morning until nearly dusk, you can see deer, birds or whatever you are scoping in very low light settings. I have seen wildlife at times of the day when one would not consider looking out on the field or even into the tree line. Finally, I have been surprised by how clear and near the moon looks thru this scope. Although not a telescope, the Pentax is great for viewing the heavenly hosts on a clear night.
All in all, this scope is a great deal for the money and would highly recommend it to those wanting a great scope at an affordable price.
It's the Eyepieces!
John Groves from El Paso TX
Pentax has a real winner in its PD-80ED. With a big extra-low dispersion glass objective lens, great optical design and lots of truly superior eyepieces to choose from, there is a lot to love about this scope. Pentax is well known in astronomy circles for its precision fixed-power lenses. I love the XW14 wide-angle eyepiece with this scope. The resolution is simply as good as it gets! For more versatility, the 20-60 zoom is in my bag as well. Pentax has engineered a twist-lock ring so it's fast and easy to change eyepieces. I can scan a shoreline at 20x, zoom in to 60x to check out a particular shorebird and if I want the ultimate in resolution, switch to my favorite fixed power eyepiece. All of my birding buddies get scope-envy when we use my scope on field trips!