From Ronald in New Jersey:
I purchased this scope about 6 years ago and being a retired microscopist I am very critical when it comes to picking optics for my personal use. Since I purchased this scope, I have added the Pentax SMCSeries of eyepieces to enhance and widen the image. Don't get me wrong, the 20-60 Zoom that comes with the scope is very good but there is nothing like a wide angle single focal length astronomical eyepiece to get the most out of a spotting scope. Needless to say I am very pleased with my scope and use it exclusively for birding, target shooting and hunting needs. Since I am not as young as I use to be, I am now considering buying the Pentax 60mm spotting scope to complement my Pentax 80mm and to make it a little easier to carry when I am in the field. Before I bought this scope I spent a lot of time in checking out as many scopes as I could and came to the conclusion that this scope offers the best bang for the buck bar none. The scopes that I checked out were all the top of the line scopes from the following manufactures:; Nikon, Leica, Zeiss, Swarovski and Televue. During my search, I was also able to make some direct comparisons between the Pentax, Televue and Swarovski and the Pentax beat them in resolving power which is not an easy feat considering the competition. To me, resolving power is the most important quality when comparing optics. The more detail that you can discern, the more information you receive about the item you are viewing. To end, the Pentax is a real sleeper in scope and binocular quality and Pentax will show you that you do not have to spend a fortune in order to have a superior product. I know that you will be pleased and no, I do not work for Pentax.