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This was my first scope, which I used extensively to conduct raptor migration counts. When I purchased this scope in 2009, I wasn't quite ready to pony up for a Kowa or Tele Vue scope--instead, I was just hoping I could find something I'd be happy with until I could afford what I wanted. Instead, I discovered that with a Pentax 14 mm XW series eyepiece, the Pentax competes more than favorably with many top grade scopes at less than half the price. Even after upgrading to a Kowa TSN-883 i...

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by H. Moro can be read at Amazon.Com
 
H. Moro
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/20/2009
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100% (15 of 15) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great product for price and features
 
I'm a keen weekend astronomer and as they say the best scope is the one you use the most.I wanted a scope I could have outside at night and not be concerned about dew, frost damage.The Pentax PF-80ED scope reviewed well ( Im aware of some less than favourable reviews of this product - this was NOT the case with the scope I received) I already own Penatx ED binos and am well pleased with the optics and build quality of them. I expected the Pentax spotting scope to be the same and was not disap...

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by Matt can be read at B&H Photo
 
Matt
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/28/2012
User Location: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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100% (6 of 6) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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This is an absolutely excellent quality scope. Image is sharp to the edge. Focus very good for just one focus knob. Quality build and is certainly a "Best Buy". I have never noticed any fringing,even in difficult situations. You don't have to spend 2500+ dollars to get a great image. Pentax is good. I can lay on the porch with the Big Dogs now.

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by Gary can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Gary
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/30/2012
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100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
I'm Returning This Scope
 
Purchased this scope based on reviews that I had read online on birding and astronomy sites, and on customer reviews. Also purchased Pentax XW 14mm eye piece. Thought it would be an awesome combination for watching wildlife. Image was dull and difficult to view even with the 20mm eye relief. Image was not really sharp. A friend of mine had just purchases a different manufacturer's 80mm scope with 20-60 power eyepiece for less than half the price of the Pentax with the eye piece, and the ima...

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by tribaltat can be read at B&H Photo
 
tribaltat
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/11/2012
User Location: Mt. Desert Island, ME
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50% (1 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Best spotting scope for the $$$
 
The Pentax PF80 Ed is a high performance spotting scope with excellent resolution and edge to edge sharpness at all magnification settings. When compared to other spotters costing significantly more money the Pentax was at least as clear and bright and the best value in the 80mm class. This spotting scope is primarily used at the rifle range to resolve bullet holes as small as .224" at distances up to 300 meters. The Pentax PF80 ED had no problems handling this task. Very satisfied would be an u...

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by DWM Jr can be read at B&H Photo
 
DWM Jr
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/02/2009
User Location: Central,NJ
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great
 
Bought it with a fix focus Pentax SMC XF 12mm eyepiece. All Pentax scopes use standard 1.25 eyepieces. It has a 82mm thread for filters. Basically a link between photo lenses and astronomy equipment. You can't go wrong with Pentax.

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by Kunde can be read at B&H Photo
 
Kunde
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/12/2013
User Location: Houston
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
You won't be sorry if you buy this
 
I use this scope primarily for range shooting, and secondly for wildlife. I had this same scope for the last few years, and our home was burglarized and it was stolen. With insurance money, I could have bought any other one on the market, but didn't hesitate to buy this one again. The clarity is awesome, and good in lowlight too. I've used it many times in rain--no problem there. Even the case that stays on when in use is real nice and handy. For what I use it for, I have nothing negative to say...

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by eastsierraman can be read at B&H Photo
 
eastsierraman
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/21/2015
User Location: San Jose, Ca, and La Grange, C
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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Item as described on Amazon. Quick delivery. Easy to use. Difficult at times to maintain focus but that seems to be common with these scopes. Overall satisfied with the scope.

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by Dudley Doalot can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Dudley Doalot
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/16/2011
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0% (0 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Impressed so far, a good value.
 
I'll qualify my comments by saying that I haven't had an opportunity to use the scope at a distance beyond 100 yds. yet but so far I'm very pleased with it. Image quality, features and design are comparable to high end spotting scopes. The scope takes standard U.S. astronomical eyepieces which helps it to get the best out of the 80mm low dispersion objective lens.

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by Isher2000 can be read at Adorama
 
Isher2000
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/21/2011
User Location: Columbus, OH
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Exellent with 1 caution
 
I've set this scope up side by side with may scopes costing $500+ more and my scope has shown very well. The front 80mm lens lets in light enough to see when 65's have folded up for the night. The original lens can be removed and specialty lenses (higher power) can be substituted. I've had good success just holding my digital camera against the lens photographing falcon nests. Something like this is essential for wolf and bear observation in yellowstone or alaska.I'd recommend the larger Pen...

Pentax 70930 PF-80ED 80mm Waterproof & Fogproof Spotting Scope with Straight Viewing review by DG can be read at Adorama
 
DG
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/08/2007
User Location: Seattle
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