Sunday, April 18, 2010

Leica Televid APO 65mm Spotting Scope

From Marcel in California:
I recently upgraded to this scope from two Nikon Fieldscope ED's that I owned (82 and 60mm). I chose this scope for its (1) exceptionally wide field of view relative to its competitors, (2) being less heavy than the Nikon EDG, and (3) Leica optics. I chose the angled version so I can use a shorter tripod for traveling and looking at birds in tall rainforest canopy. I'm impressed by the exceptionally sharp and bright optics. The zoom maintains focus throughout its range, the image is impressively flat, and low light performance is exceptional. I am glad I spent the extra relative to the competitor scopes. I've used scopes for a long time and this is the best I've ever seen in this size of scope (I wonder what its big brother in 80mm is like?). The scope is also exceptional for digiscoping with a compact camera. I like the view through case (a separate item), with its straps for shoulder carrying the scope with a tripod attached. If I had a request it would be that it went down to 20x (rather than the minimum of 25x) for an even wider field and for locating birds before zooming in.

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