Pentax PF-65ED Straight 65mm ED-II Spotting Scope, with Case 70966
Item No. 230-01365
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Manuf. No. Pentax 70966
Note: This is the spotting scope body ONLY and does not include an eyepiece, which must be purchased separately
The Pentax PF-65ED II is a lightweight and compact armored straight-through viewing 65mm spotting scope. The scope is designed to give you Pentax-quality optical performance, but from a lighter and more manageable body than the 80mm and 100mm Pentax scopes. It is O-ring sealed and nitrogen-filled to be fogproof and totally waterproof to a depth of one meter. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements in its 5-element 3-group objective yield optimum optical resolution.
Unlike other spotting scopes, which use proprietary bayonet-mount eyepiece holders that accept only the scope manufactureręs eyepieces, the 65mm Pentax ED II uses an American standard 1.25" (31.7mm) diameter eyepiece receptacle. This accepts not only the optional and superb Pentax XF eyepieces that are sized to be more in scale with the size of the 65mm body, but also the larger Pentax XW 70ę field eyepieces, as well as more than 150 other 1.25" astronomical eyepieces from other manufacturers that can be found on the astronomics side of this website. You can tailor the magnification and field of view precisely to your requirements with this Pentax, something you canęt do with other spotting scopes that have a more limited range of eyepieces available.
The optics are fully multicoated with famous Pentax Super-Multi-Coating (SMC) antireflection coatings to maximize light transmission, clarity, and contrast. Exceptionally close focusing, down to a very good 16.4 feet (5 meters).
The PF-65ED II body is supplied alone, allowing you to add the eyepiece(s) most suited to your observing needs. Suggested Pentax eyepieces are listed below. It can also use other brands of 1.25" astronomical eyepieces in addition to the Pentax eyepieces. A collet-type knurled ring locks the eyepieces in place, but allows eyepieces to be changed with just a twist of the wrist. A groove in the zoom eyepiece barrel fits a pin in the scope's eyepiece receptacle. This keeps the eyepiece from accidentally loosening as the zoom magnification ring on the eyepiece is turned in cold weather. Other features of this scope . . .
Rugged and lightweight magnesium alloy body is nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed to be fogproof in all temperature extremes and waterproof to a depth of one meter (JIS grade 6). Nitrogen purging also prevents the internal formation of fungus in high humidity climates, such as rain forests.
Rubberized black paint on the scope body provides a sure grip in wet weather. The prism housing and lens shade are clad in black rubber armor to help shock-proof the optics. Only three and a quarter turns of the ribbed rubber focusing knob located at the top of the scope moves from a very close focus of only 16.4 feet out to beyond the horizon. The 65ED II mounts on any photo tripod having a standard 1/4"-20 thread mounting bolt. There are three 1/4"-20 mounting holes in the bottom of the mounting shoe to let you balance the scope more precisely, depending on whether you are using an eyepiece or the optional #PF-CA35 camera adapter.
A self-storing retractable lens shade improves the visual and photographic contrast.
A camera-type snap-in objective lens cover protects the optics while they are being transported or stored.
A sight line molded into lens shade aids in acquiring targets quickly, although the lens shade needs to be rotated to one side to use the sight line since the prism housing and eyepiece block the view along the top of the scope. This straight-through viewing design is generally better for quickly locating birds in the field than a 45 degree viewing angle model. You can quickly switch from roughly locating birds using the sight line to observing them close up through the eyepiece with little more than a 1" move of your head. On the other hand, a 45 degree viewing angle is generally more comfortable for watching treetop activity or for extended observing from a blind or back porch. The #P652A 65ED-A II 45 degree angled viewing model is also more convenient for observing couples of varying heights who must share a single scope, as thereęs little need to constantly raise and lower the tripod to a comfortable height for each observer.
For photography, you can use the Pentax PF-CA35 camera adapter for Pentax K-mount cameras only. It converts the scope to a 780mm f/12 telephoto lens, with a 3.2 degree field of view and an 18ę close focus. There may be some very slight vignetting at the very corners of the field, but cropping the image by about 5% would get rid of the effect. A locking knob at the side of the scope body allows the barrel to be rotated left or right from a horizontal (landscape) to a vertical (portrait) orientation, with click stops every 45 degree.
The supplied water-shedding Cordura-style nylon soft case has Velcro-fastened fold-back flaps that allow the scope to be mounted on a tripod and used while still in the case. Carrying handles are provided on the case.
This Pentax spotting scope is protected by the Pentax ęWorry-Free" lifetime warranty that will repair or replace (at Pentaxęs option) any defective product (even if damaged by you) for the life of the original owner for a cost of only $19.95 to cover shipping and handling.
- 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
- Type of Prism: Porro-Prism Straight Type
- Coating: 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: Yes
- Dimensions: 10.6x4.5x3.3" / 270 x 115 x 85mm
- Weight: 37.5 oz / 1,050g
- Special Features:
Built-in Lens Shade w/Sight Line
Accepts Standard 1.25" Eyepieces
Limited Lifetime Pentax Warranty
- Dust cover
- lens cover
- self-storing lens shade
- fitted soft stay-on carrying case