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Pentax PF-65ED Straight 65mm ED-II Spotting Scope with 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece & Case

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  • PF-65ED No Eyepiece
  • Improved optical design
  • 6.5-19.5mm Spotting Scope Eyepiece
  • Aiming line built into hood
  • Accepts any Pentax eyepiece
  • .25 eyepiece attachment
  • Waterproof & nitrogen filled (JIS Class 6) to handle most extreme weather conditions
  • Magnesium alloy body for maximum durability with minimum weight
Pentax PF-65ED: Picture 1 regular $613.91

About Pentax PF-65ED

Save $281.09 when you buy this Pentax PF-65ED. This Value Bundle comes with a Pentax PF-65ED and a Pentax SMC 6.5-19.5mm XF Series Eyepiece.

Designed for high-quality, high-precision outdoor viewing. The PENTAX PF-65ED incorporates porro-prism optics and a 65mm objective lens with PENTAX-exclusive ED (Extra-low Dispersion) optical elements to deliver sharp, high-contrast images with minimal chromatic aberration.

The PF-65ED features a straight-line lens barrel for quick, effortless subject spotting, even when the observer is on the move.

This spotting scope also feature a compact, lightweight body with nitrogen-filled waterproof construction (JIS Class 6), a collet-type eyepiece receptacle for an American-standard 31.7mm (1.25 inch) sleeve, a protective rubber housing, and accessible reach by either hand.

When mounted on a tripod, the lens barrel can be twisted 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise from thedefault position at top or 180 degrees from side to side along with easy-to-locate pointers at top and 45-degree angles, to assure the best viewing position.

The extendible rubber lens hood comes with a sight line to facilitate target-line adjustment.

To optimize the performance of these new spotting scopes, PENTAX has developed three compact, high-performance XF-series eyepieces, all featuring a bright, high-contrast image, an American-standard 31.7mm sleeve and focal lengths ideal for outdoor viewing and bird watching.

The smc PENTAX XF8.5 and XF12 are standard unifocal eyepieces, offering a focal length of 8.5mm and 12mm, and a magnification of 46 and 32.5 times, respectively, with a 60 degree apparent field of view and a long 18mm eye relief. The eyepieces feature an extendible eyepiece ring with four click-stop positions.

The smc PENTAX XF Zoom Eyepiece 6.5mm-19.5mm included in this package, features a focal-length range of 6.5mm to 19.5mm for a magnification of 20 to 60 times, with an apparent field ofview of 42 to 60 degrees and an eye relief of 11mm to 15mm.

It also offers a user-friendly rubber eyepiece ring to minimize the risk of scratching the observer's eyeglasses. In addition, four smc PENTAX XW-series telescope eyepieces (XW7, XW10, XW14 and XW20) are also usable on this spotting scope.

For added convenience, the spotting scopes are compatible with the optional PF-CA35 camera adapter, for conversion into high-quality super-telephoto lenses with a focal length of 780mm and a fixed aperture of F12 in combination with a PENTAX 35mm-format SLR camera.

Pentax PF-65ED Features

  • Improved optical design
  • Fully-multi-coated optics provide maximum light transmission and reduced internal reflections
  • ED glass optical elements provide greater color accuracy and resolution
  • Aiming line built into hood for quick subject acquisition
  • 1.25" eyepiece attachment accepts any Pentax eyepiece from a 20x-60x zoom eyepiece to a host of fixed, high quality eyepieces
  • Waterproof and nitrogen filled (JIS Class 6) to handle the most extreme weather conditions
  • Magnesium alloy body for maximum durability with minimum weight
  • Built-in sunshade slides out to prevent glare when viewing into the sun
  • Rotating tripod collar allows positioning the scope for comfortable viewing
  • Full rubber housing protects the scope from shock and improves handling

Pentax PF-65ED Specifications

Type of Prism
Porro-Prism Straight Type
Super-Multi-Coated Lens
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Optical Elements
Rubber Coated (Armored)
Protective Rubber Housing
Waterproof / Fogproof
Yes, & Nitrogen filled, JIS Class 6
Camera Tripod Adaptable
10.6x4.5x3.3" / 270 x 115 x 85mm
37.5 oz / 1,050g
Special Features
Built-in Lens Shade w/Sight Line
Accepts Standard 1.25" Eyepieces
Limited Lifetime Pentax Warranty
Mfr #

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Reviewed by 3 customers


Mechanically solid, optically satisfying


I have this scope. I have tested it at the following powers, targeting the 1. Moon, and 2. Trees in my backyard. The Moon looked great at 20X and 30X (achieved with a simple Vixen NPL 20mm and a barlow lens from a GSO barlow unit). These powers are quite "hand-holdable" if one can accept some normal shake. Very tight and pleasant. At 55X (7mm Vixen Lanthanum eyepiece), the image became rather grainy on both the Moon and the Trees (when viewing the trees, it was an overcast day in October). Backing it down to 48X (12mm Vixen with barlow) was enough to achieve a very pleasant view on the trees and Moon. I briefly tried 97X power on the Moon (4mm Vixen eyepiece) and there was no false color but it was grainy. This scope is simply not designed for this kind of thing. Anyway, I bought it to use as a "go anywhere" scope, hoping to get from 20-40X out of it, at good quality, and it does that easily. The images are sharp all across the field. As I said, very satisfying. It weighs one kilogram (a bit over two pounds. About the same as a liter/quart of milk). Good work, Pentax.


Cool for Digiscoping!


Its been 2 - 3 weeks I have been using Pentax 65 Ed for Digiscoping. I use it with Baader Hyperion 17mm eyepiece and my Ricoh GX 200 for digiscoping. GX200's Lens adapter (HA1) attached to Baader EP 43 mm thread perfectly. The quality of digiscoping pictures taken with this combination is much better than cropped images from Sony A850 with sony G 70-300 mm lens taken from same distance (100 yards)


The perfect backpack spotting scope


I bought this to replace my heavy PF-80 for back country packing. It is small lightweight, and the optics are clear and bright. I ordered it with the xf zoom eyepiece, but replaced it with the more expenxive, xw zoom eyepiece, and couldn't be happier.

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