The Nikon PROSTAFF 5 Fieldscope 20-60x82 is engineered for precision and high magnification capability, and built for those who are truly passionate about optical performance.
With exciting optical and mechanical innovations, this intelligent new Fieldscope incorporates legendary Nikon optical glass , fully multicoated optics and improved chromatic aberration reduction, the PROSTAFF 5 Fieldscope provides bright, high contrast images with true color rendition in most lighting conditions. Together, the new optical innovations allow the user to pull subjects out of their natural backgrounds and reveal every detail in brilliant color and with a clear, edge-to-edge resolution.
To provide users with the brightest possible image, internal surface texturing minimizes reflective light loss inside the scope. ThePROSTAFF 5 Fieldscope eyepiece is a digiscope-ready design, so users can capture amazing high-magnification images by using an optional accessory digital camera bracket. It also features enhanced eye relief for use with eyeglasses and a convenient turn-and-slide eyecup.
To keep the natural elements in check, a built-in sliding sunshade eliminates glare in bright conditions and also keeps dust and rain off the objective lens. The ergonomic, lightweight porro prism design makes it easy to handle, even in wet conditions. Like allmodels in the PROSTAFF line, the new PROSTAFF 5 Fieldscope is waterproof, fogproof, nitrogen purged and O-ring sealed
Reviewed by 3 customers
Good scope. We use it for birding and it is great for scanning shorebird flocks on the flats!
I'd rate this scope as a somewhat disappointing average. I bought it primarily for birding, though I also use it for some astronomy. The clarity is decent at the minimum magnification. It suffers as you zoom to the highest magnification, which is typical for this price range of scope, but I guess I was hoping for better performance. The zoom function is right next to the eyepiece and it's easy to disturb the eye relief setting when using the zoom. I also found that the zoom has a relatively short travel from low to high level. I'd prefer a little more travel. The opposite can be said of the focus knob, which requires quite a bit of travel as you change viewing distances. Since there's only one focus knob, it can be a lot of work to stay on a moving target, sometimes repositioning your fingers, since the knob is pretty small. You can roll the knob, using your finger as a bow, but with gloves on in winter that can be difficult to do fine focus work. The neoprene protective sleeve that came with the outfit does fit nicely on the scope, and it does offer some protection without interfering with the use of the scope. I wish the lens covers for the scope were a better design, the objective lens cover has two release points that have to be squeezed together, and once released you have to put the cover in your pocket. I'd rather see a simpler flap type cover that would stay attached or tethered to the sleeve. The eyepiece cover is a rubber cap style that also has to go in your pocket, so now you've got two covers to keep track of. The tripod that comes in this outfit is a joke at best. It's nowhere near solid or heavy enough to be taken seriously as an outdoor scope mount. Even indoors I suspect it wouldn't be steady enough for satisfactory use. It has a fairly low hight with just the legs extended, so people over about 5 feet tall will have to extend the center mount, which just introduces more instability. Maybe it would hold a point and shoot camera, but that's about it. The Scope is light, and that may be a good thing for carrying, but it is susceptible to vibrations from wind, not to mention the typical motions of use. I bought this outfit after some fairly thorough research online. I don't have an optics store that carries more than one or two brands of scopes that I'd be able to try out. I suspect if I could have compared a few different scopes with this model I might have been willing to spend a little more to get better optic quality and features. The Nikon warranty is excellent, and I think the build quality of the scope is also excellent, which is one of the reasons I like Nikon products. I just think I might have been better off spending a little more to get one of their higher end scopes. Adorama Camera did provide good service as far as that went, meaning they shipped it quickly.